Universiti Malaysia Sabah

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Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Universiti Malaysia Sabah.svg
Motto Bertekad Cemerlang
Motto in English Strive to Excel
Established 1994
Type Public
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,[1] FUIW[2]
Website http://www.ums.edu.my/
UMS Logo

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.



Panorama of UMS.

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.

UMS opened an International Campus in Labuan in 1999, and an Agriculture Campus at Sandakan in 2011.


20th Anniversary of Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Before June 2014, there were 13 schools and 9 research institutes in UMS. Starting 1st July 2014, the restructuring of 13 existing schools into 10 faculties has been done in line with the academic transformation in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)[3]. The faculties namely:

Faculties (Science)[edit]

Faculty of Engineering(FKJ)[edit]

The Faculty of Engineering formerly known as School of Engineering and Information Technology was established in 1996. The programme offered in FKJ are Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Electric and Electronic Engineering. The faculty also offers postgraduate degree programmes (MSc and PhD) by research: Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D.), Master of Philosophy(MPhil.), Master of Engineering(MEng), and Master of Science(MSc.).

Faculty of Science and Natural Resources (FSSA)[edit]

The Faculty of Science and Natural Resources (FSSA) is combination of School of Science and Technology & School of International Tropical Forestry. FSSA offers fourteen (14) programmes that leads to a Bachelors Degree with Honours in biological science, chemistry, applied physics, applied mathematics, environmental science, earth science and forestry.

Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition (FSMP)[edit]

The Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition (FSMP), formerly known as School of Food Science and Nutrition (SSMP) was established in 1997. Three programmes were offered in FSMP, namely Food Science and Nutrition (HS04), Food Technology and Bioprocess (HY07), and Food Service (HG09).

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FPSK)[edit]

The Faculty Medicine & Health Science at Universiti Malaysia Sabah offers two major programmes, which are medicine programme and nursing programme.

Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture (FPL)[edit]

The Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture (or previously known as School of Sustainable Agriculture) was established on 4th May 2006. Current location at Sandakan, Sabah. The programme offered in FPL are Crop Production (HG34), Horticulture & Landscaping (HG35) and Livestock Production (HG36).

Faculty of Computing and Informatics(FCI)[edit]

The Faculty of Computing and Informatics formerly known as 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. Faculty of Computing and Informatics was the first Malaysian Public university to introduce an e-commerce programme and the first University in Malaysia that concentrates only on soft-IT.

Faculties (Humanities)[edit]

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage[edit]

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage is combination of School of Social Sciences & School of Arts effective 1st Jun 2014. FKSW offers nine (9) programmes that consists of Communication, Industrial Relations, Sociology and Anthropology, International Relations, Geography, History, Visual Arts Technology, Creative Arts and Music.

Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting[edit]

Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) formerly known as School of Business and Economics was established in 1995. The programme offered in FPEP are Entrepreneurship (HE02), Financial Management and Banking (HE06), Hotel Management (HE08), International Business (HE09), Marketing (HE10), Tourism Management (HP08), Economics Planning and Development (HE07), Economics Human Resource (HE11) and Accounting (HE02).

In term of postgraduate studies, FPEP provide postgraduate by cousework:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Human Capital Management (MHCM)
  • Master of Economics (MEcons.)

Postgraduate by research:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
  • Master of Accounting (MAcc.)
  • Master of Business (MBuss.)
  • Master of Economics (MEcons.)

Faculty of Psychology and Education[edit]

Faculty of Psychology and Education is combination of School of Psychology and Social Work & School of Education and Social Development. The offered programmes include:

Psycology : Bachelor of Psychology (Industrial And Organizational Psychology), Bachelor of psychology (Counseling), Bachelor of psychology (Child and Family Studies) and Bachelor of Social Work.

Education : Education with TESL, Education with Social Science, Education with Science, Education with Economics, Education Management and Sport Science.

Faculty of International Finance Labuan[edit]

Labuan Faculty of International Finance (LFIF/FKAL) started its operation in May 1999 with an intake of 356 students. LFIF has 5 programs in the fields of International Finance, International and Offshore Banking, International Marketing, International Financial Economics and Islamic Finance.

Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPS)[edit]

Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPS) was established in year 1994 to provide an impressive range of postgraduate programs from Advanced Diplomas, Masters and PhD.

Preparatory Centre for Science and Technology[edit]

Preparatory Centre for Science and Technology was founded on January 25, 2010. As the beginning of this center is placed under the School of Science and Technology to conduct Science Foundation Programme.

UMS Centre for External Education[edit]

UMS Centre for External Education (UCEE) formerly known as PPLK was established in October 1999 in Sandakan, Sabah.


Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning[edit]

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. 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[edit]

The Centre for Co-curricular and Student Development was established in the year 2002.

UMS Centre for Accounting[edit]

UMS Accounting centre was incorporated on October 16, 2006.

Centres of Excellence[edit]

Borneo Marine Research Institute[edit]

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.

Biotechnology Research Institute[edit]

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.

Biology Tropical & Conservation Institute[edit]

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.

Research Units[edit]

Enterpreneurship Research & Development Centre[edit]

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.

Unit for Borneo Primate Studies[edit]

Unit for Orchid Studies[edit]

Unit for Remote Sensing & GIS[edit]

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.

Ethnography Research & Development Unit[edit]

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 & Social Health Research Unit[edit]

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.

Unit for Rural Education Research[edit]

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.

Natural Disasters Research Unit[edit]

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.

Minerals & Materials Research Unit[edit]

BIMP-EAGA Unit for Tourism Development[edit]

Water Research Unit[edit]

Artificial Intelligence Research Unit[edit]

Sustainable Palm Oil Research Unit[edit]

Food Safety and Quality Unit[edit]

Unit Penyelidikan Warisan Borneo (BOHRu)[edit]

See also[edit]


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Coordinates: 6°02′12″N 116°07′07″E / 6.03667°N 116.11861°E / 6.03667; 116.11861