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The Vision and Mission

To be a leading university of technology and innovation transforming students into highly employable, competent and future-proof professionals.

We provide high quality, affordable, innovative and internationally benchmarked education and research in a professional, ethical and student centred manner by designing and delivering a range of enriching and distinctive learning experiences.

Nurturing Professionals for Global Careers

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities, and is where a unique fusion of technology, innovation and creativity works effectively towards transforming students into highly competent, employable and future-proof professionals. APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of over 400 prestigious awards at local and international levels.

APU Is Awarded 2024 Employers' Choice of University

Renowned for its 100% employability rate among graduates, APU underlined its strengths by being selected as the 2024 Employers' Choice of University in Talentbank's annual survey of employers. Talentbank also announced that APU graduates were voted Champions of Employers' Top Choice in the fields of Computing & IT, Game Design and Development, Animation, and Finance & Islamic Finance. Additionally, graduates of Actuarial Science, Mechatronic Engineering, Multimedia and Communication.

APU Achieves Global Quality Accreditation from QAA UK

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), a leading Malaysian University has achieved a significant milestone by securing accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in the United Kingdom. This accreditation underscores APU’s commitment to excellence, rigorous quality assurance processes, and student-centered education.

APU is Awarded Best Tech University & Best Future Ready University for 2024 - Awards

The Awards are prestigious accolades that recognise organisations that demonstrate excellence and leadership in the field of technology and innovation. In the 2024 Awards, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) shone brightly, winning both the Best Tech University and Best Future Ready University awards, as voted by readers. This recognition reflects APU’s unwavering commitment in offering cutting-edge digital technology programmes & preparing students for the future. APU is a repeat winner, having also won the PC.Com Best Tech University Award in 2023.

Malaysia’s Highest Rated Emerging Universities

APU was announced as among the Highest Rated Emerging Universities in Malaysia, being rated 5-STAR (EXCELLENT Rating) under the latest SETARA Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). APU has maintained this Excellent Rating consecutively in the SETARA 2011, 2013, 2017 as well as in the latest ratings announced on 18th Dec 2020. The SETARA ratings system measures the performance of teaching and learning in universities in Malaysia.

APU emerges as the First QS 5 Stars Plus University in Malaysia

APU emerges as the First QS 5 Stars Plus University in Malaysia 

APU is the First Malaysian University to achieve an overall rating of Five Stars Plus in the latest QS Stars Rating awards that were presented at the QS Apple Conference on 1st Nov 2021. Five Stars Plus institutions must achieve five star ratings across all categories in addition to achieving minimum highest benchmark score by QS STARS.  APU is amongst 23 universities worldwide to achieve this honour.

According to Leigh Kamolins, Head of Evaluation, QS Intelligence Unit, "The QS Stars university rating system audits and rates over 600 universities globally in a broader range of criteria than any world ranking exercise. Comprehensive audits are also independently carried out as part of the ratings exercise. QS Stars™ shines a light on both the excellence and the diversity of the rated institution. Congratulations to Asia Pacific University (APU) for being the first ever QS 5-Stars Plus rated institution in Malaysia and being 1 amongst 23 in the world.

The full list of QS 5-Stars Plus rated institutions can be found here

APU Makes Waves in the QS World University Ranking 2025

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) has achieved a significant milestone by securing accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in the United Kingdom. This accreditation underscores APU’s commitment to excellence, rigorous quality assurance processes, and student-centered education.

This recognition is the result of a rigorous review process carried out by independent QAA reviewers. As a result of the accreditation, APU will now be recognised on an equal basis with UK universities.

Facts regarding APU’s achievements in the latest QS World University rankings:

  • Ranked #611-620 in the World
  • Ranked No. 186 in Asia
  • Ranked No.1 for International Students in Malaysia
  • Ranked No.16 in the World for International Students
  • Ranked Top 200 for International Faculty in the World

APU is a "Premier Digital Tech University" - MDEC

APU was awarded the Premier Digital Tech University status by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). APU is recognised for its commitment in offering top-notch digital technology courses and ensuring our highly-skilled graduates continue to flourish and fill future digital job demands locally and globally. Premier Digital Tech University status was awarded by the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia. Premier Digital Tech Universities and Preferred Digital Tech Polytechnics (PDTIs) are Malaysia’s leading digital tech-focused tertiary institutions. The PDTIs have a proven track record in producing high quality graduates for digital tech-based high value jobs, via cutting-edge research and education policies, strong industry linkages, and career development and placement services.

Originally established as the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) in 1993 and Asia Pacific University College of Technology & Innovation (UCTI) in 2004, APU’s sound approach to nurturing school leavers into qualified professionals has resulted in our graduates being highly sought after by employers.

Born out of a collaboration between MDEC, the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia and industry leaders, the PDTIs deliver end-to-end solutions to ensure that future graduates are propelled into becoming dynamic members of an innovation-driven and knowledge-powered Malaysia.

Top Private Colleges In Malaysia

APIIT was announced as one of the Top Private Colleges in Malaysia to attain 6-STAR (OUTSTANDING Rating) under the latest Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) on 18th Dec 2020. MYQUEST is a quality evaluation system assessed by MOHE to evaluate the quality of programmes offered by Malaysian private colleges.

"100% Employed by Graduation" - Graduate Tracer Study

According to the latest Annual Graduate Tracer Study by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, 100% of APU graduates were employed by Graduation. This is not just a number, but a significant symbol of our success and pride in nurturing professionals for global careers. To date, over 80,000 alumni have embarked onto their careers worldwide.

APU awarded 5-Star Rating for Online Learning by QS

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) has been awarded 5-Star Rating for Online Learning in the latest QS Stars Rating System.

The rating – the highest possible rating in the category - demonstrates APU's continued focus in providing interactive, student-centred, and flexible digital learning using innovative technologies that enable its students to learn anytime and anywhere.

APU students are able to continue learning seamlessly through its cloud-based digital platforms that leverages on a variety of tools, media, formats and content to make learning meaningful and stimulating for its students.

In parallel, APU’s Digital Learning Hub (DLH) supports our academic staff by assisting them to create impactful and high-quality digital content to suit various teaching and learning environments, along with inspiring them to use creative teaching and learning techniques.

The QS Rating System is a leading, international ranking system of universities that is awarded by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) that ranks universities around the world.

APU is a premier private university in Malaysia with an international profile of students that takes pride in offering a wide suite of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that are authentic, industry-recognised and meet the needs of the labour market.

APU - Rated No. 1 in Asia and Malaysia for MULTICULTURAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE*

(*Student Barometer Wave 2019 (International Students), ‘Studying with people from other cultures’)

With an international student community of students from more than 130 countries studying in its Malaysian campus, APU offers a truly cosmopolitan learning environment which prepares students well for the global challenges which lie ahead. APU offers a wide range of degrees with Technology as a common core. It is APU’s aim to nurture and encourage innovation through our programmes, with the intention of producing individuals who will learn, adapt and think differently in new and better ways.

Worldwide Recognition – Internationally & Locally Recognised Degrees

You work hard to obtain the Degree. We work hard to get you Worldwide Recognition.

The Asia Pacific University has and always will, continue to develop and deliver its academic programmes through unique and well-established international partnerships and Qualifications gained from APU truly meet international quality standards.

Our degrees are widely recognized by international professional bodies as listed below:


ISO & SIRIM Certified

APU’s achievements bear testimony to our commitment to excellence in higher education and training, as well as innovative research and development and commercialization. APU is certified to the internationally recognised ISO9001:2008 standards by SIRIM QAS International.

MSC Status Institution

The Scope of the certification covers core and support procedures and processes in the provision of programmes and services for undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Besides, being awarded the MSC Malaysia status for Institutions of Higher Learning is a recognition and testimony of APU’s contribution to Malaysia’s Digital Economy through IT professionals with industry relevant and immediately employable skills upon graduation.

Through our network of APIIT Education Group branch campuses established in Sri Lanka and India, APU also reaches out to young aspiring professionals in these countries, providing them with a unique opportunity of experiencing international best practices in higher education using curricula, processes, resources and systems which have been developed in Malaysia. APU’s academic programmes are approved by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia and the qualifications are accredited, or provisionally accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

APU professor appointed as UNESCO Chair

Prof. Dr. Abtar Darshan Singh, our Professor of Innovative Digital Learning & Director of the Digital Learning Hub, has been appointed to the prestigious position of the UNESCO Chair on Harnessing Innovations in Technology to Support Teachers & Quality Learning.
As the UNESCO Chair, Prof. Dr. Abtar will drive research, training and knowledge sharing initiatives on harnessing innovations in technology to support teachers and quality in teaching and learning in Malaysia as well as developing economies in Asia and around the world.  This also includes equipping teachers and professionals in education with state-of-the-art knowledge and tools to enhance hybrid learning, which has become increasingly important in the post-pandemic learning context.

ACU - Association of Commonwealth Universities

Asia Pacific University (APU) is a member of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). One of the world's first international university network, the ACU has more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries.

AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Asia Pacific University (APU) is among few institutions in Malaysia who are Members of AACSB. AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.

Through membership, accreditation, research, thought leadership, professional development, and advocacy, AACSB partners with over 1,500 organizations, from more than 90 countries globally.

International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP)

APU is the first university in the South East Asia region and second in Asia or Asia Pacific to attain full professional membership of the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) since February 2022. The memberships allows for professional certification access via the InnovAcademy for the staff and student. Additionally APU students will be exposed to the RAIKES innovation science competency model and the Mitre Innovation Science toolkit. These platforms will enable engagement and networking with 3,000 likeminded professionals, be part of a community of innovators and also view the annual Innova-Can event or any Live Webinar sessions conducted by global thought leaders, best-selling authors and practitioners. The primary focus is also for APU student to be able to work on UN SDG projects as Final Year Projects or Dissertation or Capstone Projects under mentorship by IAOIP professionals from across the international network of members. From a research angle APU is given full access to the International Journal of Innovation Science (IJIS) publication. APU Leadership is also now part of the ISO 279 working group developing core standards within the innovation space.

"The International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) is pleased to welcome APU as their latest University Sponsor. We eagerly look forward to working with the faculty and students in continuing to fulfill APU's mission of future-proofing and transforming its students into highly-competent professionals through a unique fusion of Innovation Science technology and creativity. During the next three years, we will be working closely with APU to design and deliver high-impact innovation science learning experiences to help nurture students and professionals for global careers."

- Frank Voehl, IAOIP VP of Certifications.

Double Your Advantage – APU-DMU Dual Degree Programme

Apart from the internationally acclaimed APU Degree, students who are under our Undergraduate & coursework-based Postgraduate programmes have an option to double their advantage by opting in for the APU-DMU Dual Degree Award. APU's partnership with De Montfort University (DMU), UK  enables students to be awarded Dual Awards - separate degree certificates from each institution – and enhances not just teaching and learning experiences, but also career prospects.

Upon graduation, students will receive 2 Degree Certificates & Transcripts: 1 from APU, Malaysia and 1 from DMU, UK.

APU’s Iconic Campus – A Metropolitan Campus Designed for Interactivity

APU’s iconic campus is strategically located at Technology Park Malaysia (TPM), Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. TPM is the ideal location for this new and contemporary Campus due to its strong positioning as Malaysia's primary hub for leading-edge and high-tech developments in a wide variety of areas such as Information and Communication Technology, Biotechnology, Microelectronics, Engineering and Broadcasting. TPM is also located in one of the most rapidly developing areas in Kuala Lumpur, and is well served and accessible through major highways, LRT and other forms of public transportation.

The state-of-the-art APU campus houses world-class facilities that meet industry standards.

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