Bruneian students may obtain scholarships from other sources apart from the Brunei government to study abroad. Many Bruneians continue their studies in the United Kingdom (UK), United States (US) and Australia, to name a few.

Awarded by the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam, the renowned Chevening Scholarship is for individuals who demonstrate leadership potential and strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial support for future leaders to study for an eligible Master’s degree at any UK university while also gaining access to a range of exclusive academic, professional and cultural experiences.

Fulbright is the flagship international educational exchange programme sponsored by the US government. The Fulbright Student Programme enables Bruneians to pursue their postgraduate study in the US, build leadership skills and exchange cultural understanding.

To facilitate the process of pursing higher education abroad, students may consult education services agencies such as Findlay (B) Sdn Bhd and HRDS Education Services.

Accredited by the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council under the Ministry of Education, Findlay provides a range of services through the entire journey in pursuing higher education overseas. The agency’s services include reviewing personal statements, assisting with university applications, running pre-departure briefings, making language test arrangements and making housing applications.

Findlay also offers consultation to walk students through their needs, goals, visa applications and budget. Using its comprehensive and up-to-date research databases, Findlay helps with finding suitable universities, colleges and programmes for students.

Another long established agency is the HRDS Education Services. Initially starting with Australian universities, HRDS Education Services grew to cover the UK, Malaysia and Singapore universities, all of which are now part of their diverse client list of institutions to choose from. The agency works to meet the institution standards and deliver quality counselling to place students into their ideal university.

Management and Science University

The Management and Science University (MSU) is a Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), global multi-ranked institution focused on building holistic human capital. As an applied, enterprise, holistic and international university, MSU offers foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and flexible programmes. The university’s award-winning academic programmes meet stringent standards of local and international bodies.

MSU houses the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Faculty of Business Management and Professional Studies, and Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering. It also houses the International Medical School, School of Pharmacy, School of Education and Social Sciences, School of Hospitality and Creative Arts, School of Graduate Studies, Graduate School of Management, and Centre for Fundamental Studies.

The establishment of the MSU Medical Centre has put MSU as the first private university in Malaysia with its own private specialist hospital.


MSU accreditors include the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), the United Kingdom’s (UK) Accreditation Services for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC), the Japan’s Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow (ABEST21), the Netherland’s Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU), the UK’s Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) as well as Sri Lanka’s University Grants Commission (UGC).

MSU International Medical School Bangalore campus is Malaysia’s first offshore medical school to be granted the full five-year accreditation by the Malaysian Medical Council. The MBBS programme is recognised by India’s National Medical Commission, Sri Lanka Medical Council and Maldives Medical and Dental Council.

Ranking and awards

MSU holds a position in the QS Top 100 among the best young universities in the world, the QS Top 200 among the best universities in Asia, the QS Top 40 among the best universities in Southeast Asia as well as the QS Top 301+ for Graduate Employability Ranking. MSU is also listed in the QS World University Rankings (WUR) 2024 and the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2023.

According to the 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject, MSU is ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide for hospitality and leisure management, in the top 150 for art and design, and in the top 350 for business and management studies.

MSU was also awarded with the Platinum 5 Crowns by the ASIC, as well as QS 5-Stars Overall on the metrics of Teaching, Graduate Employability, Academic Development, Internationalisation, Hospitality and Leisure Management, Online Learning, Social Responsibility, and Inclusiveness.

The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) rated MSU as SETARA Tier-5 Excellent Status for Emerging University and the Most Entrepreneurial Private University in Malaysia.

The ACEEU also recognised MSU as the Global Green University of the Year, the People’s Choice Award, and the Top 5 Engaged Global University of the Year through the Triple E Awards 2023.

A holistic approach

As the recipient of Malaysia’s Best University (TVET Education) through Malaysia Education and TVET 2023 award, MSU has proven its unwavering commitment in promoting technical and vocational education and training (TVET)-based education. Its highly qualified academics and international visiting professors support a holistic curricular framework that delivers compelling learning experiences.

Blending TVET with traditional academic curricula, MSU enhances competencies with industry internship, community, creative entrepreneurship, and global exposure. Students also have access to various skills enhancement programmes, such as the Graduate Employability Skills (GEmS) and Personal Enrichment Competencies (PEC) programme.

Extensive partnerships and collaborations with more than 350 institutions in over 40 countries provide comprehensive mobility opportunities for all MSU students, enhancing their employability. Today, 99 per cent of MSU graduates secure employment within six months of their graduation, according to the MOHE tracer study.

Envisioning a better, more sustainable future for all, MSU champions equality by providing a level playing field across extensive efforts in transforming lives, enriching future.


Brunei Press Publications