Universiti Putra Malaysia

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University Putra Malaysia
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Universiti Putra Malaysia.svg
Seal of Universiti Putra Malaysia
Motto Berilmu Berbakti
Motto in English With Knowledge We Serve
Established 1931, 1973
Type Public
Chancellor HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
Vice-Chancellor YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi bin Haji Ramlan,
YBhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Mad Nasir Shamsudin (Deputy, Academic & International),
Prof. Dr. Mohd. Azmi Mohd Lila (Deputy, Research and Innovation),
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Shatar Sabran (Deputy, Students' Affairs & Alumni),
Prof. Dr. -Ing. Ir. Renuganth Varatharajoo (Deputy, Industry & Community Relations)
Academic staff 16 Faculties (Agriculture, Forestry, Veterinary Medicine, Economy & Management, Engineering, Science, Education Studies, Human Ecology, Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences, Food Science and Technology, Environmental Studies, Modern Language and Communication, Medicine & Health Sciences, Agriculture & Food Science, Architecture & Design, Computer Science & Information Technology )
Undergraduates 18,193 (AY 2006–07)
Postgraduates 6,852 (AY 2006–07)
Location Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Campus Serdang & Bintulu
Former names School of Agriculture (1931–1947)
College of Agriculture Malaya(1947–1973)
Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (1973–1997)
Colours Red, white and grey
Website http://www.upm.edu.my/
Corporate logo of Universiti Putra Malaysia

Universiti Putra Malaysia (Putra University, Malaysia[4]), or UPM, is recognised by the independent government assessments as one of Malaysia's leading research Universities. Founded in 1931 as the School of Agriculture, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research with its proud heritage of quality services and achievements. UPM main campus located in central Peninsular Malaysia, close to the capital city, Kuala Lumpur and next to Malaysia’s administrative capital city, Putrajaya. It was formerly known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia or Agricultural University of Malaysia. UPM is a research university offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses with a research focus on agricultural sciences and its related fields. It was ranked as the joint 358th best university in the world in 2011 by Quacquarelli Symonds.[5][6]


The School of Agriculture was officially instituted on 21 May 1931 by John Scott,[7] an administrative officer of the British colonial Straits Settlements.



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 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.[8]

Academic profile[edit]

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. UPM now offers 59 bachelor programmes, 7 diploma programmes,[9] 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 recognised by the Malaysia Medical Council on 5 June 2001.[10]

Faculty of Engineering[edit]

The Faculty of Engineering of Universiti Putra Malaysia was established on 1 January 1975 at the main Serdang Campus, some 22 kilometres to the south of Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the largest faculties at UPM with a student population of over 3000. The campus’ location at the heart of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) provides the faculty with access to the array of IT and multimedia facilities available in the Corridor.

The eight academic departments housed in the faculty offer a similar number of Bachelor of Engineering degree programs. Out of 800 postgraduates, almost 50% are international students. In addition to providing facilities and opportunities for teaching and research, the faculty has established Research Centres in engineering and related fields.[11]

The Centres of Excellence organise research and development programs, consultancy and professional training using expertise from disciplines in the university. The objective is to secure contracts from the public or private sectors to generate income for the faculty. Centers of Excellence have been established as listed below.

  • Road Safety Research Center (RSRC)
  • Housing Research Center (HRC)
  • Mountainous Terrain Development Research Center (MTDRC)
  • Centre of Excellence for Wireless and Photonic Network (WiPNET)
  • Centre of Excellence on Lightning Protection (CELP)

The Eighth Malaysia Plan ended in 2005 and, during its duration, most of the approved research projects were completed. Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation offers three research grants: Technofund, Innofund and Sciencefund. In addition, the Ministry of Higher Education initiated the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme and UPM offers the Research University Grant Scheme.[11]

The departments include:

  • Aerospace
  • Biological and Agricultural
  • Civil
  • Electric and Electronic
  • Chemical and Environment
  • Computer and Communication Systems
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing
  • Process and Food.

Faculty of Science[edit]

The faculty was established as the Division of Basic Sciences in 1972. Its objective was to offer basic science courses required by other faculties in the University. In 1975, the status of the division was upgraded to a faculty, and named the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies.

Since then the faculty has set up the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Computer Sciences which later were upgraded to form two new faculties, and the transfer of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology to the newly formed Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. Ever since the restructuring, the faculty has been renamed as the Faculty of Science in 2004.[12]

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences[edit]

The faculty was established on 1 August 1996 as a result of the merger of the Department of Bio-Medical of the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Science with The Nutrition and Community Health Department of the Faculty Human Ecology. There are 1733 full-time students in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.[13]

Faculty of Economics and Management[edit]

The faculty offers advanced studies in economics. It was formed in 1974. From its initial interest in agribusiness, agricultural economics, and natural resource economics, the faculty has broadened to include economics, finance, accounting and business management. The faculty has four departments: Department of Economics, Department of Hospitality and Recreation (formerly the Department of Natural Resource Economics), Department of Management and Marketing, and Department of Accounting and Finance.

Faculty of Agriculture[edit]

The faculty is one of three founding faculties that made up the formation of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (now Universiti Putra Malaysia) in 1971. Beginning with seven departments under this faculty, most of these departments were later developed to become several other faculties.

At the end of 1998, the faculty had three academic departments which are Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Department of Plant Protection and Department of Soil Science.

Beginning from 1 January 1999, the restructuring process at Universiti Putra Malaysia involved the Faculty of Agriculture. The faculty now has six departments – Crop Science, Animal Science, Plant Protection, Land Management, Agribusiness and Information System, and Agriculture Technology.

Faculty of Food Science and Technology[edit]

The Faculty of Food Science and Technology had its humble beginnings in 1976 with the establishment of the Department of Food Science and Technology under the Faculty of Agriculture. The establishment of the department is in line with the need of the country to fulfill the shortage of skilled employees in the field of science-based food. At that time, only one undergraduate program was offered: Bachelor of Food Science and Technology.

On March 1, 1982, the Department of Food Science and Technology was upgraded to the Faculty of Food Science and Technology. There were two (2) departments under the Faculty: Department of Food Technology and Department of Food Science. In 1986, the Faculty was renamed Faculty of Food Science and Biotechnology (FSMB) with the establishment of the Department of Biotechnology that offered the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) program with six (6) modules: Plant Biotechnology, Molecular Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology and Management.

In 1996, the Faculty began offering the Bachelor of Science (Food Studies) program with two options: Food Quality Management and Food Management. In 1997 and 2000, the Food Service Administration and Food Marketing options were offered through the same program. On August 1, 2004, the faculty was renamed to the Faculty of Food Science and Technology when the Department of Biotechnology formed a separate faculty. In January 2005, the Department of Food Service and Management was established to strengthen the existing programs in the Faculty. The Faculty began offering the Bachelor of Science (Food Service Management) and Master of Food Technology in September 2012.[14]


Institute of Bioscience

The institute has developed the existing units into five laboratories, each laboratory has two main functions, i.e. doing researchs and providing the Service and Facility Unit.[15]

Institute of Advanced Technology

The institute (ITMA) was established on 1 November 1999. ITMA provides leadership in research and development in Physical Science, Information Technology and Engineering. There are four laboratories under ITMA:

  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Green Engineering and Sustainable Technology
  • Sensor Technology
  • Spatial and Numerical Modelling

Institute for Mathematical Research

Four Research Laboratories have been formed, each led by a Head of Laboratory. The Laboratories are:

  • Laboratory of Theoretical Mathematics
  • Laboratory of Statistics and Applied Mathematics
  • Laboratory of Mathematical Sciences and Applications
  • Laboratory of Education and Mathematics Literacy

Halal Product Research Institute

Halal Products Research Institute (HPRI) was established in 2006 resulting from restructuring the Halal Food Institute to undertake research and development in the Halal products industry. Halal Products Research Institute aims to be a center of excellence in halal products research.[16]

Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP)

INTROP was established in 2006 from the merging of the Institute of Tropical Biocomposite and the Rain Forest Academy. INTROP studies forest canopy management, bioresource variation and sustainability, and sustainable utilisation of biocomposite products. INTROP has studies issues pertaining to forestry, wood/fibre resources, development of biocomposites, product standard, and commercialisation. [17]

Malaysia-Imperial Doctoral Programme (MIDP)[edit]

The MIDP is a link-up between Imperial College London, the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and five Malaysian universities, Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

The MIDP fosters academic and research links between Imperial and Malaysia. MIDP PhD students are enrolled as joint-PhD students at Imperial College London, with their research supervised by an Imperial College London academic. The supervisor is supported by a co-supervisor at the host university in Malaysia, and the student spends time at both institutions. There is also support for both supervisor to visit the other campus.

The first cohort of MIDP students enrolled at Imperial College London in spring 2007, and are studying in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Division of Investigative Science (Medicine) and the Division of Surgery, Oncology, Reproductive Biology and Anaesthetics (Medicine).[18]

Melbourne/Malaysia 'Split' PhD Partnership[edit]

In 2007, the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) negotiated an eight year Partnership Agreement on behalf of seven Malaysian Universities and The University of Melbourne. This agreement is similar to agreements previously negotiated by the MOHE with Nottingham University and with Imperial College, London. The University of Melbourne is the only Australian university invited to participate in this initiative.

To achieve these objectives, Split PhD scholarships are being offered by the Malaysian universities to their academic staff to undertake PhD training at the University of Melbourne. These scholarships are in addition to the regular full-time scholarships for overseas study offered by the MOHE through Malaysian public universities. The Split PhD scholarship enables the scholarship recipients to undertake the three year full-time University of Melbourne PhD degree over four years and candidates are expected to split their PhD study equally between The University of Melbourne and their respective Malaysian university.

The following seven Malaysian universities have been selected by the Malaysian Government to be involved in the Split-PhD and research collaboration initiative with the University of Melbourne:

  • Universiti Malaya (UM)
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  • International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
  • Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) [19]

Ayer Hitam UPM Research Forest[edit]

The research forest is at the Ayer Hitam Reserved Forest, Puchong, with a space of 1,248 hectares. The forest is 20 km from the capital city Kuala Lumpur and 10 km from the main campus of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Serdang. The Selangor State Government gave the research forest in a long term agreement for 80 years beginning 1996 for the purpose of education and research. The forest is managed by the Selangor Forestry Department and Faculty of Forestry UPM based on sustainable forest management. The Forest Management Plan for Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve is prepared by the faculty.

The forest area is the only well-managed Lowland Dipterocarp Forest in the Klang Valley. The facilities include a partially enclosed multipurpose hall, prayer room, kitchen, bathrooms, toilets and a playing field. The base camp can accommodate around 100 to 150 person at a time.

The forest is also used for teaching purposes in the field of forestry, wood science, and park and recreation management. There are field plots for research activities in silviculture, wildlife management, forest ecology, forest survey, forest engineering, and hydrology. The extension programmes include forestry, science, motivation, interpretation and ecological camps.[20]

UPM – Mitsubishi Corporation Forest Restoration Project[edit]

The Joint Research Project on Rehabilitation of Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem was initiated in July 1991 by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Yokohama National University, Japan (YNU) with sponsorship from Mitsubishi Corporation. The project is based on the success of restoration of native forest land in Japan and results of some field surveys conducted in the forests of South East Asian countries since 1978. The scientific basis of the project is based on the concept of vegetation association by Prof. Akira Miyawaki from Yokohama National University.

The objectives of the project are to assess the health of rehabilitated forest through measuring the indicators of forest health and the sustainability of forest resources. The project conducts research in soil science, plant physiology, water science, biodiversity (terrestrial floral, wildlife, aquatic flora and fauna, insect and microbes) and in microclimatic conditions that indicate the health of the rehabilitated forest.

The project was initiated in UPM Bintulu campus Sarawak (Phase 1) at a 47.5 ha site. In 2010, 350,000 seedlings were planted representing 128 species native to Sarawak. In addition, 100 research plots were established in the rehabilitated area.

In July 2008, a new agreement between UPM and Mitsubishi Corporation was signed to establish a model planted forest of indigenous tree species in an urban setting at UPM main campus Serdang, Selangor. The second phase of the project was launched on 26 November 2008 covering an area of 27 hectares. To date 13500 seedlings representing 136 species have been planted.[21]


The university logo is a shield, with lines and an abstract water droplet within. The colours of the logo are red and grey.[22]


Pertanian . Inovasi . Kehidupan ( Agriculture . Innovation . Life)[23]

Notable alumni[edit]

University Agriculture Park[edit]

University Agriculture Park

University Agriculture Park

University Agriculture Park

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.uibk.ac.at/asea-uninet/members.html
  2. ^ http://auap.sut.ac.th/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=52&Itemid=82
  3. ^ http://www.fuiw.org/universities.php?l=1&p=1&cc=my
  4. ^ English translation of the name as per Association of Commonwealth Universities
  5. ^ "Times Higher Education – QS World University Rankings 2007 – Top 400 Universities". Quacquarelli Symonds. Archived from the original on 27 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  6. ^ Aswad, Mohd Noor (5 April 2008). "Research universities: Advancing agro-based research". The New Straits Times Online. Retrieved 2008-06-21. [dead link]
  7. ^ "UPM History". Universiti Putra Malaysia. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  8. ^ "UPM/FMHS Catalog Report 2007/2008" (PDF). Universiti Putra Malaysia. Retrieved 2008-06-29. [dead link]
  9. ^ http://www.upm.edu.my/about_us/facts&figures?LANG=en
  10. ^ "Second Schedule Medical Act 1971" (PDF). Malaysian Medical Council. 2 August 2007. p. 30. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  11. ^ a b http://www.eng.upm.edu.my
  12. ^ http://science.upm.edu.my/webfs3/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=33
  13. ^ http://www.medic.upm.edu.my/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=814&Itemid=436
  14. ^ http://www.food.upm.edu.my/background
  15. ^ http://www.ibs.upm.edu.my/ibsbi/objective-more.html#
  16. ^ http://www.halal.upm.edu.my/english/index.php/about-us
  17. ^ http://www.introp.upm.edu.my/eng/index.php?page=introp
  18. ^ http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/international/students/internationalopportunities/malaysiaimperialdoctoralprogramme
  19. ^ http://www.gradresearch.unimelb.edu.au/future/splitphd.html
  20. ^ "Faculty of Forestry". Universiti Putra Malaysia. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  21. ^ "Faculty of Forestry". Universiti Putra Malaysia. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  22. ^ "UPM LOGO". Universiti Putra Malaysia. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  23. ^ http://www.upm.edu.my/about_us/UPMTagline?LANG=en

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