Nilai University was established as Nilai College in 1997 and was upgraded to a university college in 2007 and a full-fledged university in 2012. The Malaysian Qualifications Agency rated Nilai University as Excellent (Setara 5) in 2011 and has reaffirmed this in the latest rating exercise undertaken in 2013.
Faculties and Programmes
The university has five faculties which together house 11 departments. The five faculties are the Faculty of Business, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Technology. The NU Centre for Postgraduate Studies offers a variety of taught and research programmes for which it collaborates with the NU Centre for Research Excellence. The Centre for Foundation Studies offers two foundation level programmes that permit progression to all the degree programmes offered at the university. The University has the approval to run 2 foundations, 16 diplomae, 3 advanced diploma, 22 bachelor's, 6 master’s and 1 PhD programmes.
Nilai University is jointly owned by the Nilai Resources Group and Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGV).
The Nilai Resources Group which is the developer of the Putra Nilai township has numerous subsidiaries including Nilai International School that delivers the Cambridge International curriculum, the four-star Nilai Springs Resort Hotel, the Nilai Springs Golf and Country Resort which maintains a 27-hole golf course and Putra Nilai Sdn Bhd a property development arm. This diverse portfolio presents various opportunities for the university to leverage on.
Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGV) is part of the FELDA group, the world’s largest palm oil produced and palm oil plantation operator, based on planted hectares. Listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad since 2012, FGV is the world’s largest producer of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) producing over3.2 million tons of CPO annually. It is also the largest producer of refined sugar in Malaysia and one of the country’s top processed rubber producers. The company is now considered the third largest plantation operator in the world with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
To be an international centre of education excellence, dedicated to providing our students learning experiences that will enrich them for life.
- Providing quality education and internationally recognised programmes.
- Offering a full-fledged, world-class campus complete with residential and recreational facilities.
- Producing employable well-rounded graduates who are professionally competent, and socially confident.
In 1996, the founders of the University decided to respond to the Government’s call to make Malaysia a regional centre of education excellence by setting up a private higher educational institution. The dream was an institution that provides affordable quality education benchmarked against world standards. The first step towards the realisation of this dream began in 1996 when the groundwork commenced in the strategically located modern township of Putra Nilai.
With the full infrastructure in place, Nilai College opened its doors, offering homegrown diploma programmes in the areas of Business, Information Technology, Engineering and Hospitality. In addition, as one of the first institutions approved to run 3+0 programmes, Nilai College offered students internationally recognised foreign degrees – the La Trobe University (Australia) degree in business and the Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom) degrees in accounting, business, computing and hospitality. 1999
Within a year, the University’s name spread to other countries and in 1999, the pioneer batch of international students enrolled. Currently, the University maintains one of the highest international to Malaysian student ratio amongst private institutions of higher learning. This cosmopolitan environment with students from over 50 countries worldwide, adds a vibrant and exciting atmosphere to campus life. In today’s increasingly globalised world, these opportunities for cross-cultural experiences go a long way in preparing one for a global career. 2003
The University’s dedication and commitment were given due recognition when it won the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) Industry Excellence Award (Services) in 2003.
Since the turn of the century, the University has developed other programmes rooted in traditional academic fields, as well as those innovative and new to the Malaysian academic landscape such as the Aircraft Maintenance and Automotive Engineering programmes. In addition to undergraduate programmes, the university has added a number of Master degree programmes to its offerings.
The government of Malaysia conferred University College status to the institution.
The institution reached another huge milestone with an invitation to become a full-fledged University by the Ministry of Higher Education in 2012.
The institution was rated as Tier 5 (Excellent) by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency - SETARA 2011 Ratings