KDU Story

KDU, an institution that has over 33 years of history and experience, believes in providing real world education to meet real world needs, and has traditionally, been successful in producing competent graduates and preparing students for top universities all over the world.
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. The institution, as KDU College then, was awarded the university college status in 2010 and KDU College Penang (established in 1991) was awarded the university college status in 2015 – a reflection of its quality programmes, and the growth of its international student population.
KDU University College, KDU Penang University College and KDU College are members of Paramount Education, a fully-integrated education services provider for primary, secondary, tertiary, and postgraduate level studies as well as executive and professional development programmes.
  • Kolej Damansara Utama (as it was first known) opened for enrolment and welcomed its first batch of students. Offered courses such as GCE A-Level, STP and US Pre-University courses and the American Credit Transfer program.

  • Pioneer batch of American Credit Transfer program students transfer to various universities across the United States.
  • First in the nation to run the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course on a full-time basis.
  • Introduced the first overseas twinning programme in partnership with Middlesex Polytechnic (Middlesex University).

  • Established the Penang Campus to cater to the higher education needs of aspiring youths in the northern region.

  • Awarded the ‘University College’ status.

  • Moved to its flagship campus in Utropolis Glenmarie.
  • KDU Penang awarded ‘University College’ status 
Vision & Mission

The premier learning organisation that sparks curiosity, inspires success and promotes responsibility.

  • We inspire students and staff to lead, share and serve.
  • We create a community in which learning, teaching, research and publication are encouraged, enabled and enjoyed.
  • We encourage critical thinking, independent learning and creative problem-solving.
  • We nurture individuals to be ethical and responsible citizens.
  • We share our success with stakeholders and the community we serve.
Coffee Table Book
KDU Penang University College has reached a major milestone in its evolution. In its twenty five year journey, the George Town satellite campus of Kolej Damansara Utama has grown to become a note-worthy educational institute, recognized both nationally and internationally.
The 25th Anniversary Coffee Table Book is now available for download and viewing pleasure as we walk you through KDU Penang’s journey towards becoming the premier university college in Northern Peninsular Malaysia.
Message from Vice Chancellor & Deputy Vice Chancellor
Welcome to KDU Penang University College! This may be your first day at our university college but you will soon find that your academic home for a year or several years, is the best campus in town - to gain excellent qualifications and be taught by some of the finest lecturers you will ever have!

You have indeed chosen well: you probably know that KDU Penang is the only 6-star private educational institute in the northern region; and it was listed as the best, by the Ministry of Higher Education, topping all other colleges. We received 6-star cluster-based ratings in seven clusters – General Programmes; Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences, Business and Law; Science, Mathematics and Computing; Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction; Health and Welfare; and Services – and a 5-star rating for International Student Services. This achievement then placed KDU Penang in front of other older, more established institutions.  It is therefore a guarantee that you are getting the best education possible, at the best value possible!!

But here in KDU Penang University College, even as we focus on our students achieving the highest grades possible in internationally- recognized exams, like the GCE where some former alumni have been assessed as being the best in Maths or Science in the world; it is not all study, study and more study. As we know the famous saying: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy / or Jill a dull girl!”

Part of our philosophy, our mission is that people learn from people – not only books. So we want to encourage you to get involved in the extra-curricular activities – there are so many clubs / associations here in the university college. For example, you may want to join the Engineering Society – and no doubt it has activities centred round technical or mechanical matters – but did you know that the Engineering Society so wonderfully organized our recent Christmas parcel give-away to orphanages and places where such gifts would brighten the lives of many disadvantaged children?? 

Why am I telling you this?? KDU Penang University College is also very concerned about instilling good values and attitudes of compassion, generosity and concern for the less fortunate, in our students.  Yes, with your qualifications, you will progress well in the world, succeeding in whatever you aim to do or to be. But even more, KDU Penang wants its graduates to go confidently into the world, able to and determined to make that world a better place for others – just because you are there!       

Thus again, we welcome you warmly today – we look forward to seeing all of you bloom, develop and prosper here. Remember, you are surrounded by staff and lecturers who really care about you, and who will always be available to assist you, whatever issue you face. We value each and every one of you; and indeed, we are all ready to contribute all good things into all your lives. So look forward to some of the best times in your life here at KDU Penang – in every field of your life – be it social or academic. I assure you, with all the experiences that KDU Penang can offer you, you will from today, be involved in learning experiences that will pay great dividends, plus, making wonderful, happy memories that will last an entire lifetime…

Dr. Chong Beng Keok
Vice Chancellor
Welcome to KDU Penang University College. If this is your first semester with us I extend a particular welcome for trusting us to partner with you in the next step of your life journey. For those returning you will have noticed we have been upgraded to a University College. So what does this mean for you? Perhaps the most obvious change is the appointment of me as the Deputy Vice Chancellor. In my role I am focussed on ensuring that you have the best possible international standard education. We already have in place the foundations of an excellent standard of university level education, as evidenced by our rating by the Malaysian Ministry of Education as a 6 star college in the 2014/2015 MYQUEST quality assessment exercise. Importantly, when you graduate our students have a track record of getting jobs! No College within Malaysia scored higher than the maximum ‘6-star’ rating we received in the key area of Graduate Recognition of the MYQUEST evaluation.
In short, no one beats KDU University College’s rating in terms of employability or continuance to higher study. More than ninety percent (90%) of KDU’s graduates are employed, or engaged in further study, within 6 months of graduating. At KDU Penang University College we are equipping you to be future-ready through imbibing an ability to adapt within the highly competitive global market place.
A university level education differs greatly from that you experience in school in that we are a community of scholars. While our academic staff are qualified to a high level in their respective subject areas many are also involved in research to ensure your learning journey is both relevant to today and world leading. On your part you are expected to demonstrate independent learning and also contribute to building a learning experience. In addition to assigned classes you will have tasks you need to complete to excel in your chosen field.  View learning as an adventure not a competition. Squeeze as much as you can out of every class or group interaction, every assignment and you will emerge a ‘thinker’ equipped to take on the world. Finally, remember to keep a balance in your life. Play a little…and study a lot! Use the gym, join a club, read for leisure
The key to maintaining balance in your life while studying is planning well, join a sports team or the dance club. I know you will enjoy your time as part of the KDU Penang University College. Seize the day and the future is yours!

Dr. Brian Charles Imrie
Deputy Vice Chancellor
Quality Assurance
KDU Penang was certified with ISO MS 9001:2000 on 8 May 2008. The certification was converted to ISO MS 2001:2008 in Year 2009. We are honoured to receive compliments from the certification body over the past five years that:

KDU’s quality management system (QMS) continues to meet the ISO standards, as well as organisational and other related requirements.
The compliance level at core and support processes remains good, been performed under controlled conditions and consistently monitored. Control of records is relatively effective; whereby required records were retrieved in timely manner and readily identifiable.
Internal audit has been comprehensively conducted and maximised by the organisation for the identification of possible improvements and its errors rectified.
The management and staff have shown serious commitment to continually implement and maintain the organisational QMS.
It is important to promote the culture of excellence within KDU Penang. This achievement has reinforced the effectiveness and efficiency of quality services provided in the college and sets us up for achieving even greater heights in the future.

6-star Recognition
KDU College Penang received the prestigious overall 6-star, college-based rating in the 2014/2015 Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for Private Colleges (MyQUEST). KDU College was the only private college in Penang and the Northern region to be awarded this eminent recognition. Presented by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), MyQUEST is a quality evaluation system that rates the performance of private colleges in terms of students, programmes, graduates, resources and governance.  A 6-star rating is the highest accolade a private college can achieve, and is reflective of an excellent overall performance of the private college in providing high-quality education.
KDU College Penang also received 6-star cluster-based ratings in seven clusters – General Programmes; Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences, Business and Law; Science, Mathematics and Computing; Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction; Health and Welfare; and Services.

Find out more on

Quality assurance >> http://qa.kdupg.edu.my/
Teaching and learning >> http://tlc.kdupg.edu.my/