Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) is a premier Malaysian public research-intensive university ranked 187th in the world by QS University rankings. Its medium of instruction is English.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia  (Malay)
Former names
Technical School (1904–1941)
Technical College (1942–1971)
Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (1971–1975)
MottoKerana Tuhan Untuk Manusia[1]
Motto in English
In the Name of God for Mankind[1]
TypePublic research university
Established14 March 1972
ChancellorRaja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah
Vice-ChancellorProf. Datuk Ts. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi bin Ismail
Academic staff
Students32.325 (2020)[3][2]
Undergraduates14,538 (2020)[3]
Postgraduates8,775 (2020)[3]
4,555 (2020)[3]
Location, ,
1°33′33″N 103°38′29″E / 1.55917°N 103.64139°E / 1.55917; 103.64139Coordinates: 1°33′33″N 103°38′29″E / 1.55917°N 103.64139°E / 1.55917; 103.64139
ColoursMaroon, gold
AffiliationsACU, ASAIHL, FUIW,[5] APUCEN
Main entrance

It specializes in engineering, science and technology. It is located in Skudai, Johor and has a branch campus in Kuala Lumpur. UTM is a graduate-focused university with 56% of its student population consisting of postgraduate students, the highest in Malaysia.

As of 2015, UTM has more than 5,000 international students from more than 120 countries, the highest research university in Malaysia.


From a technical schoolEdit

The history of UTM began in 1904 when a technical school began 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 known as Treacher Technical School , named after Sir William Treacher, the Resident General. Students took classes on part-time basis; they worked and trained according to the technical needs of their employment.

In 1941 the Advisory Committee of Technical Schools recommended that the school be elevated to 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 collegeEdit

In the early years, the technical college conducted engineering courses 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 enrollment for the 1958/1959 academic session was 320 students.

In 1960 the college began a new era by upgrading its engineering courses to the degree level. Student following courses at the college sat 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 the professional courses were drawn from 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 instituteEdit

On March 14, 1972, Malaysia's Ruler, DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong proclaimed the formation of Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (ITK) under section 6(1) of the University & University College Act 1971. The institution inherited all the amenities and 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 tasked to devise the major policies to be implemented in the new establishment. Three administrative positions were also formalized: the Registrar, the Bursar and the Chief Librarian.

Finally a universityEdit

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 university constitution and the university Senate and Council were established.

As of the 1975/1976 academic year, the UTM Faculty of Engineering split into the faculties of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Faculties. The three faculties together with the 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 student population had reached 2,593 with 1,745 pursuing diploma level studies, 607 in the degree programmes, and 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 JohorEdit

The university moved to a new campus located on 2,400 acres of land in Skudai, Johor. Construction works had begun in 1978 and 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 has regional and international academic collaborations., including Intel, Altera, and Proton.[6] 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 autonomyEdit

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.

Synergy 4.0Edit

In 2018, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has embarked on a unique history when undertaking the restructuring of its academic entity and witnessing the merger of faculty from 18 to seven.[7]


UTM has three campuses – the main campus is in Skudai, and was the first university in the state of Johor. It has an area of 1148 hectares[8] and is the second largest public university after Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). It is about 20 km north of the state capital, Johor Bahru.

The branch campus is situated in Jalan Semarak within Kuala Lumpur, with an area of 38 hectares.[8] 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 new branch campus located in Pagoh was officially opened on 2 May 2017. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Innovation Centre in Agritechnology for Advanced Bioprocessing (UTM-ICA) is strategically located off the Pagoh interchange on the north–south expressway, in the district of Muar, Johor. A 50-hectare campus equipped with shared facilities integrated with Bandar University Pagoh.


The university has a library (known as Perpustakaan Sultanah Zanariah)[9] with online facilities. There are free bus services, as well as local and international restaurants on campus.

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities places UTM in the fourth place in the South East Asia Region, and the top in Malaysia.[10] In the QS University Rankings, it placed 100 in the "Engineering & Technology Universities" category among other world ranked universities in 2016[11] UTM aims to achieve the status of a global university and rank among 50 of the world's best universities by 2020.[12]

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

Official SongEdit

UTM official song entitled 'Keunggulan Terbilang' (Distinct Eminence) was composed by Hamzah Ibrahim. The lyrics was written by Tamjis Kastiran.

Lirik Lagu UTM – Keunggulan Terbilang dan Terjemahan
Lagu UTM – Keunggulan Terbilang
Lirik : Tamjis Kastiran
Lagu ciptaan : Hamzah Ibrahim

Bersama kita menjulang
Keunggulan terbilang
Ke mercu jaya kita usaha
UTM puncak letaknya

Martabat keilmuan
Cendekiawan beriman
Cekal bersama taqwa
Menara cita-cita

Kami anak kandung
UTM rimbun bernaung
Usaha kami bukti cintamu
Dikau persada ilmu

Keazaman perjuangan
Taqwa dan Iman

Ke arah kecemerlangan
Pengajaran penyelidikan
Penulisan perundingan
Perkhidmatan kepada watan

Di sini kami berdiri
Setia pada janji
Bermaruah berbudi bahasa
UTM sanjungan bangsa
UTM sanjungan bangsa

English Version:

Together We Uphold
Distinct Eminence
To The Peak of Success With Concerted Effort
UTM is at the Pinnacle

Knowledge at its Prestige
Scholars with Great Faith
With Determination and Total Submission
Towards a Towering Ambition

We are the Children
Under the Sheltered Patronage of UTM
Our Effort is Proof of our Love
UTM is at the frontier of Knowledge

Determination, Noble Struggle
Total Submission and Faith

Towards Excellence
Teaching and Research
Publication and Consultancy
Service to the Community

Here we Stand
True to Our Promise
With Dignity and Grace
UTM , The Pride of the Nation
UTM, The Pride of The Nation

Residential colleges (Johor Bahru Campus)Edit

UTM has on-campus hostel blocks that provide accommodation for students. The hostel blocks are grouped into units known as colleges, for simplifying administration. Each college has three or more hostel blocks under their administration. UTM has 12 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.[13]


UTM can provide 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. 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 rooms and studios, a meeting room, a business centre and the Scholar's Deli.

Inner ring collegesEdit

  • Kolej Rahman Putra (KRP): 1310 beds
 Type Of Room - Single with Attached Bathroom, Single and Double (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)
  • Kolej Tun Fatimah (KTF) : 1324 beds
 Type Of Room - Single with Attached Bathroom, Single and Double (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)
  • Kolej Tun Razak (KTR) : 1548 beds
 Type Of Room - Single with Attached Bathroom, Single and Double (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)
  • Kolej Tun Hussein Onn (KTHO) : 1552 beds
 Type Of Room - Single with Attached Bathroom, Single and Double (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)
  • Kolej Tun Dr Ismail (KTDI): 1703 beds
 Type Of Room - Single with Attached Bathroom, Single and Double (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)
  • Kolej Tuanku Canselor (KTC) :1406 beds
 Type Of Room - Single and Double (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)
  • Global Residence (GR) : 36 beds
 Type Of Room - Single (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)

Outer ring collegesEdit

  • Kolej Perdana (KP) : 905 beds
 Type Of Room - Single and Double (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)
  • Kolej 9 & 10 : 2372 beds
 Type Of Room - Single and Double (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)
  • Kolej Datin Seri Endon (KDSE) : 1580 beds
 Type Of Room - Single and Double (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)
  • Kolej Dato' Onn Jaafar (KDOJ) :1010 beds
 Type Of Room - Single only (Sharing Toilet/bathroom)

UTMKL collegeEdit

  • Kolej Siswa Jaya



  • Faculty of Engineering (FK)
    • School of Computing
    • School of Chemical and Energy Engineering
    • School of Electrical Engineering
    • School of Civil Engineering
    • School of Mechanical Engineering
    • School of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH)
    • School of Education
    • School of Human Resource Development and Psychology
    • Islamic Civilisation Academy
    • Language Academy
    • Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS)
  • Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying (FABU)
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Quantity Surveying
    • Department of Urban and Regional Planning
    • Department of Landscape Architecture
    • Department of Geoinformation
    • Department of Real Estate
  • Faculty of Science (FS)
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Mathematical Sciences
    • Department of Biosciences
  • Azman Hashim International Business School (AHIBS)
    • Business Administration
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Information System
  • Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Science, Management and Design
    • Advance Informatics
    • Perdana Centre
  • Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJITT)
  • Institute Sultan Iskandar
  • Language Academy UTM Kuala Lumpur

Continuing EducationEdit

  • School of Professional and Continuing Education (UTMSPACE)
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning

Joint programmesEdit

  • Joint Programmes & Management Unit

Innovation CentreEdit


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

Global outreach programmeEdit

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

Research UniversityEdit

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.[14]

Research Management CentreEdit

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).[15]

Research fundingsEdit

  • 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


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[16]187 (2020)
Year Rank[17] Valuer
2012 358 QS World University Rankings
2014 355 QS World University Rankings
2015 294 QS World University Rankings
2016 303 QS World University Rankings
2017 288 QS World University Rankings
2018 253 QS World University Rankings
2019 228 QS World University Rankings
2020 217 QS World University Rankings
2021 187 QS World University Rankings

Notable alumniEdit

  • Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong – Malaysian politician and engineer, served as Malaysian Minister of Transport (since 2020), Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (2014-2018), Malaysian Deputy Minister of Education (2008-2013) and Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Ayer Hitam, Melaka (since 2004).
  • Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Annuar Haji Musa – Malaysian politician, businessman and town planner, served as Malaysian Minister of Federal Territories (since 2020), Malaysian Minister of Rural Development (1993-1999), Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports (1990-1993) and Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Peringat (1995-1999) & for Ketereh (since 2013).
  • Datuk Seri Azam Baki – Malaysian investigation officer, become the Chief Commissioner of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (since 2020).
  • Haji Adly Zahari – Malaysian politician, businessman and engineer, served as Chief Minister of Malacca (2018-2020) and Member of the Malacca State Legislative Assemblyman for Bukit Katil (since 2018).
  • Dato' Saarani Mohamad – Malaysian politician, served as Menteri Besar of Perak (since 2020), Member of the Perak State Executive Council in Rural Development (2004-2006); Information, Rural Development, Plantation Industries and Commodities (2006-2008); Rural Development, Poverty Eradication, Plantations dan Welfare (2009-2013); Rural Development, Plantations, Agriculture, Housing and Local Government (2013-2014); Rural Development, Agriculture, Plantations, Information dan Human Capital Development (2014-2018) & Rural Development, Entrepreneur, Co-operatives and Consumer Affairs (2020) and Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly for Kota Tampan (since 1999).
  • Sim Tze Tzin – Malaysian politician and engineer, served as Malaysian Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (2018-2020), Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Bayan Baru (since 2013) and Member of the Penang State Legislative Assembly for Pantai Jerejak (2008-2013).
  • Mohd Shahar Abdullah – Malaysian politician, served as Malaysian Deputy Minister of Finance (2020-current) and Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Paya Besar, Pahang (since 2018).
  • Dato' Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor – Malaysian politician, served as Malaysian Minister of Works (2009-2013), Malaysian Minister of Energy, Water and Communications (2008-2009) and Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Tampin (1999-2018).
  • Datuk Lim Ban Hong – Malaysian politician, served as Malaysian Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (since 2020) and Malaysian Senator (since 2020).
  • Chan Ming Kai – Malaysian politician, served as Member of Malaysian Parliament for Alor Setar, Kedah (since 2018), Member of the Perlis State Legislative Assembly for Indera Kayangan (2013-2018) and Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly for Simpang Pulai (2008-2013).
  • Dato' Haji Zainol Fadzi Paharudin – Malaysian politician, served as Adviser to Menteri Besar of Perak (since 2018), Member of Perak State Executive Councillor in Public Utilities, Infrastructure, Energy and Water (2013-2018) & Art, Culture, Youth and Sports (2009-2013) and Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly for Sungai Manik (since 2008).
  • Suhaizan Kayat – Malaysian politician, served as Speaker of the Johor State Legislative Assembly (since 2018).
  • Chan Tzun Hei – Malaysian politician, served as Sabah Deputy Youth Chief of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (since 2014)
  • Mardani Ali Sera – Indonesian politician and lecturer.
  • Dr. Anas Alam Faizli – Malaysian business leader, author and scholar, published the best-seller book, entitled Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians: Essays on Energy, Economy and Education.
  • Yapp Syau Yin – Malaysian military pilot and flight instructor.
  • Burhanuddin Md Radzi – Malaysian director and publisher, become the founder, managing director and publisher of Les' Copaque Production Sdn Bhd.
  • Melvin Sia – Malaysian actor, model and singer.
  • Alvin Chong – Malaysian singer and actor.
  • Tunku Norhanis Tunku Salman – Malaysian actor.
  • Brandon Wong – Singaporean actor.
  • Irma Hasmie Ibrahim – Malaysian actor, model and TV host.
  • Ahmad Lutfi Othman – Malaysian writers, journalists and political activist.
  • Lim Boon Wah – Malaysian actor and director.
  • Vijandren Ramadass – Malaysian entrepreneur, founded Lowyat.net.
  • Ganesh Kumar Bangah – Malaysian serial entrepreneur, technology industry leader and startup investor, founded MOL Global and Commerce.Asia.
  • Dato' Ir. Ts. Dr. Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah – Malaysian engineer and businessman, Managing Director and CEO of Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad.[18]

Partner InstitutionEdit





United KingdomEdit

United StatesEdit

See alsoEdit


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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 January 2005. Retrieved 16 April 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ UTM-Proton to Collaborate in developing hybrid and green technology
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  8. ^ a b http://www.sps.utm.my/download/bahan2015/Postgraduate%20brochure%20SRAD%202015.pdf A Guide to Postgraduate Study
  9. ^ Homepage of Perpustakaan Sultanah Zanariah
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