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Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
اونيۏرسيتي تيكنولوڬي مارا
Seal of Universiti Teknologi MARA
Seal of Universiti Teknologi MARA
Former names
RIDA Training Centre (1956–1965), MARA College (1965–1967), MARA Institute of Technology (1967–1999)[1]
Motto Usaha, Taqwa, Mulia[2]
اوسها تقوى مليا[citation needed]
Motto in English
Endeavour, Religious, Dignified[3]
Established November 1956 (November 1956)[1]
Type Public
Chairman Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin [4]
Chancellor HRH Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong[5]
Vice-Chancellor Tan Sri Dato' Sri Professor Ir. Dr. Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar [6][7]
  1. Tan Sri Datuk Haji Arshad Ayub [8]
  2. Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Abdul Rahman Arshad [8]
  3. Tan Sri Dato' Sri Sallehuddin Mohamed [8]
  4. Tan Sri Nuraizah Abdul Hamid [8]
Students 40,000 on main campus and 80,000 throughout the country
Location Shah Alam, Malaysia
Campus 12 state branches
Colours Purple and blue
Website www.uitm.edu.my
Corporate logo of
Universiti Teknologi MARA

Universiti Teknologi MARA (Jawi: اونيۏرسيتي تيكنولوڬي مارا; Abbreviation: UiTM; English: MARA University of Technology[1][Note 1]) is a public university with its main campus located in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

The Shah Alam campus is the flagship institution of the Universiti Teknologi MARA System, the largest university in Malaysia in terms of size and student enrollment[9] and the only public university carrying out intakes twice a year.[10]

The university faculties comprise 4,000 academics, scholars and researchers. The university has expanded nationwide with four satellite campuses, 12 branch campuses, nine city campuses and 21 affiliated colleges. With this network and over 17,000 staff, the university offers more than 300 academic programmes. It is home to some 172,000 students: bumiputeras and international students.[9] The teaching is fully conducted in English.


It began in November 1956 as Dewan Latehan RIDA (Rural and Industrial Development Authority Training Center) in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.[1] The school later 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 People) under the leadership of Tan Sri Arshad Ayub.

In 1967, the college was upgraded to Institut Teknologi MARA (MARA Institute of Technology) or ITM. Its establishment came as a response to a need in Malaysia for trained professionals, especially among Bumiputeras.

The development of ITM was in three 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 as a professional training institute, operating directly under the Ministry of Education.
  • In 1996, an amendment to the ITM Act of 1976 conferred ITM with a university status with a degree granting power but its name was retained until 1999 when it became Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).[11][12][13][14]
UiTM Chancellory building

Admission policy[edit]

The university only admits Bumiputeras except for preparatory programmes where non-Bumiputeras are admitted at International Education College (INTEC), Malaysia, a campus of the university. This policy is protected by virtue of Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia.

Reputation and rankings[edit]

From 1965 to 1996, as a professional training institute, ITM only offered Pre-Diploma, Diploma, degree-equivalent Advanced Diploma and professional bodies qualifications. Since ITM was not a "university" by name and despite its Advanced Diploma's equivalency to Bachelor Degree, some members of the public had a misconception that the institution was a lesser choice compared to universities especially with the admission policy and minimum entry requirements.[15]

In 1996, pursuant to the upgrade to a university status, the Advanced Diploma programmes were upgraded to Bachelor Degree programmes with retrospective effect. Advanced Diploma graduates were offered to return their Advanced Diploma transcripts in exchange for a Bachelor Degree transcripts. This resulted to a growing change of perception towards the institution and by 1999, ITM changed its name to UiTM. ITM's old role as a training institute is being taken over by other MARA education and training institutes such as Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA (KKTM), Kolej Professional MARA, Institut Kemahiran MARA, GIAT MARA etc.

UiTM has established new high technology courses and faculties such as the Faculty of Medicine. Despite the status quo of the minimum entry requirements, recent intakes have been highly competitive that school leavers with 5 As and above in their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia results would stand a better chance to be accepted to study at the campuses while the rest would have to consider the affiliated colleges.

UiTM has been rated positively by local and international bodies as follows:

  • In 2010, UiTM (Shah Alam Campus) was rated Tier 5: Excellent in the 2009 Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Rating System for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia (SETARA '09).[16]
UiTM shared the 8th place with Universiti Teknologi Petronas for the top universities in Malaysia which is above Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Universiti Utara Malaysia and many other unlisted universities.[19]
  • In 2012, UiTM (Shah Alam Campus) maintained its rating of Tier 5: Excellent in the 2011 Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Rating System for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia (SETARA '11).[22]
  • In 2012, UiTM was rated 2 stars in 2011 Malaysian Research Assessment Instrument (MyRA) where universities are given “star ratings” for their research, development and commercialisation efforts.[23][24][25]
  • In 2012, UiTM was awarded by MOHE Entrepreneurial Awards 2012 as Entrepreneurial University Of The Year.[26]

Partner institutions[edit]

UiTM academic partners include local and international universities and professional bodies. It started with professional bodies like the London Chamber of Commerce, the Australian Chartered Secretaryship, the Australian Society of Accountants, the British Institute of Management and later college and universities like Ealing Technical College (now part of University of West London ) in the 1960s and Ohio University in the 1980s.[29][30] Soon after, other partners came on board such as the University of London International Programmes, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the Chartered Institute of Transport (CIT), the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), London College of Printing, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries of United Kingdom [31] and many more. [32]

Faculties and academic centres[edit]

There are 24 faculties, two academic centres and 312 programmes in UiTM:

Science and Technology cluster[edit]


  • Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying (AP)
  • Faculty of Applied Science (AS)
  • Faculty of Plantation and Agrotechnology (AT) )
  • Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (CS)
  • Faculty of Sport and Recreational Sciences (SR)
  • Faculty of Dentistry (DS)
  • Faculty of Health Science (HS)
  • Faculty of Medicine (MD)
  • Faculty of Pharmacy (PH)


  • Faculty of Civil Engineering (EC)
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering (EE)
  • Faculty of Chemical Engineering (EH)
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (EM)

Social Science & Humanities cluster[edit]

Social Science

  • Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies (AM)
  • Faculty of Law (LW)
  • Faculty of Communication and Media Studies (MC)


  • Faculty of Art and Design (AD)
  • Faculty of Education (ED)
  • Faculty of Film, Theater, & Animation (CT)
  • Faculty of Music (MU)

Business and Management cluster[edit]

Business and Management

  • Faculty of Accountancy (AC)
  • Faculty of Business Management (BM)[Note 2]
  • Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School
  • Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management (HM)
  • Faculty of Information Management (IM)

Academic Centres[edit]

  • . Academy of Language Studies (APB)
  • Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies ( ACIS )


The university has a nationwide presence, with a main campus, four satellite campuses, 12 state/branch campuses, seven city campuses, three town campuses, and 19 affiliated colleges. The main campus is in Shah Alam, the capital of Selangor, about 25 km southwest of Kuala Lumpur.

Shah Alam Main Campus[edit]

Shah Alam is host to 45.5% of the students, while the rest are distributed over the other campuses, with Arau campus handling the biggest number (6.3%).

Satellite campuses[edit]

There are four satellite campuses: Jalan Othman campus in Petaling Jaya, Section 17 campus, Puncak Perdana campus, and Puncak Alam campus. These campuses house specialist programmes and are different from branch campuses, which usually offer a bigger range of academic programmes.

  • UiTM Jalan Othman Campus, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
  • UiTM Section 17 Campus, Shah Alam, Selangor
  • UiTM Puncak Perdana Campus, Shah Alam, Selangor
  • UiTM Puncak Alam Campus, Puncak Alam City, Selangor

Jalan Othman, Petaling Jaya campus[edit]

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. The campus was where UiTM started in 1956 as Dewan Latehan RIDA. Today the Faculty of Art and Design (Masters and Doctorates) are on the premises.

Section 17, Shah Alam campus[edit]

UiTM Section 17 campus is about three 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) prepares the sponsored students to an even wider range of foreign universities. INTEC is the only campus which takes non-bumiputra students in its enrollment. The other faculties that share Section 17 campus facilities and services are the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Music.

Puncak Perdana Campus[edit]

Puncak Perdana campus started in June 2004. The academic programmes that are on offer at this campus are those run by the Faculty of Information Management, the Faculty of Accountancy and the Faculty of Film, Theater, & Animation .

Puncak Alam Campus[edit]

This campus is the most advanced campus and houses high technology facilities and services, laboratories and classrooms.

Artist impression of the Main Library building at UiTM Puncak Alam Campus

State/branch campuses[edit]

Residential colleges[edit]

There are ten colleges for its main campus. There are eight colleges in the main campus; other colleges are outside the main campus.

Affiliated colleges[edit]

Students who failed to be accepted to study at the campuses can opt to study selected programmes by the university but conducted externally at the affiliated colleges.[33]

Student life[edit]

UiTM students are involved in sports, clubs and associations. Some examples are as follows:

  • UiTM FC - the university football club in Malaysia FAM League.
  • UiTM Symphony Orchestra - the university student orchestra
  • UFM - the university radio station.

Notable alumni[edit]

UiTM alumni include a Chief Judge for Sabah and Sarawak; prominent lawyers; scientists;[34] physicians; politicians; academicians; CEOs; artists; journalists; entrepreneurs; members of parliament; and Cabinet Ministers.


  1. ^ Under the Universiti Teknologi MARA Act 173, the formal name for the university is Universiti Teknologi MARA and the English transliteration cannot be used.
  2. ^ With reference to the Vice Chancellor's Circular No. 19/2011, the Faculty of Office Management and Technology (OM) has been merged with the Faculty of Business Management (BM), effective September 1, 2011.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Historical Development". Universiti Teknologi MARA. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  2. ^ "Moto, Visi, Misi, Falsafah & Objektif Universiti (Malay)". UiTM. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  3. ^ "University Motto, Vision, Mission, Philosophy & Objectives". UiTM. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Board of Directors". Universiti Teknologi MARA. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Chancellor". Universiti Teknologi MARA. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Vice Chancellor". Universiti Teknologi MARA. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  7. ^ http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=416911
  8. ^ a b c d "Pro-Chancellors". Universiti Teknologi MARA. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  9. ^ a b "University Profile". Universiti Teknologi MARA. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Dasar Pengambilan" [Intake Basis] (in Malay). UiTM Student Intake Division. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  11. ^ http://www.grad.wisc.edu/admin/gradcoordinators/iadmiss/000013769.html
  12. ^ http://www.virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/Universiti_Teknologi_MARA
  13. ^ http://www.emeraldinsight.com/about/news/story.htm?id=3280
  14. ^ http://me-kono.eu/institutions/universiti-teknologi-mara-uitm
  15. ^ http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sideviews/article/a-tale-of-two-universities-uitm-and-utar-robert-chaen
  16. ^ http://www.mqa.gov.my/portal2012/SETARA09/pdf/result_en.pdf
  17. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2011/12". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  18. ^ QS Asian University Rankings 2012
  19. ^ http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/um-improves-varsity-ranking-35th-in-asia
  20. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2012". 
  21. ^ http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/9/11/nation/12000917&sec=nation
  22. ^ http://www.mqa.gov.my/portal2012/SETARA11/SETARA%20%2711%20ADVERTORIAL%20BI.pdf
  23. ^ http://jpt.mohe.gov.my/eng/menuipt.php
  24. ^ http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/11/2/nation/12261831&sec=nation
  25. ^ http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/articles/35IPTdiiktirafcemerlang/Article/
  26. ^ http://www.mohe.gov.my/portal/en/component/content/article/34-slide-banner/876-congratulations-for-mohe-entrepreneurial-awards-2012-recipients.html
  27. ^ http://www.topuniversities.com/node/9296/ranking-details/asian-university-rankings/2013
  28. ^ http://www.topuniversities.com/node/9296/ranking-details/world-university-rankings/2013,
  29. ^ http://www.uitm.edu.my/index.php/en/about-uitm/uitm-profile-and-history/historical-development
  30. ^ http://www.seas.ohio.edu/Global_Network/index.html
  31. ^ http://www.actuaries.org.uk/students/pages/universiti-teknologi-mara-uitm-malaysia
  32. ^ http://www.uitm.edu.my/index.php/en/moumoa
  33. ^ http://www.uitm.edu.my/index.php/en/about-uitm/campuses/59-list-of-affiliated-campuses
  34. ^ http://www.labome.org/expert/malaysia/universiti-teknologi-mara-35405.html

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