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The Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) is a private research university located in Perak, Malaysia. It was established on 10 January 1997. The campus is built on 400 hectares (990 acres) at Seri Iskandar, Perak, Malaysia. The university is a wholly owned subsidiary of PETRONAS, the national oil company of Malaysia.

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
PETRONAS University of Technology  (English)
国油科技大学  (Chinese)
பெட்ரோனாஸ் தொழில்நுட்ப பல்கலைக்கழகம்  (Tamil)
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS logo.png
MottoEnergising Futures
TypePrivate research university
Established10 January 1997
ChancellorYABhg Tun Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi[1]
Vice-ChancellorProf. Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib [2]
Pro-ChancellorsDatuk Ahmad Nizam Salleh
Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin[3]
Location, ,
Campus1000 acres (400 ha.) [5]
ColoursBlue sapphire and Brass[6]

UTP places strong emphasis on Research and Development as it strives to achieve the status of an internationally renowned Research University. The university conducts extensive research activities in collaboration with PETRONAS and other institutions and industries locally and abroad focusing on Enhanced Oil Recovery, Carbon Dioxide Management, Deepwater Technology, Nanotechnology, Green Technology, Biomedical Technology, Hybrid Energy Systems, Intelligent Cities and Sustainable Resources. This is evident when UTP was awarded a 6-star rating by Malaysian Research Assessment Instrument (MyRA) for its research, development and commercialisation efforts recently.[4]

In recent years, UTP is ranked in the top 200 in the 2014 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking by subject for Chemical Engineering.[7] UTP is the only private university in Malaysia to be ranked in the top 200 for the 2014 QS Asia University Rankings[8] and ranked at 335 for the QS World University Rankings under Engineering and Technology Faculty.[4]



In 1997, UTP was established in Perak, Malaysia when PETRONAS was invited by the Government of Malaysia to set up a university.[9][10] 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.[11]

UTP has produced more than 10,000 graduates and currently has an enrollment of over 6,000 undergraduates and 1,200 postgraduates from more than 50 countries around the world. UTP complements its engineering, science and technology programmes with quality education in the areas of management and humanities, with the aim of producing well-rounded graduates exhibiting excellent leadership qualities and communication abilities.[4]


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 the Cameron highlands.[11]

Academic ComplexEdit

The new academic complex was designed by Foster and Partners, and the first-phase construction was completed in 2004.[11] 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, Y. Bhg. 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,[11]

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. On the 18th of November 2018, the UTP rugby team known as The Drillers created history by claiming their first ever MASISWA 15s 2018 Rugby Championship at MMU Melaka. The Drillers have managed to defeat UniKL RC with the score of 27-24 in the finals and trashed City University of Malaysia by 45-12 in the semi-finals. Other teams that took part in the championship were MMU Melaka, MSU, Standford College Melaka and UNITEN. This was a historical win for The Drillers and they have successfully earned the top spot among the universities in Malaysia. [12]


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, five bachelor engineering degree programmes, two science degree programmes and three bachelor technology degree programmes.

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 11 degree programmes offered by the university as follows:

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

BEng (Hons) in Chemical
BEng (Hons) in Civil
BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronics
BEng (Hons) in Mechanical
BEng (Hons) in Petroleum
BEng (Hons) in Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Technology (Honours)

BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems
BSc (Hons) in Information and Communication Technology
BSc (Hons) in Petroleum Geoscience

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics
BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry

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

Newsletters and Journalism TeamsEdit

There are currently 2 journalism teams are working on the campus newsletters, namely Heart of Tronoh (HOT), a monthly publication, and The Inspirer, which releases an issue once every semester.

Academic Profile and RankingsEdit

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has maintained its position at the 601-800 band in which retaining its position in the top 2% globally according to reputed ranking publisher such as QS and Times Higher Education rankings in the last few years. In 2018 it was ranked at 145th for Engineering & Technology by the QS world ranking. Meanwhile, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Universiti Teknologi Petronas as the 391st best university in the world in engineering by its subject ranking. In 2019, THE Ranking and QS ranked Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS in the 98th and 99th position, featuring it in the Top 100 Asian universities. [13]

University rankings
THE World[15] 601-800
QS World[14] 482
Times Asia[16] 98

Year Rank Valuer
2012 201–250 QS Asian University Rankings
2013 201–250 QS Asian University Rankings
2014 191–200 QS Asian University Rankings
2015 151–160 QS Asian University Rankings
2016 127 QS Asian University Rankings
2017-2018 101 QS Asian University Rankings
2018-2019 99 QS Asian University Rankings

Partner InstitutionEdit

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "UTP Achieves World-Class Rating". NST Online. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  8. ^ "QS University Rankings: Asia 2014". 7 May 2014.
  9. ^ Nair, Nevash (14 February 2013). "A talent crisis looms in the oil and gas industry". The Star Online. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  10. ^ "History of UTP". UTP Website. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
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  14. ^ QS World University Rankings 2020
  15. ^ World University Rankings 2018
  16. ^ Asia University Rankings 2019

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