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

 in Agriculture
Universities offering the diplomas :
1 Agriculture UPM
2 Farming and Animal Health UPM
3 Fishery UPM
4 Fishery UMT
5 Forestry UPM

  Bachelor Degree
Programes in Agriculture
Universities offering the degree programmes :
1 Agricultural Biotechnology UDM
2 Agricultural Science UPM
3 Animal Science UPM
4 Aquaculture UMT
5 Aquaculture UPM
6 Aquaculture UMS
7 Crop Production UMS
8 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine UPM
9 Fishery UMT
10 Forest Plantation & Agro Forestry UMS
11 Forestry Science UPM
12 Horticulture & Landscape UMS
13 Horticultural Science UPM
14 International Tropical Forestry UMS
15 Livestock Production UMS
16 Nature Parks and Recreation UMS
17 Wood Fiber Industry & Technology UMS

Programmes for SPM students

1 Foundation Studies in Agriculture Science 3 Sciences

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

Universiti Putra Malaysia  (UPM)

Bahagian Akademik
43400 UPM Serdang, Selongor
Tel: 03-8946 6000 / 6059 / 6060 Fox: 03-8942 6469

More about Universiti Putra Malaysia and the academic programmes, please visit official website at

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) formerly known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia was founded in 1971 through the merger of Faculty of Agriculture, University Malaya and Agriculture College in Serdang.
The first three founder faculties were Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Forestry and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. UPM maintains its traditional role of education in focussing its tertiary level research on agriculture and its relevant areas.

University Putra Malaysia has
in early 80’s expanded its scope by including science and technology into its areas of studies. In 1994, UPM aspired to be the University of the Next Millennium and in line with its vision, the name of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia was changed to Universiti Putra Malaysia by Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamed on April 3, 1997.This is looked upon as a strategic move in preparing UPM as a versatile, higher learning institution that is in tandem with Malaysia’s dynamic technology.

For online application to University Putra Malaysia please visit official web site of UPM at

University of Putra, Malaysia (Universiti Putra Malaysia - UPM), is a public university located in Peninsular Malaysia. Universiti Putra Malaysia is recognized as one of the premier research universities in Malaysia. It was ranked among the best universities by The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) annually.

It was formerly known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (Agricultural University of Malaysia)

UPM was founded in 1971 through the merger of the  Agriculture Faculty of University of Malaya and  Agriculture College, Selangor.

The three foundation faculties were:

1- Faculty of Agriculture,

2- Faculty of Forestry, and

3- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science.

UPM maintains its traditional educational role by focussing its tertiary level research on agriculture and related areas such as Medicine, Health Sciences, Engineering, Business Studies and Accountancy.

In June 1996, Universiti Putra Malaysia decided to create a branch campus at Mengabang Telipot, following the relocation of the Faculty of Fishery and Marine Science from Serdang to Mengabang Telipot. The branch campus was named Universiti Putra Malaysia Terengganu (UPMT).

On 5 May 1999, UPMT became Kolej Universiti Terengganu (KUT). On 20th June 2001, KUT officially became the 14th public institution of higher learning in Malaysia, and was subsequently renamed as Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (KUSTEM).

On 1 February, 2007, KUSTEM was renamed Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

In the early 1980’s, UPM expanded its scope by including science and technology in its fields of studies. In 1994 UPM began acting on its aspiration to become the University of the Next Millennium. In line with this vision, its name was changed to Universiti Putra Malaysia by Malaysia’s then Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on April 3, 1997.

UPM was renamed in honor of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, Malaysia's first Prime Minister. The renaming was looked upon as a strategic move in preparing UPM to become a versatile higher learning institution aligned with Malaysia’s strategic plans in dynamic high-technology.

University of Putra lies near the heart of the Multimedia Super Corridor, the first large-scale high-technology initiative of the Malaysian government, and near the new administrative capital, Putrajaya. The latter, too, was named after Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.

Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, an allocation of RM89.9 million for research under public funding has been approved for UPM.

Out of this: RM56.7 million for 355 R&D projects under Science Fund .

RM15.3 million for 275 R&D projects under Fundamental.

More than RM7 million for 6 R&D projects under Biotech Grant. About RM7 million for 6 R&D projects from Agro-Biotechnology Institute. About RM1.3 million for 8 R&D projects under Felda Foundation.RM2 million for 2 R&D projects from Malaysia Genome Institute (MGI). Over RM0.6 million for 5 R7D projects under SAGA.

Academic Excellence

75 years since its inception, UPM was announced as one of the recognized 'Research Universities' by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. UPM is determined to make the university an internationally reputable research university as well as enhance its efforts and initiatives to develop agricultural based industries as the third engine of national economic growth. UPM is renowned internationally as a multidisciplinary institution of tertiary learning that offers globally recognized and high quality educational programmes. UPM has also made a reputation for itself in the field of research with the multiple awards and recognition it has received both locally and internationally.

UPM is a modern university that offers its students excellent facilities and a vibrant social life within a multicultural setting as well as highly affordable tuition fees and living costs. One of Malaysia's premier universities, it has almost 5,000 staff and a 30,000 student population of which 2,827 are postgraduate students while 1082 are international students from 50 countries.

Centres of Excellence

In addition to our 12 postgraduate programmes in more than 250 fields of study, we also offer a choice of 5 diploma and 53 bachelor programmes. All our programmes are offered through specific centres of excellence to effectively meet the needs of each discipline. These centres of excellence comprise 15 faculties, 9 institutes, 1 academy and 2 schools at the main campus in Serdang, Selangor, Peninsula Malaysia. UPM also has a branch campus in Bintulu, Sarawak.

Strategic Accessibility

UPM's main campus in Serdang/ Selangor, encompasses 1,200 hectares of spectacular natural landscape. It is strategically located in the vicinity of Putrajaya which is Malaysia's administrative capital (the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC)) and Cyberjaya, Malaysia's Silicon Valley This proximity essentially paves the way for UPM students to connect intellectually with real-world entrepreneurs and decision-makers. Malaysia's highly- developed road system via its network of highways and rail-links ensures efficient public transportation to the campus.

Quality Assured

Currently approximately 50% of the faculties in UPM are ISO 9000 certified and nearly 50% of its academic staff have PhD qualifications from world renowned universities. UPM is rated as the leading user of ICT among higher learning institutions in Malaysia, 6th in Asia (ranked by Management Information System magazine, 2003) and 52nd Best Multi Disciplinary University by Asia Week magazine (2000).

In a survey conducted by Asia Inc. magazine (August 2004 and September 2004 issues), the MBA programme conducted by the Graduate School of Management (GSM) at UPM was ranked 1st in Malaysia and 7th in Asia for 2003 and 2004. GSM was rated as one of the best MBA schools in Malaysia and listed in the Best MBA Schools in Asia (Asia Week 2000), With these achievements, the holistic academic quality of UPM is among the finest in the nation and region.

Research Prowess

UPM is involved in collaboration and research projects with the public, private and industry sectors, receiving the highest Intensification of Research Priority Areas [IRPA] grants as well as research grants, scholarships, seminar sponsorships, study tours and research equipment from various national and international agencies. As Malaysia's largest agriculture and agro-bio based tertiary institution, UPM is currently engaged in approximately 553 ongoing research projects worth RM86.263.279 under various categories. The grants include RM253.249 in international research grants (based on the 9th Malaysia Plan).

Caring Environment

UPM has a strong tradition of welcoming international students and we take great pride in enabling them to adapt to and assimilate into life in the university. As they acquaint themselves with UPM, they will revel in a peaceful, quiet and serene lifestyle that is conducive to both living and studying in a pleasant smoke-free campus environment. In fact, scores of our students and visitors enjoy taking strolls or even cycling around the green landscape which soothe our senses.

Facilities on Campus

UPM offers excellent facilities to meet the diverse needs of its campus community in line with its philosophy as a premier academic institution of global stature.


There are 17 residential colleges specially designed to accommodate UPM's students. These colleges are fully-furnished with study and computer rooms. Laundry service and other amenities are also available. UPM also has 160 modern apartments on campus to cater for married students.

Graduate Housing Complex

UPM offers graduate housing for married international and local students in the form of modern apartments at the Graduate Housing Complex. International students are advised to make their booking before coming to Malaysia. Conveniently located in the campus, the Graduate Housing Complex provides students with hassle- free accessibility to campus and university facilities, thus offering opportunities for students to promote their intellectual growth within a conducive environment.

Off-Campus Private Houses

For students seeking alternative housing, private houses are available around UPM's vicinity. Suitable nearby housing areas are Serdang Indah (4km), Taman University (6km), Taman Sri Serdang (2km), Bukit Serdang (5km), Serdang Jayo (2km), Seri Kembangan/Serdang Baru (3km), Balakong (4km) and Sungai Besi (6km).


University of Putra (Universiti Putra Malaysia - UPM) Sultan Abdul Samad Library is among the finest in the region with an impressive range of reading materials in diverse formats. This state-of-the-art facility provides various services and is supported by a professional team of library liaison officers.

Sports Complex

UPM's sports complex includes first-rate facilities such as a stadium, an international- standard swimming pool, soccer and rugby fields, and basketball, tennis and badminton courts.

Student Health Centre

This is a modern facility that offers full-fledged medical services including dental, x-ray, physiotherapy and dispensary.

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Cultural & Arts Centre

This centre fosters a harmonious bond among students of all nationalities, effectively providing them with a platform for cultural activities.

ICT Facilities

University of Putra UPM also has an excellent ICT infrastructure to support efficient and effective teaching and learning. Cyber rest areas and outdoor wireless internet access zones are also available.

Social and Recreational Activities

Various social and recreational activities are organized to emphasize the positive aspects of inter-racial integration of both Malaysian and international students. The diverse social and cultural values of the students enable interesting interactions among them. There is a scenic jogging track for those who like pleasant nature walks or jogs. There are also equine facilities for those interested.

Other Services

Three local banks are available on campus to provide financial and banking convenience. On-campus bus service is available at a nominal charge. Central parking bays are designated for both students and lecturers. Other services and amenities available include a post office, photography shop, sundry shops, restaurants, cafeterias, bookstores, photocopying outlets and childcare centres.

Tuition Fees and Cost of Living

University of Putra UPM offers quality education at affordable rates. For the master's programmes, the fees for a programme with or without thesis but without credit, ranges from USD2,531 to USDS,072 for the entire programme throughout 2 years whereas a master's programme, without thesis but with credit, ranges from USDS, 600 onwards for the entire programme of 2 years duration. The fees for UPM's PhD programmes range from USD4,640 onwards for the entire duration of 3 years.

In terms of the cost of living, it varies from USD300 onwards depending on your choice of accommodation and other requirements. Given its reputation, quality of education and facilities, UPM has wider admission openings for its postgraduate programmes while its admission for the undergraduate programmes is limited.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Medical Doctor
Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
Bachelor of Science (Community Health)
Bachelor of Science (Environment Health)
Bachelor of Nursing

Faculty of Human Ecology

Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science (Human Development)
Bachelor of Science (Human Management)
Bachelor of Science (Human Development and Information Technology)
Bachelor of Science (Consumer Science)
Diploma in Human Development

Faculty of Economics and Management

Bachelor of Economy
Bachelor of Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration

Faculty of Forestry

Bachelor of Forestry Science
Diploma in Forestry

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Doctor

Faculty of Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical)
Bachelor of Engineering (Biology and Agriculture)
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Bachelor of Engineering (Aero-space)
Bachelor of Engineering (Food and Processes)
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer)

Faculty of Educational Studies

Bachelor of Education (Physical Education)
Bachelor of Education (Guidance and Counseling)
Bachelor of Education (Teaching of Bahasa Malaysia as the first Language)
Bachelor of Education (Teaching of English)
Bachelor of Education (Home Science)
Bachelor of Education (Agriculture Science)
Bachelor of Science (Human Resources)
Bachelor of Education (Information Technology)

Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Bachelor of Science (Hons)
- Biochemistry
- Microbiology
- Biiochemistry and Microbiology
Faculty of Design and Architecture
Bachelor of Landscape Design
Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Architecture)

Faculty of Computer Science

Bachelor Computer Science
- Computer System
- Multimedia
- Software Engineering
- Computer Networking

Faculty of Food Science and Technology

Bachelor of Food Science and Technology
Bachelor of Science (Food Education)

Faculty of Environmental Studies
Bachelor of Science (Environment)

Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science(UPMKB)

Bachelor of Science Bioindustry
Diploma in Agriculture
Diploma in Forestry
Diploma in Food Estate Management
Diploma in Animal Health and Production

Faculty of Agriculture

Bachelor of Science (Agribusiness)
Bachelor in Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Horticulture Science
Diploma in Agriculture
Diploma in Animal Health and Production
Diploma in Food Estate Management

Faculty of Modern Language and Communication

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Communication

Faculty of Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Major in Biology
- Major in Mathematics
- Major in Statistics
- Major in Chemistry
- Major in Industrial Chemistry
- Major in Petroleum Chemistry
- Major in Physics
- Major in Instrumentation Science

Bachelor of Science with Education (Honours)
- Major in Biology
- Major in Physics
- Major in Chemistry
- Major in Mathematics

Public Universities of Malaysian Government  April 04, 2013 08:52:55 PM

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