Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) Malaysia

# 621-630

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About Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) Malaysia

APU Makes Waves in the QS World University Ranking 2024

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is the ONLY Malaysian University to achieve the double distinction of achieving the QS “5 Stars Plus” Rating as well as being Ranked in the

QS World University Ranking 2024, where APU is ranked in the Top 2.2% in the World.

Facts regarding APU’s achievements in the latest QS World University rankings:

·        Ranked #621-630 in the World

·        Ranked No. 179 in Asia

·        Ranked No.1 for International Students in Malaysia

·        Ranked No.16 in the World for International Students

·        Ranked Top 200 for International Faculty in the World

·        Ranked among Top 13 Universities in Malaysia

·        Ranked among Top 6 Private Universities in Malaysia


Congratulations to APU on their achievements in QS Stars as an Outstanding University with 5 Star Plus Rating and achieving QS Rankings among Top Ranked Universities – the only University in Malaysia to achieve both esteemed QS Ratings of 5 Star Plus and QS Rankings. The outcomes demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence. – Leigh Kamolins, Director of Analytics and Evaluation, QS Institutional Performance

According to QS, “APU achieved the highest Rank in Malaysia for any individual indicator for International Students, placing 16th in the World”. APU is also Ranked No. 179 in Asia in the latest QS World University Ranking released on 27th June 2023.

QS Senior Vice President Ben Sowter said, Malaysian higher education shined as a beacon of diversity and internationalisation, attracting talent from around the world.

“With its strong performance in international student ratio and a highly diverse faculty and student body, Malaysia’s universities offer a vibrant and inclusive learning environment.

APU emerges as the First QS “5 Stars Plus” University in Malaysia

APU is the First Malaysian University to achieve an overall rating of Five Stars Plus 
 in the latest QS Stars Rating awards that were presented at the QS Apple Conference on 1st Nov 2021. Five Stars Plus institutions must achieve five star ratings across all categories in addition to achieving minimum highest benchmark score by QS STARS.  APU is amongst only 20 universities worldwide to achieve this honour.


According to Leigh Kamolins, Head of Evaluation, QS Intelligence Unit, “The QS Stars university rating system audits and rates over 600 universities globally in a broader range of criteria than any world ranking exercise. Comprehensive audits are also independently carried out as part of the ratings exercise. QS Stars™ shines a light on both the excellence and the diversity of the rated institution. Congratulations to Asia Pacific University (APU) for being the first ever QS 5-Stars Plus rated institution in Malaysia and being 1 amongst 20 in the world.” 

The full list of QS 5-Stars Plus rated institutions can be found here

Malaysia’s Highest Rated Emerging Universities

APU was announced as among the Highest Rated Emerging Universities in Malaysia, being rated 5-STAR (EXCELLENT Rating) under the latest SETARA Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). APU has maintained this Excellent Rating consecutively in the SETARA 2011, 2013, 2017 as well as in the latest ratings announced on 18th Dec 2020. The SETARA ratings system measures the performance of teaching and learning in universities in Malaysia.

APU is a “Premier Digital Tech University” – MDEC

APU was awarded the Premier Digital Tech University status by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). APU is recognised for its commitment in offering top-notch digital technology courses and ensuring our highly-skilled graduates continue to flourish and fill future digital job demands locally and globally. Premier Digital Tech University status was awarded by the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia. Premier Digital Tech Universities and Preferred Digital Tech Polytechnics (PDTIs) are Malaysia’s leading digital tech-focused tertiary institutions. The PDTIs have a proven track record in producing high quality graduates for digital tech-based high value jobs, via cutting-edge research and education policies, strong industry linkages, and career development and placement services.

Originally established as the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) in 1993, APU’s sound approach to nurturing school leavers into qualified professionals has resulted in our graduates being highly sought after by employers.

Born out of a collaboration between MDEC, the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia and industry leaders, the PDTIs deliver end-to-end solutions to ensure that future graduates are propelled into becoming dynamic members of an innovation-driven and knowledge-powered Malaysia.

With an international student community of more than 6,000 students from more than 130 countries studying in its Malaysian campus, APU offers a truly cosmopolitan learning environment which prepares students well for the global challenges which lie ahead. APU offers a wide range of degrees with Technology as a common core. It is APU’s aim to nurture and encourage innovation through our programmes, with the intention of producing individuals who will learn, adapt and think differently in new and better ways.

Worldwide Recognition – Internationally & Locally Recognised Degrees

You work hard to obtain the Degree. We work hard to get you Worldwide Recognition.

The Asia Pacific University has and always will, continue to develop and deliver its academic programmes through unique and well-established international partnerships and Qualifications gained from APU truly meet international quality standards.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Asia Pacific University (APU) is a member of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). One of the world’s first international university network, the ACU has more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries.

Through our network of APIIT Education Group branch campuses established in Sri Lanka and India, APU also reaches out to young aspiring professionals in these countries, providing them with a unique opportunity of experiencing international best practices in higher education using curricula, processes, resources and systems which have been developed in Malaysia. APU’s academic programmes are approved by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia and the qualifications are accredited, or provisionally accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

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University information

6.5+ 2.75+
30+ 30+ 4+
2+ 36+ 35+ 5+
Total StudentsInternational studentsTotal faculty staff
UG Students- 0%
PG Students- 0%
UG Students- 0%
PG Students- 0%
Domestic Staff- 65%
International Staff- 35%

Tuition fees

International Student  Tuition Fees: 7,240 USD (Tuition Fee/year)

Rankings & Ratings

Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) Malaysia is one of the top private universities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is ranked #621-630 in QS World University Rankings 2024.


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Academic Reputation
Employer Reputation
Faculty Student Ratio
Citations per Faculty
International Faculty Ratio
International Students Ratio
International Research Network
Employment Outcomes

Campus locations

APU Campus, Malaysia

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