UM sowing seeds for the future
AS one of the research universities in Malaysia, University of Malaya (UM) is ranked 114 in the QS World University Ranking for 2017. It has collaborated with international academic institutions in areas ranging from medicine and engineering to social sciences and humanities; with countries like Australia, France, China and the United Kingdom.
UM provides students the opportunities to enrich themselves via knowledge exchange or in student exchanges. The university is ranked No.1 in Malaysia for on-demand courses and jobs, such as Life Sciences and Medicine, Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology as well as Social Sciences and Management.
UM also ranked first for academic reputation, employer reputation and inbound and outbound student exchange by QS Asian University Rankings.
With the reputation as the longest established university in Malaysia, UM graduates are highly valued by employers; the affiliation with UM is sought by many within Malaysia and from other countries in the region.
UM is one of the largest providers of postgraduate studies in the country, with almost 10,000 students. This includes more than 3,000 international students from Iran, Indonesia, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Yemen and more.
The diverse community includes a growing population of international students from over 70 countries and many professionals who study while working at the same time.
UM offers a comprehensive range of quality postgraduate degrees, with more than 140 master programmes and PhD offered through its 20 faculties, centres and institutes. For the 2016 convocation, 2,237 students received their postgraduate degrees – among them 504 graduates at the doctoral level.
UM has 12 faculties, five institutes, two academies and three centres offering courses at the pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate level. All its programmes are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), and many are internationally accredited.
UM ensures a vibrant research environment in campus with seminars and conferences frequently organised at all levels. Its academics are involved in a multitude of research projects, which support students in postgraduate research.
Research in UM is clustered into eight strategic fields: Advanced Fundamental Research, Advanced Engineering and Technology, Biotechnology and Bioproduct, Health and Translational Medicine, Humanities and Ethics, ICT and Computational Science, Social and Behavioural Science and Sustainability Science.
UM Library has a total collection of over three million items in various formats. This includes 80 electronic databases with about 35,000 e-journals and nearly a million electronic theses. All faculties are equipped with computing facilities.
The Institute of Graduate Studies (IGS), UM’s graduate centre, is a one-stop hub for postgraduate processes.
IGS also conducts “Upskill Programmes” and manages the Student Research Training Unit for students.
These programmes aim to provide students assistance on their thesis preparation, editing and publications.
To ensure UM programmes remain competitive and meet industrial needs, programme reviews and evaluations are executed.
Several new programmes were introduced in line with current developments and needs, such as the Master of Data Science, Master of Information Technology Management, Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Accounting (Reporting and Management Accountability).
UM is committed to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem that will accelerate the scaling of the outputs of its R&D through to their application to society; provide solutions to industry and open opportunities for high-tech investment; facilitated and coordinated by UMCIC a dedicated one-stop centre.
UMCIC proactively protects and manages UMs broad intellectual property portfolio with a renewed emphasis on rapid licensing to industry. It also creates strategic opportunities for investment into the latest technological advancements through the creation of technology and intellectual capacity driven university start-ups.
UMCARES, or UM’s Community and Sustainability Centre is UM’s commitment to community engagement and engagement to sustainability. It is manned by a staff team driven by the need to help others.
Capstone projects often evolve from personal interests, fuelled by centre-support and enthusiastic collaborations with other units, centres and faculties in UM.
In line with the demands of Malaysia’s New Economic Model, UM is undergoing transformation and is gearing up to be a major global player in research, innovation, publication and teaching. As part of its contribution to the National Higher Education Strategic Plan, UM is aiming to be a World Top 100 Universities by 2015.
UM has taken initiatives and formulated strategies to expand its research agenda to 2015 and beyond. This involves developing a robust research and innovation culture among researchers, and with the Research and Innovation Management Complex the intention of providing a centralised research management facility for researchers within and outside the campus is realised.
Units managing research, innovation and commercialisation are placed together under one roof to provide the best management facility to advance research and innovation.
UM has recently drawn up new strategies and action plans to push forward its research agenda, making it a world-class research university.
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The entrance to Universiti Malaya.
The UM Chancellery Building.