KUKUM is one of the youngest university colleges in the country, having been established as a public institution of higher learning on July 25, 2001. The Rector and Deputy Rector were officially appointed in
February, 2002. It now has a workforce of approximately 500 people comprising of academic and non-academic staff. KUKUM aims to produce engineers who have good technical skills to support the Malaysian National Industrial Plan.
The curriculum has been designed so that it is comparable to other recognized engineering curricula elsewhere. The courses offered combine both theory and practical aspects according to the needs of the industry. The
?practical oriented'/ ?lab-intensive' approach is practiced in the delivery of the courses. In fact, this is where KUKUM differs from many of its counterparts. KUKUM's students are also groomed to be competent and confident enough to
explore entrepreneurial possibilities upon graduation. Students also take part in various co-curricular activities that build their strengths and characters outside of the academic domain. KUKUM graduates are expected to not only exhibit
excellence in knowledge and skills directly related to their academic fields of study, but are also proficient in communication and ICT skills, as well as possessing unsurpassed traits of professionalism and patriotism. Even though very
young in age, KUKUM is actively involved in research and development. KUKUM has set up of seven research clusters: Microelectronic and Nanotechnology; Sustainable Engineering; Sensor Technology; Embedded Computing; Autonomous System and
Machine Vision; Power Electronic and Electrical Machine Design, and Acoustic Application.
Projects from all seven clusters have won awards at ITEX 2005 and have significantly proven that KUKUM is very serious in its
research & developments.