Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

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Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
University of Technology, Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.png
Former names
Technical School (1904–1941)
Shihan Gakko (1942–1945)
Technical College (1955–1971)
Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (1971–1975)
Motto Kerana Tuhan Untuk Manusia[1]
Motto in English
In the Name of God for Mankind[1]
Established 1975 - University status
1904 - Kuala Lumpur Technical School
Type Public
Chancellor Sultanah Zarith Sofia
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ir. Dr. Wahid bin Omar
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 11,392 (AY 2014)
Postgraduates 13,780 (AY 2014)[2]
Location Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Affiliations ACU, ASAIHL, FUIW[3]
Website www.utm.my
The main entrance gate of UTM

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (also known as University of Technology, Malaysia or UTM) is the oldest public engineering and technological university in Malaysia. The university specialises in technical studies, with separate faculties for the engineering divisions such as Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical and Biomedical engineering. It also has faculties for Education, Pure Sciences, Management, and Human Resources Development. It is the country's major source of graduate engineers and similar professionals.

With over 20,000 students on campus, more than 25% of them are postgraduates. Since the 1990s, the number of foreign students, particularly from neighbouring Asian countries, the Middle East, and Africa, has been increasing, especially in postgraduate programs. UTM graduates have gone on to many academic and professional institutions across the world.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia is located in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, and Johor Bahru, the southern city in Iskandar Malaysia, in the south of Peninsular Malaysia.


Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) is the oldest premier higher learning institution in Malaysia specialising in engineering and technology. Its inception was in 1904. UTM provides almost two-thirds of the country’s workforce in engineering and technology-related profession.


In the early 1900s, the Malaysian Public Works Department opened a Technical School at Brickfields Drive (now known as Jalan Tun Sambanthan), Kuala Lumpur, to train technical staff for public works and land surveying. In 1930, the Kuala Lumpur Technical School was further expanded into a new site in High Street, presently known as Jalan Bandar. In 1941, the school was promoted to a college status, and was given a piece of land in Gurney Road (now known as Jalan Semarak) in Kuala Lumpur for building infrastructure.

The project was brought to a halt during the Japanese occupation of Malaya from 1942 until 1945. During that 3-year period, the college was called Shihan Gakko, centred at High Street. After the Japanese surrendered, the college reopened in 1946 where the earlier plan resumed on Gurney Road with the help of British Government’s funds. A decade later, Sir Donald MacGillivray, the British High Commissioner in Malaya during that period, officially opened the Technical College on 1 March 1955. The institution was then known as Technical College, Kuala Lumpur.

The Technical College then offered three-year diploma courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Architecture, Town and Country Planning, Land Surveying and Quantity Surveying. Until today, this branch of UTM has remained intact and stayed true to its purpose, offering mostly diploma courses.


Two years later, Malaya attained independence from the British, and became known as Malaysia. This marked a major change in Malaysian history, and accelerated the growth of the institution. In 1960, a milestone was reached when engineering courses at degree level were offered. Students pursuing the courses sat for professional examinations conducted by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom.

Another milestone was reached in 1967 when the Planning Committee for Higher Learning decided to upgrade the Technical College to the level of institution of technology with university status from 1969 onward. On 14 March 1972 the decision was implemented with the establishment of Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (National Institute of Technology) under Section 6(1) of the University and University College Act, 1971. On 1 April 1975, the journey from school to university was completed when the institution became "Universiti Teknologi Malaysia" (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.

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), 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 www.scholarsinn.com.my. 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
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Chemical Engineering
  • 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

List of Research Alliances[edit]

  • Sustainability
    • Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Infocomm
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Biotechnology
  • Construction
  • Material and Manufacturing
  • K-Economy



External links[edit]

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