A world-class university in Malaysia
Monash University is a global learning institution that is dedicated to powering knowledge for tomorrow's world. It has been rightfully recognised for its world-class excellence.
For seven consecutive years, Monash University has risen 14 places through its improved performance. This year, the University climbs three places in the QS World University Rankings, ranking 55 among the 1604 institutions considered globally.
Monash University's top-performing indicators, International Students and International Faculty, each achieved a perfect score of 100, ranking 16 and 40 in the world respectively. Academic Reputation closely followed, ranking 43 with an impressive score of 90. Monash University has earned an international reputation for excellence in research and education and now consistently ranks in the top 100 globally across all ranking frameworks.
A world-class university, right here in Malaysia
Monash University is the highest-ranked university in the world with a comprehensive campus here in Malaysia. That means that Malaysian students can get a first-class international degree very close to home.
Monash University Malaysia is the third-largest campus of Monash University. It is an important part of an international higher education network that aims to help change the world for the better with impactful research, future-proofing education and strong community engagement.
Every student who graduates from Monash University Malaysia gets a Monash University degree - a degree from a university ranked 55 in the world.
Research with impact
Monash University Malaysia is well recognised for its world-class research. Spearheaded by their mantra of "if you don’t like it, change it," the University has a legion of academics working on various research areas and topics, intending to contribute to a better future. This, along with partnerships with key research institutes around the world, cements Monash University Malaysia’s strength as a leading research innovation and learning centre.
Monash University Malaysia boasts some notable research projects that are trying to change the world for the better. With the frequency of water disruptions in Malaysia increasing at an alarming rate, a team of academics from the School of Engineering and School of Business is investigating water distribution pipe structures to help address the issue and hopefully negate future crises.
A three-pronged collaboration between the School of Engineering at Monash University Malaysia, the University of Newcastle, and the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology is also addressing the global water challenge. They are developing a portable filtration device, produced at a fraction of the cost of other similar water filters, that be fitted into water bottles to allow those deprived of access to clean water to filter what they drink.
Dr Jin Zhe from the School of Information Technology is working with Yonsei University in South Korea and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute to create Bio-PIN, a secure set of algorithms that can be incorporated into any biometric cryptosystem. The Bio-PIN has an extra layer of encryption that protects the raw biometric data. With biometric data playing an increasingly important role throughout society, this is an important initiative in protecting personal security.
Diseases like stroke and injuries to the spinal cord often result in reduced mobility and are reported to be among the leading causes of mobility impairments worldwide. Dr Alpha Agape Gopalai, who runs Monash University Malaysia’s mechatronics program, is working with a PhD student on an exoskeleton, called Ambulate Me, to help support the body by sending stimulation signals to the affected muscle group so that the limbs can move again.
Without e-waste recycling, natural materials used in electronic and electrical components are lost when products are discarded. An expert in mining and minerals engineering, Dr Saman Ilankoon, is exploring the extraction of copper from discarded printed circuit boards. Dr Ilankoon is also developing a Smart E-Waste Collection Box, which uses a mobile application to optimise the collection of e-waste materials.
Underlining Monash’s commitment to community engagement, academic Priya Sharma from the School of Business represented the University at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva: the only such international conference designed to bring real change to the lives of refugees and the countries and communities that host them. At the Forum, Priya highlighted the University's initiatives to improve higher education opportunities for refugee youth.
These are just some examples of research with impact that is happening at Monash University Malaysia. Undergraduate students who study at Monash are immersed in a research-intensive environment. Their teachers are active researchers, who expose students to the cutting-edge results of their research every day.
Monash University Malaysia is dedicated to ensuring that students are prepared for the future workforce.
Professor Andrew Walker, President and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Monash University Malaysia sums up the educational philosophy of Monash University Malaysia: "Students today will make up the future workforce sowe need to make sure that they are prepared for the future. We need to prepare them for jobs that have yet to be created. They need to be able to use technologies that have not yet emerged. And we need to train them to look for solutions to problems that we haven't even begun to imagine. At Monash, we are committed to providing students with flexible skills that will prepare them for future uncertainty and disruption.”
A futuristic technology-enhanced Medical Anatomy and Pathology E-Learning Lab at Monash University Malaysia is a good illustration of this philosophy. The lab is designed to encourage collaborative learning, given that team collaboration is a crucial skill that every student needs to develop. It is integrated with an award-winning networked active learning ecosystem with multi-touch tabletop computers together and an extensive range of anatomy and pathology learning resources, It provides an immersive and engaging learning experience for Monash medical students.
This approach to learning and teaching is evident throughout Monash University Malaysia. Conventional classrooms are steadily being converted to active learning spaces. Rows of desks are being replaced by multi-student collaborative tables where students work together on case studies, solving problems and developing their own questions. Classroom technology helps students to share their learning experience with their peers. The teacher is a facilitator and guide rather than the source of all knowledge. Active and engaged learning is the best way to prepare students for the challenges they will face in the future workforce.
Responding to the COVID-19 crisis
Monash University Malaysia’s strong record in active learning and educational innovation positioned it well to be able to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. When the Movement Control Order was put in place in the middle of March, Monash was able to move very quickly (in just two days) to provide students with a fully online learning experience.
“We are committed to providing students with continuity in their education amid this global crisis,” said Professor Walker. “I am proud of how quickly our teachers and students have adopted new ways of teaching and learning. This is a good sign that we are succeeding in producing agile, innovative and creative graduates.”
As well as ensuring students can continue to progress towards graduation and future employment, Monash University Malaysia has been working hard to support students who are experiencing financial hardship due to this situation. "We have created a RM2 million emergency and hardship fund which has provided financial support to more than 10% of our students” Professor Walker added.
The University has also been working hard to support the implementation of much-appreciated government initiatives such as payments to students, food vouchers for students living in residences, and helping students to return to their hometowns.
Commitment to Malaysia
Monash University Malaysia has been in Malaysia for 22 years. It was the first foreign university to grace our shores. Monash has a long-standing and robust history here that is showcased in its excellent understanding of local and regional markets. Monash is ranked among the world's best education institutes and is committed to making world-class education accessible to Malaysia and the region.
As Profesor Walker puts it, "You can get your degree from a university ranked 55 in the world, right at your doorstep. Who wouldn't love that!"