Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Technological University of Malaysia) is the oldest public engineering and technological university in Malaysia and is known by the abbreviation UTM. The university specialises in technical studies, with separate faculties for Education, Pure Sciences, Management, and Human Resources Development. It is the country’s major source of graduate engineers and similar professionals. Alumni of UTM have been instrumental in developing sectors related to engineering and technology in Malaysia.
Of its more than 20,000 students over 25% 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 (UTM), is the oldest premier higher learning institution in Malaysia specializing in Engineering and Technology ever since its inception in 1904. UTM’s existence is synonymous with Malaysia’s growth and progress in technological and infrastructure development, proven by its track record as the provider of almost two-thirds of the country’s workforce in engineering and technology-related profession. In fact, the alumni of UTM comprise outstanding and distinguished personalities who have played a pivotal role in contributing towards the development of the country.
In 1925, the Malaysian Public Works Department opened the Technical School at Jalan Brickfields (Jalan Tun Sambanthan), Kuala Lumpur, to train technical staff of Malaysian Public Works Department and the Survey and Land Offices. In 1930, the Kuala Lumpur Technical School was further expanded a new site in High Street, i.e. the present Jalan Bandar.
However, with the advent of World War II, the suggestion could only be implemented in 1946, during which the institution became 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. The construction of the new Technical College at Jalan Gurney (Jalan Semarak), Kuala Lumpur, began in 1951. It became fully operational in March 1955. In 1960, a milestone was reached when engineering courses at degree level were offered. Students pursuing the courses had to sit for professional examinations conducted by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom. The rate of success was most encouraging.
Another milestone was reached in 1967 when the Planning Committee for the Higher Learning decided to upgrade the Technical College to the level of institution of technology with university status from 1969 onward. However, it was only on the14th of March, 1972, that 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 the 1st of April 1975, the journey from school to university was completed when the institution finally became “Universiti Teknologi Malaysia”.
The university has a number of international academic collaborations and offers 108 postgraduate programs in Engineering and Technology.
UTM has two campuses. The main one is UTM, Skudai, was the first university in the state of Johor. It has an area of 1.222 km²,Campus Map, touted the second largest public university after Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). It is about 20 km north from the state capital, Johor Bahru, and is located relatively close to the Sultan Ismail Airport, Senai.
The other branch campus is UTM International Campus, Jalan Semarak, in Kuala Lumpur with an area of 0.18 km² accommodates Diploma students.
Sultanah Zanariah Library (PSZ) occupies a central location at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) main campus in Skudai. It has a branch at the UTM International Campus, Kuala Lumpur and also branches at several faculties, learning centres and Centres of Excellence. PSZ was officiated by Her Majesty Sultanah Zanariah, the Chancellor of University Teknologi Malaysia on 3 February 1991.
The library is a four-storey building with a seating capacity of 3,422 and a collection of nearly half a million volumes. It has a total of 179 staff.
As an integral component of the academic programme, PSZ supports the university’s teaching, learning, research, consultancy and publication activities. Its services and collection development activities are geared towards fulfilling the need for library materials and information in the university’s core area of Science and Technology. Nevertheless, PSZ also has a good Humanities and Social Science collection to support courses in these areas which are offered by several faculties.
The process of library automation at PSZ started in 1986. Today most of the library’s operations and services are computerised. All processes including materials acquisition, indexing, circulation and information searching are conducted through the Computerised Library System known as INFOLAN2.
Apart from information search of printed materials, other facilities available to library patrons include electronic information search through CD-ROM databases as well as online searches. With the advancement in Internet technology, PSZ has made these facilities accessible via personal computers (PC), Multimedia, VCD and laser discs are also available to library patrons for teaching, learning, research, consultancy and publication activities.
The services PSZ provide to the UTM community are also made available to industry and corporate sectors. In doing so, these sectors are able to use the facilities available at PSZ to support their research and development activities. The professional staff at PSZ also provide assistance to encourage all users to become familiar with the computerised library system (INFOLAN2) and also to explore the wealth of materials available in the library collection.
In recognition for excellence in management and service, PSZ emerged the winner of the 1st Vice-Chancellor’s Quality Award in 1999. In 2005, PSZ was declared the winner of the Excellent Library Award by the Librarians Association of Malaysia for its excellence in providing excellent service and in educating library users and community service.
PSZ was also the first runner up (Technical Group) in the 1st UTM Innovative & Creative Circle. On December 2006, PSZ was second place in Best Counter Service Competition in conjunction with UTM’s Quality Week.
10 July 2007 marked a significant date when UTM became the first Malaysian Public University to implement the “Open Access Policy” for it’s intellectual materials through PSZ. While on 13 November 2007, PSZ came out as First Runner Up of the 2007 Focus Learning Service Challenge Award and recently PSZ secured the Best Counter Service Competition in conjunction with UTM’s Quality Week.
Faculties & Schools
UTM Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology (Razak School) was set up in May 2010 in line with the transformation of UTM International Campus, Kuala Lumpur. Formerly known as the Business and Advanced Technology Centre (BATC), it started out as a Centre of Excellence in 1992 under an initiative conceived from the then prime minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed. Over the years it has developed strong linkages with more than twenty-five industries and organizations, both locally and internationally, engaging in executive programmes, short courses, professional discourses and innovative research. This industry-linked and industry-driven focus will subsequently be injected into its newly acquired undergraduate programmes.
Razak School now runs four undergraduate programmes: Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering, Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Industry), Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design and Bachelor Degree in Human Resource Development. Except for the Industrial Design programme, the other programmes are currently affiliated to the respective faculties in UTM Johor Bahru. Razak School will ensure the programmes are run on par with its Johor Bahru campus counterparts besides ensuring it conforms to the requirements of the relevant accreditation bodies. Students enrolling in these programmes at Razak School will have a wider exposure to industrial environment.
Besides the undergraduate programmes, Razak School also offers and run Executive programmes at the diploma and postgraduate levels. These programmes are tailor-made for the industry and are run on modular basis, mostly during the weekends. Working executives are thus given a chance to improve their academic qualifications whilst benefitting from their working experience. The postgraduate programmes are the Engineering Doctorate, Masters of Science (Operational Safety and Health) and Masters of Science (Engineering Business Management). Razak School runs twelve Executive Diploma Programmes with its smart partners from the industry. The total enrollment for all these executive programmes number more than 2000. Razak School has set its own benchmark and standard which is highly regarded by others in the same playing field.
As a new faculty, Razak School aims to be the forerunner in both academic and research endeavours. Its solid team of academic staff comprising of more than 78% PhD holders from various disciplines are its strongest asset. Backed by its dedicated support staff, Razak School will strive for excellence and distinction.
The Perdana School of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (UTM Perdana School) was officially established in June 3, 2010. The official approval by the Ministry of Higher Education is simply an acknowledgement of an interesting historical background of the UTM Perdana School that has its humble beginning with the birth of the Technology Policy Research Centre in 1995. In synchronization with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) world Class University aspiration and thus the drive for a more involvement in the international issues related to science, engineering and technology (SET) this historical progression is punctuated with the rebranding of the Technology Policy Research Centre to that of the Centre for Technology Policy & International Studies (CENTEPIS) in July 1998. The need to ensure a more holistic approach towards the science, technology and innovation policy culminated with the inception of the UTM Perdana School.
The UTM Perdana School, aspires to train the next generation of policy leaders for a very challenging and fast-paced life in a global age. The school, with multi-disciplinary experts from the academia, as well as the industry, national and international, offers three competitive, current and relevant programs that contribute to sustainable and innovative policy related activities.
In harmony with our global outreach activities and consistent with our vision of becoming STI Policy leader, we welcome students from all over the world, since it is our belief that nations should learn from each other in formulating policies that are sustainable and innovative and serve humankind as well as the environment.
With the opportunity for internship locally or abroad, our graduates are well prepared to contribute to policy making in a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations. With an outstanding faculty, fellows and students, and its research and policy symposia, UTM Perdana School is well placed to engage policy debates in Malaysia.
The Beginning – Centre for Advanced Software Engineering (CASE)
Established in 1996, the Advanced Informatics School (AIS) formerly known as the Centre for Advanced Software Engineering (CASE) started as a collaboration project between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Université Thales (formerly known as Campus Thompson), France. A group of academic staff was sent to Université Thales, France for several intensive courses in real-time software engineering. This Transfer-of-Technology has led to the establishment of CASE. CASE was the only centre of excellence in UTM focusing on the Software Engineering & Information Security. The first program offered was MSc. It was offered to fresh graduates and experienced industry workers. This program was to fulfill the needs of the growing industries and nation. The program was validated by the chosen industry & academic panels and the curriculum was developed based on IEC/IEEE Software Engineering Body of Knowledge and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Throughout the years, the program has gone through several quality audits and assessments in order to ensure their contents are always current and relevant to contemporary issues.
1. In 2003, CASE became the first academic institution in Malaysia to offer Master of Computer Science (Information Security).
2. The new program successfully attracted key industry players, government agencies and fresh graduates.
3. To enhance the existing programs, CASE has been working closely with CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
4. CASE alumni network not only covers Malaysia, but also other Asian and African regions. As of 2010, CASE alumni consists of graduates from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Saudi, Nigeria, Sudan and other countries. These multiracial and ethnicities provide an opportunity for the students to understand and learn their counterpart’s history, background, believes and others which leads to mutual respect and understanding
5. To provide added value to the master programs, CASE has appointed many distinguish professors and speakers from highly established universities as the Visiting Professors and be part of the teaching team. Some of the professors are :
– Prof. Fred Piper & Prof. Keith Martin, Royal Holloway, University of London – Prof. Bob Colomb, University of Queensland, Australia – Dr Jensen, Microsoft USA – Prof. Jorge Diaz Herrera, Rochester Institute of Technologi, USA – Prof. Dromey,Griffith Univeristy, Australia – Prof. Lorna Uden, Staffordshire University, UK
6. Besides the distinguished academicians, CASE teaching team also consists of professional players including the CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Sapura and Royal Malaysian Police Force
7. Beginning in 2007, CASE began to develop its Ph.D programs and currently, there are more than 30 Ph.D students, undergoing intensive research activities in the field of Software Engineering & Information Security.
In 2008, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia initiated its transformation process which would take UTM to be one of the best universities in Malaysia and would be able to stand proud in the international community. Through the transformation, CASE has been upgraded from a centre of excellence to a school with faculty authority. In conjunction with the transformation, CASE was rebranded to UTM Advanced Informatics Schoool (UTM AIS). As a school, UTM AIS is able to widen its expertise and Business Informatics is chosen as the most suitable area which complements well with UTM AIS current strength – Software Engineering & Information Security. With the establishment of UTM AIS, more programs can be offered and better services can be provided. UTM AIS will ensure the continuity of its objectives and will grow further to support UTM’s vision and mission.
The International Business School (IBS) was established in 1997 as a graduate school of management to offer management and economic courses. Formed as a Centre of Excellence at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), a premier technology university, IBS is envisioned to lead the education sector in post-graduate management education.
IBS’s main focus on technology management was founded upon UTM’s core strength in science and technology. Moreover, the establishment of the school fulfills the university’s vision i.e. to provide management education and training to engineering students from UTM and other higher learning institutions. IBS provides MBA in Technology Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, Healthcare Management, Executive MBA, short course programmes and consulting services.
The BEEHIVE of knowledge and business wisdom that draws the best hearts and minds.
- To nurture the learners’ full potential of knowledge innovation and decision making that brings lasting success and value;
- To internationalize the minds of Malaysian managers and entrepreneurs in global business perspective and practice with the view of inculcating leadership, creativity and excellence in business education;
- To unleash the full potential of our human capital with high energy and enthusiasm;
- To create an environment that catalyzes team spirit, ownership and participative management amongst our human capital; and
- To be a World Class (in terms of quality and technology) Post Graduate Business Management School in the Asian region
At the heart of management education at IBS is Technology Management and Innovation. It is a paradigm that focuses on being sensitive to the impacts of the ever-changing technology on organizational management. The creativity and entrepreneurship of managers will strengthen the value of managing and act as the key towards achieving competitive edge; inter-alia, the much needed critical success factor to excel in the business world. IBS is proud to be the first to offer Technology Management and Innovation as a core course in an MBA programme.
IBS’s comprehensive range of MBA courses, corporate training programmes and consulting services are specialised and industry-relevant to fulfill the demands of today’s challenging business.
The MBA degrees at IBS are specially tailored to the needs of students, but the educational objective stands paramount, that students at IBS are being engineered to be future managers and leaders of the industry who are sufficiently creative, innovative, decisive and action-oriented. To instill in them the creativity to apply what they learn is indeed the goal of MBA education at IBS.
Although IBS was set up as a separate unit under UTM, the higher learning institution oversees the management of IBS.
The management of IBS is headed by a Director and advised by a Board of Advisors chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. In-line with the corporatisation of the university, IBS is geared for self-sufficiency to be operated as a private sector organization structured with three major strategic business units (SBU) namely; Degree Education, Executive Development Programmes and Consultancy.