Universiti Teknologi Petronas
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|Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS|
|Established||10 January 1997|
|Chancellor||YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad|
|Students||Over 6000 undergraduates and over 1000 postgraduates|
|Doctoral students||around 100|
|Location||Seri Iskandar, Perak, Malaysia|
|Colours||Blue sapphire, and Brass
- 1 History
- 2 Facilities
- 3 Education
- 4 Clubs and societies
- 5 Newsletters and Journalism Teams
- 6 References
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
 Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), which was established in 1997, has grown to be one of the most prominent private universities in Malaysia. Offering a wide range of industry-relevant engineering and technology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, UTP has produced more than 9500 graduates and currently has an enrolment of 5,700 undergraduates and 1,250 postgraduates from over 55 countries around the world. UTP complements its engineering and technology programmes with quality education in the areas of management and the humanities, with the aim of producing well-rounded graduates exhibiting excellent leadership qualities and communication abilities.
New academic complex
The new academic complex was designed by Foster and Partners, and the first-phase construction was completed in 2004. The design received an Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. The overall layout of the new academic complex is in the shape of a five-pointed star made up by five semicircles. The new academic complex was officially opened by the former chairman of PETRONAS and ITPSB Board, Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin. Currently, almost all of the academic activities have been shifted to the new campus.
The university has a centralised sport facilities, commonly known as the sports complex. It consists of a swimming pool, several football fields, three futsal courts, three takraw courts, five basketball courts, five tennis courts, three volleyball courts, four squash courts, three badminton courts, a jogging track and a netball court.
In general, students participate actively in sports, with the most popular sports being football and volleyball.
The foundation programmes are offered for students that enrol to UTP with SPM level or other equivalent levels to prepare them for degree programmes. Newly enrolled students with STPM level or other equivalent levels are exempted from the foundation programmes. Other newly enrolled diploma graduates are exempted from certain courses according to their academic performance and courses taken during their diploma programmes.
Currently, UTP offers two foundation programmes, five bachelor engineering degree programmes and three bachelor technology degree programmes.
In UTP, there are three semesters a year. A semester starts in January, May or September, with 14 weeks of studies per semester, divided by a one-week mid-semester break and ends with 3 weeks of final examination. The end of the semester is followed by a 7-week semester break. A trimester system has been implemented in foundation programmes since 2009.
The foundation programmes offered in UTP are engineering foundation programme and technology foundation programme. As the names suggest, the engineering foundation programme prepares the studentramme for students to pursue their studies in technology degree programmes.
Undergraduate degree programmes
The engineering degree programmes take a total of four years to complete (including internship), while technology degree programmes take three and a half years. All engineering students are welcomed to enrol in Management minor starting academic year of 2009.
Postgraduate degree programmes
UTP also offers postgraduate degree programmes by research, and by coursework and dissertation.
Student industrial internship programme
UTP offers one of the longest industrial internship programmes in the country. The students are posted as interns for 28 weeks (approximately 7 months). The length of the internship duration allows students to engage in more significant work assignments and is widely thought as a major strength of the academic curriculum.
Clubs and societies
There are several clubs and societies inside the campus. The main student's organisation of UTP is the MPPUTP (Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar UTP) or SRCUTP (Student Representative Council of UTP). The main objective of the organisation is to represent the students in all aspects related, and this includes academic and career, welfare, entrepreneurship, promotion and publication, sports and recreation, public relations and so on. There is also a few international based clubs and societies such as SIFE and AIESEC in UTP. These clubs ensure a diverse and an equal platform for students from all nationality to interact with equal involvement.
Newsletters and Journalism Teams
There are currently 2 journalism teams are working on the campus newsletters, namely Heart of Tronoh (HOT), a monthly publication, and The Inspirer, which releases an issue once every semester.
- "History of UTP". UTP Website. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- Universiti Teknologi Petronas – Official website