Universiti Malaysia Sabah
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|Universiti Malaysia Sabah|
|Universiti Malaysia Sabah|
|Motto in English||Strive to Excel|
|Chancellor||Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, Governor of State|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Harun Bin Abdullah|
|Location||Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia|
|Campus||Headquarters Campus in Kota Kinabalu
International Campus in Labuan
Agriculture Campus in Sandakan
|Affiliations||ASAIHL, ACU, FUIW|
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (English: Sabah University of Malaysia) 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Faculties
- 2.1 School of International Tropical Forestry
- 2.2 School of Art Studies
- 2.3 School of Medicine
- 2.4 School of Sustainable Agriculture
- 2.5 Labuan School of International Business and Finance
- 2.6 Labuan School of Informatic Sciences
- 2.7 Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning
- 2.8 Centre for Co-curricular and Student Development
- 3 Institute/Research/Unit/Centre
- 3.1 Tropical Biology and Conservation Research Institute
- 3.2 Biotechnology Research Institute
- 3.3 Borneo Marine Research Institute
- 3.4 Ethnographic and Development Research Unit
- 3.5 Psychology and Social Health Research Unit
- 3.6 Centre for Natural Disasters Studies
- 3.7 Centre for Research and Entrepreneurial Development
- 3.8 Centre for Remote Sensing and GIS
- 3.9 Centre for Rural Education and Development
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The first campus of UMS was sited at the site of Sabah Foundation Community College (KKYS) on the grounds of 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.
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.
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.
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. Datuk Dr. Mohd Harun was the second dean since mid-2008 and the current Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Sabah. Assoc.Prof.Dr. Baba Musta is the current leader since mid-2012.
School of Psychology and Social Work
The School of Psychology and Social Work(SPKS), 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.
Prof.Dato Dr Abdul Halim Othman was the first dean, when the school was established in 1996. Dr Murnizam Halik is the current dean since 2010.
School of Engineering and Information Technology
School of Food Science and Nutrition
School of International Tropical Forestry
The School of International Tropical Forestry was established in 1996. 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. 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. .
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.
School of Art Studies
The School of Art Studies was established in 1999.
School of Medicine
The Universiti Malaysia Sabah School of cxsd Medicine was established in the year 2003.
School of Sustainable Agriculture
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.
Labuan School of Informatic Sciences
The Labuan School of Informatic Sciences LSIS 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.
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.
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 courses on foreign languages. The courses offered by the Centre are open to all undergraduates from the various schools in UMS.
Centre for Co-curricular and Student Development
The Centre for Co-curricular and Student Development was established in the year 2002.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Psychology and Social Health Research Unit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.