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Granted, with slew of useless topics nowadays in MYChat, I believed its high time for us to have quality postings that actually contributes to MYChat forummers.

Well, given I'm in Malaysian education industry, I am going to post information regarding MY higher education institutions, both local & private Universities.

Surprisingly, local education industry has been evolving at a much faster rate, with MY fast becoming education hub in Asia catering to international students from Middle East, South East Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Africa & recently, from South America.

MY Govt know that education industry in MY are now part of national income, thus encoraging local institutions to tap the international market.

Being part of the higher education establishment & industry in MY, I believed, the education sector will definitely make MY into a Global Village that it aspires to be.
On the 1st part of the post, I'll be describing the public Universities, & followed by myriad of private Universities operating in MY.

Much of the information are pilfered from Wiki, edited to MYChat by me for AF purposes. Given most of us are lazy goons, well, pilfering from Wiki had merit .. biggrin.gif


The University of Malaya (Abbreviation: UM; Malay: Universiti Malaya) is the oldest university in Malaysia. The university motto is Ilmu Punca Kemajuan (Malay: Knowledge is the Key to Progress).


In September 1904, Tan Jiak Kim led a group of representatives of the Chinese and other non-European communities, and petitioned the Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir John Anderson, to establish a medical school in Singapore. Tan, who was the first president of the Straits Chinese British Association, managed to raise $87,077, of which the largest amount of $12,000 came from himself. On 3 July 1905, the medical school was founded, and was known as the Straits and Federated Malay States Government Medical School. The medical library was first housed in the students' reading room within the school, converted from the vacant old female lunatic asylum in Sepoy Lines.

In 1912, the medical school received an endowment of $120,000 from the King Edward VII Memorial Fund, started by Dr Lim Boon Keng. Subsequently on 18 November 1913, the name of the school was changed to the King Edward VII Medical School. In 1921, it was again changed to the King Edward VII College of Medicine to reflect its academic status.
Evolution of the University of Malaya

In 1929, Raffles College was established to promote arts and social sciences at tertiary level for Malayan students.

Establishment of the university

Two decades later, Raffles College was merged with the King Edward VII College of Medicine to form the University of Malaya on 8 October 1949. The two institutions were merged to provide for the higher education needs of the Federation of Malaya and Singapore.

The growth of UM was very rapid during the first decade of its establishment and resulted in the setting up of two autonomous divisions in 1959, one located in Singapore and the other in Kuala Lumpur.

Growth and consolidation

In 1960, the governments of the Federation of Malaysia and Singapore indicated their desire to change the status of the Divisions into that of a national university. Legislation was passed in 1961 establishing the former Kuala Lumpur division as the University of Malaya while the Singapore division was renamed the University of Singapore, the predecessor of today's National University of Singapore, on January 1, 1962.

On June 16, 1962, the university celebrated the installation of its first Chancellor, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's first Prime Minister. The first Vice-Chancellor was former Dean, Sir Alexander Oppenheim, the world renowned mathematician who formulated the Oppenheim conjecture in 1929. When Oppenheim left in 1965 with no successor in sight, Rayson Huang who later went on to become the first Asian Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong [2], was asked to take over as the Acting Vice Chancellor. He served in that capacity for 12 months but declined reappointment in order to return to academic pursuits [3].

Chin Fung Kee, an authority in geotechnical engineering [4], replaced Huang as Acting Vice-Chancellor until the university succeeded in filling the position in 1967 by the appointment of James H.E. Griffiths. A distinguished physicist and a fellow of Magdalen College, Griffiths was also the former head of Clarendon Laboratory of Oxford University and one of the discoverers of ferromagnetic resonance.


In 1968, economist Ungku Abdul Aziz succeeded Griffiths as Vice-Chancellor, making him the second Malaysian after Chin to be elevated to the highest executive office in UM and the first Malaysian to be appointed as full Vice-Chancellor. This development was a precursor to the introduction of ethnic quotas into public universities with the introduction of the New Economic Policy in 1971.

On May 1, 2006, the first woman Vice-Chancellor when former Dean of the Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya and later assistant governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, Rafiah Salim, was appointed to the position.

Organization and administration

UM is incorporated by an Act of Parliament with the passage of the University of Malaya Act 1961 which established the former Kuala Lumpur division of the University of Malaya incorporated by the University of Malaya Ordinance 1949 as an independent public university. Additional legislation such as the Degrees and Diplomas Act 1962 [11] granted retrospective recognition and equivalency of degrees and diploma granted by predecessor institutions.

Principal officers

The principal officers of UM are the Chancellor, three Pro-Chancellors, the Vice-Chancellor and four Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the Registrar, the Bursar, the Chief Librarian and the Director of the University of Malaya Medical Centre. The Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors are honorary positions with the Chancellor acting as the titular head of the university presiding over the Convocation. The current Chancellor is HRH Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak.

The Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive and academic officer of UM and is assisted by four Deputy Vice-Chancellors responsible for Student Affairs and Alumni, Academic and International Relations, Research and Innovation, and Development respectively.

University authorities

The highest administrative body of UM is the Board of Directors comprising of one Chairperson, the Vice-Chancellor, two representatives from the Government of Malaysia, a community member, and three other professionals, one of whom is from the private sector. Office bearers, apart from the Vice-Chancellor, are appointed to a three year term by the Minister of Higher Education and the Board is currently headed by founding director of the MARA Institute of Technology (now Universiti Teknologi MARA), Arshad Ayub.

The Senate is the highest academic body of UM comprising of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Deans and Directors of the academies, faculties, institutes, and centres as well as a selected number of professors. It has the control and general direction of instruction, research and examination, and the award of degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions in UM within its jurisdiction.


UM has three campuses, two located in Kuala Lumpur and the other located in Kelantan.


The Main Campus is located in the suburb of Lembah Pantai, southwest of Kuala Lumpur. The campus has an area of 750 acres (3.0 km²) and is the original campus of the Kuala Lumpur division of the original University of Malaya. Most of the main administrative buildings and faculties are located here. The 80 hectare Rimba Ilmu Botanical Gardens are also located within the campus.


The City Campus is located in the Bukit Persekutuan area of Kuala Lumpur approximately 15 minutes away from the Main Campus. The University of Malaya Centre for Continuing Education, Institute of Principalship Studies, International Institute of Public Policy and Management, Graduate School of Business and the City Campus library are located here.


The Academy’s branch campus in Nilam Puri, Kelantan offers courses in Islamic foundation studies in Shariah, Usuluddin, Islamic Studies and Islamic Education with Science.

University of Malaya graduates are considered creme de la creme in Malaysian market. Hearing UM name is enough to dawn respect & awe to this prestigious establishment.

Offering pre-U, undergraduate & postgraduate programmes, recently a number of foreign nationals, especially those from Iran & Arabic countries, plus a higher percentage from China & South Asian international students undergoing postgraduate studies in UM.

Notably, UM graduates are well known to be highly sought after in job market, especially both in Govt. & private sectors. Competition to enroll into the University is very high, as UM favors those with STPM / STAM (equivalent to A-Level) & its' own Pusat Asasi Sains (Science Foundation Pre-U) with excellent results.

UM is amongst the public University in Malaysia to adopt meritocracy when it is 1st introduced in early 2000s, & prided itself to continue being THE premier University in Malaysia.


The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية ماليزيا‎) is a private publicly-funded university in Malaysia. The main IIUM campus is located in Gombak, Selangor. IIUM is sponsored by eight different governments from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Although the university was founded on Islamic principles, it admits non-Muslim students as well.

It is completely distinct from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.


IIUM was first conceived in 1982 by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad during a special meeting between OIC leaders to establish an international institution for tertiary education based on Islamic principles (the Islamization of Knowledge). It was officially opened on 10 May 1983 at Petaling Jaya, with the Allahyarham Tun Hussein Onn elected as the first president.

IIUM is a private university and operates under the direction of a Board of Governors with representatives of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) as well as eight sponsoring governments. Nevertheless, the Constitutional Head, President and Rector of this international university are all Malaysians. The current Constitutional Head is the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Hj Ahmad Shah al-Musta'in Billah. (The central mosque is named in his honour.)

Faculties, Centres, and Campuses

Presently, the university has moved to a sprawling 700 acre (2.8 km²) campus at Gombak, Kuala Lumpur. The original campus in Petaling Jaya has been converted to a matriculation centre and now known as Centre For Foundation Studies (CFS). IIUM also has newly opened a CFS new campus at Bandar Baru Nilai, Negeri Sembilan for Art students such as BEN, HS, IRK, BAR, LAWS and ECONOMICS. Apart from these two campuses, IIUM has another two campuses—the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan, about 250 km to the east in the state of Pahang; ISTAC might more properly be referred to as a research institute rather than a campus. Nevertheless it comes within the administration of the University.

IIUM has 13 faculties, called 'kulliyyah' in the University from the Arabic word meaning the same. Two faculties unique to IIUM are the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws (AIKOL) and the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS). Other courses offered include various disciplines of Engineering, Dentistry, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Architecture, Information Technology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology ,Economics and Management Sciences.
An IIUM panoramic view.

The faculties (kulliyyah) of IIUM are:

* Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
* Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
* Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
* Kulliyyah of Engineering
* Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
* Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology
* Institute of Education
* [Centre of Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD)]

The Kuantan campus houses the :

* Kulliyyah of Medicine,
* Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences,
* Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
* Kuliyyah of Nursing
* Kulliyyah of Science
* Kulliyyah of Dentistry.

There are 12 'excellence centres'. Among the notable centres include the IIUM Breast Centre, located in the Kuantan campus and devoted to the research and diagnosis of breast cancer, the number one killer of women in Malaysia.

The Cultural Activity Centre (CAC) is the University's biggest centre, which is significant as a venue for the annual convocation ceremony. The centre also can be converted as an examination venue. Several cultural performances, talks and seminars were held at the centre; but the most notably was the 2003 Asia Pacific Indigenous Plays Festival which featured international cultural performances from Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, and the United States of America.


Although this is an uncommon practice in Malaysian universities, every student is entitled to have their own rooms in hostels within the IIUM campus.

IIUM is particularly well-known, at least in Malaysia, for its extensive law library and research centre, as well as for producing top-class university debaters; the University was placed seventh in the world varsity rankings in 2003.

The Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque of IIUM.

The Masjid of Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah lies in the centre of the main campus grounds, interconnected to the rest of the administrative and academic buildings. This is symbolic of the Muslim belief that religious and worldly education are indivisible and inseparable from each other.[citation needed] IIUM is also noted for its gleaming blue-tiled roofs and characteristic sandstone buildings.

Medium of instruction and compulsory course

The medium of instruction is English, with Arabic used in courses related to the study of Islamic sciences like theology, jurisprudence and ethics. Basic Arabic is a compulsory course, even for non-Muslim students. In addition, basic Malay Language is also compulsory for international students.


IIUM started with just 153 students in 1983, but today approximately 3,000 students enroll each year. As of 2005, there were approximately 20,000 students from over 40 Islamic countries studying in IIUM, as well as students from non-Islamic countries (such as Germany, China, Japan, India, United States of America, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Thailand).

Perhaps significantly for an Islamic institution, the ratio of female-to-male students is 3:1.

To date, IIUM has produced 28,065 and 10,767 graduates at bachelor's, and master's and doctorate levels respectively. Of these 38,832 graduates, 4,270 were international students from more than 100 countries. As such, IIUM is recognised by OIC countries as an institution that produces many international graduates.

Having graduates all over the world, IIUM has officially established Alumni Chapters in Thailand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Maldives, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Singapore. Branches of Alumni Chapters have also been opened in Turkey, China, Nigeria, the Philippines, Yemen, Brunei, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Gambia and the United Arab Emirates.

The main functions of these Alumni Chapters are to promote the concept of humanity and development of the world community, improve relations among members throughout the world, and set up communication networks to develop IIUM and Malaysia in general.

Awards and Recognition

IIUM has participated on an international competitions in the field of debate, public speaking and mooting competitions. In debating, IIUM has been listed in the “Malaysia Book of Records” as the first among the Top 10 international universities[citation needed] in debating competitions.

The debating team won the World's Best Debater Award in the competition held at the University of British Columbia in 2006.

In the field of research, IIUM has received recognition at regional and international level by winning gold, silver and bronze medals at various exhibitions and expos, including PENCIPTA, INPEX, ITEX and Geneva.

IIUM, or its Malaysian abbreviation UIA as its most locally known, perhaps is the only University in Malaysia with purely international outlooks. With both its local & international students flocking to its door each year marked the aspirations of the University in its quest to be the Al-Azhar of the Orient.

Not surprisingly, UIA also housed a significant number of non-Muslims students studying in various undergraduate & postgraduate programme, the only University known in Malaysia to practice meritocracy even before Govt. introduce meritocracy to lessen the Bumiputra quotas.

From humble beginnings, UIA now stands proud as the jewel of Islamic higher education institution in East Asia.


Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) is a public university located in Bangi, Selangor which is about 35 km south of Kuala Lumpur. There is also a teaching hospital in Cheras and a branch campus in Kuala Lumpur. Today, it has 17,500 undergraduate students, and 5,105 postgraduate students of which 1368 are foreign students from 35 different countries.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia is recognised as one of the four research universities in Malaysia.


Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia was formally established on 18 May 1970. The temporary campus is located at Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur with its first cohort of 192 students and 3 faculty and in October 1977, it moved to its present location in Bangi, an attractive and green valley area of 1,096 hectares. In 2007, the university has expanded to 12 well-established faculties, four institutes and nine centres.



* Allied Health Sciences
* Dentistry
* Economics and Business
* Education
* Engineering and Built Environment
* Graduate School of Business
* Information Science and Technology
* Islamic Studies
* Law
* Medicine
* Pharmacy
* Science and Technology
* Social Sciences and Humanities.


* Centre for Academic Advancement
* Centre for Corporate Planning & Communications
* Centre for General Studies
* Centre for Graduate Management
* Centre for Information Technology
* Centre for Publication and Printing
* Centre for Research and Innovation Management
* Centre for Students Advancement
* UKM Islamic Centre
* UKM Medical Centre


* Fuel Cell Institute
* Inst. for Environment & Development (LESTARI)
* Inst. for Malaysian & International Studies (IKMAS)
* Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA)
* Inst. of Microengineering & Nanoelectronics (IMEN)
* Inst. of Occidental Studies (IKON)
* Inst. of Space Science (ANGKASA)
* Inst. of Systems Biology (INBIOSIS)
* Inst. of the Malay World & Civilization (ATMA)
* Inst. of West Asian Studies (IKRAB)
* Inst. of Islam Hadhari (HADHARI)
* Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI)
* Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI)
* South East Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute (SEADPRI-UKM)

Postgraduate programmes are managed by the Centre for Graduate Studies, which was established in 1983. The Centre offers coursework or research-based programmes on both part time and full time basis. The Centre also collaborates with other national and international institutions of higher learning.

Famous people that are affiliated with the university included Sheikh Muzaphar Shukor, the first astronaut of Malaysia, and Syed Hussein Alatas.

UKM stands proud as a national University in Malaysia. As such, it considers itself as the close competitor to UM, whose it compete on yearly basis. Many international students, from Arabic nations & Indonesia choose UKM for their postgraduate studies, sponsored by respective Governments, clearly marked the UKM prestige in producing civil bureaucrats & technocrats.

Many students also marked UKM high as their topmost priority after STPM / pre-University.


Universiti Putra Malaysia (English: Putra University, Malaysia), or UPM, is a leading research intensive public university located in central Peninsular Malaysia, close to the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. It was formerly known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia or Agricultural University of Malaysia (Malay: universiti, university; pertanian, agriculture; Malaysia). UPM is a research university offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses with a research focus on agricultural sciences and its related fields. Ranked joint 364th best university in the world in 2007 by Quacquarelli Symonds, UPM is taking steps to boost its research capabilities both in and beyond the scope of agriculture.


One can trace the origins of UPM to the School of Agriculture officially instituted on 21 May, 1931 by John Scott[4], an administrative officer of the British colonial Straits Settlements. The School was located on a 22-acre spread in Serdang, Selangor state. The School began by offering the three-year Diploma program and a one-year Certificate course. By 1941 the School had succeeded in training 321 officers, with 155 having obtained the Diploma and 166 the Certificate. This school was, on 23 June, 1942, declared to be the College of Agriculture Malaya by Sir Edward Gent, the Governor of the Malayan Union. In 1948 it was proposed that this College be upgraded to a University. The proposal, however, was shelved with the declaration of the Malayan Emergency in the middle of that same year.

In 1960 the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Malaya was established. On 1 January, 1962 a statute was approved to make the Council of the College of Agriculture Malaya an authority of the University of Malaya.

The formation of an agricultural university providing programs of study at the degree level was suggested by the then Honorable Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Haji Abdul Razak Hussein, on 31 March, 1969 at the opening ceremony of the additional wing to the College of Agriculture Malaya at Serdang, Selangor.

The establishment of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia finally culminated with the enacting of the Incorporation Order signed by His Majesty The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong as provided for under the Universities and University Colleges Act, 1971, and published in the Government Gazette as P.U.(A) 387 dated 29 October, 1971. The said Incorporation Order provides as follows :

"There shall be a higher educational institution having the status of University, which shall be a body corporate for the purpose of providing, promoting and developing higher education in the fields of Agriculture, Forestry, Veterinary Science, Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities and Education as well as to provide for research and the accumulation and advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of such knowledge in the aforesaid fields of study."

The creation of this University was based on the merger of the College of Agriculture Malaya with the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Malaya. Dr. Mohd. Rashdan bin Haji Baba was appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor by virtue of the provisions of section 18 of the Universities and University Colleges Act, 1971.

Universiti Pertanian Malaysia embarked on its first academic session in July 1973 with three foundation faculties: the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Forestry, and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. Beside the three faculties there was a Basic Sciences Division. The pioneer student enrolment was 1,559 for the Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Diploma in Home Technology, Diploma in Animal Health and Production, Diploma in Science with Education, and Preliminary Programme.

In the early eighties, however, UPM expanded its areas of concentration by including Science and Technology subjects in its fields of study. In 1994 UPM embarked on its ambitious plan to develop into a futuristic university. It would provide better and up-to-date skills and systems for science and technology education. To do so, it would take full advantage of the rapid development in information technology. UPM thereafter transformed itself into a borderless campus, its name and reputation stretching far beyond Malaysian boundaries.

The climax of the transformation came with the changing of the name from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia to Universiti Putra Malaysia, in honour of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. The change was officially announced on 3 April 1997 by the then Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad. This was a strategic way of portraying the status of UPM as a center of higher education capable of providing various fields of study deemed necessary to facilitate national development in the new millennium. This was especially true of UPM's provisions for studies in Information Technology (ITUPM was renamed in honour of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, Malaysia's first Prime Minister. The renaming was looked upon as a strategic move in preparing UPM to become a versatile higher learning institution aligned with Malaysia’s strategic plans in dynamic high-technology. It lies near the heart of the Multimedia Super Corridor, the first large-scale high-technology initiative of the Malaysian government, and near the new administrative capital, Putrajaya. The latter, too, was named after Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.).


The university since its inception as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, has had two branch campuses apart from the main campus at Serdang, Selangor. The UPM branch campuses were located in Bintulu, Sarawak and Mengabang Telipot, Terengganu. The campus in Terengganu, however, has been upgraded to the University College of Science and Technology Malaysia (KUSTEM), with its own management and administration. KUSTEM officially broke away from UPM on 1 July, 2001. The Medicine and Health Sciences faculty maintains a campus complex adjacent to a local hospital in Serdang.[5]

Academic Profile

UPM began its academic life in 1973 with three founding Faculties and a Division of Basic Sciences. The first intake of 1,559 students were for the Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Diploma in Home Technology, Diploma in Animal Health and Production, Diploma in Science with Education, and Preliminary Programme. Currently UPM offers 73 Bachelor's degree programmes, eight Diploma programmes, and 12 Masters and Doctoral programmes. There are 16 Faculties, eight Centres, six Institutes, two Schools, a University Park and a branch campus in Bintulu, Sarawak. The Doctor of Medicine program provided by the Medical and Health Science division of the university was fully recognized by the Malaysia Medical Council on June 5, 2001.[6]

Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering of Universiti Putra Malaysia was established on 1 January 1975 at the main Serdang Campus, some 22 kilometers to the south of Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the largest faculties at UPM with a student population of over 3000 owes as much to the excellence of its academic staff as to facilities and infrastructure that are being continuously made available. The campus’ location at the heart of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) provides the faculty with the excellent access to the array of IT and multimedia facilities available in the Corridor. With the UPMNET providing sophisticated campus-wide broadband ATM network, coupled with the computing facilities at the faculty, students and staff have ready access to the latest in IT, Multimedia, CAD/CAM and internet facilities. Above all, they can enjoy the placid and conducive working environment in the famous ‘green campus’ which aesthetically encapsulates UPM’s history as the nation’s first agriculture college.

The eight academic departments housed within the faculty offer a similar number of Bachelor of Engineering degree programmers. The faculty is proud of the international character of its student population. Out of 800 postgraduate’s population, almost fifty percent are international student. In additional to provide excellent facilities and opportunities for teaching and research, the faculty has established Research Centre to R&D on selected priority areas of engineering and its related fields.

Faculty of Engineering - brief history

1975 Faculty of Agricultural Engineering was established and offered one Bachelor of Engineering (Agriculture) program

1985 the faculty was changed to Faculty of Engineering and offered 4 Bachelor of Engineering Programs.

1996 the faculty was expanded to 8 Departments offering 8 Bachelor of Engineering programs

1999 Phase 1 of New Engineering Complex was completed.


The university logo is depicted in the shape of a shield, with lines and an abstract water droplet within the shield. The main colours of the logo are red and grey. Each aspect of the logo carries with it a certain symbolism, from the commitment to environmental conservation in the water droplet to the importance of agriculture based on the lines.

Students' Union

The Universiti Putra Malaysia Students Representative Council (Malay: Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar UPM or MPPUPM) is the student council of UPM. Council members are elected every year from all the faculties in the university by a campus election process. The main duties of the student council is to organize activities to enhance students' life and represent students on issues pertaining to students welfare and development.

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Hey I didn't realise you worked for the Education Ministry. What do you do for them?

In terms of Malaysia's tertiary education, its good to see that Malaysia is becoming a hub for higher learning, but it concerns me though that the international rankings of Malaysian universitines in general are dropping. I know this is not a very good indicator as rankings are determined by quality of education as well as quality of research papers produced while students only care about quality of education. But still its a concern particularly that NUS is ranked as one of the best universities in the world when not too long ago, UM was ranked higher then NUS.

What are the subjects that foreign students are taking. I know when I was at Uni there were many Malaysian students studying there. Anecdotally there aren't as many and I don't know why.
Hey I didn't realise you worked for the Education Ministry. What do you do for them?

I don't work with Education Ministry, I am working in one of the largest private University in Malaysia. But I do have 9 years of experience in the industry.

BTW, Ministry of Education only caters to pre-school, primary & secondary education level plus teachers training colleges. Ministry of Higher Education handles all the tertiary education institutions in Malaysia.

In terms of Malaysia's tertiary education, its good to see that Malaysia is becoming a hub for higher learning, but it concerns me though that the international rankings of Malaysian universitines in general are dropping. I know this is not a very good indicator as rankings are determined by quality of education as well as quality of research papers produced while students only care about quality of education. But still its a concern particularly that NUS is ranked as one of the best universities in the world when not too long ago, UM was ranked higher then NUS.

In regards of public Universities, yes, but seems local grads only favors local job market in MY, sometimes the Universities management only thinks of quantities instead of quality grads that they produced. In recent days, case of UM especially, both the public & the Govt. were aghast when UM international ranking slipped below NUS.

When that happens, Ministry of Higher Education initiate the Apex University Programme to increased competition amongst both public & private universities in Malaysia in terms of research & development areas, plus improvement in overall tertiary education delivery & quality benchmark. Currently, USM hold the title 'Apex University'.

What are the subjects that foreign students are taking.

Its varied, depends on each Universities pre-requisite. However, preparatory English is compulsory (for non English speaking nations) & Malaysian Studies.

I know when I was at Uni there were many Malaysian students studying there. Anecdotally there aren't as many and I don't know why.

Do you mean Australia? Or United States?

To my knowledge, Public Service Department (JPA) & MARA have reduced number of MY students sponsored to UK & US, while increase the numbers of MY students sponsored to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Korea, Indonesia (medical studies), India (medical studies), Russia (medical studies), Germany, Ireland, Spain & other EU nations.

Reason; Cost.


Universiti Teknologi MARA (Abbreviation: UiTM English: MARA University of Technology) is a Malaysian public university. The university motto is Usaha Taqwa Mulia (English: Effort, Devotion, Nobility).

The main objective of this institution is to provide professional programmes of study in various fields including engineering, law, science, medicine, technology, business, arts and humanities as well as a research university.


UiTM is Malaysia's premier moderate apartheid institution of higher learning that has experienced phenomenal growth since its inception in 1956. The university has expanded nationwide with a main campus, 3 satellite campuses, 12 state/branch campuses, 7 city campuses, 3 town campuses, 19 affiliated colleges and a smart campus for the future. With this vast network and a workforce of 15 000, the university offers more than 300 unparalled academic programmes in a vibrant and inclusive environment. It is also home to almost 120,000 students.

Despite its relative youth, UiTM has earned a reputation even though unproven as being one of Malaysia's innovative and entrepreneurial universities through its research, innovation and links with business and industry[citation needed]. The diversity of its research spans the fields of medicine, nanotechnology, photonics, bio-molecular science, mechatronics and linguistics, to name but a few. The University has been acknowledged by the Malaysian Higher Education Rating System (SETARA) and applications for undergraduate and diploma courses currently stand at 70,000 for each intake.


UiTM is closely linked to the development of the independent Malaysian nation. It began in 1956 as Dewan Latehan RIDA (Rural and Industrial Development Authority Training Center) in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The school became known as Maktab MARA (MARA College) in 1965. The name change meant that the college no longer operated under RIDA and instead became the most important unit of the MARA Training Division. MARA stands for Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Council of Trust for the Indigenous People) under the charismatic and dynamic leardership of Tan Sri Arshad Ayub.

In 1967, the school was renamed as Institut Teknologi MARA. Its establishment came as a response to a need in Malaysia for trained professionals, especially among Bumiputeras.

ITM's development took three major stages: From 1967 to 1976, ITM was an autonomous body with its own 300 acre (1.2 km²) campus in Shah Alam, operating under the Ministry of Rural Development. From 1976 to 1996, ITM advanced as an institution of higher learning and not only a professional training institute, operating directly under the Ministry of Education. In 1996, an amendment to the ITM Act of 1976 put ITM on a par with all the universities in Malaysia, but its historical name was retained until 1999. Then it became Universiti Teknologi MARA.It is called "UiTM" to differentiate it from UTM, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, which is a wholly separate university, based in Johor.

Faculties and Students

University admission is open to Bumiputras and international students only. Graduates to date number more than 110,000 with professional certificates, diplomas, degrees, masters and PhD in various disciplines.

The university's faculties comprise about 4,000 academics, scholars and researchers.

There are 24 faculties, 3 learning centres and more than 200 academic programs. Faculties are as listed below:

Science & Technology Science cluster
1. Faculty of Applied Sciences (AS)
2. Faculty of Information Technology and Quantitative Sciences (CS)
3. Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying (AP)
4. Faculty of Sport Science and Recreation (SR)

Medical Science cluster
5. Faculty of Medicine (MD)
6. Faculty of Health Sciences (HS)
7. Faculty of Pharmacy (PH)
8. Faculty of Dentistry (DS)

Engineering cluster
9. Faculty of Chemical Engineering (EH)
10. Faculty of Civil Engineering (EC)
11. Faculty of Electrical Engineering EE)
12. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (EM)

Social Sciences & Humanities Social Sciences cluster
13. Faculty of Law (LW)
14. Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies (AM)
15. Faculty of Communication and Media Studies (MC)

Humanities cluster
16. Faculty of Art and Design (AD)
17. Faculty of Education (ED)
18. Faculty of Artistic and Creative Technology (CT)
19. Faculty of Music (MU)

Business & Management cluster
20. Faculty of Accountancy (AC)
21. Faculty of Business Management (BM)
22. Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management (HM)
23. Faculty of Information Management (IS)
24. Faculty of Office Management and Technology (OM)

The learning centres are as listed below:
1. Academy of Language Studies (APB)
2. Centre for Islamic Thoughts & Understanding (CITU)
3. International Education Centre (INTEC)


* Faculty of Law
o Established in 1967, it is one of the oldest faculty in UiTM. People often call the faculty as the Law School. Among prominent alumni is the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum.

* Faculty of Artistic and Creative Technology
o Albeit its young age, this faculty had produced many talented actors, actress, directors etc for the entertainment industry. The famous alumni, inter alia, is Farid Kamil, a prominent actor in Malaysia.

* Faculty of Engineering
o One of the old faculty established during the early days of UiTM. Among notable alumni is Datuk Ir. Mohd Zin Mohamed, Malaysia's Work Minister.

* Faculty of Communication and Media Studies
o Known as the School of Mass Communication in its early days when it had a twinning programme with the University of Ohio, this faculty has its graduates placed in major news firms. Among those who succeeded was Datuk Manja Ismail, Editor-in-Chief for Berita Harian.

* Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management
o This faculty has three hotels known as UiTM Hotels in Shah Alam (Selangor), Dungun (Terengganu) and Bukit Mertajam (Penang) as well as a resort named INTEKMA Resort and Convention Centre which serve as training grounds for hospitality students. UiTM Hotel Shah Alam has received numerous awards in hospitality and UiTM hospitality programmes are much sought after.


The enormous responsibility of managing and educating a large and diverse student population has resulted in the expansion of the university set-up and lowering of standards. The university has a nationwide presence, with a main campus, three satellite campuses, 12 state/branch campuses, 7 city campuses, 3 town campuses, 19 affiliated colleges and a "smart campus for the future." The main campus is in Shah Alam, the capital of Selangor, about 25 km southwest of Kuala Lumpur.

Main Campus

* UiTM Malaysia, Shah Alam, Selangor

Shah Alam Main Campus

UiTM’s main campus started with the laying of its foundation stone on 14 October 1967 by Tun Abdul Razak and by mid 70s, the campus was already in full operation. It acts as the focal point of development and expansion to a network of 21 other campuses. In the year 2004, Shah Alam campus had approximately 36,000 full-time and 6,500 part-time students. There are 13 residential colleges within the campus that house no less than 16,800 students. Apart from that, many homes around the university also open their doors to off – campus students.

This campus is very close to Shah Alam city centre- and therefore public facilities and services are within easy reach. An added advantage is the fact that Shah Alam is the hub for information technology and multimedia applications. It is also easily accessible via the major highways that link the city to strategic locations in the country.

Presently, Shah Alam is host to 45.5% of the total number of students, while the rest are distributed over the other campuses, with Arau campus handling the biggest number (6.3%). These campuses provide excellent opportunities for Bumiputeras all over the country to pursue higher education and attain higher economic and social development.

Satellite Campuses

* UiTM Jalan Othman Campus, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
* UiTM Section 17 Campus, Shah Alam, Selangor[2]
* UiTM Puncak Perdana Campus, Shah Alam, Selangor

Petaling Jaya, Section 17 Shah Alam & Puncak Perdana

There are presently 3 satellite campuses: Jalan Othman campus in Petaling Jaya, Section 17 campus and Puncak Perdana campus, both in Shah Alam. These campuses house specialist programmes and are different from branch campuses, which usually offer a bigger range of academic programmes. Jalan Othman campus is the oldest of the three while Puncak Perdana campus is the most recently established.

Jalan Othman campus is situated in the old part of Petaling Jaya and is less than a kilometre away from the old PJ town centre. This campus was where UiTM first started in 1956 as Dewan Latehan RIDA. Today, the Faculty of Health Sciences is the only faculty located on the premises.

UiTM Section 17 campus is about 3 kilometres away from the main campus. It was formerly known as the Centre for Preparatory Studies or ‘Pusat Pendidikan Persediaan’ (PPP), a centre that prepared government sponsored students and those from private agencies for a university education in several European and Asian countries. Today, the International Education Centre (INTEC) continues the tradition set out by its predecessor and prepares these sponsored students to an even wider range of foreign universities. The other faculties that share Section 17 campus facilities and services are the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Music.

Puncak Perdana campus is the most recently established UiTM satellite campus. It started operating in June 2004. The academic programmes that are on offer at this brand new space are those run by the Faculty on Information Management, the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies and the Faculty of Artistic and Creative Technology.

State / Branch Campuses

* UiTM Perlis, Arau Campus, Perlis
* UiTM Johor, Segamat Campus, Johor
* UiTM Sarawak, Kota Samarahan Campus, Sarawak
* UiTM Melaka, Lendu Campus, Melaka
* UiTM Kedah, Sungai Petani Campus, Kedah
* UiTM Kelantan, Machang Campus, Kelantan
* UiTM Penang, Bukit Mertajam Campus, Penang
* UiTM Sabah, Kota Kinabalu Campus, Sabah
* UiTM Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Pilah Campus, Negeri Sembilan
* UiTM Pahang, Jengka Campus, Pahang
* UiTM Perak, Seri Iskandar Campus, Perak
* UiTM Terengganu, Dungun Campus, Terengganu

Campuses in all states in Malaysia

UiTM is the only university in Malaysia that has a branch campus in every state of the country . It started its first campus in Sabah in 1973 and finally opened its last branch in Kuala Pilah in the state of Negeri Sembilan on 1 June 1999. In a span of 26 years, although most of these campuses started on temporary premises, their establishment has been strategised and well planned. At present, all state / branch campuses had been relocated to permanent sites.

City Campuses

As part of UiTM expansion process, city campus are built in key cities in the country to ensure that diploma holders could pursue their degree courses without doing it in Shah Alam main campus.

* Johor Bahru campus (Johor)
* Bukit Sekilau campus (Pahang)
* Alor Setar campus (Kedah)
* Kuala Terengganu campus (Terengganu)
* Kota Bharu campus (Kelantan)
* Malacca City campus (Malacca)
* Seremban campus, (Negeri Sembilan)

Town Campuses

These campuses are non-residential campuses which ensure that UiTM’s academic and professional training programmes reach out to the residents of local communities. Most, if not all, town campuses cater for off-campus studies such as working adults who are living near the area.

* Mukah campus (Sarawak)
* Tawau campus (Sabah)
* Raub campus (Pahang)

Smart Campus for the Future / Silver Campus

* UiTM Puncak Alam, Puncak Alam City, Selangor

Smart campus: Puncak Alam

The university’s plan for a smart campus in Puncak Alam in the year 2010 epitomises its commitment to becoming a world-class university. It will house the most modern living conditions and the most conducive nurturing environment that will facilitate successful teaching, learning and research activities. It will have the highest quality facilities and services, state-of-the-art laboratories and technologically-enabled classrooms.
Artist impression of the Main Library building at UiTM Puncak Alam Campus

The master plan also indicates that there will be a medic city to be built within its campus with only Malays. The medic city will cater people from Puncak Alam City as well as surrounding areas including the Klang Valley. The purpose of its establishment is to provide a university hospital as a training ground for the university medical graduates.

Residential College

As other public universities in Malaysia, residential hall for students in UiTM is known as residential college. There are no less than 10 colleges for its main campus. These colleges differ from one to another in terms of accommodation where some colleges accommodate two students per room while some accommodate up to eight students per room. These colleges are not autonomous as they fall under the jurisdiction of UiTM. However, the director of each college has vast power endorsed to them in governing these colleges.

Colleges in UiTM differ from what is known at other non-Malaysian universities. This is due to the fact that residential colleges in Malaysia simply refers to an organized on campus and off campus accommodations provided by the University to its students. students are not permitted to enter or exit the colleges compound after 12.00 a.m.

The colleges are also segregrated by sex and race where different colleges cater for different sex except for Kolej Teratai. Kolej Teratai has different sex living in the same college but separated by block.

Residential colleges in Shah Alam main campus is free for first year students. However, a minimum fee is charged for second year students and above. First year students are not allowed to drive their own vehicle except motorcycle provided that they apply to UiTM Safety Department. All colleges in UiTM Shah Alam main campus have access to free WiFi service which is part of the integrated wireless internet connection for the University itself.

Residential colleges in Main Campus and Satellite Campuses

There are 8 colleges located in the main campus while 6 colleges are located outside the main campus.

Colleges located in the campus compound are:

* Kolej Perindu - the only all-male college in the campus
* Kolej Cempaka/Kenanga - some of it had been converted to Faculty of Law and Faculty of Applied Sciences academic blocks.
* Kolej Seroja
* Kolej Teratai - for commanders & top leaders of UiTM uniformed bodies
* Kolej Delima
* Kolej Melati
* Kolej Mawar
* Kolej Anggerik

Colleges located outside the campus compound are:

* Kolej Akasia at Section 18 - for INTEC and Section 17 Campus students
* Kolej Cemara at Section 18 - for INTEC and Section 17 Campus students
* Kolej Jati at Section 3
* Kolej Meranti at Section 2
* Kolej Cendana at Section 6 - for INTEC and Section 17 Campus students
* Kolej Kristal at Section 7 - for international students

Satellite campuses' colleges:

* Kolej Puncak Perdana for Puncak Perdana Campus
* Kolej Alamanda at Old Klang Road for Jalan Othman Campus

Accommodations for state / branch campuses students

Some of branch campuses use residential college system while some of them use dormitory system. Residential college system differ from dormitory system because residential colleges accommodate only up to 8 students per room while dormitory normally cater up to 20 students per room. Most branch campuses have their residential colleges inside the campus compound.


It is compulsory for every first year students (Semester 1 and 2) as well as Semester 3 students to join co-curricular activities. Co-curricular is regarded as a subject and given one credit hour. Students must passed the co-curricular subject taken where failure to do so will render them to repeat the subject.

During the first semester, students are compulsory to join either one of these uniformed bodies offered:

1. Kesatria Negara
1. Civil Defence
2. Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department
3. UiTM's Brass Band
4. Sukarelawan Polis (SUKSIS)
5. PALAPES (The Malaysian equivalent of ROTC) which can divided into Airforce, Army and Navy

Kesatria Negara

UiTM has their own uniformed body called Kesatria. Kesatria is an a-la military uniformed body where students are obliged to join if they do not join other uniformed bodies in UiTM. Students who formally participated in National Service are exempted but they can still voluntarily join.

On the first semester, trainees will go through activities like footdrills, camping, 'pertandingan lari lasak' (loosely translated as tough running competition), navigation, and dinner. Upon completing the basic training, trainees can apply to become a Kesatria Commander. Kesatria Commander's uniform derived from the Malaysian Army's uniform.

Future commanders are then put on a 2 week training course where they would become a commander cadet and will be trained either under experienced commanders or military personnel with no Chinese personnel. Upon completion of these trainings, future commanders will be appointed as commanders on the next semester.

For non commander trainees, they would experience first aid training. Commanders, however would learn the handling of firearms and other military elements besides first aid and medical training. Unlike PALAPES which is 100% military-backed, Kesatria commanders would not join army reserves after completing their 3 year course. Commanders will get their allowances after the course is completed.

Commanders would also have yearly gatherings called "Jamboree" in certain locations. During this Jamborees, many activities and sports were held, consisting mostly variants of endurance race. The activities mainly consist of long marches, long distance cycling/kayaking and obstacle runs. Footdrill competition will also be held between platoons. Awards like like best Contigent/Platoon, Best Commanders, Best Footdrill Platoon and various other awards will be given

Recent expansion

UiTM had recently set up two research institutes, the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Biotechnology (IMMB), which is under the Faculty of Medicine and the Malay Science Institute, which is under the Faculty of Applied Sciences. A new dental clinic has also been established in Shah Alam campus, which is under the Faculty of Dentistry.

As for the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty is developing its own campuses in Puncak Alam. The government gives full support in developing these new discriminatory facilities where the students can pursue a world of learning and training opportunities in specialised courses. They are also developing the Medical City within the Puncak Alam campus which integrates teaching and research in medicine with delivery of health care supplemented by indutrialisation and commerce. It is expected that the Medical City will be an important stimulus platform for Malaysia to actively engage in the K-economy based in medicine.

In addition, UiTM has forged linkages with other universities and professional bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK; Chartered Institute of Transport (CIT), UK; Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), UK; Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM), Malaysia;Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), USA; Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), UK; Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE),Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK; UK;Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK; Institute of Marketing, UK; Institute of Administrative Management, UK; Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), UK; and many others around the world.

Some of these ties go back a long way, such as with Ealing Technical College in the 1960s and Ohio University in the 1980s, and they have become a benchmark for UiTM's academic programs and research.

Notable alumni

UiTM alumni have achieved prominence in many fields, including a Chief Judge for Sabah and Sarawak ; prominent lawyers; scientists; physicians; academicians; CEOs; artists; journalists; entepreneurs; members of parliament; and Cabinet Ministers.

QUOTE (Protoculture @ Jul 5 2009, 10:31 PM) *
Granted, with slew of useless topics nowadays in MYChat, I believed its high time for us to have quality postings that actually contributes to MYChat forummers.

Well, given I'm in Malaysian education industry, I am going to post information regarding MY higher education institutions, both local & private Universities.

Surprisingly, local education industry has been evolving at a much faster rate, with MY fast becoming education hub in Asia catering to international students from Middle East, South East Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Africa & recently, from South America.

MY Govt know that education industry in MY are now part of national income, thus encoraging local institutions to tap the international market.

Being part of the higher education establishment & industry in MY, I believed, the education sector will definitely make MY into a Global Village that it aspires to be.

QUOTE (Protoculture @ Jul 6 2009, 09:49 PM)
I used Viet to generally to those of Vietnam nationalities, for easy net usage & personal preference.

Simply WOW! and you are in the education industry? embarassedlaugh.gif
UiTM is simply the largest University in Malaysia, & some says, the largest in Asia, given its Mega-University status with the largest students enrollment each year for Diploma, Bachelor & Master plus PhD programmes.

UiTM is credited as the bastion of Bumiputra education. Exclusive to Bumiputra (indigenous ethnic groups in Malaysia such as Malays, Ibans, Bidayuhs, Org Ulus, Org Asli, Kadazandusuns, Muruts, MY-Thais), UiTM is the only University specifically to protect Bumiputra interests in higher education, especially in time when other MY public Universities practiced meritocracy & ditch Bumiputra quota system.

Like UIA, UiTM is credited as being the only public University whose medium of teaching, learning, assessment are fully conducted in English (100%) since early 1970s till now. However, UiTM also offered limited places for foreigners for post-graduate studies.

UiTM graduates are highly sought after with Govt. Civil Services & even private sectors since its graduates are English-proficient.
BTW, we now have a troll alert! Someone with a grudge against the Vietnamese is on prowl & try to hijack the thread.

So let's treat him the MY way .... push the IGNORE button.
QUOTE (Protoculture @ Jul 6 2009, 10:38 PM) *
BTW, we now have a troll alert! Someone with a grudge against the Vietnamese is on prowl & try to hijack the thread. So let's treat him the MY way .... push the IGNORE button.

WTF???? You are simply a classic FOX in the Fox and the Grapes. embarassedlaugh.gif You are illogical and STUPID! Now let see what you can make out from that statement. embarassedlaugh.gif


Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Technological University of Malaysia) is the oldest public engineering and technology university in Malaysia and is known by the abbreviation UTM. The university specialises in technical studies, with separate faculties for Education, Pure Sciences, Management, and Human Resources Development. It is the country's major source of graduate engineers and similar professionals. Alumni of UTM have been instrumental in developing sectors related to engineering and technology in Malaysia.

Of its more than 20,000 students over 25% are post graduates. Since the 1990s, the number of foreign students, particularly from neighbouring Asian countries, the Middle East, and Africa, has been increasing, especially in post graduate programs.
UTM graduates have gone on to many academic and professional institutions across the world.


This institution of higher learning started in 1904 as a class for technical studies at Kuala Lumpur City Council Building to teach Technical Assistants for the Federated Malay States Departments of Railways, Survey and Public Works. The school was officially known as Treacher Technical School, named after Sir William Hood Treacher, a Resident General during that time. Students followed classed on part-time basis; they worked and trained specifically according to the technical needs of their employment. In 1906 school was relocated to the Batu Lane Malay School. It was later moved to the Museum Building in Bukit Nanas.

In 1925, the Public Works Department opened the Technical School at Jalan Brickfields (Jalan Tun Sambanthan), Kuala Lumpur, to train technical staff of Public Works Department and the Survey and Land Offices. In 1930, the Kuala Lumpur Technical School was further expanded a new site in High Street, i.e. the present Jalan Bandar.

However, with the advent of World War II, the suggestion could only be implemented in 1946, during which the institution became known as Technical College, Kuala Lumpur. The Technical College then offered three-year Diploma courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Architecture, Town and Country Planning, Land Surveying and Quantity Surveying. The construction of the new Technical College at Jalan Gurney (Jalan Semarak), Kuala Lumpur, began in 1951. It became fully operational in March 1955. In 1960, a milestone was reached when engineering courses at degree level were offered. Students pursuing the courses had to sit for professional examinations conducted by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom. The rate of success was most encouraging.

Another milestone was reached in 1967 when the Planning Committee for the Higher Learning decided to upgrade the Technical College to the level of institution of technology with university status from 1969 onward. However, it was only on the14th of March, 1972, that the decision was implemented with the establishment of Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (National Institute of Technology) under Section 6(1) of the University and College Act, 1971. On the1st of April 1975, the journey from school to university was completed when the institution finally became "Universiti Teknologi Malaysia".

The university has a number of international academic collaborations and offers 108 postgraduate programs in Engineering and Technology.


UTM has two campuses. The main one in Skudai was the first university in the state of Johor. It has an area of 12.22 km²,Campus Map, touted the second largest public university after Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). It is about 20 km from the state capital, Johor Bahru, and is located relatively close to the Sultan Ismail Airport, Senai.

The branch campus, Jalan Semarak, in Kuala Lumpur with an area of 0.18 km² accommodates Diploma students.


It is compulsory for all students to stay in colleges.

The University provides handicap-friendly facilities and support services for handicapped studies.

UTM strives to be a world class university by the year of 2010, currently by referring Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, UTM is the 15th best university in South East Asia region.

UTM is the largest engineering-based university in Malaysia offering a variety of programs for all levels of education.


Perpustakaan Sultanah Zanariah (PSZ) occupies a central location at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) main campus in Skudai and has a branch at Chemical Engineering Pilot Plant (UTM Skudai) and UTM City Campus Kuala Lumpur. It was officially opened on the February 3, 1991, by Her Majesty Sultanah Zanariah, the Chancellor of University Teknologi Malaysia.

The library in 2005 won an award as the best academic library in Malaysia. It is a four-storey building with a seating capacity of 3,422 and a collection of more than a million copies of printed and electronic materials. Library materials consist mostly of science and technology references. The library is currently building up its social sciences and humanities collection.


Faculties & Schools

* Faculty of Built Environment (Fakulti Alam Bina, FAB)
* Faculty of Bioscience & Bioengineering (Fakulti Biosains & Biokejuruteraan, FBB)
* Faculty of Civil Engineering (Fakulti Kejuruteraan Awam, FKA)
* Faculty of Electrical Engineering (Fakulti Kejuruteraan Elektrik, FKE)
* Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Fakulti Kejuruteraan Mekanikal, FKM)
* Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering (Fakulti Kejuruteraan Kimia dan Kejuruteraan Sumber Asli, FKKKSA)
* Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Engineering (Fakulti Kejuruteraan dan Sains Geoinformasi, FKSG)
* Faculty of Education (Fakulti Pendidikan, FP)
* Faculty of Management and Human Resource Development (Fakulti Pengurusan dan Pembangunan Sumber Manusia, FPPSM)
* Faculty of Science (Fakulti Sains, FS)
* Faculty of Computer Science and Information Systems (Fakulti Sains Komputer & Sistem Maklumat, FSKSM)
* Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Health Science (Fakulti Kejuruteraan Bioperubatan dan Sains Kesihatan, FKBSK)
* Centre for Islamic Studies And Social Development (Pusat Pengajian Islam dan Pembangunan Sosial, PPIPS)
* College of Science and Technology (Kolej Sains dan Teknologi, KST; formerly known as Centre for Diploma Studies)

Graduate Studies

* School of Graduate Studies SPS)
* International Business School (IBS)

Centres of Excellence

The Centre for Teaching and Learning(CTL) is dedicated to providing the teaching staff of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with guidance, resources and support needed to ensure that the highest quality of teaching and learning takes place throughout the University. CTL also provides training and learning support programmes to students to promote academic excellence and to facilitate the development of generic skills to assist the University in producing competent, creative and versatile professionals. One of the many projects handled by CTL is the Online Resources for Learning in English (MyLinE).

Photonic Technology Centre (PTC) The Photonic Technology Centre (PTC) is set up in 2006 and is attached to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. PTC is involved in R&D and services related to photonic based telecommunication devices, system and technology.

Automotive Development Centre (ADC) The Automotive Development Centre (ADC) was established at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia to channel expertise specifically in the field of automotive engineering . This will allow Malaysia to claim a position in the fore-front of automotive technology inline with other automotive producing countries.

Institutes of Environmental & Water Resource Management (IPASA) The Institute of Environmental & Water Resource Management (IPASA) was established in 1994 (previously known as the Institute of Environmental as an effort to integrate available expertise in various fields at UTM to understand and to overcome complex problems related to our environment. IPASA is an interdisciplinary center for environmental research, consultation and graduate training. IPASA also provides continuing education programs (i.e. seminars and short courses) in environmental related areas.

Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIRO) CAIRO is a combination of two main research groups in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, namely Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. The two groups have been involved in research and developments for more than seven years and have been successful in developing personnel and researchers who are competent in the related areas of artificial intelligence, control, instrumentation, robotics and automation.

Centre for Advance Software Engineering (CASE) CASE was established in 1996 as a joint-venture project between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universite Thales, France for enabling the technology transfer into Malaysian industry, especially the software industry.

Chemical Engineering Pilot Plant (CEPP) The first integrated installation of its kind in South East Asia, CEPP features such state-of-the-art technical support facilities as workshops, a comprehensive selection of semi-industrial scale process equipment complete with instrumentation and control set-up plus, computers facilities and resource centre manned24 -hours around the clock by a professional team of technical and management personnel.

Centre for Technology Policy & International Studies (CENTEPIS) The Center for Technology Policy and International Studies (CENTEPIS) was established in July 1998 under its original name known as Technology Policy Research Centre (TPRC). The change is to reflect Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) aspiration of being world class university and to be more involved in international issues related to Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS) Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies (IIS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the first institute of its kind in the country, was established in 1997 to stand at the forefront of the university's aspiration of being a research university by the year 2010. IIS is a vital segment that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental knowledge towards achieving our goal.

Pusat Teknologi Gas (GASTEG) Gas Technology Centre (GASTEG) is a centre of excellence under the Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering, University Technology Malaysia. Being a knowledge-based centre, knowledge and experience are the keywords to GASTEG. GASTEG is driven to promote the dissemination of knowledge and experience for the betterment of the Malaysian gas industry, in line with its vision to become a regional hub of references to gas related industries."

Advanced Information Technology Institute (AITI) Advanced Information Technology Institute also known as AITI is one of UTM excellent centre focusing on ICT program & activities. ICT Training & Event management is a core product at AITI along with ICT product development. Driven by management and knowledge from Faculty of Computer Science and Information System, AITI evolved rapidly to become the best ICT service provider in this region.

Marine Technology Centre (MTC) The construction of Marine Technology Laboratory was completed in December 1996. Situated in the main campus of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Johor Bahru, the Laboratory’s capability is tailored to become the premier Marine Technology teaching research and consultancy institution in the region. Being as one of the centre of excellence to the university, Marine The construction of Marine Technology Laboratory was completed in December 1996. Situated in the main campus of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Johor Bahru, the Laboratory’s capability is tailored to become the premier Marine Technology teaching research and consultancy institution in the region. Being as one of the centre of excellence to the university, Marine

Coastal and Offshore Engineering Institute (COEI) Our Objectives are to pursue excellence in teaching, research, consultancy, services and scholarship; To offer through its departments and institutes and other facilities, an unsurpassed range of opportunities for education and training; To enhance public welfare, prosperity and culture by encouraging the process of learning and application of research findings; To secure and manage resources effectively.

High Voltage & Hugh Current Institute (IVAT) The Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia was established in 1991. It was initially a research and testing laboratory which provides facilities for carrying out experiments, research and consultancy services in high voltage engineering beginning as early as the 1970s.

Construction Technology & Management Centre (CTMC) CTMC conducts technological research and consultancy for organisations with particular construction concerns and specialises in continuing education, courses, workshops and conferences in construction.

Wireless Communication Centre (WCC) Wireless Communication Research Laboratory (WCRL) was established in 1989. In December 2002, WCRL is promoted to WIRELESS COMMUNICATION CENTRE (WCC) as a centre of excellence.

Steel Technology Centre (STC) Steel Technology Centre (STC) was formed to promote the effective use of steel in the construction and manufacturing industries. It is based at the Faculty of Civil Engineering. There are a number of qualified academic staff and fellows in multi-disciplinary fields (science, mechanical and civil engineering) who teach and conduct research and consultancy activities in subjects related to steel including metallurgy, production and building structural analysis and design.

Composite Centre (CC) UTM Centre for Composites (PUSKOM) was established in January 1995 with the objectives to educate and promote the composites technology through teaching, training and consultation to the public. The integrity of PUSKOM activities is supported by the members from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering, University Technology Malaysia. A part from being driven in composites knowledge-based, the members of PUSKOM have also strive on pure and strategic applied research, product development project and training through smart partnership concept with strategic government agencies, local institutions and private sectors.

* Business Advances Technology Centre (BATC)

- Centre for DUDE Advanced Strategic Management Policies (CenDASMaP)

- Centre for Lipids Engineering Applied Research (CLEAR)

- Institutes of Noise & Vibration (IKG)

- Centre of Rural Planning Studies (PKPLB)

- Centre for Real Estate Studies (CRES)

- Institutes for Geo-Spatial Science and Technology (INSTEG)

Continuing Education

* Sekolah Pendidikan Profesional dan Pendidikan Berterusan (School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) )

- Centre for Teaching and Learn

UTM is generally for offering hi-tech engineering programmes, & generally where all aspiring engineering grads want to be part of that establishment. Maintaining far stricter quality assessment than other universities in MY, UTM is widely known for high attrition rate, whereby for example out of 300 new faculty students enrolled, only 100-150 may actually graduated.

Being a tough nut to crack, UTM grads are highly sought after especially in engineering, R&D & manufacturing sectors


Universiti Utara Malaysia (English: Northern University of Malaysia) (UUM), is a public university located in the town of Sintok, Kedah. Utara means 'northern' in the Malay language. It was formally incorporated on 16 February 1984. The University was established with the specific mission of providing a leadership role for management education in the country. Thus, the university is also known as a management university. The academic establishments in UUM include College of Business (COB), College of Law, Government and International Studies (COLGIS) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). UUM is the first university in the country to be a fully wired using fiber-optic cables[citation needed]. The University has 29 computer laboratories located at various academic and administrative buildings within the campus, providing the students with access points for e-services.

It was also accorded the MSC status, the first public university and the first university located outside the Multimedia Super Corridor, to be bestowed this honour.


Support facilities include the university library - the Sultanah Bahiyah Library, with computer access and has one of the largest collections of books, audiovisuals, journals and references in the fields of management and related areas in the country[citation needed] and has received the ISO 9002 Certification[citation needed].

UUM has a Convention Center with a plenary session hall, complete with mini-theatres, seminar and conference rooms and a secretariat room equipped with computer facilities.

The sprawling 1061 hectare campus is a self-contained community with its own mosque - the Sultan Badlishah Mosque, which can accommodate up to 5,000 people for prayer.

In terms of recreation, the University campus has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a mini stadium, an archery range, a badminton hall, a gymnasium, tennis, squash, basketball and volleyball courts, rugby, hockey, softball, handball and football fields and a nine-hole golf course. Other recreational facilities such as canoeing, jogging, bicycling, jungle trekking and camping are available both for the students, staff and public.

The Student Health center provides medical and dental services for all the full-time students. A 24-hour ambulance service is also available in case of medical emergencies.



Universiti Sains Malaysia (English: University of Science, Malaysia, acronym: USM) is a public university with its main campus situated in Penang, Malaysia. There are two other branch campuses, one in mainland Penang, and the other in Kelantan, on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. With around 29,789 students in 2006 [1], USM is one of the biggest universities in terms of enrolled students in Malaysia. The number of lecturers is about 1606, which leads to a student-lecturer ratio of around 1:23.

USM was established in 1969 as the second university in Malaysia. It was first known as Universiti Pulau Pinang. Initially, the University operated on borrowed premises at the Malayan Teachers' Training College at Gelugor. In 1971, it moved to its present 239.4-hectare site (formerly a military barracks) at Minden, approximately 9.7 kilometres from the city of Georgetown. The site, which consists mainly of undulating land, is indeed an ideal location to house a university campus. There are now two other USM campuses as well, one at Kubang Kerian in Kelantan known as the Health Campus and the other at Seri Ampangan in Penang, known as the Engineering Campus. The former houses the School of Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Dental Sciences, while the latter houses the six engineering schools.

From the outset, Universiti Sains Malaysia was given the mandate to provide, promote and develop learning in the fields of Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Building Science and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities and Education as well as to conduct research and foster the dissemination of such knowledge. To date, the University has not departed from these terms of reference and has made significant progress in meeting its academic, social, and national obligations.

The University has always been guided in its activities by the need to develop a personality and identity of its own. Since its establishment, it has adopted an innovative approach to higher education and departed significantly from the traditional faculty system of an academic organisation. In its place, the University introduced the school system that allows for a multidisciplinary approach. The policy was to combine subjects and to organise programs in such a manner that a degree of specialisation in a chosen subject was possible.

To date, 24 Academic Schools, 14 Centres and 7 Units have been established. Of the Schools, 12 are applied science and technology-based Schools, namely, the School of Civil Engineering, the School of Aerospace Engineering, the School of Chemical Engineering, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, the School of Mechanical Engineering, the School of Housing, Building and Planning, the School of Industrial Technology, the School of Medical Sciences, the School of Dental Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The three liberal arts schools are the School of Educational Studies, the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences. The pure science schools comprise the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Chemical Sciences, the School of Mathematical Sciences, the School of Computer Sciences, and the School of Physics, all of which offer courses that are similar to those traditionally available in other universities.

In December 1989, the School of Management was set up, having evolved from the Management program within the School of Social Sciences. As part of its continuing expansion, the University established the School of Computer Sciences and the School of Communication as of March 1995.

The centres and ancillary services include the Centre for Languages and translation, the National Poison Centre, the Doping Control Centre, the Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia, the Centre for Educational Technology and Multimedia, the Computer Centre, the Centre for Knowledge, Communication and Technology and the Islamic Centre. There are also various research centres, namely the Centre for Policy Research, the Centre for Drug Research and the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies. The Distance Education Program offered through the School of Distance Education is another innovative program adopted by the University in 1971. It has gained an encouraging response from working adults and is set to be developed further in this decade to cater for new directions and needs.

In the field of research, the emphasis is on function-oriented or interdisciplinary research. The main focus is on areas that integrate academic interest and practical relevance, thus directing scientific thrusts towards breakthroughs in problem areas crucial to the quality of life and national development.
The main gate at the main campus of USM

USM is one of three universities in Malaysia that have been identified as research-intensive universities in Malaysia, with the other being University of Malaya and Universiti Putra Malaysia. This is in tandem with its mission and vision to be a world-class university embarking on world class research programmes via strategic planning and implementation of its R&D mechanism. The university has qualified academic staff and excellent human resource support in order to realise its mission.


USM was established as the second university in Malaysia in 1969 and it was first known as Universiti Pulau Pinang. At that time, it operated in Bukit Gelugor, Penang. In 1971, USM's campus moved to its present 239.4-hectare site, which was the former site of military barracks.

From the outset, USM was given the mandate to provide, promote and develop higher education in the fields of pure sciences, applied sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, building sciences and technology, social sciences, humanities and education as well as to provide research, advancement and dissemination of such knowledge.

The establishment of USM began with an agreement reached through a resolution which was approved by the Penang State Legislative Assembly in 1962, which called for the establishment of a university college in the state. The acquisition of a piece of land in Sungai Ara for this purpose was then followed by the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Y.T.M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj on 7 August 1967.

Taking into account the need for a larger campus and a more conducive one in line with future manpower needs, in 1969 a full-fledged university was established under the name Universiti Pulau Pinang. The establishment of USM was eventually gazetted under the Corporation Act signed by His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong as provided for under the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, and published in the Government Gazette P.U. (A) 383/71.

The management of the University is carried out through the executive power of the Board of Directors, made up of members chosen from the University, representatives from government departments and those appointed by the Ministry of Higher Education. As an executive council, the Board of Directors retains the right to wield power entrusted to it by the University Constitution, Statutes, Acts and Regulations.

From its humble beginnings with an intake of 57 science students in 1969, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) had made great strides. Today, USM offers a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to more than 28,000 students. USM has also emerged as one of the most widely-acclaimed universities not only locally but also abroad. The success achieved in various fields especially in research, including the latest through the Asian Innovation Award in which USM emerged as the only winner from this country, has placed USM on the world map.[2]


Besides the main campus in Minden, USM has two other campuses; one at Kubang Kerian in Kelantan known as health campus and the other at Seri Ampangan, Nibong Tebal in mainland Penang known as engineering campus.

Started as a USM hospital in 1983, the health campus has expanded after the School of Medical Science was moved from the main campus to the present site which is 72.84 hectare in size. The School of Medical Science was moved from the main campus in June 1990. There're are now 2 other schools in the health campus - the School of Dental Science and the School of Allied Health Sciences. The engineering campus meanwhile moved to the present site from its previous site in Tronoh, Perak in 1996.


Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) offers excellent opportunities for research and education to both local and foreign scholars. The University's core competencies are teaching, research and consultancies, which relate directly to the advancement of human resource development and capacity building, knowledge and industrial competitiveness.

In order to develop as a teaching and research institution of international repute, and to perform its expected role both in society and in the world of learning, the University must continue to develop a broad-based research infrastructure involving the acquisition of a wide range of equipment, laboratory facilities and library holdings. University research in many ways differs from corporate R&D, and from the activities of specialised R&D institutions in that it must address a wider range of problems, be more tolerant or open minded, perform purely theoretical investigations and incorporate literary, artistic, philosophical, social and other fields of study in its research endeavours.

The route taken for the development of academic excellence at USM has been the establishment of research institutes, centres and units. A criterion for the setting up of these institutes, centres and units has always been that the areas which they cover must be the ones in which there have already been notable achievements and where the setting up of formal structures would help to mobilise more effectively research talent and expertise from different disciplines and from different parts of the University. But it has always been understood that these structures, while providing better opportunities for integration and networking, would not replace or reduce the research roles of the teaching Schools and their staff. Indeed, a cardinal rule in the University's overall planning has been that principal areas of teaching and research would overlap, as would areas of staff and postgraduate research, to the common advantage of all.

The University has always emphasised the inter-disciplinary approach in all its programmes and this is reflected in both its academic structure and research activities. The Science Fund funding is the main source of R&D for USM. However, in order to promote research, the University allocates a sum of money from its operating funds annually as incentive and for short-term research purposes. External funds, mainly in the form of research grants, awards and consultancies won by individual academic staff members, also feature prominently. There are, of course, external sources of funding as well, but these are largely of an ad hoc nature and do not as a rule result in the development of major research facilities. Some external research links have also been established thus far, both through individual and through institutional networking arrangements.

These are areas in which the University is able to contribute effectively both to the national research effort and to the advancement of knowledge in general. In other words, these are areas in which the University is already strong and enjoys a favourable reputation, or in which the required expertise and support facilities are already in place at several research clusters at the respective Schools or at the various research centres in USM

Research areas

Research areas of special strength at USM include environmental science, aquaculture, biomedical and pharmaceutical studies, natural language processing and computer aided translation, information technology, food technology, polymer science and technology, biotechnology, distance education, geographical information system, structure analysis, materials science, engineering, surface chemistry, and robotic vision. Penang has excellent research facilities for collaborative search, particularly in coastal pollution, mangrove ecosystem and marine aquaculture.


Graduate studies

USM offers three modes of study for the graduate programmes, i.e. by research, or by a combination of coursework and research (mixed mode), or by coursework. In 2003, there were about 5,122 students in the various study programmes at the master’s and doctoral levels. Almost 11.8% of them are foreign nationals from more than 40 countries. The majority of foreign students are from other parts of Southeast Asia.

Undergraduate studies

Almost all of undergraduate degree programmes at the University require a minimum full-time residence period of three years. Degrees in engineering, health sciences, pharmacy, medicine and dentistry, however, require minimum periods of study between 4–5 years. Most undergraduate courses are still taught in Bahasa Malaysia but the newer batch of undergraduate students are taught using English, especially in science courses. International students still have to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the national language as part of the entrance criteria.

Other study programmes

USM has study abroad programme for foreign students, and they can undertake either one or two semester. These students are considered as full-time students and also enjoy the benefits given as far as academic and physical facilities are concerned. The university and its community benefits from the cross-cultural flow of students as well as it gains international standing.

USM also has school of distance education. It was established in 1971 to provide opportunities for local working adults to obtain a tertiary qualification. These students are able to undertake undergraduate courses while still they are in full time employment. At present only four undergraduate programmes are available through distance learning, namely Bachelor of science, bachelor of social science, barchelor of arts, and bachelor of management degrees.


Technology Based Schools

* The school of Civil Engineering
* The school of Aerospace Engineering
* The school of Chemical Engineering
* The school of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
* The school of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering
* The school of Mechanical Engineering
* The school of Housing, Building and Planning
* The school of Industrial Technology

Liberal Arts Schools

* The school of Arts
* The school of Communication
* The school of Educational Studies
* The school of Humanities
* The school of Social Sciences
* The School of Management

Pure Science Schools

* The school of Biological Sciences
* The school of Chemical Sciences
* The school of Mathematical Sciences
* The school of Computer Sciences
* The school of Physics

Health Science Schools

* The school of Medical Sciences
* The school of Dental Sciences
* The school of Health Sciences
* The school of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Activities at USM

USM has facilities for students' accommodation, sporting and recreational activities. The university offers hostels for approximately 75% of its students. They are known as student villages or hostel (Desasiswa), and they are located inside campus area. Cafeterias with reasonable prices can be found round all around university area.

USM provides varied and sufficient sporting facilities such as archery range, football field, badminton courts, tennis courts, hockey ground, rugby field, softball, squash courts, and basketball courts. A lot of cultural activities takes place in the university too.

Activities throughout 2006

Throughout 2006, various activities involving the Department of Student Affairs and Development were carried out. They included sports and cultural activities, leadership programs, community service programs and excellence programs which were carried out with the cooperation of the Student Advisory and Development Unit, the Sports Unit, the Arts and Cultural Development Unit, Hostel Management and realized through societies, clubs, sports and cultural activities, motivation workshops and debate competitions.

Annual activities such as forums, workshops and programs in conjunction with the National Day celebrations such as the Ambang Merdeka Night and the Merdeka Campus Walk, and religious activities such as Qur’an Recitation and Ramadhan Appreciation Month in the holy month of Ramadhan were also has been carried out.

Healthy Campus

‘Kampus Sejahtera’, a uniquely USM innovation, was initiated by the current Vice-Chancellor in 2001 as the Healthy Campus Programme. But unlike the healthy campus programmes elsewhere including the USA, ‘Sejahtera’ reaches beyond health to include ideas for sustainable development.

‘Sejahtera’ in Malay embraces peace, harmony, tranquility, wellness and health. There is no equivalent word in the English language. As a concept, ‘Kampus Sejahtera’ is meant to guide the entire USM community from administrators, to lecturers, students and support personnel to focus their commitment and responsibility to the university. Every individual has a role to play through personal initiatives, positive attributes, pro-active actions and volunteerism in nurturing the development of the campus. Team work is essential and must cut across departments and hierarchies to initiate new ideas to contribute to the growth of the university. The idea of insourcing is an important mechanism for implementation to tap academic and theoretical knowledge of inhouse expertise for practical applications. Two other aspects of the programme require all initiatives to be data-driven, informed by analysis and monitored with complete documentation. So far, more than 17 monographs and books have been published under this programme.

‘Kampus Sejahtera’ is not only limited to the projects funded by the programme. It is a framework which encompasses five underlying values. The first is to create a mindset for every individual to take responsibility for the campus. The second value seeks to create spaces, both physical and social, which are conducive for work, play and learning.

Thirdly, the practices in the campus must promote the ideals of sustainable development that is environmentally-friendly, pedestrian-friendly, work- and people-friendly as well as promote healthy lifestyles. The fourth value is provision of quality health and dental care services to students, staff and dependents of staff focusing on wellness.

Finally, ‘Kesejahteraan’ supports any activity or project which propagates the pursuit of a sustainable campus. Such activities and projects include every aspect of the University such as teaching, research, publication, training, administration, management, studentcentred activities, food and catering, transportation, waste management, construction and maintenance and anything else which could conceivably contribute to kesejahteraan, healthy living and a sustainable lifestyle. Based on those values and principles mentioned above, the secretariat in collaboration with other parties, staff and students continues to implement new and old projects/ program to improve the quality of life of the campus community and quality of the environment. [3]

One must not confuse Healthy Campus with Health Campus.

Universiti Sains Malaysia has launch Science and Arts Innovation Space also known as sains@usm, which is dedicated towards nurturing innovation in science and arts.

The sains@usm space is created to enable entrepreneurs, investors, scientists and artists to blend their respective fields in a sustainable environment. sains@usm recognises that arts contribute to society in tandem with science and technology and together act as catalysts for a balanced society.

With sains@usm, the university hopes to retain the best talents within the university system, nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and showcase its research achievements and academic talents. It will create high value jobs as well as boost the surrounding economy. The facility is designed to foster a closer relationship between academia and industry, fast track technology transfer, commercialisation of technology and create a springboard for new Intellectual Property creations.

sains@usm will bring forward Universiti Sains Malaysia’s research towards a sustainable future especially for the people at the bottom of the “economic pyramid” who stand to benefit from the many cutting edge research in University Sains Malaysia.

The Design Sustainability is at the heart of this concept. The architecture of the Science and Arts Innovation Space (sains@usm) embodies a contemporary design influenced by traditional indigenous architecture for the tropical climate which is respectful of nature and the ecosystem as well as local cultural values. Each habitable room will face a picturesque view of greenery and water elements, bringing nature indoors so as to ignite the creative energy.

The buildings will be highly energy efficient, with tropical microclimate features such as large overhangs and well-ventilated spaces. The facilities will be built along contour lines, creating green environments and a reduction in energy needs.


The university was ranked 111th in the World University Ranking 2004 published by the Times Higher Education Supplement. However, it has dropped out of the list of top 200 universities in the world in 2005. USM vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dato' Dr Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said that the addition of new criteria such as the employer survey could have contributed to the sharp drop in the university's position: "Our poor standing could also be attributed to the fact that we are a relatively young university compared to UM which is 100 years old. They have built up a stable reputation in that time." Prof. Dzulkifli also cited the poor staff-student ratio in Malaysian universities: "Over the past years we have doubled our intake. USM now has 35,000 students including 28,000 undergraduates but the number of lecturers, about 1,400 has not increased in tandem. On 3 Sept 2008, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was declared the Apex (Accelerated Programme for Excellence) University by the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia.

QUOTE (Protoculture @ Jul 6 2009, 09:11 PM) *
I don't work with Education Ministry, I am working in one of the largest private University in Malaysia. But I do have 9 years of experience in the industry.

Oh cool, which one?

QUOTE (Protoculture @ Jul 6 2009, 09:11 PM) *
BTW, Ministry of Education only caters to pre-school, primary & secondary education level plus teachers training colleges. Ministry of Higher Education handles all the tertiary education institutions in Malaysia.

My apologies.

QUOTE (Protoculture @ Jul 6 2009, 09:11 PM) *
In regards of public Universities, yes, but seems local grads only favors local job market in MY, sometimes the Universities management only thinks of quantities instead of quality grads that they produced. In recent days, case of UM especially, both the public & the Govt. were aghast when UM international ranking slipped below NUS.

When that happens, Ministry of Higher Education initiate the Apex University Programme to increased competition amongst both public & private universities in Malaysia in terms of research & development areas, plus improvement in overall tertiary education delivery & quality benchmark. Currently, USM hold the title 'Apex University'.

How long has it been in place for and how successful has it been to date?

QUOTE (Protoculture @ Jul 6 2009, 09:11 PM) *
Its varied, depends on each Universities pre-requisite. However, preparatory English is compulsory (for non English speaking nations) & Malaysian Studies.

Thats interesting, why English and not BM. Is the medium of instruction in the public and private universities in English or BM. If its English then the govnt really should increase the standard of English in high school.

QUOTE (Protoculture @ Jul 6 2009, 09:11 PM) *
Do you mean Australia? Or United States?

Australia, but I was referring to private full fee paying students.

QUOTE (Protoculture @ Jul 6 2009, 09:11 PM) *
To my knowledge, Public Service Department (JPA) & MARA have reduced number of MY students sponsored to UK & US, while increase the numbers of MY students sponsored to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Korea, Indonesia (medical studies), India (medical studies), Russia (medical studies), Germany, Ireland, Spain & other EU nations.

Reason; Cost.

Mara used to send medical students to my alma mater ie Monash Uni. I'm not sure if they still do. The students used to come to my clinic for placements and I have to admit, I was quite impressed with them academically.
USM, a premier University in areas of R&D especially in Science & Technology, has being known to produce top quality grads, pioneering in scientific field. It is also very aggressive in commercialising its programmes, especially with local private colleges in offering diploma / degree programmes in collaboration with USM.

Meritocracy is embedded in the University's system following the meritocracy policy introduced by MY Govt. in early 2000's, thus giving equal footings between Bumiputras & non-Bumis to compete on equal level.

Now, with its academic excellence & quality had enabled USM to grab the title 'APEX University' coveted by many universities in MY.
Crystallised Dream
QUOTE (preahvihear @ Jul 7 2009, 12:09 PM) *
WTF???? You are simply a classic FOX in the Fox and the Grapes. embarassedlaugh.gif You are illogical and STUPID! Now let see what you can make out from that statement. embarassedlaugh.gif

You know preahvihear, you should get a chill pill or attend an anger management class. You call people names at the slightest provocation but you can't take it when people call you a troll. So don't behave like one, okay? We welcome your opinions in MYChat if you could try to discuss in a more civil and diplomatic manner.

Sorry, couldn't resist imitating your large font sizes. Have a pleasant day.

@ Proto: Good thread, thanks. Very informative.
QUOTE (swingdoctor @ Jul 7 2009, 02:12 AM) *
Oh cool, which one?

My University is owned by a consortium of eleven public Universities in MY. Basically, UM/USM/UUM/UKM/UPM/UPSI/UMS/UNIMAS/UITM/UTM/UIA(IIUM) are the big bosses of my University.

Sorry for being evasive, but hey, where's the mystery rite? Sufficed to say, I'll featured my University in this thread. when time comes. Look out for the hint given above ... icon_wink.gif

My apologies.

It's OK.

How long has it been in place for and how successful has it been to date?

Quite successful indeed. Universities (both private & the public) are given extensive Govt. grants to conduct R&D and emphasis are given towards synergy & strong industry cooperation with private sectors. APEX programme had only been introduced in 2008, but already the top universities in MY competed at breakneck speed to grab the top spot. Below are excerpt taken from MOHE criteria to being selected as APEX University:

Apex Universities


An important approach towards achieving world-class status is the establishment of one or two Apex Universities. An ApexUniversity is a conceptual construct that in due time will stand atop the pyramid of institutions. The Apex Universities will be the nation’s centres of academic distinction. Following certain lessons from the world’s top institutions, Apex Universities will be given the latitude to put in place the necessary ingredients to achieve world-class status. The universities’ Board of Directors comprising high-calibre professionals will have full authority over the governance of the institution. The board will implement a stringent selection process to select the best individuals available to serve as the Vice-Chancellor and other leadership roles at the university. The Apex Universities will also select students based on academic merit and other holistic criteria that will require personal interviews. However, the composition of the student body mustrepresent the ethnic diversity of the country without compromising the admission criteria.

The faculty will consist of outstanding individuals known for their scholarship and commitment to teaching. The Apex Universities will draw their management and academic staff from the top performers in HEIs worldwide, who will be awarded the necessary remuneration to attract them. As a centre of excellence, it will also
be equipped with the best facilities and will draw its student body from a rigorous selection process designed to ensure the
promotion of academic excellence. Apex Universities will provide the nation better avenues to ensure the retention of the best and brightest students and faculty in our own HEIs.

As preconditions of its success, Apex Universities must contain the following key elements:

1. The best leaders.

Apex universities are to be headed by accomplished leaders in every sense of the word. They are visionary, fiercely motivated and committed to the ideals of excellent scholarship. They are managers and administrators par excellence who bring talents to bear on the optimal management of human and other assets of the university. They are great communicators endowed with an excellent command of the English language. They are morally upright and of impeccable integrity. They are great motivators who are able to spur others to excel.

2. The best faculty.

The faculty must be talented and renowned for their scholarship in their respective fields. A mix of local and foreign academics would make for a healthy infusion of global knowledge. They are great teachers as well as great researchers in their own right. Their classroom technique will be refreshing, inspiring and motivating. Their research is creative and innovative, and is designed to advance human inquiry and extend further the frontiers of knowledge.

3. The best students.

Merit shall be the uncompromising criterion for selection into Apex Universities. Only those who satisfy the rigorous academic entry requirement will be
selected. A high standard of academic excellence is expected to be continually and consistently demonstrated by students throughout the duration of their courses. Student selection will reflect the demographic profile of the country including a healthy mix of top international students.

4. The best facilities.

Apex Universities shall enjoy the best facilities. They shall be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities which would enhance the teaching-learning
process and R&D.


A taskforce will be created by the MOHE comprising renowned local and international scholars, university and corporate leaders and representatives of the Government to develop the approach in establishing Apex Universities. The taskforce will be given 12 months to develop the criteria and shortlist existing and emerging HEIs based on the institutions’ current strengths and long-term development plan. The taskforce will also be asked to develop recommendations on the types of incentives to be awarded to the Apex Universities.

Desired Outcomes

• Apex Universities to be established within the 9MP period.
• Apex Universities will be given autonomy to allow them to focus on becoming the best.

Action Plan

- Develop complete criteria and development plan for Apex

Lead Agency
- Apex Taskforce

Apex University

- Report 2008:Q3


- Establishment of Apex Universities.

Lead Agency

- Apex Status

- 2009:Q1


- Apex Universities in the top global ranking.

Lead Agency
- Apex Universities

- At least one in top 100

- 2010


UM was quite upset when USM grab that title ....

Thats interesting, why English and not BM. Is the medium of instruction in the public and private universities in English or BM. If its English then the govnt really should increase the standard of English in high school.

Still, look at it this way ... why top Universities in Europe, Russia, Japan, Korea, China & even Taiwan used their national tounge as medium of instructions & learnings? Use that logic, that's why most public Universities (known as IPTA) in MY used Bahasa Malaysia as medium of instruction, its our national language & embedded in our Constitution & national education policy.

As to why UiTM, IIUM (UIA) & majority of private Universities (known as IPTS) in MY used English as primary medium of instruction, well, these Universities catered its grads to be employable in private sectors, who by default, used English as lingua franca in corporate world.

But still, since the Govt introduced English as the main medium of instruction for Mathematics & Sciences in both primary & secondary schools in 2002 onwards, the level of English proficiency has increased exponentially (except in rural areas).

Australia, but I was referring to private full fee paying students.

Its always about cost. In Malaysia, we've atleast 2-3 private Universities catering to medical sciences, namely International Medical University, Asia Institute of Medical Science & Technology University & University of Kuala Lumpur. Besides, some full paying medical students have re-routed their interest to India (for MBBS) & Indonesia (like the top Universitas Gadjah Mada) & even Russia for medical studies. Its cheaper that way compared to Aussie dollars.

BTW, we do have Monash University - Malaysian Campus in KL. We also have University of Nottingham - Malaysian Campus, Curtin University of Technology - Malaysian Campus & Swinburne University of Technology - Malaysian Campus. Heck, we even have Al-Madinah International University here.

Alas, I'll cover 'em later after I finished my round-ups of public Universities in this thread.

Mara used to send medical students to my alma mater ie Monash Uni. I'm not sure if they still do. The students used to come to my clinic for placements and I have to admit, I was quite impressed with them academically.

MARA still do that. But it is now sending more students to Ireland, Russia, India & Indonesia plus Australia for medical studies. It still boils down to cost.

Oh well, I continue tomorrow .... wait for next installment!

@ Proto: Good thread, thanks. Very informative.

Thanks, Crystal. BTW, we need more threads like this. Tend to be apolitical, neutral & universal.


University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (English: Sultan Idris University of Education) or UPSI is a public university in the town of Tanjung Malim, Perak in Malaysia. First established in 1922 as a teachers college, it is one of the oldest functioning institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.


The history of UPSI dates back to 1922 when the University was then known as the Sultan Idris Training College (SITC). It was set mooted by the then Deputy Director of Malay Schools, Sir R.O. Winstedt as a training college for Malay teachers. Named after the late Sultan Idris Murshidul Azam Shah, the 28th Sultan of Perak, the college was opened on 29 November 1922 by the Chief Secretary of the Federated Malay States, Sir George Maxwell.

The initial instructional regime required students to complete a three year course of training where traditional skills and arithmetic were taught. With the adoption of the Education Ordinance 1957 based on the recommendations of the 1956 Education Committee Report (better known as the Razak Report), the training course was extended to 5 years and new subjects were introduced. SITC also came to be officially known by its Malay name, Maktab Perguruan Sultan Idris (English: Sultan Idris Teachers College) or MPSI.

In 1976, MPSI became co-educational with the admission of the first batch of 150 female students. In 1987, MPSI was upgraded and renamed Institut Perguruan Sultan Idris (English: Sultan Idris Teachers Institute) or IPSI and new courses were made available leading to a degree conferred by Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (today known as Universiti Putra Malaysia.

IPSI was upgraded to a full university bearing its current name on 1 May 1997 in line with the plans by Malaysia to increase the number of graduate teachers in both primary and secondary schools.


The main campus is located on a 80 hectare site in the town of Tanjung Malim that straddles both the Perak and Selangor state border. A new campus is currently being built on an 800-acre (3.2 km2) site in the new township of Proton City, 5 kilometres away from the current campus.


UPSI currently offers multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs in pedagogy in 8 faculties :

- Faculty of Arts and Music

One of the first faculties to be formed upon the establishment of UPSI as a university as the successor of IPSI's Department of Social Studies, the faculty was originally known as the Faculty of Social Sciences and Arts offering programs in Counsellor Education, Arts Education and Music Education. It currently programs in Art, Music, Living Skills and Technical Education.

- Faculty of Business and Economics

Established in 2002, the faculty currently offers programs in Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, and Education Management.

- Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development

One of the first faculties to be formed upon the establishment of UPSI as a university, the faculty currently offers programs in Early Childhood Education, Guidance and Counselling, Educational Foundation, Primary School Education, and Special Education.

- Faculty of Information and Communications Technology

Until 2002, programs in Information Technology were provided by the Faculty of Science and Technology. In 2002, the faculty was established and currently offering the program in Information Technology, Computer Aided Design Technology and Multimedia Education.

- Faculty of Languages

One of the first faculties to be formed upon the establishment of UPSI as a university, the faculty in continuation of the tradition of language and literature studies since the formation of SITC in 1922, currently offers programs in Malay Language, TESL, and Malay literature.

- Faculty of Science and Technology

One of the first faculties to be formed upon the establishment of UPSI as a university, the faculty offers programs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

- Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Established in 2005, the faculty currently offers programs in Geography, History, Moral Studies, Islamic and Asian Civilisation, Syariah and Usuluddin.

- Faculty of Sports Science

Established in 2005, the faculty currently offers programs in Sports Science and Sports Psychology.

UPSI is mainly a University that produced next generation core teachers & lecturers for Malaysian schools, technical institutes, Polytechnics, Community Colleges & amongst others.

Its graduates are generally considered academically more enhanced as compared to educators produced by Ministry of Education's Teacher Training Colleges. Not surprisingly, many teachers who're diploma graduates from Teacher Training Colleges will continue their study for Bachelor degrees in UPSI.


Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (English: University of Malaysia, Sarawak) or UNIMAS was officially incorporated on 24 December 1992. UNIMAS is the eighth University, established just after the declaration of Vision 2020.

The University took in its first students numbering 118 in 1993 with the opening of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Resource Science and Technology. These students were temporarily located at Kolej Latihan Telekom, Simpang Tiga, Kuching until in 1994 the University moved to its East Campus in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. The University’s East Campus at Kota Samarahan was officially launched by the Prime Minister, YAB Dato’Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on Independence Day, 31 August 1993.

Over the years, the University has developed rapidly with the establishment of eight Faculties, three Institutes and seven Centres. UNIMAS is a university committed to being contemporary in character and forward looking in outlook in developing its education system. Since its inception in 1992, UNIMAS has been dedicated to educating students who are not only highly knowledgeable and skilled in their respective fields, but also well-rounded, practical, and rich in culture. Efforts to enhance the quality of teaching-learning are intensified, supported and strengthened with efforts to improve the quality of the management processes related to teaching and learning.

Quality is the basis of all products and processes at UNIMAS. Quality-assurance procedures ensure efficient course delivery and student learning. UNIMAS was awarded ISO 9001: 2000 quality certificate by SIRIM as a recognition of the high quality in the management of academic activities from the intake of new students to the award of degrees to graduates. Our strong emphasis on technology has awarded us with the prestigious Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Status on 17 November 2003. An award granted for our role and ability in developing manpower for MSC and related needs, through our strategic learning and training programmes. As such, the University is placing greater emphasis on the development of ICT and has successfully integrated ICT in all aspects of teaching and learning as well as administration.

West Campus Official Opening

The opening of the new West Campus by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi on April 18, 2006 was witnessed by 10,000 students, staff and members of the public. The event was also broadcast live over RTM1.

University Governance

* Vice Chancellor - Professor Dr.Khairuddin Ab Hamid
* Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & Internationalisation) - Professor Dr. Fatimah binti Abang
* Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni) - Assoc. Professor Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman
* Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) - Professor Dr. Peter Songan
* Registrar - Mr. Ahmad Katang
* Bursar - Tuan Hj. Mazlan Kiflie
* Development Director - Mr. Humphrey Rayang Janang
* Chief Librarian - Mdm. Margaret Simeng

Niche Areas of Research and Development

UNIMAS commitment to research has already been recognized by the stakeholders and partners in industry by the provision of endowments for the establishment of eight research chairs; these include the Tun Zaidi Chair for Medicinal Chemistry, the Tun Openg Chair for Sago Technology, the Shell Chair for Environmental Studies, and the Sapura Chair for ICT.

Today, UNIMAS’ strength in research is being acknowledged by peers in at least three niche areas of research:

* Biotechnological research in epidemiology (dengue, JE, FMHD, malaria), biogeography (phylogenetics) and agriculture (sago);
* ICT, specifically on rural communication and image analysis; and
* Biodiversity, natural resource and environmental management.
* Image Analysis and Spatial Technologies

Award-winning Research & Projects

International Awards Received (in recent years) in Research/Innovations

* Industry Innovators Award for System Development and Applications awarded by Society for Satellite Professional International (E-Bario Project)
* E Asia Award under category Bridging Digital Divide (E-Bario Project)
* Mondialogo Engineering Award 2005 : Special Jury Recognition Award
* 34th Geneva International Invention Exposition 2006 – Special Award, Gold, Silver and Bronze
* Gold Medal for E-Bario Project - Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM), 2006, Australia

GENEVA, Switzerland. All the eight products exhibited by UNIMAS at the 34th Geneva International Invention Exposition (5 – 9 April 2006) received awards. Apart from winning 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal, UNIMAS was the only Malaysian university participant accredited with Special Certificates for Excellent Achievement Geneva Awards.

* E-Bario Project

o The project set out to define the extent to which contemporary ICTs could deliver sustainable human development to remote rural communities in Sarawak. It aims to identify further needs and opportunities within such communities that can be satisfied by the innovative use of ICTs, and through action–oriented measures, to demonstrate how significant and sustainable development can be achieved by remote communities through such implementations. Bario was chosen for the research on the basis that; it is highly isolated and remote, and that UNIMAS is known to the community from previous research into the bio-diversity of its locale. The community in Bario readily expressed its willingness to participate. The intention, however, is to work with several remote communities throughout Sarawak.

o Awards Won for e-Bario
+ Prime Minister's Award
+ SSPI US Industry Innovators Award
+ AFACT’s (Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) eASIA Award

* E-Bedian Project

o The success of eBario Project leads to the implementation of E-Bedian. The village of Long Bedian is situated in Baram, Miri division. It occupies an area of 15,456 m². At present, there are 1,578 people living in the 150 homes/houses in the village. The majority of the population in Long Bedian are Kayans.

Students' Union

The UNIMAS Student Representative Council (Malay: Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar UNIMAS or MPP UNIMAS) is the student representative body for students at the University Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia. It is the ultimate legislative body among the students. A general election is held every year to elect representatives to the Student Representative Council.

UNIMAS will always be remembered to be the 1st University setup in East Malaysia (discounting UiTM, given it has branch campuses all over MY) with purely Borneo outlook. Fast growing, the University earned respect from its West Malaysia counterparts, due to its academic excellence & several of its achievement in various fields despite being one of the younger pioneer public Universities back in 1990s.

UNIMAS also is far unique given its academic staffs & students come from various diverse ethnic groups all over Malaysia, in particular from East MY. A Malay UNIMAS student from KL once confided in me that he found UNIMAS far more liberating & liberal, offering fresh outlook over race relation & integration as compared to some Universities in West MY (discounting UIA).

You want cultural diversity, uniquely Bornean & perhaps truely Malaysia is Asia spirit, there's UNIMAS! The ONLY University that would've earn the tag 'Malaysia Truly Asia' & 'One Malaysia' concept perfectly!


Universiti Malaysia Sabah (English: University of Malaysia, Sabah) or UMS is the ninth Malaysian public university located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia and was established on November 24, 1994. His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong proclaimed the establishment of UMS under Section 6(1) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971.


UMS' first campus was sited at the site of Kolej Komuniti Yayasan Sabah (KKYS) on the grounds of Yayasan Sabah (Sabah Foundation) itself. The first intake consisted of 205 undergraduates, with its residences located just beside the football field, on the compound of Yayasan Sabah.

Initially, the university management office operated at the Malaysian Ministry of Education in Kuala Lumpur. It only shifted to Kota Kinabalu in 1995 by renting buildings to cater to its needs.

In August the same year, physical development began to take place on a 999-acre (4 km²) land, located to the north of Kota Kinabalu City. The first phase of its construction was only completed in 2000.

UMS opened a branch campus in the Island of Labuan in 1999, known as Kampus Antarabangsa Labuan (Labuan International Campus).

Yang Amat Berbahagia(YAB) Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj. Aman, the Chief Minister of Sabah and Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato' Seri (Dr.) Yeoh Tiung Lay, Group Executive Chairman of YTL Corporation Berhad are currently the Pro-Chancellors of UMS.

Tan Sri Datuk Abd Hamid Ego, a senior state civil servant and former state secretary, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors since the university was established.

Y.Bhg. Lt Kol Prof Datuk Dr Hj Kamaruzaman Hj Ampon.a Biochemist and the first Sabah born professor, is the current Vice-Chancellor.He took over from the second vice-chancellor, Prof. Dato Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin on the 18th June 2008, a Physicist from Johore.

There are three Deputy Vice-Chancellors namely, Prof. Dr. Haji Sanudin Hj. Tahir (Deputy VC for Academic & International),Prof Dr Amran Ahmed (Deputy VC for Students and Alumni Affairs)and Prof. Dr. Rosnah Ismail (Deputy VC for Research and Innovation).

En. Abdullah Said is currently the Registrar and En Rizal Othman the Burser.


There are currently 13 schools and 9 research institutes in UMS.

School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences (SSS) was established in 1995 when Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) received its first intake of students. It was formed to fulfil the need for developing knowledge in the social sciences by offering courses from various programmes to produce graduates who are able to contribute to the development of the country.

SSS strives to excel in areas of teaching and community service. Hence, the School endeavours to empower would-be graduates to ensure that they become responsible, dedicated and ready to serve the nation.

The main aims of the School are:

* To disseminate knowledge in the social sciences and related fields through teaching and research, as well as to broaden courses and degrees offered.
* To produce competent graduates who are ready to serve the nation for peace and prosperity.
* To establish relations between UMS and the private, industrial and government sectors, at the national and international levels.
* To strengthen ties between institutions of higher learning from within and outside the country.

Assoc. Prof. Inon Saharuddin was the first dean, when the school was established in 1995. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asmady Idris is the current dean since 2006.

School of Science and Technology

The School of Science & Technology (SST) was established in 1995 with a primary aim to produce graduates in the field of science and technology in line with the aspiration of the Malaysian Government to achieve the status of an industrialized country.

The main function of the school is to develop and disseminate knowledge related to science and technology through teaching, research and publications.

Being located in a region rich in natural resources (land, forest, river and sea), the priority of the school is geared towards the sustainable management of these heritages.

The school has 10 undergraduate academic programmes that lead to a BSc (Hons) in biological & physical sciences. On top of this, SST also offers Master and PhD by research in all the fields of studies.

Prof.Dr. Mohd Noh Dalimin was the first dean, when the school was established in 1995. Prof.Dr. Mohd Harun is the current dean since mid-2008.

School of Psychology and Social Work

The School of Psychology and Social Work, established in 1997, determines to educate students to be well informed and skilled in areas of psychology and social work. As the two disciplines – psychology and social work- are located under one roof, school core courses are an integral part of every program offered, thus truly depicting the school's multidisciplinary approach.

Presently the school has five programs; Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Youth and Community Psychology, Counseling Child and Family Studies, and Social Work. The latter, though a latest addition to the school offering, will soon has several programmes added to it.

The School has the following objectives:

* To produce graduates, competent in the field of psychology and social work.
* To produce skilled and trained professionals in industry and organization, counseling, youth and community development, social work, and child development and family;
* To assist students to be more creative, to experiment new ideas, and determined in their work through practicum and internship, case studies and research projects.
* To strive for academic excellence and to promote UMS as leading educational and research institution in the field of psychology, social work and related programs.

Prof.Dato Dr Abdul Halim Othman was the first dean, when the school was established in 1996. Prof. Dr. Shuib Hj Din is the current dean since 2002.

School of Engineering and Information Technology

The School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) was established in 1996 to meet the increasing needs of skilled manpower of the country in the field of engineering and information technology. The goals for the establishment of the school are in line with the mission of UMS to become an innovative university.

The objectives of the school are as follows:

* To develop programme of study relevant to industrial and national needs
* To produce skilled graduates in engineering and information technology who can contribute to nation building and wealth creation
* To train graduates who have strong fundamentals in relevant areas but at the same time are competent in his or her chosen field of study
* To equip the students with the necessary knowledge and skills in problem solving and analytical thinking
* To expand and broaden knowledge by means of research in engineering and information technology

The programme, curriculum and courses are designed to prepare students with the necessary skills and knowledge for their careers in business, consulting, marketing, information technology, education and other fields. To achieve these objectives the school always works in collaboration with industries and various agencies so that programmes are consistently relevant to the needs of the industry.

The main purpose of School of Engineering and Information Technology’s offer of study programs is to create manpower that is united and trained in specific disciplines, capable of contributing to the country’s development as well as fulfilling educational elements which builds the ability to think, analyze and evaluate.

The first dean was Prof. Dr Sanuddin Tahir, a geologist, and currently, a chemical engineer, Assoc. Prof. Dr Rosalam Sarbatly is the fourth dean for the school.

School of Food Science and Nutrition

The School of Food Science and Nutrition was established in 1997 with the mission to produce graduates who are well equipped with knowledge and skills that are required to undertake a variety of responsibilities in the area of food science and nutrition. Studies in food science and nutrition cover the continuum from raw materials to food on the table for consumers. Food scientists are involved in developing ways to process, preserve, and package or store food according to industry and government specifications and regulations. With the rapidly expanding world population, the increasing demand for healthy, convenient food and the increasing concern for the safety and quality of food supply, opportunities for well trained food scientists are plenty.

The School of Food Science and Nutition strives to achieve academic excellence in the field of food science, technology and nutrition to gain international recognition through learning and teaching, research and publication, social services and to provide skilled personnel in areas relating to the food industry resulting in high productivity and quantity in the context of the society and the nation.

The school's missions are as follows:

* To prepare international level teaching curriculum.
* To provide conducive research environment in order to encourage participation of academic staff in academic research and publication.
* To provide academic staff with sufficient expertise and experience to qualify as experts in certain specialised field/area.

The school's objectives are as follows:

* To produce graduates complete with knowledge as trained, ethical scientists who foster good values which will enable them to undertake a variety of responsibilities in the field of food science, technology and nutrition.
* To become an excellent centre for study, research, training and consultation in the field of food science, technology and nutrition at the national and international level.

School of International Tropical Forestry

The School of International Tropical Forestry was established in 1996. Its primary function is to train professional foresters to manage the country's rich forest resources as well as to further develop the wood-based industries and eco-tourism sector of the country. The School offers Bachelor of Forestry Science and Graduate studies on forestry related fields.

The School currently has four programmes namely International Tropical Forestry, Nature Parks and Recreation, Forest Plantation and Agro forestry and Wood Fibre Industries and Technology. Competent teaching staff specialised in various disciplines related to forestry, wood industries management, nature parks, recreation management, forestry plantations and agro forestry.

School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics was established in 1995 with the intention of fulfilling the country's needs for managers and entrepreneurs in various areas of business to ensure that Malaysia achieve its objective to be an industrialised nation by 2020.

Objectives of the school are:

* to provide knowledge in business and economics that creates and develops well-rounded managers and executives to enable them to compete at the global level;
* to produce proactive graduates who are knowledgeable and keep abreast with current issues of business and economics;
* to produce graduates with capability to integrate and apply the latest technology in organisational management;
* to contribute to the country's development by producing graduates that fulfils requirements of both private and public sectors;
* to provide knowledge of business and economics to students of other schools in this university in order to produce well-rounded graduates.

Currently, the school offers 10 areas of study in the field of business and economics at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. There are more than 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in various courses offered by the school. The ten undergraduate programmes offered by the school are Entrepreneurship, Banking and Finance, International Business, Marketing, Accounting, Hotel Management, Financial Economics, Human Resource Economics, Planning and Development Economics and Tourism Management.

School of Education and Social Development

Established in 1996, the School of Education and Social Development (SESD) strives to vindicate the values and principles that education is fundamentally about human growth and development nurtured by perspectives and insights that emerge from critical evaluation and scholarly enquiry.

The main thrust of development at SESD is underpinned by the following ideals:

* Education that helps to consolidate the development of individuals who are god fearing and responsible to the society and the environment.
* Education that complements both the Philosophy of Education of Malaysia and the chartered mission of Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
* Education that ensures the fundamental intellectual development of individuals will be on par with the best in the world.

School of Art Studies

The School has the following objectives:

* To provide knowledge in the technology-based arts studies in order to produce graduates who are capable of promoting and cultivating various arts to the industry and society.
* to provide courses that enable students to be critical in their thinking, communicate well with others, appreciate art and culture, manage themselves well, and lead an organisation competently;
* To produce graduates with communication skills worthy of appreciation in interpersonal, social, corporate and community relations.
* to instill in students genuine love and patriotism for the country;
* To provide consultative expertise in the fields of creative and applied technology.
* to promote universal moral values and ethical principles amongst students;
* To generate competitive arts entrepreneurs in the arts and entertainment industry at national and international level.

School of Medicine

The Universiti Malaysia Sabah School of Medicine was established in the year 2003. It aims to train medical professionals of the highest standard in an effort to meet the needs of Sabah, in particular, and Malaysia in general.

Sabah is a state rich not only in natural resources and biodiversity but also in a population rich in ethnic variations. The school's students will be exposed to communities of different racial, socioeconomic status and health problems. Their understanding of these differences and the recognition of the underlying problems of the rural communities will help them solve problems faced by the indigenous and the urban communities in their future careers.

Based on the mission and vision of the School of Medicine, on completion of the Doctor Of Medicine (MD) programme, the Medical Students will be equipped with knowledge and education to enable them to:

* Give comprehensive healthcare to patients, their family and the community.
* Be competent when serving their clients but at the same time recognize their limitations and consult colleagues when necessary
* Be skilled when counseling and dealing with patients in the provision of health education and promotion measures.
* Use their analytical skills in solving clinical problems of their patients in a way that is acceptable and cost effective.
* Exhibit the right attitude, knowledge and skills in their communication with superiors, colleagues, peers and health professionals.
* Be team leaders in the area of medicine, community and society.
* Contribute to medical expertise in different settings, both rural and urban to meet the needs of the community.
* Contribute to research, scientific writing and publishing and development of ideas and technology that will be adopted globally.
* Continue in the pursuit of knowledge through a lifetime of continuing medical education (CME)

School of Sustainable Agriculture

This school was established to train students to become skilled manpower to assist in national agricultural production. Students are to be taught the latest and state of the art knowledge and cutting-edge research in agriculture. The main goal of the school is to produce knowledgeable graduates in the fields of crop production, livestock production, and horticulture and landscape in line with the National Agriculture Policy-3, which emphasizes domestic agriculture production that is suitable, safe and sufficient for local consumption and marketable globally and at the same time maintaining the good quality of our environment.

The main goals of the school’s programs are to produce graduates who can contribute to the skilled and knowledgeable manpower in the field of agriculture and are able to compete at both national and international levels. The graduates should possess the following characteristics:

* High achiever, integrity, entrepreneurship and sensitive to the issues of environmental conservation.
* Have vast knowledge in management of various aspects of conventional and contemporary agriculture.
* Adaptable to changes in technology development in the agricultural sector.
* Apt and efficient to act as sound farm entrepreneurs and agricultural managers.

Labuan School of International Business and Finance

Labuan School of International Business and Finance (LSIBF) started its operation in March 1999 with an intake of 356 students. Currently, LSIBF offers 4 distinctive degrees, namely Bachelor of International Business (Hons), Bachelor of International Finance (Hons), Bachelor of International Marketing (Hons) and Bachelor of Islamic Finance (Hons.). LSIBF has 5 programmes in the fields of International Finance, International and Offshore Banking, International Marketing, International Financial Economics and Islamic Finance. These academic programmes is directed towards global perspectives, to cater for the needs of the world's business and financial economics developments. LSIBF hopes to produce experts and well-trained workforce in the fields of international business and finance. The core curriculum is intended to enhance students' critical thinking and ability in decision making that will be applicable to the real world. In this regard, the teaching and learning process focuses on the conceptual and practical aspects of global business and finance with the help of current multimedia technology, market data, and case studies, wherever appropriate. To date (2007), some 2000 students have graduated from this school, including few oversea students. It is expected that in 10 years' time, 20-30% of the students will be coming from oversea.

The School's objectives are as follows:

* To generate knowledge on business and finance with global perspectives through teaching, researching and publication.
* To provide balance education through the integration of conceptual, technical, human and communication skills.
* To produce educated and well-trained workforce in the fields of international business and finance multimedia technology-based training.
* To produce human resource who are able to contribute to the nation's development and have competitive capability in the international arena.
* To shape continuous network-relationship with government, industrial sector and the general public in the national and international levels.

Labuan School of Informatics Science

The Labuan School of Informatic Sciences was established in May 1999 to support students' learning in the field of information technology which is characterised as the "Soft Science" and oriented towards the business environment.

It is widely recognised that, to be economically competitive in the global economy, the country needs to achieve and maintain a rate of technological development at least equal to that of international competitors. The ability to manage new technology and to ensure high levels of product quality are the essential skills that are required if the country wishes to compete in the world markets.

Currently, advances in computers, interactive technologies and the Internet have enabled video, audio and text information to be processed and presented collectively as a single multimedia document. Over the next decade, the internet and the web promise many exciting developments. The internet is the fastest growing segment of the computer industry. E-commerce is another aspect of the web that is gaining tremendous interest. The Labuan School of Informatic Sciences has taken this challenge by offering two high demand courses; Multimedia Technology and E-Commerce.

Both programmes have been designed to enable students to put theoretical concepts in practice via the usage of Digital Media Technology through various technology facilities. Graduates of these courses will have acquired skills that will be of value to companies, large and small, who are exploiting the benefits of this growth area.

Besides that, Labuan School of Informatic Sciences was the first Malaysian Public university to introduce an e-commerce programme and the first University in Malaysia that concentrates only on soft-IT.

The School has the following specific objectives:

* To enhance the environment for research, teaching and learning by extending knowledge in the ICT field especially in Multimedia and e-commerce disciplines.
* To provide a balance between theory and practice, which will form the basis for students' future careers as multimedia and e-commerce professionals.
* To improve the national and international standing of the school in terms of research, teaching and learning.
* To provide the opportunity for students in professional career development through our high quality education.
* To ensure quality courses that focus in current, up-to-date techniques and industrial practice.

Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning

The Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), or for short, PPIB (Malay acronym for Pusat Penataran Ilmu dan Bahasa), was established at the end of 1994 in an attempt to produce multi-skilled graduates who are liberal in their thoughts and perspective, and who have an appreciation for national and societal values. In other words, the Centre strives to inculcate students with universal noble values and to instill in them a sense of patriotism for their country.

The Centre offers liberal studies by providing contemporarily relevant courses aimed at training students to communicate effectively at both national and international levels. Apart from this, the Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning also offers courses on foreign languages. The courses offered by the Centre are open to all undergraduates from the various schools in UMS.

The Centre was set up for the following purposes:

* To help students build a solid foundation in liberal arts education, to enable students from various disciplines to keep a sense of global perspective and to refine their way of thinking;
* To provide courses that enable students to be critical in their thinking, communicate well with others, appreciate art and culture, manage themselves well, and lead an organisation competently.
* To train students to acquire skills in computing, public speaking, negotiating skills and foreign languages other than the English Language.
* To instill in students genuine love and patriotism for the country.
* To develop skills in critical thinking so as to achieve a higher level of maturity.
* To promote universal moral values and ethical principles amongst students.
* To produce well-rounded, versatile and capable graduates

Centre for Cocurriculum and Student Development

The Centre for Cocurriculum and Student Development was established in the year 2002. Its role is to give educational and learning services of over 80 cocurriculum courses that are offered to the students of the university. The orientation of management of the centre is to give the best service in conducting the cocurriculum activity as a core module and a compulsory course that must be taken by all the students of the university, and also to develop the students' ability and potential to master the human skill through students development activities.

The Centre has the following missions and objectives:

* To activate the student's interests, to develop excellent minds, talents and students' potentials through healthy and objective-oriented activities especially in leadership, community relationship and outreach programmes.
* To produce future leaders that are smart and confidence, to nurture the potential of students in sports and arts.
* To shape and develop student's self-esteem, to enhance patriotic values, high self-respect, and moral values amongst the students.


Tropical Biology and Conservation Research Institute

Tropical Biology and Conservation Research Institute (ITBC) was founded in 1996. With the coordinating assistance of the Institute, local and international scientists can better explore the diverse terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems of the tropics, especially Sabah.

The objectives of the Institute are as follows:

* To be a research and reference centre in the field of tropical biology and conservation,
* To be a reference point for local biodiversity; to aid in management and environment impact assessments,
* To carry out studies on tropical rainforests and freshwater ecosystems as well as the conservation of these habitats and their inhabitants,
* To provide well-trained and skilled manpower in the fields of tropical biology and conservation through long and short-term research/training programmes and postgraduate supervision,
* To disseminate biodiversity knowledge by organizing conferences and workshops.

Biotechnology Research Institute

The Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI) was established in January 2002 to function as a Center of Excellence in the field of Biotechnology at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). The establishment of BRI is in tandem with the nation's efforts to promote research and development in biological or life sciences for the improvement of the quality of human life in relations to medicine, food, agricultural science and environmental protection.

The main functions of the Institute are:

* To promote research and postgraduate training through a demand-driven education programme in the field of biotechnology;
* To undertake strategic biotechnology research in key areas relevant to the geographical location of Universiti Malaysia Sabah;
* To serve as a facility centre housing high-end analytical equipment;
* To serve as a biotechnology hub for Sabah and its surrounding regions;
* To develop corporate partnerships to help drive the nation's biotechnology industry;
* To create and encourage an entrepreneurial culture among UMS researchers in the commercialisation of biotechnology R&D outputs;
* To support and contribute to the nation and Sabah bio-industries.

Borneo Marine Research Institute

Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) was established in 1995 with the aim of promoting education, research and training in conservation and sustainable development of marine resources, and a rational deployment of biotechnology. The Institute is fast emerging as a venue for pursuing excellence in generating knowledge across a wide range of marine science and aquaculture in a regional, national and international context.

Towards this goal, the BMRI carries out need-based research, works in partnership with stakeholder institutions on projects with long-term benefits for the society, and undertakes teaching and training of undergraduate and post-graduate students.

The Institute's missions are:

* To undertake scholarly research in need-based areas of marine science and aquaculture.
* To provide high-quality education, hands-on experience and training in marine science and sustainable aquaculture.
* To disseminate knowledge and facilitate its application to scientific, social and economic problems related to marine environment and aquaculture.

Ethnographic and Development Research Unit

The Unit began operation in 2001, and is based at the School of Social Sciences. It is dedicated to research in the field of ethnography and development with a strong environmental emphasis focusing on Sabah and Sarawak with some interest in Indonesian Kalimantan. The emphasis on Borneo is to take advantage of the region's multi-ethnic population and rich biodiversity. As a research centre in the social sciences, the unit emphasises inter-disciplinary research drawing expertise from disciplines including Sociology and Anthropology, History, Human Geography, Politics and International Relations.

It also encourages joint research with disciplines other than the social sciences especially in the Biological Sciences- marine and terrestrial-in the area of environmental conservation. Apart from research activities, the Unit also conducts workshops and seminars as part of its attempt to disseminate knowledge and to provide linkages between the university student population and academics with the general public. Research topics to which this Unit devote itself include ethnic relations of the Sabah population and the impact of development on the social and physical environment local, especially rural communities..

The Unit is actively involved in developing research networks nationally and internationally, has an active seminar series and is embarking on a planned expansion program.

Psychology and Social Health Research Unit

Research may not only assist government policies, but can contribute greatly to the discipline of psychology in general. In the field of psychology and social health, research in the Sabahan context has much to offer of both practical and theoretical significance. Psychological services in the community are very few, and research is needed into many psychological issues affecting the community.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah has established the Psychology and Social Health Research Unit (PSHRU) in 1998 to undertake a holistic research which focus on stress, depression and anxiety and cross-cultural family psychology that includes children, adolescent and aging population.

The objectives of the Unit are:

* To conduct interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary applied research to advance knowledge regarding current issues and the psychology of the society.
* To establish a centre of excellence on research and information in the field of stress, family psychology and psychological assessment and evaluation.
* To establish a top-class forum for researchers, intellectuals, politicians, policy makers and technocrats to discuss issues relating to the psychology and social health of the society
* To establish a think-tank, acting as a database to contribute psychological inputs to the Nation’s policy makers.
* To provide training of researchers at the postgraduate as well as post-doctoral levels.

Centre for Natural Disasters Studies

The occurrence of natural disasters such as floods and landslides are on the increase in Malaysia. While many researchers are in one way or another working on this problem, no specific institution has been established in Malaysia to seriously look into the studies of natural disasters. Recognizing the critical and urgent need for enhancing the capability of the country to manage natural disasters, Universiti Malaysia Sabah took the initiative to formally establish this research center in early 2006. This center acts as focal point for all research activities in UMS that are related to natural disasters.

The objective of the Center is to generate new knowledge related to the better understanding of the mechanism, impacts and mitigation of natural hazards towards the reduction of natural disasters in Malaysia.

The main functions of the Center are:

* To undertake fundamental and applied research;
* To provide expertise for consultancy and service;
* To produce scientific and popular publications;
* To organize public awareness activities; and
* To develop a database on natural disaster in Malaysia.

Centre for Research and Entrepreneurial Development

The Centre for Research and Entrepreneurial Development (CERD), UMS was established in January 2003. The main objective of the centre's establishment is to be as one of the entrepreneurial resource centre which focuses on the entrepreneurial research and development process both domestically and globally. The Centre was established at UMS as one of the centres of excellence through its research, dissemination of innovative entrepreneurial knowledge and practice and also through the development of a competitive and good quality younger generation especially the entrepreneurship graduates.

The Centre for Research and Entrepreneurial Development plays an active role in giving entrepreneurial support services such as business counseling, business information and entrepreneurial spirit needed by the entrepreneurs.

The objectives of CERD are:

* To facilitate experts for entrepreneurship research;
* To be a platform for entrepreneurship dialogue and growth;
* To inspire entrepreneurship spirit and culture;
* To shape curriculum and entrepreneurship training module for quality entrepreneurship excellence.

Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS

Remote sensing technology and GIS started to advance in Malaysia in 1980s, particularly in safeguarding the nature. The effective use of the technology in assessing forest resources, detecting soil erosion and monitoring marine ecology, which evidently provides latest and accurate data plus reduces the cost, time and labour compared to a conventional practice, has prompted the government to establish Malaysian Centre of Remote Sensing (MACRES) in 1988.

In Sabah, although the government is fully aware of the efficiency and potential use of remote sensing technology and GIS in safeguarding its vast forest and marine ecosystem, the application is still limited.

Hence, the establishment of a centre for remote sensing and GIS in University Malaysia Sabah for learning, teaching, research and consultancy suitably accommodates the needs of the state government. The proposed research involves various disciplines such as forest management, biodiversity, coastal area, marine ecosystem, geology, etc.

Centre for Rural Education and Development

Centre for Rural Education Development (CRED), which was founded in May 2006, is housed within the administration of School of Education and Social Development, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. The Centre aims to develop and provide supports in the research and development of rural community, which includes the coastal areas of the river and sea, islands, interior province and mountain site. The establishment of CRED is also one of major contributions by the School of Education and Social Development towards the university's aspiration; "Strive to Excel".

Numerous researches and community activities had been carried out through the school, prior to the establishment of this centre. Since 2002, a huge number of researches pertaining to the rural education was implemented in the areas of administration, sociology, psychology and curriculum by SPPS lecturers and post-grade students. In addition, these collaborative researches involved different schools and research units in UMS. Apart from UMS research fund, most of the financial resources came from IRPA, UNESCO as well as from the State Departments.

The objectives of CRED are:

* To provide continuous educational programme by collaborating with schools
* To facilitate researches for rural community development
* To generate community awareness towards the importance of education
* To train volunteers as change agents
* To establish network between local and foreign universities, and other related agencies for rural community development

The above listed 11 public Universities are known collectively as pioneer Universities in MY, producing thousands of graduates each year, & have significant international students presence, namely IIUM (UIA), UM, USM, UKM & UTM.

In regards of UiTM, it is the 1st public University to achieve Mega-University status, with high enrollment intakes in its Main Campus, branch campuses & its franchise programmes with private colleges.
QUOTE (Crystallised Dream @ Jul 7 2009, 02:36 AM) *
You know preahvihear, you should get a chill pill or attend an anger management class. You call people names at the slightest provocation but you can't take it when people call you a troll. So don't behave like one, okay? We welcome your opinions in MYChat if you could try to discuss in a more civil and diplomatic manner. Sorry, couldn't resist imitating your large font sizes. Have a pleasant day.

Hey thank you, but you also need to be fair to me as well. embarassedlaugh.gif Not only the ProtoFreak called me names and labelling me, he also acted haughty towards me and territorial and $hit. embarassedlaugh.gif This a Chinese-American owned website. So where does the ProtoFreak get the nerves to use the word "MYChat turf" from...To continue to harrass me, he even teamed up with that ImmoralQuack that has no credential whatsoever.

I was merely responding to KiepNgeo, a Viet person, for condemning the Malaysians and their Prime Minster as STUPID and HEARTLESS. But now these two losers had to get involved. Naturally, I had to respond in kind. embarassedlaugh.gif
QUOTE (Protoculture @ Jul 7 2009, 03:21 AM) *
My University is owned by a consortium of eleven public Universities in MY. Basically, UM/USM/UUM/UKM/UPM/UPSI/UMS/UNIMAS/UITM/UTM/UIA(IIUM) are the big bosses of my University.

Sorry for being evasive, but hey, where's the mystery rite? Sufficed to say, I'll featured my University in this thread. when time comes. Look out for the hint given above ... icon_wink.gif

It's OK.

Quite successful indeed. Universities (both private & the public) are given extensive Govt. grants to conduct R&D and emphasis are given towards synergy & strong industry cooperation with private sectors. APEX programme had only been introduced in 2008, but already the top universities in MY competed at breakneck speed to grab the top spot. Below are excerpt taken from MOHE criteria to being selected as APEX University:

UM was quite upset when USM grab that title ....

Still, look at it this way ... why top Universities in Europe, Russia, Japan, Korea, China & even Taiwan used their national tounge as medium of instructions & learnings? Use that logic, that's why most public Universities (known as IPTA) in MY used Bahasa Malaysia as medium of instruction, its our national language & embedded in our Constitution & national education policy.

As to why UiTM, IIUM (UIA) & majority of private Universities (known as IPTS) in MY used English as primary medium of instruction, well, these Universities catered its grads to be employable in private sectors, who by default, used English as lingua franca in corporate world.

But still, since the Govt introduced English as the main medium of instruction for Mathematics & Sciences in both primary & secondary schools in 2002 onwards, the level of English proficiency has increased exponentially (except in rural areas).

Its always about cost. In Malaysia, we've atleast 2-3 private Universities catering to medical sciences, namely International Medical University, Asia Institute of Medical Science & Technology University & University of Kuala Lumpur. Besides, some full paying medical students have re-routed their interest to India (for MBBS) & Indonesia (like the top Universitas Gadjah Mada) & even Russia for medical studies. Its cheaper that way compared to Aussie dollars.

BTW, we do have Monash University - Malaysian Campus in KL. We also have University of Nottingham - Malaysian Campus, Curtin University of Technology - Malaysian Campus & Swinburne University of Technology - Malaysian Campus. Heck, we even have Al-Madinah International University here.

Alas, I'll cover 'em later after I finished my round-ups of public Universities in this thread.

MARA still do that. But it is now sending more students to Ireland, Russia, India & Indonesia plus Australia for medical studies. It still boils down to cost.

I just assumed that the medium of instruction would be in BM, I'm surprised to learn that the private universities teach in English. Perhaps this is one of the problems why public Uni grads find it difficult getting work in the private sector?

As far as I understand Monash Uni medical school has a campus in JB.
QUOTE (preahvihear @ Jul 7 2009, 10:11 PM) *
Hey thank you, but you also need to be fair to me as well. embarassedlaugh.gif Not only the ProtoFreak called me names and labelling me, he also acted haughty towards me and territorial and $hit. embarassedlaugh.gif This a Chinese-American owned website. So where does the ProtoFreak get the nerves to use the word "MYChat turf" from...To continue to harrass me, he even teamed up with that ImmoralQuack that has no credential whatsoever.

I was merely responding to KiepNgeo, a Viet person, for condemning the Malaysians and their Prime Minster as STUPID and HEARTLESS. But now these two losers had to get involved. Naturally, I had to respond in kind. embarassedlaugh.gif

Are you Malaysian? How do you know if KiepNgeo is wrong. Maybe the Malaysian PM is stupid and heartless, do you know that he's not? How do you know otherwise? Even so, no matter what he/she has said, it does not justify you making general comments about Vietnamese, how many Vietnamese do you know personally?

So what if this is a Chinese-American owned website? Does it mean we can make general bigoted comments against Vietnamese? Does it mean we cannot be critical of either Americans or Chinese?

How do you know I have no credentials, have you asked me for any, am I obliged to show you any? Besides, looking at your postings it seems we don't need credentials to post here anyway.

We don't harass you any more then you are bigoted towards the Vietnamese. And Proto is right, this is the Malaysian Chat site, if you have any comments to make about Vietnamese in relation to Malaysia, fair enough post it here. But if you simply want to gripe about Vietnemese in general, take it to the Vietnamese site, there's one just next door.
Guys, the silent treatment to the troll, please! We do not want derail the thread, do we?

Alrighty then, let's moved on to Malaysian other public Universities!


Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM Johor) was established on the 16 September 1993. It was originally known as Pusat Latihan Staf Politeknik (PLSP), until 1996 when it was upgraded to Institut Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn (ITTHO). Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abd Razak who was then the Minister of Education made the Official announcement of the new status on April 12, 1996. This promotion was an acknowledgement that the institution had excelled at producing human resources for technical education.

On September 27, 2000, the Institute achieved another milestone when the Malaysian government awarded it university-college status. This was to recognise its contribution in science and technology based development as well as in helping the nation to achieve its aspiration. With the new status, the Institution became known as Kolej Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn (KUiTTHO).

KUiTTHO continued to grow and progress, producing skillful, knowledgeable and competitive graduates. Six years later, on September 20, 2006, KUiTTHO was upgraded to full university status and became as it is now known.

The education and training at this University is a continuous effort to lead in market oriented academic programmes. Academic programmes offered by UTHM Johor are student-focused and are conducted through experiential learning in order to produce well-trained human resources and professionals who are catalysts for a sustainable development.

With more than 7,500 students studying in a number of academic programmes at Diploma, Degree, Masters, and PhD levels, UTHM Johor is one of the fastest growing higher education institution in the country specialising in engineering, technical education, technology management and information technology, and multimedia.


1. Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering

2. Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

3. Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

4. Faculty of Technology Management

5. Faculty of Technical Education

6. Faculty of Information Technology and Multimedia


Currently , there are 5 residential colleges available that could accommodate up to 5000 students which caters mostly for juniors . Seniors which wished to extend the two-year staying period will have to apply to respective hostel management .

Within the Main campus

* Tun Syed Nasir Residential College
* Tun Dr. Ismail Residential College
* Tun Fatimah Residential College

Outside Main campus

* Perwira Residential College
* Melewar Residential College



Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (English: University of Malaysia, Kelantan) or UMK is a public university located in Kelantan in Malaysia. The formation of the university was mooted during the tabling of the Ninth Malaysia Plan and subsequently approved by the cabinet of Malaysia on June 14, 2006. The first students were enrolled with the commencement of the June 2007 semester.

Currently UMK operates from their temporary campuses in Pengkalan Chepa and Kota Bahru. A permanent campus is being planned in the towns of Bachok and Jeli.

Academic programs and courses

UMK currently offers the following programs:

Faculty of Agro-industry & Natural Resources

Undergraduate degrees

* Bachelor of Applied Science

* Animal Science
* Agriculture Technology Entrepreneurship
* Bio-industry Technology
* Natural Resources Science

Postgraduate degrees

* Master of Science

* Agriculture Biotechnology
* Agro-Entrepreneurship
* Bio-industry Technology
* Natural Resources Management

Faculty of Entrepreneurship & Business

Undergraduate degrees

* Bachelor of Entrepreneurship

* Accounting
* Commerce

Postgraduate degrees

* Master of Entrepreneurship

* Accounting
* Commerce
* Finance
* Management

Faculty of Heritage & Creative Technology

Undergraduate degrees

* Bachelor of Heritage Studies
* Bachelor of Creative Technology

* Multimedia
* Product Design
* Textile and Fashion
* Visual Communications

Postgraduate degrees

* Master of Arts

* Heritage Studies
* Multimedia
* Product Design
* Textile and Fashion
* Visual Communications

UMK also provides the following general courses :

Centre for Language Studies & Human Development

English language

* English language
* English for Sciences
* English for Business Communications
* English For Creativity Writing In Arts And Heritage

Third languages

* Arabic language
* Mandarin language

Social sciences

* Islamic and Asian Civilisation
* Ethnic Relations
* Malaysian Nationhood & Development
* Philosophy
* Moral and Professional Ethics
* Critical Thinking and Communication Skills

Co-curricular activities like participation in sports teams are also recognised as academic courses and are invigilated by the Centre for Language Studies and Human Development.

Website: (Malay version only)


Universiti Pertahanan Nasional (UPNM) or the National Defence University of Malaysia is a public university located in Sungei Besi Camp, Kuala Lumpur. The university is Malaysia's first catering to the needs and development of modern armed forces. As of year 2008, it has around 1,500 undergraduate students, with over 1,300 of them are Cadet Officers.

With its vision to be a premier institution in area of military training, education and defence research.


UPNM was originally Akademi Tentera Malaysia (ATMA) or the Malaysian Armed Forces Academy which was established on June 1, 1995. It was an organisation solely responsible in upgrading the knowledge and academic status of the armed forces by offering bachelor degrees in fields of engineering, sciences and managements while not neglecting the basic requirements of military training.

The bachelor degree courses were accredited and awarded by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in the beginning. Lecturers—some from within the armed forces, some hired by the academy and the rest deputised by UTM—were fully committed to changing the face of the Malaysian armed forces.

In November 10, 2006, ATMA's responsibility was recognised and further given a boost when it was upgraded to university status creating the current UPNM. The establishment of the university was announced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during the Budget 2007 reading in the Malaysian Parliament. The setting up of the university cost RM 500 million and was fully borne by the Government of Malaysia.

The university's first intake of students was for the 2007/2008 session with new changes by taking the first intake of civilian undergrads. Universiti Pertahanan Nasional preparing the military and civilian leaders from Malaysia to better address national and international security challenges through multi-disciplinary educational programs, research, professional exchanges and outreach. Though the university was young, it has already chalked up over 11 years of experience in education and training since 1995 with over 1000 graduates in the fields of engineering, computer science and management. These graduates have also been successfully been inducted as full officers of the Malaysian Army, Royal Malaysian Navy Royal Malaysian Air Force, Government Sectors and Non Government Sectors.


UPNM's main campus is currently located at the Sungei Besi Camp in Kuala Lumpur. The campus which was originally completed in 2002 as part of ATMA has the latest education and training facilities as well as huge playing field and recreational area, which is in line with the need of a growing institution.


Cadets are educated and graded on their performance in academics, physical fitness, and military leadership.

The academic program consists of a core of 11 courses balanced in the managements, sciences and engineerings. Cadets choose their courses in the end of their foundation year.

The physical program includes both physical education classes and competitive athletics. Every cadet participates in an intercollegiate, club or intramural (called Inter-Battalion Sports) level sport each year. As with all soldiers in the Armed Forces, cadets also must pass a physical fitness test (UKA) twice per year. Additionally, during each end year-session, cadets must undergo Single Service Training (LKPT)—which generally is regarded by cadets to be the "worst 6 weeks of the year."

Cadets learn basic military skills, including leadership, through a military program (LKU) that begins on their first day at the university. Most military training takes place during the end-semester holiday, with new cadets undergoing Cadet Basic Training (LFI) — or "Square bashing". Additionally, cadets are housed in barracks style floor-by-floor management at accommodation blocks and have leadership positions and responsibilities throughout the academic year.

Every mid-semester, the men and women train at campus camp itself; the campus fields for physical trainings, the 1RAMD obstacle course and shooting range for obstacle course exercise and shooting practice, and RMC's parade ground for drills. In this six-week part of LKU at the campus, the cadets are introduced to a basic firearms and training exercises. The batalions are in command of appointed rank holders and final year cadets. The super-seniors, are in officer positions such as Platoon leader and Company commanders. At the end of the six-week UKMHK session, awards are given out to the best company based on the best performance at each training site.

Moral-ethical development occurs throughout the formal programs as well as a host of activities and experiences available at the University. These include formal instruction in the important values of the military profession, religious programs, and interaction with staff and faculty role models. The foundation of the ethical code at the university is found in the institution's motto, "Duty, Honor, Integrity." Cadets also also required to adhere to the wide known Cadet Honor Code, which states simply, "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do."


Academic Programme

Defence Engineering Faculty

* Civil engineering
* Electric & Electronic (Power) engineering
* Electric & Electronic (Communication) engineering
* Mechanical engineering
* Mechanical - Automotive engineering
* Mechanical - Aeronautic engineering
* Mechanical - Marine technology engineering

Defence Sciences Faculty

* Computer science (Computer system and safety)
* Computer science (Artificial intelligence)
* Maritime technology

Faculty of Defense and Management Studies

* Defence human resource management
* Strategic studies

Military Programme

Besides pursuing an academic programme, undergraduates also undergo armed forces training. The first six weeks is the induction phase training period where the trainees are gradually introduced to the environment of the armed forces. Trainees will also undergo rotational armed forces postings for six weeks annually in the various camps such as the Royal Military Base at Ulu Tiram, Johor for army training, Royal Navy Base at Lumut, Perak for navy training and the Air Force College at Alor Setar, Kedah for air force training.

The trainees will undergo training emphasizing on a healthy mind and body as well as social ethics and regiment studies. They will also undergo basic weapons training as any other normal privates with undergo.

Civilian undergrads are obliged to register under Reserve Officer Training Unit (PALAPES). They will be given training allowance and certain privileges during military trainings. Civilian undergrads who successfully graduated to Bachelors degree level will be commissioned as a military officer in the reserve after completing Military trainings.


Unlike virtually all other bachelor-degree granting institutions in Malaysia (but like the other military academies in Malaysia), the Academy does not refer to its students as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors; they are instead called by their year of intake eg. "2002", "2003", "2004", "20XX".

Colloquially, freshmen are "tahun asas (foundation year)"; sophomores, "tahun satu (year 1)"; juniors, "tahun dua (year 2)"; seniors, "tahun tiga (year 3)"; super-senior, "tahun empat (year 4)". Most cadets consider foundation year to be the most difficult because of the rules and restrictions developed to help students transition from civilian to cadet. However, the third and fourth year is generally considered to be the hardest academically.

Within the university, cadets whom reached year 3 can hold positions of increasing responsibility with a cadet rank:

* Kadet: Member of Squad.
* Kadet Korporal: Platoon vice leader - year 2 cadet.
* Kadet Sarjan: Platoon leader - year 3 and 4 cadets
* Kadet Platoon Commander: Platoon ranked leader.
* Kadet Ketua Kompeni: Company's officer-in-command
* Kadet CO: Battalion's cadet-commanding-officer
* Kadet Panglima briged: University's cadet-brigade-commander


The Cadets has the following organization:

(The number of cadets is approximate and varies year to year)

* 1 Campus (1,500 cadets) which consists of:
* 4 Batalions (350 Cadets) which consist of:
* 4 Companies (75 cadets) which consist of:
* 3 Platoons (25 cadets)

Note that various positions are not included above.


Admission to the university can be done by applying through Education ministry's University Central Unit (UPU) where academic qualification will be evaluated. Candidates then had to undergo physical, mental and leadership screening at selected camp for a period of 1–3 weeks.[3]

Admissions requirements

To be admitted, candidates must be between 18 and 20 years old upon entrance, cannot be married, have no legal obligation to support a child, and be of good moral character. The current process includes a university application, standardized testing, and personal references. Candidates for admission also must undergo a physical aptitude test as well as a complete physical exam, including a separate visual acuity test to be eligible for appointment, although medical waivers are available. Usually, candidates with vision uncorrectable to 20/20, as well as a range of other injuries or illnesses, will be automatically considered for a medical waiver only if they are highly competitive.


Graduates receive a Bachelor degree and are commissioned as captain in the Army or equivalent rank in the navy or air force with an obligation to serve 10 years active service in the military. Eligibility for particular specialties (infantry, artillery, armor, engineers, etc.) is typically determined by academic performance and personal preference. A cadet is a first class graduate if he or she has earned a 3.70 or above Accumulated Grade Pointer Average (CPA), second class if 3.0-3.69 or third class if 2.99 and below.

Website: (Malay version only)


Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) or Technical University of Malaysia Malacca is a public university located in Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia. It is the pioneer in the use of the "Practice and Application Oriented" teaching and learning method for tertiary level technical education in Malaysia. The programmes offered are tailored with input from industry in order to create graduates that match the demands of the industry.

History and Development of Campuses

Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) was established on December 1, 2000. It was formerly known as Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia (KUTKM) before being rebranded to university status in February 2, 2007.[2]

Industrial Campus

The Industrial Campus in Taman Tasik Utama used to be the administrative and teaching centre of the university before moving to the Main Campus.

The university operated in 2001 by renting 68 units of shop houses from Metacorp Properties to house the administrative offices, lecture rooms, hostels, library and staff accommodation. In 2002, the university rented 40 more shop houses to accommodate new laboratories for the faculties and to cater for additional administrative and student hostels. In early 2003, additional spaces in the form of 11 shop houses were rented from Metacorp Properties. In the same year, 119,200 square feets of space was rented from Cubic Electronics, Ayer Keroh. Thereafter, the shop houses were subsequently abandoned.

As of 2009, use of the Industrial Campus rented from Cubic Electronics was discontinued and the remaining faculties in Industrial Campus were moved to the Main Campus using the facilities with the other faculties on a sharing bases.

Main Campus

UTeM’s Main Campus earth works was completed on 25 June 2003. Since then, the construction of the buildings started. The main campus is constructed on a 725-acre (2.93 km2) site at Bukit Senandung I and II, Mukim Durian Tunggal in the district of Alor Gajah. On 25 January 2002, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad officiated the ground breaking ceremony.

The first phase of the main campus development was completed in 2005. There are two faculties which are operating there namely; Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Faculty of Electronics and Computer Engineering, with the Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of IT Engineering to move here in the middle of 2009 for the start of the new semester. However construction of the buildings for Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering are still not completed and it is expected for the existing facilities to be used by all the aforementioned faculties on a sharing basis.

The main campus is expected to be fully completed by the year 2010.

City Campus

The City Campus is situated in the heart of Melaka Town. The City Campus underwent some renovations beginning on 1 Mac 2007 and the work completed on 10 July 2007. On 11 July 2007 until 14 July 2007, four departments which are formerly operating from the Industrial Campus, Ayer Keroh, Melaka had moved on to City Campus, namely Institute of Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, University Publisher, Centre for Teaching and Learning, and Centre for Quality Assurance and Accreditation

Faculties and Courses

The University is mainly made up of five faculties namely Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering and Faculty of Information and Communication Technology.

The courses offered by the respective faculties are listed as follows:

Faculty of Electrical Engineering

* Diploma in Electrical Engineering
* Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Industrial Power)
* Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Power Electronics and Drive)
* Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Control, Instrumentation and Automation)
* Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Mechatronics)

Faculty of Electronics and Computer Engineering

* Diploma in Electronics Engineering
* Bachelor of Electronics Engineering (Industrial Electronics)
* Bachelor of Electronics Engineering (Computer Engineering)
* Bachelor of Electronics Engineering (Telecommunication Electronics)

Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering

* Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering
* Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering (Manufacturing Process)
* Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering (Manufacturing Design)
* Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering (Robotics and Automation)
* Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering (Manufacturing Management)
* Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering (Engineering Materials)

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

* Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
* Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Automotive)
* Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Design and Innovation)
* Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Structure and Materials)
* Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Fluids)

Faculty of Information & Communication Technology

* Diploma in Information And Communication Technology
* Bachelor of Computer Science (Software Development)
* Bachelor of Computer Science (Computer Networking)
* Bachelor of Computer Science (Database Management)
* Bachelor of Computer Science (Interactive Media)
* Bachelor of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)

Apart from the Diploma and Bachelor's degree courses listed above, the university also offered courses up to Master's and Ph.D. levels.



Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (English: Islamic Science University of Malaysia) or USIM is a public university in Malaysia with a main campus located at Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. Formerly known as Kolej Universiti Islam Malaysia (English: Islamic University College of Malaysia) or KUIM which was established in 1998, USIM presently has 8 faculties with 18 academic programmes with academic programmes that encompasses all branches of knowledge such as economy, law, syariah, language, da'wah, management, Quran and Sunnah, Fiqh, counseling, communication, medicine, science & information technology, dentistry and accounting.


KUIM was made into a public university on 13 March 1998. The university started its humble operation in January 2000 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi. The first enrolment for KUIM began on 18 June 2000 in a temporary location at Institut Professional Baitulmal (IPB), Kuala Lumpur. In January 2002 , KUIM moved again to another temporary campus in Tower A and B , Persiaran MPAJ , Pandan Indah at Kuala Lumpur. Finally, on 15 July 2005 , KUIM moved to its permanent campus at Nilai , while the Medical faculty remained at Kuala Lumpur. KUIM was officially upgraded to a university status on 1 February 2007.

Faculties, Centres and Campuses

The faculties of USIM are :

* Faculty of Science and Technology
* Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
* Faculty of Dentistry
* Faculty of Quranic and Sunnah Studies
* Faculty of Syariah and Law[1]
* Faculty of Economic and Muamalat
* Faculty of Leadership and Management
* Faculty of Major Language Studies
* Tamhidi Centre (Matriculation)
* Centre for Graduate Studies
* Centre for General Studies
* The World Fatwa Management and Research Institute (INFAD)



University Malaysia Pahang (English: University of Malaysia, Pahang) (UMP) is a Malaysian government university. It was formerly known as Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan dan Teknologi Malaysia (English: University College of Engineering & Technology Malaysia) (KUKTEM).


UMP was established as a public technical university by the Malaysian government on 16 February 2002. Incorporated under the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 by the Royal Decree of His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agong, Kolej Universiti Kejuruteran & Teknologi Malaysia (KUKTEM) was set up as a competency-based technical university, specializing in engineering and technology. The University College of Engineering & Technology Malaysia currently operates on a temporary campus in Gambang, Pahang. The temporary campus was formerly an industrial complex owned by MEC. The university's permanent campus is located in Pekan, which is currently still under construction..

On 8 October, 2006, the Malaysian government has agreed to rename KUKTEM to Universiti Malaysia Pahang. The change of name is because the words 'university college' (Kolej Universiti) tend to give impression to the public that KUKTEM is a "lower standard" institution of higher education compared to other universities such as Universiti Malaya. Many employers also tend to think that KUKTEM graduates are not competent enough as they graduated from a university college and not a full university. Therefore, the change of name is finally granted by the Malaysian government for the sake of the graduates and also to correct the wrong mindset of the public towards the university colleges in Malaysia.

The university consists of 17 departments/units and 7 faculties (some are known as center).


1. Human Resource Unit
2. Academic Staff Development Centre
3. Audit Unit
4. Corporate Communication Unit
5. Finance Unit
6. Academic Management Office
7. Student Affairs Department
8. Information & Communication Technology Centre
9. Islamic Center
10. Knowledge Management Centre
11. Legal Unit
12. Marketing Unit
13. Research Management Centre
15. Office of Development & Asset Management
16. Quality Unit
17. Centre for Postgraduate Studies


1. Faculty of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
2. Faculty of Computer Systems & Software Engineering
3. Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering
4. Faculty of Civil & Earth Resources Engineering
5. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
6. Faculty of Industrial Science & Technology
7. Center for Modern Language & Human Sciences
8. Centre for Technology Management


Facilities provided includes:

* Dormitory
o Dormitory in UMP is known as Kolej Kediaman in Malay, or Residence College in literally-translated English. Currently, dormitory in UMP is divided into 2:
+ Student Residence Complex 1 - Original dormitory for students. Consisting of 15 blocks, 8 for male students and 7 for female students. Each block consists of 4 floors, each with 12 rooms, 2 study rooms and washrooms. 4 students are assigned to each room.
+ Student Residence Complex 2 - New dormitory complex consisting of terrace houses. This dormitory complex is given the name Kompleks Kediaman Gambang Perdana. Restricted for male students only. Most of the male students of 2nd year and above are assigned here.

* Internet Access
o KUKTEM was the first university in Asia Pacific to provide wireless internet access for students[citation needed]. Almost all area in the Gambang campus has Wi-Fi coverage, for both students and staffs. In addition, there are also LAN ports for students to connect to internet via LAN cable at strategic locations such as dormitory study rooms and library.
o Malaysia's main ISP (Internet Service Provider), TMNET, also provides wireless internet access service (Requires monthly fee) for individuals who prefer more efficient internet connection in the campus. Known as TMNET Hotspot, it provides a higher speed wireless internet access at few limited locations in the campus for nineteen Malaysian ringgit per month.

* Library
* Lecture Halls/Rooms
* Labs (Separated according to faculties)
* Labs are equipped with new equipment which is on pilot scale
* Cafeteria not offering delicious food, just plain food
* Sport Facilities - field, gym, basketball court, badminton court etc.
* Mosque

Website: (Malay version only)


Universiti Malaysia Perlis (English: University of Malaysia, Perlis) or UniMAP is located at the northernmost part of the Malaysian peninsula, less than 35 km from the Thailand border in the town of Arau, Perlis.


Formerly known as Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia (English: Northern Malaysia University College of Engineering) or KUKUM, it was approved by the Cabinet as a public institution of higher learning in May, 2001. Its first intake comprised 116 engineering students, who started classes in June, 2002. It now has approximately 3,000 students, and a workforce of more than 600 people comprising academic and non-academic staff. There are fifteen programmes leading to B. Eng and six programmes leading to Diploma (Engineering), offered through eight engineering schools. In addition, it also has twelve postgraduate programmes leading to MSc (Engineering) and PhD.

Electronic-based engineering is UniMAP's focus. However, related fields of engineering and technology that support the advancement of electronic-based engineering are also pursued at UniMAP [1].


To produce a holistic human capital that contributes to the nation's development and industrial competitiveness agenda


An internationally competitive academic and research institution

Academic programs

All programmes are offered through eight schools—School of Computer and Communication Engineering, School of Microelectronic Engineering, School of Electrical Systems Engineering, School of Mechatronic Engineering, School of Manufacturing Engineering, School of Materials Engineering, School of Bioprocess Engineering, and School of Environmental Engineering [2]:


UniMAP offers 21 undergraduate engineering programmes leading to the degree of BEng in the following areas:

* Computer Engineering
* Communication Engineering
* Microelectronic Engineering
* Electronic Engineering
* Electrical Systems Engineering
* Industrial Electronic Engineering
* Mechatronic Engineering
* Mechanical Engineering
* Manufacturing Engineering
* Product Design Engineering
* Biomedical Electronic Engineering
* Metallurgical Engineering
* Materials Engineering
* Bioprocess Engineering
* Environmental Engineering
* Polymer Engineering
* Building Engineering(hons)
* Photonic Engineering
* Biosystem Engineering
* Engineering Entrepreneurship
* International Business


In addition, UniMAP offers 6 Diploma programmes, namely:

* Diploma in Computer Engineering
* Diploma in Microelectronic Engineering
* Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering
* Diploma in Mechatronic Engineering
* Diploma in Electrical Engineering
* Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering.

Postgraduate programs

Apart from undergraduate studies, postgraduate education is also offered. UniMAP boasts its internationalisation agenda, which vigorously promotes the University to the international community. Internationalisation in UniMAP happens mainly through postgraduate education. Students can work to acquire Masters or PhD in –

* Computer Engineering
* Communication Engineering
* Mechatronic Engineering
* Manufacturing Engineering
* Electrical Systems Engineering
* Materials Engineering
* Mechanical Engineering
* Product Design Engineering
* Bioprocess Engineering
* Environmental Engineering
* Biomedical Electronic Engineering
* Microelectronic Engineering

The duration for a Masters degree is 1–3 years (full time) and 2–5 years (part time), whereas for PhD, the duration is 2–5 years (full time) and 3–7 years (part time). The minimum qualification for entry into postgraduate studies is Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Engineering or in related fields from recognised universities. Non-Malaysian students must be fluent in English with the minimum score of 550 in TOEFL or 6.0 for EPT or IELTS. All applicants need to be endorsed by the University Senate before they are eligible to enroll as students in the University.

Academic system

The academic programmes that UniMAP offers combine both theory and practical, in accordance to the requirement of the industry. In fact, this is where UniIMAP differs from many of her counterparts as here, the ‘lab intensive’/’practical oriented’ approach is practiced in the delivery of the courses. UniMAP students benefit more from practical education compared to engineering students enrolled in conventional universities in the country.

Another feature which distinguishes UniMAP from many other local universities is the emphasis that she puts in developing entrepreneurship and communication skills among students. UniMAP also invests much in programmes that lead to the student's personal development. All this should eventually result in producing graduates who are not only effective in the engineering field of their choice, but are also capable of being independent entrepreneurs who possess commendable and praiseworthy traits.

Research in UniMAP

The key areas of research are Sustainable Engineering, Microelectronic & Nanotechnology, Sensor Technology & Application, Autonomous Systems & Machine Vision, Electrical Machine Design, Acoustic Application and Embedded Computing. Each research cluster has its own ‘Research Advisor’, usually an expert from abroad. Instead of being under the jurisdiction of schools, the seven clusters are somewhat self-governed, with a ‘Cluster Head’ taking care of the overall technical and administrative concerns of each cluster. This non-school specific configuration encourages interdisciplinary participation of potential researchers who hail from different schools within the campus.

The amount the University has invested in research and teaching laboratories amounts to more than RM 120 million for the development of more than 90 laboratories over the last 5 years (2002-2007)[citation needed].

Student buddy system

One such system is the ‘Rakan Pendamping Siswa’ (RPS) or roughly translated as ‘Students Buddy System’.

RPS is a system whereby academic staff supervises small groups of students for the duration of the students’ stay in UNIMAP. ‘Supervision’ here entails frequent meetings under informal settings, where students can relax with their friends and discuss academic and social issues that concern them. Students who do not hold satisfactory academic performance look to their buddies as ‘mentors’, in which case the student becomes the ‘mentee’ of the buddy, who helps the student out every step of the way.

Buddies are bonded by an exacting code of conduct which ensures that student interest is always at the forefront of this undertaking. It is through these informal interactions with members of the academia who double up as buddies or friends that students develop confidence, appreciation, and a sense of belonging towards the University and the academic system they are undergoing. In the course of the interactions, the students’ emotional quotient (EQ) would be appropriately honed. It is hoped that the close camaraderie developed over the years will bring UNIMAP graduates back to the University as loyal alumni in the future.

RPS also entails the necessity of all students to go through a series of programmes (known in UniMAP as the ‘7 pillars’), which comprise courses, seminars, discourses, and other activities. Specifically, the programmes include patriotic nation building courses, communication skills courses, and social etiquette courses. In addition, students participate in extreme sports activities, community involvement (such as visitations to old folks home, gotong royong (mutual aid) at community centres, painting murals in schools, building walkways in public areas, etc), social discourses, and leadership seminars. Because very high an importance is placed on the ‘7 pillars’, the University Senate has decided that without satisfactory participation in these activities, students may be denied their scrolls upon graduation.

In addition, the “+I” (“I” representing ‘innovation’) programme is now being developed. This new initiative aims to build the spirit of innovation amongst students. Under this programme, all UniMAP students get together in specific “I” teams in the early days of their stay here. Over the years, in their respective teams, they would be living and experiencing the rigour and thoroughness of product development processes – from idea creation and conception to outcome realisation. At the end of four years, for every “I” team, hopefully, a product is born. This programme wishes to bring out the best in the students’ hold on imagination, originality, and creativity, besides paving the way for the inculcation of team working and a certain sense of pride.

Sport and recreation

The University Sports Centre manages a myriad of sports facilities and activities. Facilities available include a gymnasium, football, volleyball, takraw, netball, and multipurpose courts. The University enjoys facilities-sharing with the Perlis State Government's facilities in canoeing, lawn bowling, wall climbing, and many others.

The University organises a choice of activities throughout each academic semester. College Open Day is one example, where students organise-among others- cultural shows, talent-time, dinners, and other stimulating activities that can hone their management and organisational skills. Students also get the chance to interact with members of the local community. In addition, many interesting events and activities are organised by residential college committees, such as Chinese New Year, Aidilfitri and Deepavali get-together, ‘Battle of the Band’ competition, Nasyid Festival, Poco-Poco, Futsal, Netball, Football, Indoor Games, End of Year Dinner Celebration, and many many more.

Students participate in sports as well as other activities either informally at their own pleasure, or formally through various co-curriculum courses offered during the semester. Students must fulfill co-curriculum requirements in order to be eligible for graduation. They can choose to join canoeing, hockey, taekwando, silat, and badminton, among others.


At the moment, the UniMAP campus is virtually everywhere in Perlis, hence it is dubbed as ‘UniMAP Distributed Campus’ (UDC). To date, there are about 15 zones, each separated by public land between 1–15 km of each other. The first campus site is situated in Kubang Gajah, Perlis where laboratories and lecture theatres are located. Teaching facilities are mainly placed in Kuala Perlis, Kubang Gajah, and Jejawi.

The massive vacant site of the once ‘Dragon & Phoenix’ textile manufacturing plant, located in the general area of Jejawi houses lecture rooms, laboratories and administrative offices. Chancellery offices, as well as the University Library, are located at Kangar. Some administrative offices are in Jejawi and around Kangar. Students live either in a nearby residential area at Bintong, Wang Ulu, or in several housing estates in Kuala Perlis. In addition, after decades of existing in abandonment, UniMAP has taken over Kangar's one and only movie theatre, and turned it into a lecture-cum-general-function hall. It is named ‘Dewan Kapitol’. Transportation between these sites is provided via a university bus system, provided free of charge to students and staffs alike.

UniMAP also has an ‘offshore office’ in the heart of Kuala Lumpur: Anjung UniMAP.

Within the 9th and 10th Malaysian Plan, UniMAP's new campus, spanning about 1358 acres, will be built at two locations, namely Ulu Pauh (1058 acres) and Sungai Chuchuh (300 acres), Perlis. It is envisioned that the permanent campus be built as a Nature-Campus (‘Kampus Alam’) which takes into consideration the many aspects (physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, environmental, health and safety, among others) that ensure a healthy and conducive environment for students, staff and the community to live, work, and interact with one another.

Residential colleges

Accommodation consists of three or four-bedroomed houses which are fully furnished, providing high standard of comfort. There are 6 residential colleges - Tun Abdul Rahman Residential College, Tun Abdul Razak Residential College, Tun Hussein Onn Residential College, Tun Dr. Mahathir Residential College, Tun Dr. Ismail Residential College, and Tan Sri Aishah Ghani Residential College. Within the colleges, student counselling and advisory services are available through out the semester. In addition, University buses frequent the residential colleges to provide free-of-charge transportation for students and staff alike during the semester. Sundry shops in residential colleges and numerous shops in Kangar and Kuala Perlis help students meet their daily needs and provide a wide range of stationary provisions. Photocopy services are also provided in most of the shops.

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Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia (English: Darul Iman University, Malaysia) or UDM is a public university in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.


UDM was originally established as Kolej Agama Sultan Zainal Abidin (English: Sultan Zainal Abidin Religious College) or KUSZA on January 27, 1980 under the administration of the Terengganu Religious Affairs Department. KUSZA was made a statutory body with the passing of the Enactment 31/1981 by the Dewan Undangan Negeri of Terengganu. A permanent campus was built on a 350-acre (1.4 km2) site in Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu and KUSZA began operating in the campus from January 1983.

The first program to be offered was a Diploma in Islamic Studies (Syariah) and has expanded to 23 different Diploma programs and 3 Advanced Diploma programs.

On January 1, 2007, KUSZA was upgraded into a full university and the number of programs and disciplines were extended.


UDM currently operates with 2 campuses in the town of Kuala Terengganu (Kampus Kota or the City Campus) and the nearby village of Gong Badak (Kampus KUSZA or the KUSZA Campus). A new campus in the town of Besut is being constructed [3].


UDM currently offers multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the various faculties and centres:

Kampus Kota

The following faculties operate from the campus in Kuala Terengganu:

Faculty of Agriculture and Biotechnology

Established on July 2, 2006, the faculty currently offers the following programs:


* Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Biotechnology)
* Bachelor of Food Technology
* Bachelor of Science (Animal Production and Health)


* Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in various research areas [5].

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Established on June 2001 as the School of Nursing Science in KUSZA, the faculty currently offers the following programs:

* Diploma in Nursing Science
* Diploma in Radiography
* Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology

Kampus KUSZA

The following faculties operate from the campus in Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu.

Faculty of Innovative Design and Technology

Established on March 1, 1997 as the School of Engineering in KUSZA, the faculty currently offers the following programs:

* Diploma in Manufacturing Technology
* Diploma in Industrial Design
* Degree in Industrial Design

Faculty of Languages and Communications

Established on June 15, 1994 in KUSZA, the faculty currently offers general courses in Malay, English, Chinese, and Arabic languages as well as the following program:

* Diploma in TESL

Faculty of Informatics

Established on June 1, 1997 as the Centre of Information Technology in KUSZA, the faculty currently offers the following programs

* Diploma in Information Technology
* Diploma in Information Technology (Multimedia)
* Bachelor of Science (Software Development)

Faculty of Contemporary Islamic Studies

Established on July 2006, the faculty is a merger of KUSZA's School of Islamic Studies and School of General Studies. It currently offers the following programs:


* Diploma in Islamic Studies (Al Quran & As-Sunnah)
* Diploma in Islamic Studies (Arabic Language & Literature)
* Diploma in Islamic Studies (Dakwah)
* Diploma in Islamic Studies (Syariah)
* Diploma in Islamic Studies (Usuluddin)
* Diploma in Islamic Studies (Islamic Education)
* Bachelor of Education (Islamic Education)
* Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Dakwah)
* Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Syariah)
* Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin)
* Bachelor of Social Science (Anthropology and Dakwah)
* Bachelor of Usuluddin and Counselling


* Master of Arts in Islamic Studies
* Master of Arts in Contemporary Studies
* Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Studies
* Doctor of Philosophy in Contemporary Studies

Faculty of Business Management and Accounting

Established on June 1985 as the School of Business Studies in KUSZA, the faculty currently offers the following programs:


* Diploma in Marketing
* Diploma in Human Resource Management
* Diploma in Accounting
* Diploma in International Trade
* Bachelor of Business Administration (Islamic Finance)
* Bachelor of Accounting


* Master of Business Administration

Faculty of Law and International Relations

Established on July 1991 as part of the School of General Studies in KUSZA, the faculty currently offers the following programs:

* Diploma in Law
* Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

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The Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (English: University of Malaysia, Terengganu) or UMT, formerly known as Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (English: University College of Science and Technology Malaysia) or KUSTEM was officially chartered on February 1, 2007.


It was formerly known as the University College of Terengganu (Kolej Universiti Terengganu, KUT) in 1999. The founding of the university can be traced back to 1979 when the Centre for Fisheries and Marine Science was founded in Mengabang Telipot, Terengganu. Over the years the Centre has moved on from its original role and diversified to become the centre for maritime and oceanography research and development. It was later renamed University Putra Malaysia Terengganu (UPMT). The Incorporation Order of KUT (Perbadanan) 1999 (PUA 292) was passed by the Parliament on July 27, 1999, enabling the inception of KUT, which was in consistent with the ever increasing need for higher education in Malaysia especially in the fields of maritime science and technology.

The Malaysian government has agreed to rename KUSTEM to Universiti Malaysia Terengganu in 2007. The name change was in place because the term 'university college' (Kolej Universiti) tends to give a negative impression that the institution is of lower standard as compared to other universities. Many employers also tend to be of the opinion that university college graduates are not competent enough as they are not from a 'proper' university. This, of course, is a very narrow view by some quarters who do not understand and appreciate the roles and objectives of a university college. Some world-renowned institutions of academic and research excellence have always remained proud to be a university college e.g. University College London (UCL), University College Cork and University College Dublin. Nevertheless, the change of name was granted by the Malaysian government for the sake of the graduates.


The Centre for Fisheries and Marine Science began its operation in 1979 to provide training facilities by Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) for its Fisheries and Marine Science students. In June 1996, through its internal re-structuring grogram, UPM upgraded the Centre to become a branch campus and relocated the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science to Terengganu. The Centre was then renamed as the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology. In addition, the Faculty of Science and Professional Arts and the Matriculation Centre were set up at the branch campus which was then known as Universiti Putra Malaysia Terengganu (UPMT).

In five years since its establishment, UPMT has undergone significant transformation from a branch campus into an emerging and highly successful public institution of higher learnings offering a wide rage of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as excelling in Research and Development in the fields of Maritime Science and Technology, and Sustainable Science and Management.

Today, University Malaysia Terengganu's campus is strategically located on the shore of Terengganu facing South China Sea and in close proximity to Rantau Abang beach famed for the landing of the leatherback turtles; thus, enabling UMT to become the leading institution in a number of research areas namely Turtle Research and Preservation, Mangrove Research and Preservation, Biodiversity Management and Preservation, Tropical Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology. UMT is also committed to march ahead and progress in parallel with the nation’s vision and needs with the establishments of the Institute of Oceanography, Institute of Tropical Aquaculture, Institute for Marine Biotechnology as well as various areas of Maritime Engineering and Technology.


Faculties in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu comprises four, which are;

* Faculty of Science and Technology (Fakulti Sains dan Teknologi, FST)
* Faculty of Management and Economics (Fakulti Pengurusan dan Ekonomi, FPE)
* Faculty of Agrotechnology and Food Science (Fakulti Agroteknologi dan Sains Makanan, FASM)
* Faculty of Maritime Studies and Marine Science (Fakulti Pengajian Maritim dan Sains Marin, FMSM)


To be an institution that generates, disseminates and applies innovative knowledge and a catalyst for the development of progressive individuals and sustainable environment.


To drive the fields of science, technology and management of natural resource via the generation of excellent academic and research programs towards the development of individuals who ensure the sustainability of religion, race and the nation.


1. To support the university’s mission in becoming the best education and research centre and to contribute to the development of mankind and exploration of knowledge and also to contribute towards the nation’s wealth and development.
2. To provide skilled work force who possess a high degree of professionalism and self-discipline while strengthened with fine and positive work ethics.
3. To produce graduates who are sensitive to ideas in management and responsive to current changes and who can be role models to students and the community.
4. To provide service through the dissemination of ideas and new practices while searching for solutions to current problems in the community.
5. To foster relationships with other universities, institutions and industries for mutual benefits and national development.
6. To support the university’s mission of becoming a well-planned research and learning centre and to provide excellent services in the exploration of new technologies.


* To explore knowledge in all fields of Science, Technology and Natural Resources Management through research.
* To provide the latest facilities (laboratory, library, computer and environment) in supporting the development of knowledge, learning and the pursuit of excellence.
* To offer courses which are relevant to current or future needs.
* To produce responsible, knowledgeable, confident and competent graduates.
* To play an active role in social, economic and educational development through providing services to both the local community and the country.


Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah D.M.N., D.K.., S.S.M.Z., S.S.M.T. (The Queen Of Malaysia and The Sultanah Of Terengganu Darul Iman)

These newly listed public Universities namely UTHM / UMK / UTeM / USIM / UMT / UMD / UniMAP / UMP are formerly university colleges whose status upgraded to University status in accordance to 9th & 10th Malaysian Plan as the need to upgrade more institutions of higher learning to cater to ever growing number of Malaysian younger population.

As the core pioneer Universities (UM / UKM / UPM / UTM / USM / UMS / UNIMAS / UiTM / UUM / UPSI / UIA-IIUM) can no longer cope with ever growing intakes (except UiTM, with its branches all over MY), these newly established Universities served as platform to accommodate local Malaysian students who are eligible to enroll into public University.

As for UPNM, which evolved from ATMA - Malaysian Military Academy, it served to produce next generation military grads in Malaysian Armed Forces. Recently, a number of foreign graduates, especially from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Arabic & African nations, plus the South East Asia nations enrolled into UPNM, signalling that UPNM is modelling itself into the next Royal Military Academy Sandhurst of the East. Steeped in military traditions, several top faculty members from UPNM themselves are former grads from Sandhurst.

Thus, that's the end of my round up of 11 core public Universities (UM / UKM / UPM / UTM / USM / UMS / UNIMAS / UiTM / UUM / UPSI / UIA-IIUM) & 9 newly established public Universities (UTHM / UMK / UTeM / USIM / UMT / UMD / UniMAP / UMP / UPNM) which accounted to 20 Government owned public Universities.
Well, I will begin the round up of Malaysian private Universities, which are part of MY education industry, as opposed to MY public Universities which are considered as an establishment.

As the name industry implies, private education institutions of higher learning in MY are contributing to national coffers. The industry recruits more international students from East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa & recently, South America, alongside the industry's staple of local Malaysian students.

I will be posting about 6 foreign Universities & their branch campuses in MY, while the remaining private Universities will followed tomorrow.


The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (2.945 N, 101.874 E) was established in 2000 as the Malaysia campus of the University of Nottingham, UK, making it the first purpose-built UK university campus in a foreign country. Formerly known as the University of Nottingham in Malaysia Sdn Bhd or UNiM, this term is now reserved for the holding company. The campus' chairman is YM Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen, a Nottingham graduate and former Malaysian Defence Minister.

Facilities include a purpose built sports facility, students association building, food court as well as shops. Students also have 24 hours access to computer facilities. Broadband access is available.

The University's 101-acre (0.41 km2) campus is situated in Semenyih, 30 km South of Kuala Lumpur costing over RM120million (U$D33million). The majority shareholder of University of Nottingham in Malaysia Sdn Bhd is Boustead Group. It was officially opened by Najib Tun Razak (Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia on 26 September 2005 and an alumnus.) The University was previously situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur in the Wisma MISC building on Jalan Conlay, and a presence is still retained at the central Kuala Lumpur location.

Currently, as of 2007, the university has around 2300 students with a large number of foreign students from over 50 different countries. The campus anticipates further growth and hence construction of new blocks near the library and the sports centre is proceeding.

The Malaysia Campus offers courses in Computer Science, Engineering, Business, Law and Pharmacy, Applied Psychology, Civil Engineering, Education and Plant Bio-Technology. Upon completing a degree at the Malaysia campus, students are awarded a University of Nottingham degree certificate which is indistinguishable from the certificates awarded at the Nottingham campus. The degrees that are awarded are accredited by international professional bodies such as the Association of MBA's and the UK Engineering Council.

Apart from taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the university also offers a full range of projects available for research-based postgraduate studies leading either to MPhil or PhD. More than 20 research programmes are currently being carried out at the Malaysia Campus.


Faculty of Engineering and Computer Sciences

The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science was established at the Malaysia Campus in August 2005 to coincide with the move to the new campus at Semenyih. All programmes can be completed solely in Malaysia, but an option is also open to students whereby they can complete the 2nd year of their respective degrees at the Nottingham campus in the United Kingdom.

The faculty consists of five main schools: School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, and the School of Computer Science and Information Technology. There is also a Foundation Studies division that offers foundation programmes specific to the engineering sciences.

Faculty of Health and Biological Sciences

There are two main schools within the faculty: School of Pharmacy, and School of Biosciences.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Education

There are four main schools that make up this faculty: Nottingham University Business School Malaysia, School of Law, School of Applied Psychology, and School of Education. Similarly with the Faculty of Engineering, there exists a special foundation studies division that offers pre-university foundation programmes.


Accommodation at the Semenyih campus includes on-campus and off-campus options. On-campus lodging rates start at RM330 to RM600 per month. There are a variety of room options from single to quad-sharing. All rooms are on a self-catering basis.

Off-campus accommodation are available to students at the neighbouring Taman Tasik Semenyih neighbourhood. The location of the off-campus residences is within a 3 km radius from the campus.

Currently there is a bridge that connects the neighbouring Taman Tasik Semenyih 5 with the back of the university.


Public transport is unavailable except for the university sponsored shuttle buses commuting between the campus and Kajang KTM Station. Other than the buses, alternative means of transportation include taxis.



The Sunway Campus of Monash University opened in 1998 and is located within the Bandar Sunway township in Malaysia. This campus is one of two Monash campuses outside the state of Victoria in Australia. Monash University also operates a centre in Prato, Italy. It is currently home to approximately 4,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The current head of the campus is Pro-Vice Chancellor & President (Malaysia) Professor Robin Pollard. While other Australian universities have struggled to compete in Asia, Monash Malaysia has returned a surplus since 2003, which is re-invested in the campus.[1]

On September 2007, the University opened its new RM200 million campus, including a new medical school. The new campus was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak. Currently, Malaysia is the third largest campus of Monash University after the Clayton Campus and the Caulfield Campus. The new campus means that Monash Malaysia can now accommodate up to 5,000 students. The campus capacity will be further increased when phase 2 of its development is carried out.

As one of the eight Monash campuses, the Sunway campus is subject to Monash University for all matters related to academic development, teaching and support. The Monash University Act, rules and regulations are observed to ensure that the academic quality expected of Monash University is met. Monash University aspires for its campus in Malaysia to be a medium-size university by 2015, distinctive for its quality of teaching and research.


In the early 1990s, Monash University established a partnership with Sunway University College. Under this arrangement, Malaysian students would enrol and spend their first year in Malaysia, before transferring to one of Monash's Australian campuses to complete their degree. Demand increased for these places rapidly and the potential to expand the program was clear. Monash itself had ambitions to develop a comprehensive international campus from the beginning of Mal Logan's term as Vice-Chancellor. However, this proposal was complicated for the Malaysian Government, which was hesitant to allow a foreign university to establish itself in Malaysia. Nonetheless, as the strength of Monash in Malaysia grew, the case for a Monash campus became increasingly persuasive.

In early 1996, it was reported that the Australian Prime Minister had been involved in the signing of a memorandum of understanding to establish the campus. In 1998, the Malaysian Government formally invited Monash to develop a comprehensive campus, making it the first foreign university in Malaysia. In July of that year, Monash University's newly founded Malaysia campus opened its doors to its first intake of 261 students. Since then, the campus has expanded rapidly. It developed postgraduate courses within a few years, and began to expand its research capacity.

By 2007, it had 3,300 students, and had established a new, purpose-built, fully independent campus. The University has stated that it intends the campus to eventually hold around 10,000 students and that it will develop its research strengths to make it a research hub of South-East Asia.


Research activity is central to the Sunway Campus. The campus has research strengths in biotechnology, medicine & health, economic & business modelling, Islamic banking, electronic test technology and agri-business.

The Sunway Campus is also home to the Brain Research Institute at Monash Sunway (BRIMS), led by neuroscientist Professor Ishwar Parhar. Areas of research at BRIMS include Neuroinformatics; Nanotechnology for regenerative medicine/drug delivery; Brain imaging; Behavioural neurogenetics/Mental Disorders; Genomics /Proteomics and Molecular Morphology. In recent years, the BRI have developed a technique that allows for neurons of interest to be isolated with precision without damaging surrounding neurons.

In October 2007, an Innovation Research Centre was also set up in the Sunway Campus. The research centre is an open organisation that will analyse input from the business sector and academia to provide feedback on how innovation and related policies can contribute to the Malaysian economy.

In October 2008, a research node of the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) will also be established at the Sunway campus.


Monash University's Sunway campus offers courses through:

* School of Science

Head: Assoc. Prof KP Song

* School of Arts & Social Sciences

Head: Prof James Chin

* School of Business

Head: Prof Ron Edwards

* School of Engineering

Head: Prof Ian Prince

* School of Information Technology

Head: TBA

* School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Head: Prof Datuk Dr Anuar Zaini

All Schools offer honours programmes, Master's, MPhil and PhD courses are also offered in the Sunway Campus.


Most courses offered by Monash University in Malaysia are accredited in Malaysia and Australia. Recently, the university also received accreditation from the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for its MBBS programme. It is the first programme fully taught outside Australia and New Zealand to be accredited by the AMC. The Monash University Malaysia MBBS course has been deferred accreditation by the Singapore Medical Council, with a review pending upon the graduation of the first batch of students.

It has also gained accreditation in the Engineering Courses by the professional regulatory bodies such as Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) and The Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

Student Governing Body

The Monash University Students Association (MUSA) is the campus' student association. Governed by the Monash Student Council (MSC), MUSA serves as the recognized means of communication between students and academic and administrative authorities of the University. It is known for its activism on issues relating to gender equality and students' rights, and for having organized events such as the Monash Street Party, Monash Flea Market, Monash Motor Show and the Monash Ball, as well as orientation parties and activities.



Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus is an off-shore campus of Curtin University of Technology, a university based in Perth, Western Australia. It provides local and international students with the opportunity to receive higher education in Sarawak, Malaysia.


Curtin's Sarawak campus is located in Miri, Sarawak. It is the first offshore campus of Curtin University of Technology and the first offshore campus set up in East Malaysia.


The Sarawak State Government's invited Curtin to establish an international university in Sarawak. Curtin Sarawak's operations in Miri commenced in February 1999. In 2002, the new campus was built.

In November 1999, Curtin Sarawak was awarded the Multimedia Super Corridor status and was renewed in 2006.

Schools and divisions

The schools and divisions are:

* Pre-University
* School of Business
* Department of Mass Communication
* School of Engineering


Pre-university programs at Curtin's Sarawak campus have been designed to prepare students for university study.

School of Business

The School offers internationally recognized qualifications, accredited by international as well as national professional associations and governmental agencies.

Department of Mass Communication

Mass Communication was originally set up in 2003, as part of the School of Business, and officially became a Department in 2006.

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering and Science at Curtin Sarawak was established in 2000. It offers a wide range of Engineering and Science courses. These include the four-year courses leading to a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering, Civil and Construction Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering and Electronics and Communication Engineering. The School also conducts three-year Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Life Sciences, Applied Geology and Geophysics, and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems and Networking. The school now offers doctoral and masters programs.

The School draws upon the experience and the knowledge of many local and foreign engineers and professionals to teach its students, so that the courses offered remain practice-oriented and relevant. Academics from the School are active in many areas of research and in consultancy activities through Curtin Consultancy Services.

Australian affiliation

Curtin Sarawak offers identical degrees to those at the Curtin University main campus in Western Australia. Examinations for the degree programmes are set and moderated at Curtin's main campus in Perth to ensure that they meet and fulfill the academic standards. Academics from Perth visit the Curtin Sarawak campus on a regular basis for quality audit and for consultations on various issues ranging from assignments, projects, tasks and other assessments.

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