Limkokwing University of Creative Technology is a private university in Malaysia. The school is named after its founder, Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Lim Kok Wing. The University was the first private Malaysian institution to receive the University College status, and it was the first University College upgraded to full University status.
Limkokwing has fully operational campuses in London, Cyberjaya, Kuching, Gaborone, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing, and is opening one in New York in 2008. The "Global University" concept Lim Kok Wing has adapted since its inception forms the university's main aim and is an essential part of its mission statement.
The first campus comprising a few bungalows converted into classrooms, studios and laboratories at Jalan Tun Razak, right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's golden triangle, was painted in vibrant colours using the main elements of design — square, circle and triangle — to form the core patterns.
The first pioneering batch of students’ total 200 who signed up for diploma courses in two faculties — art & design and communication — pursuing graphic design, interior design, fashion and textile design, advertising and public relations.
Within a five-year span, it became a well-known brand. Student intakes rose steadily year by year and the then college made plans to expand in 1996. It shifted to a larger complex in Mayang, Petaling Jaya, after spending RM30 million for renovation, equipment installations, new facilities and amenities.
In February 2003, the college was upgraded by the Ministry of Education to the university college status. The college became the first private university college in the country bestowing its own degrees.
The university college began to export its services abroad since 1997. Over the years, it has attracted thousands of students from all over the world pursuing international degrees and diplomas in Malaysia.
In October 2004, in order to accommodate more students, the university college shifted to its RM100 million state-of-the-art mother campus in Cyberjaya. It is now home to more than 8,000 students from over 100 countries. It is also a happening place for lifestyle and cultural activities, as well as major events like exhibitions and seminars.
In May 2007, the university college became the first private university college in Malaysia to be upgraded to a full fledge university.
In October 2007, a milestone was created when Limkokwing opens its campus in London, United Kingdom. The campus was officialy launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, together with the Centre for Malay Studies and Think Malaysia contact centre.
The courses at Limkokwing London are accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges in April 2008. This is to assure international students, parents and education representatives that the programmes delivered, as well as the premises of the institution, conform to the standards and quality required by British law.
In March 2007, Limkokwing opened another new campus at Fairgrounds Mall, Gaborone, Botswana, officiated by the Former President of Botswana, Festus G Mogae at 14th May 2007. The second campus — Block 6 opened its door to accommodate all programmes under one roof in July 2007 and the third campus — Block 7 started its operation in July 2008.
Since then, Gaborone is home to three Limkokwing campuses offering globally recognised programmes to Botswana students as well as those in neighbouring countries, including South Africa and Kenya.
In April 2008, the university opened up another campus at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Courses offered include free pre-university Intensive Immersion English classes, a Foundation program, and several options for both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. The instructors are international, many of whom are employed at the Limkokwing Cyberjaya campus. The campus consists of two purpose-built buildings and contains classrooms, offices, a multimedia library, lecture halls, etc.
Anticipated opening date for the new Bali campus is December 2008. This is a smaller non-residential campus whick will focus on short-term courses and English language immersion.