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Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Former names
Technical School (1904–1941)
Technical College (1942–1971)
Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (1971–1975)
Motto Kerana Tuhan Untuk Manusia[1]
Motto in English
In the Name of God for Mankind[1]
Type Public
Established 1975 - University status
1904 - Kuala Lumpur Technical School
Chancellor Raja Zarith Sofia
Vice-Chancellor Professor Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 11,392 (AY 2014)
Postgraduates 13,780 (AY 2014)[2]
Location Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Affiliations ACU, ASAIHL, FUIW[3]
The main entrance gate of UTM

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (also known as UTM) is an public research University in Malaysia and a leading research-intensive university in engineering, science and technology . It is located both in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia and Johor Bahru, the southern city in Iskandar Malaysia, which is a vibrant economic corridor in the south of Peninsular Malaysia. UTM is now a graduate-focused university with 56% of its student population consisting of postgraduate students, the highest in Malaysia. As at 2015, UTM has more than 5,000 international students from more than 60 countries around the world, the highest among research universities in Malaysia.

UTM is thus 'renowned for being at the forefront of engineering and technological knowledge and expertise, contributing to the technical and professional workforce of the nation since 1904. Having produced more than 200,000 technical graduates and qualified professionals over the years, UTM has earned its place as Malaysia’s premier university in engineering and technology which inspires creative, innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets.


From a Technical School[edit]

The history UTM began in 1904 when a Technical School began its operation on Weld Road (now Jalan Raja Chulan) to teach Technical Assistants for the Federated Malay States Departments of Railways, Survey and Public Works. The school was officially known as Treacher Technical School , named after Sir William Treacher, the Resident General during that time. Students followed classed on part-time basis; they worked and trained specifically according to the technical needs of their employment.

Department In 1941, the Advisory Committee of Technical Schools and the Education recommended that the Technical School be elevated to a college status and proposed that a new Technical College be constructed. The new college was to be built on a 47-acre piece of Government land in Gurney Road (now Jalan Semarak), Kuala Lumpur. Plans for the construction of the college, however, were put on hold when World War II erupted in Peninsular Malaysia.

Then a Technical College[edit]

In the early years, the Technical College conducted engineering course at diploma level in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Radio Engineering, Land Surveying, Building Architecture and Quality Surveying, while a special in Automobile Engineering was offered for the transportation enforcement officers. The total enrolment for 1958/1959 academic session was 320 student.

In 1960, the College began a new era by upgrading its engineering courses to the degree level. Student following course at the college had the opportunities to sit for professional examinations conducted by the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom & the Royal Institute of British Architects, as well as the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Students for these professional courses were drawn for in service government servants for the Federation of Malaya Singapore, Borneo and Brunei. Minimum entry requirements then were Grade I & II in the Cambridge School Certificate or the Malayan School Certificate with credits in English Language & Basic Mathematics. Priorities were given to those who obtained credits in Science subjects.

A Technical Institute[edit]

On March 14, 1972, Malaysia’s Supreme Ruler, DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong officially proclaimed the formation of Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (ITK) under section 6(1) of the University & University College Act 1971. This new institution inherited all the basic amenities & facilities of the former Technical College of Gurney Road. Mr. Ainuddin Abdul Wahid who was the principal of Technical College was made the first Rector of ITK. An interim Council consisting of nine members was formed & tasked to draw major policies to be implemented in the new establishment. Three key administrative positions were also formalized: the Registrar, the Bursar & the Chief Librarian.

Finally a University[edit]

On 1 April 1975, the journey from school to university was completed when the institution became Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

In 1976, the government approved the new University’s Constitution & the University’s Senate & Council were established. In line with the changing status, the University began focusing on the establishment & development of its academic faculties. As of 1975/1976 academic year, the UTM Faculty of Engineering split into three independent faculties of Civil, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Faculties. These three engineering faculties together with Faculty of Built Environment and Faculty of Surveying, plus the Centre for Science for Science Students and Centre for Humanities Students became the precursors of most academic programmes in UTM today. By 1976, the total student population had reached 2,593 with 1,745 pursing diploma level studies, 607 in the degree programmes, & 241 in the integrated programmes.

On December 3, 1977, UTM witnessed its first group of 65 graduates being conferred their degrees in the inaugural convocation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, graced by the Royal Highness Almarhum Sultan Ismail Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim, the first Chancellor of UTM.

Moving to Johor[edit]

The University meticulously planned its move to a new campus located on a sprawling 2,400 acres of land in Skudai, Johor. Construction works had actually begun steadily since as early as 1978. Then the campus opened on September 16, 1985 by His Majesty Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, then the Yang di Pertuan Agong, in his capacity as his capacity as the second Chancellor of UTM.

UTM's regional and international academic collaborations makes it a hub for visiting academics, researchers and students worldwide. Collaborations include Intel, Altera, and Proton.[4] UTM is one of the few public universities in Malaysia that has attained research university status, opening avenues for research and industrial collaboration through government research grants.

Full autonomy[edit]

On 8 January 2012, the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education declared UTM to be the first Malaysian university to attain full autonomy from the government. This allows the university to select the best of the regional students, as well as handle most of the management internally for a more efficient administration.


UTM has two campuses - the main campus is in Skudai, and was the first university in the state of Johor. It has an area of 1148 hectares[5] (campus map), and is the second largest public university after Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). It is about 20 km north of the state capital, Johor Bahru, and is relatively close to the Sultan Ismail Airport, Senai.

The branch campus is situated in Jalan Semarak within Kuala Lumpur, with an area of 38 hectares.[5] The branch campus accommodates diploma students, part-time students (also known as the SPACE program), undergraduate students (Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology) and foreign students taking business courses.


The university has a very large library (known as Perpustakaan Sultanah Zanariah)[6] with online facilities. There are free bus services, as well as local and international restaurants on campus. The university provides handicap-friendly facilities.

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities places UTM in the fourth place in the South East Asia Region, and the top in Malaysia.[7] In the QS University Rankings, it placed 164 in the "Engineering & IT Universities" category among other world ranked universities in 2012, an improvement from 190 in the previous year.[8] UTM aims to achieve the status of a global university and rank among 50 of the world's best universities by 2020.[9]

Another initiative is the formation of the Iskandar Malaysia Academic Partnership (IMAP) resulting from the Inaugural UTM University Presidents Forum.

Residential colleges (Skudai Campus)[edit]

UTM has on-campus hostel blocks that provide accommodation for students. Students of different races in Malaysia stay in these hostels, including international students. The hostels blocks are grouped into units known as colleges, for simplifying administration. Each college has three or more hostel blocks under their administration. UTM has 13 colleges, which can accommodate 17,500 students. Among the facilities provided at each residential college are a cafeteria, a multipurpose hall, a Muslim prayer room, tennis courts, an internet and computer center, a convenience store and a common room.[10]

Not only that, UTM has also provided accommodation for outsiders, i.e. parents or relatives, visiting friends etc., with Scholar's Inn @ UTM JB and Scholar's Inn @ UTM KL.

The Scholar’s Inn @ UTMKL is a City-Campus Hotel at Jalan Semarak, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Strategically located within the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur campus and approximately 10 minutes’ drive from KLCC/ Petronas Twin Towers, the hotel is also within range of tourist spots such as the National Library, National Art Gallery, Istana Budaya and the Golden Triangle.Scholar’s Inn @ UTMKL comprises 56 contemporary rooms and studios, a meeting room, a business centre and the Scholar’s Deli.For more information on the rooms, rates and facilities available, please visit The Scholar’s Inn @ UTMKL’s website at Reservations can be made via the website or by calling the direct line at +603-21806000 / +603-2615 4922.

Inner ring colleges[edit]

  • Kolej Rahman Putra,[11] the first and oldest college.
  • Kolej Tun Fatimah, the first all-girls college.
  • Kolej Tun Razak.
  • Kolej Tun Hussein Onn.
  • Kolej Tun Dr Ismail.
  • Kolej Tuanku Canselor.

Outer Ring Colleges[edit]

  • Kolej Perdana.
  • Kolej 9.
  • Kolej 10.
  • Kolej Datin Seri Endon.
  • Kolej Tun Ghafar Baba.
  • Kolej Dato' Onn Jaafar.

Defunct college[edit]

  • Kolej Siswa Desa Skudai (KSDS) was an off-campus residential college for male students.


Faculties and schools[edit]

  • Faculty of Science
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate (Fakulti Geoinformasi & Harta Tanah, FGHT), formerly known as Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Education (Fakulti Pendidikan, FP)
  • Faculty of Computing (Fakulti Komputeran), formerly known as Faculty of Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering(Fakulti Biosains dan Kejuruteraan perubatan, FBME)
    • Department of Biosciences and Health Sciences
    • Department Of Biotechnology & Medical Engineering
    • Department of Clinical Sciences
  • Faculty of Islamic Civilisation (Fakulti Tamadun Islam, FTI), formerly known as Centre for Islamic Studies & Social Development
  • College of Science & Technology (Kolej Sains & Teknologi, KST), formerly known as Centre for Diploma Studies
  • Faculty of Management (FM), formerly known as Faculty of Management & Human Resource Development (FPPSM)
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Applied Mechanics & Design
    • Department of Thermo-Fluids
    • Department of Materials, Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering
    • Department of Aeronautics, Automotive & Ocean Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering (merge between Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering)
  • Faculty of Built Environment
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Quantity Surveying
    • Department of Urban & Regional Planning
    • Department of Landscape Architecture
  • Language Academy
  • Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
  • Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)
    • Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (ESE)
    • Department of Mechanical Precision Engineering (MPE)
    • Department of Environmental Engineering and Green Technology (EGT)
    • Department of Management of Technology (MOT)

Continuing Education[edit]

  • School of Professional and Continuing Education
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning

Joint Programmes[edit]

  • Joint Programmes & Management Unit

Innovation Centre[edit]

  • Centre for Student Innovation (UTM CSI)
  • Innovation and Commercialization Centre (ICC)

Global networking[edit]

These are organisations for joint projects, traineeships, study visits, international conferences, research projects, and funding.

Global outreach programme[edit]

UTM Global Outreach Programme is an international programme designed to develop UTM’s students to be global-ready graduates.

Research University[edit]

The Ministry of Education formed an ad hoc committee, comprising research from Malaysian universities, to formulate a concept paper on the establishment of research universities (RUs). The content of the paper deals with their vision, missions and goals, the criteria and standard for Rus, their governance, prevision of incentives, accreditation concerns, cost implications and an action plan.[12]

Research Management Centre[edit]

Research Management Centre was established in 1982. Formerly known as ‘Research and Consultation Unit’ and as ‘Research & Development Unit’ and finally renamed as ‘Research Management Centre’, in 1997.

RMC manages research and development activities, intellectual property creation and management, technological development, promotion and exploitation of R&D findings through close collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation, Small and Medium Industry Development Corporation, industry, research institutes, other universities and international organisations.

RMC manages funds from research grant schemes available such as Science Fund, Techno Fund, Inno Fund, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Commercialization of R&D Fund (CRDF), Technology Acquisition Fund (TAF) and Multimedia Grant Scheme (MGS).[13]

Research fundings[edit]

  • MOSTI grants
    • Demonstrator Application Grant Scheme (DAGS)
    • ScienceFund
    • TechnoFund
  • MOHE grants
    • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
    • Exploratory Research Grant Scheme (ERGS)
    • Long-term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS)
    • Prototype Research Grant Scheme (PRGS)
  • MOA
  • UTM grants
    • UTM Short Term Grant
    • Research University Grant (GUP)
    • Institutional Research Grant (Top-Down)
  • Other Agencies
  • Contract research


Year Rank Valuer
2012 358 QS World University Rankings
2013 355 QS World University Rankings
2014 294 QS World University Rankings
2015 303[14] QS World University Rankings

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Coordinates: 1°33′33″N 103°38′29″E / 1.55917°N 103.64139°E / 1.55917; 103.64139