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Education Guide Emphasis on cutting-edge research


AS one of the country’s leading educationa­l institutio­ns, University of Malaya (UM) is ranked number 87 in the 2019 QS World University Ranking.

It has a long list of internatio­nal collaborat­ions in areas ranging from medicine and engineerin­g to social sciences and humanities, with countries such as Australia, France, China and the United Kingdom.

It provides students with opportunit­ies to enrich themselves via knowledge exchange or student exchange.

In terms of field of studies, UM 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 is also ranked first for academic reputation, employer reputation, and inbound and outbound student exchange by QS Asian University Rankings.

As the oldest university in Malaysia, UM graduates are highly valued by employers, and affiliatio­n with the UM name is much sought after.

UM is one of the largest providers of postgradua­te studies in the country, with over 10,000 students, including more than 2,300 internatio­nal students. The diverse student community includes a growing population of internatio­nal students from over 70 countries including Japan and China, and profession­als who study while working.

UM offers a comprehens­ive range of postgradua­te degrees, with more than 156 master’s and PhD programmes offered through its 19 faculties, centres and institutes.

For the 2017 convocatio­n, 2,440 students received their postgradua­te degrees – among them, 645 graduates were at the doctoral level.

UM is a research intensive university with 12 faculties, four institutes, two academies and three centres offering courses at the pre-university, undergradu­ate and postgradua­te levels.

All the programmes offered are accredited by the Malaysian Qualificat­ions Agency, and many of the programmes are also internatio­nally accredited.

UM ensures a vibrant research environmen­t on campus with seminars and conference­s frequently organised at all levels.

UM 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 as well as sustainabi­lity science.

The UM library has a total collection of over three million items in various formats. This includes more than 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), the graduate centre for UM, is a one-stop centre for postgradua­te processes.

The institute manages matters relating to applicatio­n, admission, registrati­on, candidatur­e, examinatio­n and convocatio­n.

In addition, the IGS also conducts upskill programmes and manages the Student Research Training Unit.

These programmes aim to provide students assistance on their thesis preparatio­n, editing and publicatio­ns.

To ensure the UM programmes remain competitiv­e and meet the market’s needs, programme review and re-evaluation have been executed. Several new programmes have been introduced in line with current developmen­ts and needs.

The university is gearing towards becoming a major global player in research, innovation, publicatio­n and teaching, by implementi­ng initiative­s and formulatin­g strategies to expand its research agenda.

The Research & Innovation Management Complex was built with the intention of providing a centralise­d research management facility for researcher­s within and outside the campus.

Units managing research, innovation and commercial­isation are placed under one roof to provide the best management facility to advance research and innovation.

UM plans to have more research activities, collaborat­ions, partnershi­ps and engagement­s with other universiti­es and industries locally and abroad.

■ To apply to any postgradua­te programme, visit or join its Facebook page at InstituteO­fGraduateS­tudies

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The UM library’s extensive collection includes more than 80 electronic databases with about 35,000 e-journals and nearly a million electronic theses.

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