MSU Awards and Recognitions

Besides providing equal opportunity to higher education, the mainstay of MSU’s existence is academic excellence of international repute. In delivering its commitment to excellence, the University garners accolades from far and wide.


Awards 2022
Top 147th in QS Asia University Rankings 2022
Top 301st-500th in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022
Top 47% (601st-650th) in QS World University Rankings 2022
Awards 2021

The Most Valuable Brand Education - Leadership & Human Capital Management 2021, The World Brands Foundation 
1st Runner-Up Education, GradMalaysia 2021, Malaysia's 100 Leading Graduate Employers

QS Stars Rated for Excellence 2021 in 9 Categories: Overall, Teaching, Employability, Social Responsibility, Inclusiveness, Academic Development, Hospitality and Leisure Management, Internationalization and Online Learning

ABEST21 Certificate of Management Accreditation for Facuty of Business Management & Professional Studies (FBMP), Graduate School of Management, MSU (2021)

Top 601st in the world in Times Higher Education for Impact Ranking, 2021

ASIC’s Inclusivity Awards 2021 for Equality in Education, 2021

Top 151st-200th in the world and Malaysia 1st for Art & Design (Fashion Design) in QS WUR by Subject 2021

Top 51st-100th in the world and Malaysia 2nd for Hospitality and Leisure Management in QS WUR by Subject 2021

Top 451st-500th in the world and Malaysia 11st for Business & Managementin QS WUR by Subject 2021

Top 21% (139th) in QS Asia University Ranking 2021

Top 47% (551st-560th) in QS World University Rankings 2021

Top 100 (81st-90th) in QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2021
Awards 2020

Tier Five “Excellent University Status - Tier 5” , SETARA 2019/20, Very Competitive in Emerging University Category by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia

Top 28 in the world and Malaysia Top 2 for Hospitality and Leisure Management in QS WUR by Subject 2020

Finalist for Entrepreneurial University of the Year in ACEEU Asia-Pacific Triple-E Entrepreneurship Awards 2020
Finalist for Student-driven Sustainability Project of the Year in ACEEU Asia-Pacific Triple-E Entrepreneurship Awards 2020

Top 51% (541st-550th) in QS World University Rankings 2020

Top 301 in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020

Top 200 (179th) in QS Asia Rankings 2020.

Top 100 (91st) in QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2020
Awards 2019

Top 301 in the world by Times Higher Education for Impact Ranking, 2019

Top 300 ( 271st) in QS Asia Ranking 2019

Asia’s first internationally recognized entrepreneurial university by the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU), 2019

ASIC'S ‘Innovation and Excellence in Higher Education’, 2019

ASIC'S ‘Outstanding Student Support’, 2019

The Most Popular Graduate Employer in the Education Sector, GradMalaysia, 2019

Top 100 Leading Graduate Employers list (92nd), GradMalaysia, 2019
Awards 2018

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), United Kingdom - Recognized of Bach of Medical Science (Hons) Programme, Full Time & FTW, 2018-2022
Global TVET Model University by the Accreditation Service for Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC), 2018

Top 300 ( 217th) in QS Asia Ranking 2018

ASIC'S Global TVET Model University, 2018

Excellence in Education Digitization from the Malaysia Digital Chamber of Commerce, 2018
Awards 2017

Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) Awards 2017, Excellence in Quality International Education and Outstanding Contribution to International Education
MSU received the double distinctions from UK accreditation body ASIC at the organization’s 10th-anniversary inaugural international conference held in Kuala Lumpur.
Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, BrandLaureate BestBrands Award 2016-2017
MSU has also been recognized for Excellent Corporate Branding in Leadership and Human Capital Development. The award for Best in Education for Leadership and Human Capital Development was presented to MSU by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation.
Enterprise Asia, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award (APEA) 2017 Malaysia
For his entrepreneurial leadership providing equal access to education, and his successful creation of the University’s entrepreneur ecosystem, MSU President Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab. Yajid receives the region’s most prestigious award showcasing entrepreneurial excellence.
Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE), Most Entrepreneurial Award (MEA) 2016-2017
The title of Most Entrepreneurial Private University was won by MSU in the MEA 2016-2017 Institutional category. A recognition of the University’s embedded entrepreneur culture, the award criteria also included the conduciveness of the University’s environment in supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship, the leadership driving the entrepreneurship, and how far the University’s vision aligns with entrepreneurship. The impact of the University’s entrepreneurial initiatives was also measured, across institutional and national metrics as well as the wider environment.
Malaysia Tourism Council Gold Awards 2017, Gold Award School of Tourism and Hospitality
MSU’s contribution to national economic growth in the tourism sector is acclaimed with a Gold Award School of Tourism and Hospitality certification presented by the Malaysia Tourism Council.
4As Malaysia, Putra Brand Awards 2017
For education and learning, the Malaysian public voted MSU another preferred-choice university. Also known as the People’s Choice, the award was presented to MSU by 4As Malaysia.
International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2017, 4 Gold and 1 Special Award
MSU makes the world a better place with innovations to daily-living essentials and the world of animation at the 28th ITEX.
International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA) 2017, Gold
Innovative animation technique by MSU wowed the judges.
MyASEAN Youth Award 2017
When Nur Farhana Nadirah Hassan realized that the transformation she had envisioned for the indigenous of Tohor did not last, the MSUrian took it on herself to pursue the desired long-term effect. Past her Bachelor in Finance (Honours) and the Mohd Shukri Yajid Outstanding Award she received on graduation day, she continued her voluntary work. Her efforts culminated in the Youth Award for the social impact her Tohor Revolution project potentially brings to other rural or post-disaster areas.
Asia Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (APacCHRIE) 2017 Conference, Best Paper Award
MSU students beat international researchers at the APacCHRIE Conference 2017 with their case study on airline customer loyalty.
CIMB ASEAN Stock Challenge 2017, National Champion
MSUrians Natasya Syahirah Azman Azif and Ku Muhammad Amin Ku Khalif from the Faculty of Business Management and Professional Studies (FBMP) are champions of the trading floor. The duo forming Team TA bested teams of Malaysian public and private universities to emerge the winner of the annual CIMB regional competition.
Malaysian Institute of Accountants, Best Student 2017
MSUrian receives ICAEW professional development prize.
Invention, Innovation and Design Exposition (IIDEX) 2017, Silver
MSU invention to transform oral health for the masses brought in a sparkler.
Vision Petron National Student Art Competition 2017, 2nd and 3rd places, consolation and the final list
MSUrians from graphic design as well as creative video and photography among the top winners in the photography and videography categories of the major annual competition for art students.

Recognitions 2017
QS Asia University Rankings 2018, 217th in Asia
First time into the global rankings and MSU goes straight to 217th place among the more than 11,000 Asian institutions ranked, simultaneously placing itself in the top 1.8% among the region’s best universities.

QS Rating, five QS 5-Stars 

Its students’ overall satisfaction with the University, contributed by holistic teaching and compelling learning experiences supported by a green, disability-friendly campus; its graduates leading in the job market with over 98% employability; its charity work, disaster relief, and environmental conservation efforts building better futures for local as well as international communities; and its multicultural diversity welcoming all who seek to benefit from higher education including the disabled and the underprivileged earned MSU the all-stars rating from QS across teaching, facilities, graduate employability, social responsibility, and inclusiveness.


Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, SETARA Tier-5

A quality standard for higher education institutions in Malaysia, SETARA also measures an institution’s closeness to industry, which is embedded into MSU to keep learning contemporary and teaching abreast with the latest developments and practices. The SETARA Tier-5 rating to MSU translates into Excellent on the national rating system by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.

Asia Pacific Institute of Events Management, First International Centre of Excellence in Malaysia
The international standard of MSU’s event management programmes along with its teaching and learning facilities impressed the Asia Pacific Institute of Events Management enough to earn the University its first-in-Malaysia distinction among APIEM’s network of international centres of excellence.

ASEAN Young Women Leadership Program

Five from MSU selected for scholarship on Japan’s regional leadership development program.


Malaysia Book of Records Number 33

MSUrians from the School of Education and Social Sciences (SESS) traded textbook for some real teaching and drilled their way onto the latest national record for the University.

Malaysia Book of Records Number 32

Great shots by MSUrians shoot the University into its 32nd MBR entry.

Malaysia Book of Records Number 31

World Health Day celebration with #FightAgainstDepression gives MSU its new national record.