Public Institutions of Higher Education (PIHE)
The higher education system is designed to ensure that the Public Institutions of Higher Education (PIHE) will have the capacity to develop a reputation which encompasses dynamism, competitiveness, ability to anticipate future challenges including acting effectively and keeping pace with globalization. Continuous efforts to enhance the PIHE’s ability to carry out their functions and responsibilities in a more transparent and effective manner will be conducted in order to create an excellent higher education system.
In line with this, universities in Malaysia are categorized into three groups: Research Universities, Focussed Universities (technical, education, management and defence) and Comprehensive Universities. To date, there are 20 universities comprising 5 research universities, 4 comprehensive universities, and 11 focussed universities.
Research Universities focus on research, Focussed Universities concentrate on specific fields related to its establishment, while Comprehensive Universities offer a variety of courses and fields of study.
Public Institutions of Higher Education (PIHE) in Malaysia