Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation

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Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation
Universiti Teknologi dan Inovasi Asia Pasifik
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Former names
Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (1993 - 2004)[1]
Motto Nurturing Professionals[2]
Type Private[3]
Established 1993[4]
Chairman Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh[5]
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ron Edwards[6]
Location Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia
Campus Urban
Abbreviation APU
Colours Verdigris, Alizarin & Sun [7]
              
Affiliations
Website www.apu.edu.my

The Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (abbreviated APU) is a private university in Malaysia. It was formed in 1993 as the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) and was renamed in 2004 after being granted University College status to Asia Pacific University College of Technology and Innovation (UCTI).[3] It has produced more than 20,000 graduates[4] under APIIT with association of Staffordshire University,[8]

APU provides undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the areas of information technology, media, business and engineering. APU has opened overseas branches in India,[9] Sri Lanka[10] and Pakistan,[11] although these branches are still under APIIT branding. The university and its students have received awards, such as the NAPEI Education Excellence Award 2007 (University Category),[12] the Microsoft Imagine Cup Malaysia 2011,[13] the Prime Minister's Award for Industry Excellence 2011 by Najib Razak,[14] etc. Other research and development activities are carried out on the campus. 51% of it shares are owned by Ekuiti Nasional Berhad[15]

History[edit]

Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) was founded in 1993 as part of an initiative by the Malaysian Government to address the shortage of IT Professionals in the country. The newly formed Institute was based in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, and offered Diploma courses in computing and IT. In the following year, co-operative links were established with Monash University in Australia, leading to the launch of a twinning programme in 1995 for Bachelor's degrees. This was followed in 1996 by a twinning relationship with Staffordshire University in UK for master's degree courses. Expansion led to the opening of the Kuala Lumpur city campus in 1997, followed by campuses in Karachi, Pakistan (1998), Colombo, Sri Lanka (2000), Lahore, Pakistan (2000), Panipat, India (2001) and Perth, Australia (2004). In 2003 the Malaysian campus moved to new premises at Technology Park Malaysia, where it is now known as APIIT TPM.

The curriculum has developed, with the Institute becoming a SUN and Microsoft authorised training centre in 1998, a SAP University Alliance Partner in 1999, and a Microsoft Certified Technical Education Centre in 2001. APIIT gained University College status in 2004 and was renamed to Asia Pacific University College of Technology & Innovation (UCTI), and later to Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU).

Location and campuses[edit]

Organisation[edit]

The University is divided into eight schools:[16]

  • School of Accounting, Finance and Quantitive Studies
  • School of Business and Management
  • School of Computing and Technology
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Foundation
  • School of General Studies
  • School of Media, Arts and Design
  • School of Postgraduate Studies

Student life[edit]

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Actives and representative council[edit]

The Asia Pacific University Student Activities and Representative Council, better know The Student ARC is the official students' union that handles the 5 major events of the year as well as represents the students, clubs and societies in any inter-varsity events or collaborations. The SARC student body is elected in January by the students of the university for the term duration of 1 year. Although unlike most student council, the SARC do not represent the students in the University's decision-making process and is governed by Department of Student Affairs which acts as an advisory board.[17]

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Coordinates: 3°02′53″N 101°41′33″E / 3.04806°N 101.69250°E / 3.04806; 101.69250