About Us



Our journey as Kolej Swasta Bandar Utama (KSBU) began in 1990 in 6 units of 4-storey shop-lots in Damansara Uptown, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya while waiting for the completion of our purpose-built permanent campus in Bandar Utama, a new and successful mixed development township in Petaling Jaya. After relocating to our permanent campus KBU changed its name to KBU International College. In 2015 we were elevated to university college and renamed First City University College (First City UC).


Our permanent campus is designed to ensure a conducive learning and teaching environment, supported by state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Emphasizing that education is not just about studying we have included both outdoor and indoor recreational facilities at the campus such as a football field, futsal, badminton, and basketball courts, table tennis tables, and a dance studio. We also provide air-conditioned student accommodation with en-suite bathrooms which can accommodate more than 800 students within and across the road from the campus. First City UC’s students will have a holistic and wholesome experience of campus life in preparing for their future career.


For almost 30 years, First City UC has been leading the way in providing affordable, quality and industry-relevant education for Malaysian and International students. First City UC offers a wide range of programmes that meet the stringent requirements of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) on the quality and delivery of programmes. First City UC also collaborates with reputable foreign universities. Such collaboration is important for benchmarking First City UC’s standards and quality at an international level.

                  Our Milestones                


Kolej Swasta Bandar Utama was founded by the late Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Teo Soo Cheng.

Kolej Swasta Bandar Utama commenced operations at Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya.


Renamed Kolej Bandar Utama (KBU) with the approval of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia.




The College was relocated to Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya on a 13-acre site. It was the First Phase of the new campus.



Renamed KBU International College with the approval of Ministry of Education, Malaysia.




KBU International College launched its new crest.





Launched First City University College with new crest and logo.




Expanded operations to the newly completed Phase II of the campus, comprising an academic block and an on-campus accommodation block.





Empowering Students to be Globally Competitive






To Provide Affordable Quality Higher Education for an Enriching Future





I feel a sense of pride for the excellent achievements and transformation of this great University College to become a leading institution in providing quality higher education to empower our learners to be globally competitive. The location of this campus in the modern and vibrant township of Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, which is easily accessible by public transport and highway connectivity, is more than ideal. First City University College (First City UC) is almost thirty years old and has a reputation and an enviable track record of producing highly employable graduates and successful entrepreneurs. We have expanded and modernized our campus to further enhance our excellent and conducive teaching and learning facilities and our vibrant campus life.


We recognize the importance of empowering our graduates not only to be highly employable, remain relevant and be global citizens, but as successful entrepreneurs. First City UC has therefore crafted a Holistic Strategy to benefit its students by adopting the following strategies:


  1. Provide a wide range of industry-driven courses at Foundation, Diploma, Degree, Master and eventually Doctorate levels
  2. Emphasize a student-centric approach to engage students in teaching and learning
  3. Arrange industrial & professional training to provide our students with practical and real-world learning experience as well as life skills for their future careers
  4. Support our relevant staff to undertake R&D activities and learn new skills as part of our Staff Development Initiative through First City UC’s Centre for Excellence in Research Innovation (CERI)
  5. Embrace new technologies and methodologies in teaching and learning through First City UC’s Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT)
  6. Collaborate with professional bodies and business associations in order to keep students and staff abreast of professional and business developments. This includes forging industry and institutional research collaborations
  7. Collaborate with established foreign universities for best practices, validation & mutual recognition
  8. Establish First City UC as a melting pot of global cultures through recruitment of foreign students from different parts of the world


I look forward to welcoming you to First City UC.


Prof. Dr. Saw Sor Heoh




APU Junior & Senior Taekwondo Poomsae Invitation 2018

Tan Kok Haw & Kenny Soon – Won Three Medals


Culinary Competition, Career Event in Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Tiang Kar Xian – Second Runner-up


Nottingham Ultimate Taekwondo Showdown (NUTS) 2018

Steven Tan Kok Haw – Bronze medal (Sparring)


24th Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) Furniture Design Competition (FDC) 2018

Ong Sze Xian – Champion


Nottingham Ultimate Taekwondo Showdown (NUTS) 2019

Wong Yie Yang – Silver Medal


James Wong Yoon Thean | Strategy Director, PHD Hong Kong

BA (Hons) Graphic Design


“The lecturers are both practitioners and academicians. This enables students to be always close to the ever-evolving industry. Art, Design and Communication are disciplines that are never static and can never be learnt through rote learning. It is immersive and students require practising masters to embed knowledge through practice.” 

Nigel Sim | Recipient of Excellence Awards 2016 (First Class Honours)

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering


“Studying at First City UC has given me more focus in achieving my goals in life. First City UC has assisted my friends and me to get employment even before we sat for our final exam. During Innovation Day, employers from various companies held on-the-spot interviews and some of us were instantly hired. I was lucky to be offered a job 2 months before my finals.”

Chen Jianshi | Head of Research & Chief Coach, Grandpine Capital Sdn Bhd.

BA (Hons) Business Administration


“I was especially attracted to the programme offered by KBU as the University College was known then, as it offered me a pathway to complete my final year in the UK. I enjoyed the friendly environment at the campus and the lecturers were very attentive and responsible in ensuring that the students succeed in their studies.”

Vince Tan | Co-Founding CEO of Shock Media Studio

Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons)


“The college has a friendly environment. The lecturers and staff are courteous and warm. They are very approachable, hence students feel comfortable in seeking their advice and guidance. I would recommend First City UC because they offer programmes which are designed to focus on important fundamental knowledge.” 

Andrew Chong | Founder & CEO of Andrew Chong Design

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design


“First City UC provided the best 3+0 degree course during my time. The learning environment was great and inspiring. The structure of the course was well-organised and we had great tutorial sessions and lectures. We even have our coursework accessed by lecturers from Nottingham Trent University, UK. The course materials were very relevant to the industry requirements. I found my first job as an interior designer a week after I graduated. I have no problems looking for a design job because the course prepared me well for the industry.”

Lai Su Kie | Associate Specialist, SD (Merck Sharp & Dohme)

BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance


“The academic experience and the overall student experience have benefited my personal development. First City UC excels in providing a professional and engaging learning environment, with enthusiastic lecturers who are actively involved in the industry. I can reflect that First City UC has provided me with the opportunity to explore an array of different possibilities for my future. In addition, I am honoured to be awarded the First City UC full Merit Scholarship, which reduced my financial burden.”