Penang able to handle the heat


Good planning, flexibility and a diversely qualified staff ensure the success of Penang’s private colleges and universities.

It is widely known that Penang aspires to become a regional education hub. In addition to Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara, the state is home to a further 28 private higher education institutions. In 2012 alone, more than 12,000 students were enrolled in these private institutions1.

However, the recent closure of the Allianze University College of Medical Sciences shows that Penang-based institutions are by no means exempted from the current volatile private higher education scene plaguing the country. This particular case alone resulted in the reallocation of more than 2,000 students and the loss of around 500 staff.

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