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UOW is committed to becoming a pre-eminent provider of higher education in Malaysia. The commitment combines UOW’s internationally recognised teaching programs and personalised approach to students with KDU’s 36 years of experience in private tertiary education, modern campuses and vibrant, industry-focused programmes. UOW’s presence in Malaysia will benefit the wider region, by producing international student growth and industry-ready graduates.
Established in 1983, KDU was Malaysia’s first purpose-built private college that provided opportunities for Malaysian youth to pursue high-quality overseas tertiary education in a local setting. Riding on the success of the Damansara Jaya campus, a second campus in Penang was established in 1991. KDU University College Penang, located in Jalan Anson, offers a range of academic, professional and commercial programmes to a growing student population in the northern region. In August 2010, KDU College Damansara Jaya was upgraded to University College status – a reflection of its quality programmes, excellent teaching facilities, and strong industry partnerships. KDU University College then moved to its new flagship campus at Utropolis Glenmarie in January 2015. With its state-of-the-art facilities and a contemporary teaching and learning environment, it offers programmes at Diploma, Bachelor, Master degree and PhD levels and has introduced home-grown degree programmes that are at the forefront of growing industries. These include hospitality, tourism and culinary arts, game development and computing, communications, creative arts, business, and engineering.
Through its global connections and real-world learning opportunities, KDU has nurtured many bright minds from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, inspiring them to make positive contributions to society. It has provided a platform for practical, impactful ideas to grow and for students to reach their potential.
As the first institution to have a purpose-built campus within a larger sustainable ecosystem and being the first to offer twinning programmes in the nation, KDU has broadened opportunities for its 50,000 graduates, who have gone on to find success in a range of fields, including in careers as corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities around the globe.
In November 2018, KDU entered into a strategic partnership with UOW Global Enterprises, a wholly-owned subsidiary of University of Wollongong Australia. In addition to Malaysia, the University of Wollongong’s global network includes campuses throughout Australia, University of Wollongong in Dubai and UOW College Hong Kong.
KDU is now part of the University of Wollongong Australia Global Network and known as UOW Malaysia KDU. In line with that, UOW plans to develop the UOW Malaysia KDU University Colleges at Glenmarie and Penang into universities within the next five to seven years. In addition, UOW intends to offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as research opportunities at the new Batu Kawan campus, to meet the emerging needs of that region.