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Established on 10 January 1997, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) is one of the leading universities in the region. In fact, it is the only private university in Malaysia ranked in Top 100 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education (THE) Asian University Rankings.  

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
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MottoEnergising Futures
TypePrivate research university
Established10 January 1997
Vice-ChancellorProf. Ts. Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib [1]
Pro-ChancellorsDatuk Ahmad Nizam Salleh
Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin[2]
UndergraduatesOver 6000[3]
PostgraduatesOver 1200[3]
Location, ,
Campus1000 acres (400 ha.) [4]
ColoursBlue sapphire and Gold[5]

It is wholly owned by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Malaysia’s fully integrated oil and gas multinational corporation ranked among the largest companies on FORTUNE Global 500®.

The campus is built on 400 hectares (990 acres) in the new township of Seri Iskandar, Perak, Malaysia. It is strategically located about 2 hours driving from Kuala Lumpur and 45 minutes to Lumut, the main gateway to Pangkor Island.

UTP offers a wide range of industry-relevant engineering, science and technology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  It aims to produce well-rounded graduates with excellent leadership qualities and communication abilities.

The university conducts extensive research activities in collaboration with PETRONAS and other institutions and industries, locally and abroad, on six research focus and niche areas.  They are self-sustainable building, transport infrastructure, health analytics, hydrocarbon recovery, contaminant management and autonomous system.


In 1997, UTP was established in Perak, Malaysia when PETRONAS was invited by the Government of Malaysia to set up a university.[6][7] Setting up a university from scratch poses formidable challenges, and the first step was taken in December 1998 with the completion of the UTP academic master plan. This acted as the basis for the physical master plan studies and registration or accreditation of degree programmes. The process of master planning was completed in 2002 and the construction of the area under consideration was completed in August 2004.[8]

UTP has produced more than 15,000 graduates and currently has an enrolment of over 1,200 foundation students, 6,000 undergraduates and 1,200 postgraduates from more than 60 countries around the world.


The university site is located one kilometre from the village of Tronoh, a former mining town in the Perak Tengah district of Perak, the largest state on the west coast of the peninsula. The 2 site lies within the commercial corridor between Kuala Lumpur and Penang, some 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the town of Batu Gajah and 25 kilometres (16 mi) from the city of Ipoh. Within 50 kilometres (31 mi) is the beach at Lumut and within 100 kilometres (62 mi) are the hills of Cameron Highlands.[8]

Academic ComplexEdit

The new academic complex was designed by Foster and Partners, and the first-phase construction was completed in 2004.[8] 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, YBhg Tun Azizan Zainul Abidin. Currently, almost all of the academic activities have been shifted to the new campus. A ‘star concept’ diagram, overlaying vision, site, programme and quality, was used as a template to zone various facilities and initiate the preliminary design,[8]

An-Nur Mosque, also known as the floating mosque, was completed in 2005.
The Chancellor Hall of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS is part of the academic complex that was designed by the British architectural design and engineering firm, Foster and Partners.


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, rugby 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 three foundation programmes, seven bachelor engineering degree programmes, three science degree programmes, three bachelor technology degree programmes and one bachelor business management degree programme.

Foundation programmesEdit

The foundation programmes offered in UTP are engineering foundation programme, science foundation programme and technology foundation programme. As the names suggest, these foundation programmes prepare students to pursue their degree programmes.

Undergraduate degree programmesEdit

The engineering degree programmes take a total of four years to complete (including internship), while science and technology degree programmes take three and a half years. All engineering students are welcomed to enroll in Management minor starting academic year of 2009. There are currently 14 degree programmes offered by the university as follows:

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Computer Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Materials Engineering with Honours

Bachelor of Technology (Honours)

Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons)
Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons)
Bachelor of Technology (Hons) Petroleum Geoscience

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Chemistry
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Physics
Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons)

Bachelor of Business Management (Honours)

Bachelor of Business Management (Hons)

Postgraduate degree programmesEdit

UTP also offers postgraduate degree programmes by research, and by coursework and dissertation.

The R&D building consists of 65 laboratories and offices at every floor. It will be occupied by two main UTP Mission Oriented Research, namely Carbon Dioxide Management and Enhanced Oil Recovery.

Student industrial internship programmeEdit

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 societiesEdit

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 Enactus, Rotaract Club, Society of Petroleum Engineers, IEEE , IMechE and AAPG in UTP.


Despite its young age, UTP has continuously achieved numerous national and international recognition.

University rankings
THE World[10] 601-800
QS World[9] 482
Times Asia[11] 98

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

  • 5-Star overall rating in the QS Stars University Ratings System
  • Ranked 482nd in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • Ranked 99th in the QS Asia University Rankings 2019
  • Ranked 221st in the QS World University Rankings by Broad Subject of Engineering and Technology 2019. UTP was ranked in 4 subjects:
    • Chemical Engineering was ranked - Top 200,
    • Mechanical Engineering - Top 300
    • Electrical Engineering - Top 300
    • Computer Science & Information System - Top 400
  • Ranked at the 71-80 band in the QS Top 50 under 50 2019

Times Higher Education (THE)

  • Ranked 601-800 in the THE World University Rankings
  • Ranked 98th in the THE Asia University Rankings 2019
  • Ranked 101-150 in the THE Young University Rankings 2019  
  • Ranked 101-150 in the THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019
  • Ranked 60th in the THE Emerging Economies Rankings 2019 (previously known as BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings)

Malaysia Research Assessment Rating System (MyRA)

  • Retained its six-star rating (the highest performance level) in MyRA for its research development and commercialisation programme.


Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education (SETARA)

  • Rated Six Star or outstanding status in SETARA 2017.

U.S. News & World Report (USNWR)

  • Ranked 391st in the USNWR Best Global Universities Rankings by Broad Subject of Engineering 2019

Partners InstitutionEdit

UTP is constantly expanding and growing its network and collaborative efforts knowing that one of the keys for growth is networking with the right partners. The university's goal is to become an internationally recognised partner of choice for industry and respected scientific community by the year 2025. For the full list of our partners, please click

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


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  6. ^ Nair, Nevash (14 February 2013). "A talent crisis looms in the oil and gas industry". The Star Online. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  7. ^ "History of UTP". UTP Website. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
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  9. ^ QS World University Rankings 2018
  10. ^ World University Rankings 2018
  11. ^ Asia University Rankings 2019

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