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UNIVERSITI Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) occupied the 98th spot in the inaugural Times Higher Education 100 Under 50, a new annual global ranking.

UNIVERSITI Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), established 42 years ago, was the only Malaysian tertiary institution in the table, which lists the world's best 100 universities established in the last 50 years.

It bested Brazil's Universidade Estadual Paulista and Australia's Edith Cowan University, which were in the 99th and 100th spots, respectively.

UKM staff members' hard work and dedication now stands among "young universities that are making huge strides in educational development".

UKM stressed on quality research and publications, innovative teaching and learning, community engagement, internationalization and international benchmarking, good governance and effective delivery.

Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 was a collaboration between British magazine Times Higher Education (THE) and research-metrics company Thomson Reuters and released in addition to the yearly World University Rankings.

It was based on the same comprehensive range of 13 separate performance indicators -- including research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity -- used to compile the World University Rankings.

UKM's presence in the league table will "encourage other Malaysian institutions to recognize the importance of benchmarking themselves against global counterparts".
UKM, on the other hand, viewed such exercises as a guide to help it improve in specific areas such as publications and citations.

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National University of Malaysia

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
(National University of Malaysia)

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Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Malaysia
Tel: (603) - 89215057/89215052       Fax: (603) - 89254890

Date of Establishment : 18 May 1970

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Perpustakaan Tun Seri Lanang

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) Established in 1970 UKM is the first Malaysian university to operate a teaching hospital. The University has 12 faculties including Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences and Humanities. For STPM students, the University offers wide range of courses for further studies. UKM has 98 disciplines, courses covering Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Science Education, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Law, Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and Bachelor of Islamic Studies degrees.  

For application please visit UKM official web site :

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
(National University of Malaysia)

Campus size

Bangi Main Campus 1,100 hectares

Kuala Lumpur Campus 20 hectares

Cheras Campus 22 hectares

Staff Total 8.085

Academic 1,991

Administration  6,094
 (including hospital personnel)



Undergraduate 17,500

Postgraduate 5,105

Foreign Students 1,368

Total 23,973 
From 35 different countries

Graduates (1970-2007)

Bachelor 103,066

Master 13,015

PhD 994

Total 117.075

Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Top 4 Best Universities in Malaysia
University 2007 2006 2005
University of Malaya UM 1 2 1
Technological University of Malaysia UTM 2 3 4
National University of Malaysia UKM 3 1 2
Putra University of Malaysia (UPM) 4 4 3

The Philosophy of UKM is a combination of faith in Allah and beneficial knowledge as the basis for the advancement of knowledge, the education of society and the development of the University.

As a winner of the Prime Minister's Quality Award 2006, UKM committed to be a leading university in the construction of knowledge to achieve the aspiration of producing a society imbued with dynamic, learned and civic leadership.  

This National University also safeguards the sovereignty of the Malay language while globalizing knowledge in the context of local culture,  

UKM aims to become a leading and competitive centre of knowledge, enriched with technology that; Affirms and promotes the value of Malay as a language of learning Builds a dynamic and ethical society Internationalizes UKM's image and contribution to the global community Stimulates the development of technologies beneficial to society.   

The Education Ordinance of Malaysia was passed by parliament when the country gained its independence in 1957. The main thrust of the new education policy was to create a single national education system with the final aim of using Bahasa Malaysia, the national language as the main medium of instruction. The overriding factor was that the national language would be the catalyst for forging national unity.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM as it is popularly known) was formally established on 18 May 1970, UKM is the third university in Malaysia, but the first to use Bahasa Malaysia as its medium of instruction.

UKM is one of four research universities in Malaysia. UKM has setup numerous research institutes to accelerate research in new areas, On 28 April 2005, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, The Right Honorable Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched the Malaysia Genome Institute at UKM, The placement of the national institute in UKM signifies the research strength of the university in the area of genomics and molecular biology,

National language is the main language in UKM, however the university has come up with strategies to encourage students to enhance their proficiency in English as well as other major foreign languages such as French, German, Arabic, Mandarin. Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai and many others, Beginning 2003 all science and mathematics based courses are taught in English in line with the new Malaysian government's policy.

UKM's globalize mission is to promote the national identity beyond the shores of the country. UKM, though a brainchild of nationalistic fervor and aspirations, is very international in its outlook without sacrificing its cherished culture and values, UKM is proud to be ranked in the 2006 World's Top 200 Universities (Times Higher Education Supplement). The main theme of UKM's new image is "The National University with an International Reach.

The University operates variety of in and off-campus accommodation. The main campus has 11 colleges and an apartment which can house about 11,000 students, The Kuala Lumpur Branch Campus (KKL) has one college that can accommodate 1,700 students, Meanwhile, the campus in Cheras has one college that can house 600 students.

Student Health Services
The University provides comprehensive health and dental care to all students at a nominal fee. The students can also opt for treatment and medication from any government hospitals and  30 over private clinics are  listed as UKM panels.

Round the clock security patrol and surveillance on campus. Several number of security posts are located at the halls of residence and faculties. The Centre for Security Control is housed in Wisma Aman while the main security control post is located adjacent to the Chancellery Building.

The Tun Sen Lanang Library serves as the central library and main depository of reading and research material. Other branch libraries are The Malay World and Civilisation Library The Law Library, The Medical Faculty Library and The Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong Virtual Medical Library.

    Counseling Service
Trained counselors are available to  give professionals  advice and help to students to  navigate the many trials and tribulations of academic life, and in resolving cross cultural differences.

Centre for Public and International Relations
Advises on event management, media relationship, corporate publication, educational promotion as well as all international affairs encompassing student exchange programme, visits and international communications.

International Students
Centre for Graduate Studies undertakes the task of managing the affairs of the foreign graduate degree students. The Centre together with the respective faculties also handles academic activities of the students. The welfare of the international student is administrated by the Student Affairs Department housed in the centrally located PUSANIKA.


Danau Golf Club of UKM
Danau Golf Club of UKM

Sports and Recreation
UKM offers excellent facilities for a range of sporting activities. The Danau Golf Club has an 18-hole international standard golf course and within its clubhouse are gymnasium, seminar rooms, TV room, karaoke, snooker tables, a Pro Shop and a restaurant. An Olympic size swimming pool and two wading pools for Golf Club. Facilities for football, sepak takraw, basketball, badminton, running track, badminton, tennis and indoor sports are available.

Programme Outline

UKM offers a wide variety of academic programmes covering both the arts and sciences, Currently, UKM has eleven faculties, with eight faculties located on the main campus in Bangi. The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences and Faculty of Dentistry are at the Kuala Lumpur campus, The Faculty of Medicine is operating from the Cheras campus.

At the undergraduate level, the University offers a comprehensive range of courses with a total of 98 disciplines, leading to Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics. Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Science Education, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Law, Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and Bachelor of Islamic Studies degrees. It is anticipated that in future, new programmes will be offered giving students a wider choice of courses to choose from thus enhancing UKM's academic programmes.

At postgraduate level, Centre for Graduate Studies, which was established in 1983, offers a wide scope of coursework or research-based programmes on both part time and full time basis for selection. The Centre also collaborates with other national and international institutions of higher learning.

University's Faculties

The various facilities/ institutes/ centres in the university are:
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences Faculty of Economics & Business Faculty of Dentistry Faculty of Education Faculty of Engineering Faculty of Information Science and Technology Faculty of Islamic Studies Faculty of Law Faculty of Medicine Faculty of Science and Technology Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

University s Institutes
Institute of The Malay World and Civilisation (ATMA) Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) Institute for Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelec+ronics (IMEN) Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI) Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON) Institute of Systems Biology (INBIOSIS) Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) Institute of Space Science (ANGKASA)  
Malaysia Genome Institute
Research Institute for Islam Hadhari

University s Centres
Centre for General Studies Centre for Academic Advancement Centre for Graduate Studies Centre for Research Management and Innovation Co-curriculum Centre Computer Centre Centre for Educational Extension Centre for Publication and Printing

UKM Islamic Centre
Centre for Alumni Relations Department for Development Management  

The four research universities in Malaysia are:
University of Malaya (UM)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Universiti Putro Malaysia (UPM)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Public Universities of Malaysian Government  April 27, 2013 09:56:13 PM

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