HELP University (Malay: Universiti HELP; formerly known as HELP Institute, and subsequently as HELP University College) is a private university in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was founded in 1986 by its President, Paul Chan Tuck Hoong, and CEO Chan-Low Kam Yoke.

HELP (Higher Education Learning Philosophy) University
Universiti HELP
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Former names
HELP University
MottoUniversity of achievers
ELM Business School, No. 15, Jalan Sri Semantan 1, Off Jalan Semantan, Bukit Damansara, 50490, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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CampusDamansara Heights

HELP first offered twinning programmes with the University of Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom, and the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. It has partnerships with universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and in Europe.

HELP University is a member of the HELP Education Group. The HELP Education Group consists of HELP University, HELP Academy, HELP College of Arts and Technology, and HELP International School.


Faculties and departmentsEdit

The academic faculties at HELP University are:

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences and Multimedia
  • Faculty of Communication
  • Faculty of Behavioural Sciences
  • Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law and Government
  • Faculty of University Foundation Studies
  • ELM Graduate School

Faculty of Behavioural SciencesEdit

The faculty houses the [Department of Psychology], CareerSense@HELP, and the Centre for Psychological Counselling Services (CPCS) which offers services to students, staff and members of the public.

The Faculty of Behavioural Sciences is the largest in Southeast Asia for a private educational institution. HELP University was the first private educational institution to offer a degree in Psychology in Malaysia. Its origins were in the mid-1990s when the university college realised that students needed counselling and psychological services, and employed counsellors so that students may approach them for help. From then onwards, psychology at HELP University grew with more services offered to students and staff, and culminated in the establishment of programmes and degrees, and a faculty that specialises in Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.

The Faculty of Behavioural Sciences is involved with World Vision Malaysia, and UNICEF in many projects, notably the World Vision 30 Hour Famine, and other research projects.

Business Studies DepartmentEdit

Graduates of HELP's Bachelor of Business (Accounting) programme can apply to be an associate member of CPA Australia without having to sit for the qualifying exam.

HELP's Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree is recognised by the United Kingdom ICAEW and ACCA for full credit exemptions.

The Department of University of London International ProgrammesEdit

HELP was the first educational institution in the world to offer the University of London External Programme’s Diploma in Economics outside of the United Kingdom in 1986. The University of London International Programme is administered by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

HELP Academy and HELP College of Arts and Technology (HELP CAT) were awarded the affiliate status by the University of London in 2009. The HELP Group therefore has two affiliate statuses out of the 21 awarded to institutions throughout the world.

Many University of London International Programmes students at HELP have won scholarships such as the External Scholarship and Standard Chartered Scholarships to continue their studies at the London School of Economics, and at the University of Cambridge.

The degrees are awarded by the University of London International Programmes are BSc (Business), BSc (Banking and Finance), BSc (Economics), BSc (Economics and Management)and BSc (Accounting and Finance).

Relationship with Kim Jong-UnEdit

In 2003, HELP University awarded North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with an honorary doctorate[2]. This move generated negative press at the time, but the president of the university stating that he hopes such a 'soft constructive' approach would help improve things in North Korea[3].


  1. ^ "HELP University awards honorary doctorate to- Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  2. ^ Murad, Dina. "HELP University awards honorary doctorate to Kim Jong-Un - Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Helping Kim Jong-un is HELP's bad mistake". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 6 July 2019.

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