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Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS; English: Malaysian University of Sabah[citation needed]) is the ninth Malaysian public university located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, established on 24 November 1994.

Malaysian University of Sabah[citation needed]
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Logo Universiti Malaysia Sabah.png
MottoBertekad Cemerlang
Motto in English
Strive to Excel
ChancellorJuhar Mahiruddin
Vice-ChancellorProf. Dr. D. Kamarudin D. Mudin
Academic staff
1,056 (2017)
Undergraduates15,817 (2017)
Postgraduates2,805 (2017)
620 (2017)
CampusKota Kinabalu
AffiliationsASAIHL, ACU,[1] FUIW[2]



Although UMS was established in 1994, UMS was only able to admit the first batch of 205 students in the following year. UMS was once situated at the site of the present University College of Sabah Foundation in Sembulan and, then, at the site of the present temporary Sabah Campus of Aminuddin Baki Institute in Manggatal. UMS only has a permanent campus at Likas Bay in 2000. Before the completion of Kota Kinabalu Campus, Labuan Campus was earlier opened in 1999. In 2011, UMS got another campus dedicated for agriculture in Sandakan.[3]


As a public university, UMS has a Chancellor who presides convocation ceremony. He is appointed by the King on the advice of the Minister of Education for a term of seven years. Governor Juhar Mahiruddin is currently the Chancellor.

The Chancellor is assisted by at least one Pro-Chancellor who presides convocation ceremony in the Chancellor's absence. He is appointed by the Chancellor on his pleasure with the advice of the Minister of Education. By tradition, UMS has two Pro-Chancellors, one of them being the Chief Minister of Sabah.

As a federal statutory body, UMS operates under the supervision of a Board of Directors, a body that directs and supervises all affairs of the University. The Board comprises a Chairman and ten members who are all appointed by the Minister of Education for a three-year term.

The Board of Directors is assisted by a Senate, that provides for academic and student affairs of the University, and a Management Committee that oversees day-to-day operation of the University. Both the Senate and the Management Committee is chaired by a Vice-Chancellor appointed by the Minister on the advice of the Board of Directors, usually for a three-year term.


UMS has three campuses: in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan, Sabah and in the Federal Territory of Labuan.

Centres of studiesEdit

UMS has 10 faculties since 1 June 2014.[4] Most of them are situated in Kota Kinabalu.

  • Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy (FPEP) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FKI) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Faculty of Engineering (FKJ) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition (FSMP) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Faculty of Humanities, Art and Heritage (FKSW) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Science (FPSK) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Faculty of Psychology and Education (FPP) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Faculty of Science and Natural Resources (FSSA) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture (FPL) – Sandakan
  • Labuan Faculty of International Finance (FKAL) – Labuan

There have been, however, other academic centres and institutes that are not equivalent to a Faculty but offered pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate courses:

  • Centre for External Education (PLUMS) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning (PPIB) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Institute of Biotechnological Research (IPB) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Institute of Borneo Marine Research (IPMB) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Institute of Tropical Biology and Conservation (IBTP) – Kota Kinabalu
  • Preparatory Centre for Science and Technology (PPST) – Kota Kinabalu

Residential collegesEdit

UMS has 10 residential colleges. Most of them are situated in Kota Kinabalu.

  • Tun Mustapha College – Kota Kinabalu
  • Tun Fuad Stephens College – Kota Kinabalu
  • Excellent College – Kota Kinabalu
  • Kingfisher College – Kota Kinabalu
  • USIA-1Borneo College – Kota Kinabalu
  • Seri Angkasa College – Kota Kinabalu
  • Alpha College – Labuan
  • Beta College – Labuan
  • Mutiara College – Labuan
  • Lestari College – Sandakan


UMS was ranked between 151 to 200 at the world level in Agriculture and Forestry.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 January 2005. Retrieved 16 April 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA SABAH (UMS) - Malaysia Students Web". Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ "10 Fakulti Diisytiharkan". (in Malay). Retrieved 10 August 2018.

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