UOW Malaysia is part of the University of Wollongong Australia’s global network, but has a long history of providing accessible, quality, tertiary education to Malaysia, and the surrounding regions, as it was previously known as KDU college and university colleges. UOW Global Enterprises, a wholly-owned subsidiary of University of Wollongong Australia, in September 2019 acquired the KDU institutions and following a process of transformation integrated them into the University of Wollongong Australia global network of campuses located in Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, and now here in Malaysia.

Subsequently, in November 2019, the name of the college and university colleges were changed to reflect the stewardship of the University of Wollongong and they are now known as UOW Malaysia. UOW plans to develop the UOW Malaysia campuses at Glenmarie, George Town Penang, and Batu Kawan Penang into universities within the next five to seven years. Both university colleges offer a full spectrum of programs, within a contemporary learning environment utilizing state-of-the-art facilities, from Foundation through to Bachelor’s Degrees and Postgraduate programs. These include programs in Business, Communication, Creative Arts, Computing, Game Development, Engineering, Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary Arts, and Nursing.

The University of Wollongong is committed to becoming a pre-eminent provider of higher education in Malaysia. This commitment combines UOW’s internationally recognised teaching programs and personalised approach to students with its experience of operating for over 40 years in Malaysia, modern campuses and vibrant, industry-focused programs. UOW’s presence in Malaysia will benefit the wider region, by producing international student growth and industry-ready graduates.

Chancellor of
UOW Malaysia


  • Established in 1983, and a pioneer in Malaysian private education, KDU was one of the first private colleges in Malaysia to have its own purpose-built campus that located in Damansara Jaya.
  • Pioneer batch of American Credit Transfer program students transfer to various universities across the United States
  • New schools within the college was formed and more programs were offered
  • First in the nation to run the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course on a full-time basis
  • Introduced the first overseas twinning program in partnership with Middlesex Polytechnic (Middlesex University)
  • Second campus, KDU Penang began its chapter when it opened its door to first batch of students in 1991.
  • Awarded Silver for the Education & Learning category in the inaugural Putra Brand Awards 2010.
  • Awarded the ‘University College’ status
    • KDU University College is an ISO 9001:2008 and MSC certified institution.
    • All programs offered are approved by the Ministry of Education and 88.1% of its programmes are MQA-accredited.



  • MQA-Accredited Programs
  • MSC Status Company
  • ISO Certified for Quality
  • China Embassy Accreditation
  • MOHE & Kementerian Dalam Negeri Permit For Foreign Students Enrolment
  • Government-Sponsored Students From
    • Petronas
    • JPA
    • MARA
    • Sime Darby

The Putra Brand Awards – The People’s Choice

  • Silver Award
  • Education & Learning Category
  • KDU Penang University College was also awarded the Penang MPSP Green Industry Award for the SME Education and Awareness category
  • Moved to its flagship campus in Utropolis, Glenmarie
  • CN 50 Students Choice Awards 2015
    • Top 10 most popular universities and colleges in Malaysia
    • Chosen by students and school leavers via nationwide study


  • KDU Penang was upgraded to a ‘University College’ status
  • KDU Penang University College was conferred an all-round 6-star College status by Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE_ MyQuest Audit 2014/2015)

2016 – 2017 BrandLaureate Most Sustainable Brand Award Education – Private University College Category

  • The Putra Brand Awards – The People’s Choice
    • Bronze Award
    • Education & Learning Category


  • The Edge Malaysia Pioneer Development Award 2017
    • An accolade under a category of The Edge Malaysia Property Excellence Awards 2017
    • Recognises KDU as a pioneer brand in the private education by a property developer


  • Shah Alam Low Carbon Building Award 2017
    • Recognition by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA)
    • First Runner-up under the category of Commercial and Institution
  • The Putra Brand Awards – The People’s Choice
    • Bronze Award
    • Education & Learning Category


  • KDU entered into a strategic partnership with UOW Global Enterprises, a wholly-owned subsidiary of University of Wollongong Australia
  • UOW Global Enterprises acquired the KDU enterprises
  • On 19th November 2019 the KDU institutions were rename UOW Malaysia KDU to reflect they are part of the University of Wollongong Australia Global Network


  • Sin Chew Education Awards (SCBEA)
    • Education Business Sustainability
    • Outstanding Educational Institutions: Private Universities/ Colleges
  • In January 2020 Batu Kawan Campus Penang operations commenced, bringing for the first time an international campus experience to Northern Peninsula Malaysia