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Universiti Tenaga Nasional

Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) is an institution of higher learning which provides academic programmes in engineering, computer science, information technology, business management and related study areas. The university is one of the first private universities to be established in Malaysia and is wholly owned by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), one of the largest electrical utilities in South-East Asia.

The history of Universiti Tenaga Nasional dates back to 1976, when it first started as Institute Latihan Sultan Ahmad Shah (ILSAS), which served for many years as a corporate training institute for Lembaga Letrik Negara (LLN), In 1990, LLN was corporatised and renamed Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia's largest electric utility company. In 1994, TNB transformed ILSAS into an institution of higher learning and renamed it Institute Kejuruteraan Teknologi Tenaga Nasional (IKATAN). The institute offered academic programmes at both undergraduate and graduate levels through twinning arrangements with local and foreign universities. In 1997, the institute assumed the identity of Universiti Tenaga Nasional, after being issued the license to award its own degrees. The twining programmes were phased out.

Though relatively new as a university, UNITEN is moving rapidly towards establishing itself as a centre for educational excellence. The academic programmes are being strengthen in line with its commitment to serve the needs of the nation and other countries, especia.4y those which look to Malaysia for assistance in meeting their requirements for tertiary education.

UNITEN has opened a branch campus in Bandar Muadzam Shah, Pahang. The setting- up of the branch campus is in line with Tenaga Nasional Berhad's aspiration to heed the government's call in providing higher educational opportunities to Malaysians, especially to in rural areas students. It is also hoped that this would act as a catalyst for economic growth, specifically in Bandar Muadzam Shah and the East Coast in general.

Academic Strengths

UNITEN's comprehensive and innovative content and the teaching techniques adopted are designed towards expanding the frontiers of learning and inculcating a probing mind. Students will be challenged to develop into multi-skilled professionals who possess mental, intellectual and emotional fortitude to succeed in life.  

The curriculum is further enhanced by project work, research, open-ended experiments and practical training and is designed with input from the industrial and commercial sectors as well as local and foreign universities, The emphasis is towards producing professionals that fulfill the needs of industry or commerce in particular and the nation in general, All of our academic programmes are formulated to meet the high standards of Lembaga Akreditasi Negara (LAN). In addition, the engineering and accounting degree programmes are designed to satisfy the requirements of the relevant professional bodies.  

The university's academic programmes have also been given recognition by the governments of Yemen, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The foundation programmes offered by UNITEN have also been recognized by universities in Australia and New Zealand as entry qualifications into their degree programmes.

The University's academic staff are highly qualified in their respective fields. They are committed to share their knowledge and experience with the students.

Programme Outline

Academic and training programmes are offered by the university's four (4) colleges and 1 institute - namely, the College of Engineering, College of Information Technology College of Business Management and Accounting, and

the College of Graduate Studies, supported by the Institute of Liberal Studies.

All programmes are designed to satisfy the academic requirements of the National Accreditation Board whilst the engineering and accounting degree programmes are designed to satisfy the requirements for membership to the relevant professional bodies such as Board of Engineers Malaysia, Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrator (ICSA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA), Malaysian Association of the institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrator (MAICSA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), Australia.

UNITEN also offers foundation programmes in related areas for students with good Sijil Pelajoran Malaysia (SPM) results or equivalent qualifications, Students who pass the foundation programmes will most likely be assured a place in the related bachelor degree programme.

Students with higher qualifications may apply for the bachelor degree programmes. The duration of study for the foundation programmes is one year. The bachelor's degree in engineering and accounting programmes are four (4) years, whilst computer science, information technology and business administration takes approximately three (3) years.

Candidates for the postgraduate programmes are required to have a good first degree.

As in 2013, Malaysia has :

1) 414 Private colleges
2) 37 Private universities
3) 20 Private University-colleges
4) 1 Public University-college
4) 7 Foreign branch campus
5) 20 Public universities


UNITEN currently has collaborative arrangements
with several universities below:
  • Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • University of New Castle, United Kingdom
  • University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • University of Sussex, United Kingdom
  • University of Stirling, United Kingdom
  • University of Brighton, United Kingdom
  • University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
  • University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Academic Facilities and Resources available on-campus :

Air-Conditioned Lecture Halls and Classrooms
Seminar and Conference Rooms
Well-stocked and Computerized Library
Engineering Technology Skills Training Workshops
Engineering Laboratories
Personal Computer Laboratories
Multimedia Facilities which include campus-wide Digital Interactive Multimedia Distribution System (DIMDS)
Student Centre
Multi-Purpose Hall
Campus Mosque
Health and Medical Centre
Food courts, cafeteria and eateries


College of Graduate Studies

The college coordinates the graduate programmes offered by the College of Business Management & Accounting and the College of Engineering and initiates efforts in the pursuit of research and development (R & D) activities in related areas which have high potential. The postgraduate programmes offered are: -

1) By Research

Doctor of Philosophy Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in IT
Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial
Doctor of Philosophy in Business
Master of Electrical Engineering
Master of Mechanical Engineering
Master of Civil Engineering
Master of IT
Master of Industrial Science

2) By Coursework & Project

Master of Business Admin.
Master of Engineering Management

3) By Coursework & Research

Master of Electrical Engineering
Master of Mechanical Engineering
Master of Civil Engineering
Master of Information Technology


College of Business Management and Accounting

The College of Business Management and Accounting, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus, Pahang offers innovative programmes that prepare students for rewarding careers in the fields of business, commerce and management

Foundation Programmes

Business Administration in Marketing / Entrepreneur Development / Human Resource Management

Bachelor Degree Programmes

Bachelor of Accounting (Honors)
Bachelor of Finance (Honors)
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honors) in Entrepreneur
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honors) in Marketing
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honors) in Human Resource


College of Information Technology

The College of Information Technology offers comprehensive programmes to prepare students for information technology and computer science programmes.

Foundation Programmes
Computer Science
Information Technology


Bachelor Degree Programmes

Computer Science
- Bachelor of Computer Science (Systems & Networking) (Honors)
- Bachelor of Computer Science (Software Engineering) (honors)

Information Technology
- Bachelor of Information Technology (Information System) (Honors)
- Bachelor of Information Technology (Multimedia) (Honors)



College of Engineering

The College of Engineering offers comprehensive programmes to prepare students for engineering programmes.

Foundation Programmes
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Electrical Power Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Bachelor Degree Programmes
Bachelor of Electrical Power Engineering (Honors)
Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Honors)
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honors)
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honors)

Institute of Liberal Studies

This institute is responsible for providing language and general studies courses plus co-curriculum instruction. These courses include the compulsory subjects as required by the Ministry of Education for all degree/ diploma programmes offered by Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Other modern foreign languages taught include French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Japanese and Mandarin. Short courses on motivation, moral conduct, presentation skills and report writing are also available.

Student Intake :  June and  November

Student Support Services and Student Development Activities

Accommodation facilities include on-campus student apartments and an Executive Education Centre, which provides standard hotel accommodation. Social, recreational and sporting facilities include an Olympic - sized swimming pool, a mini-stadium for football, hockey and track and field events as well as tennis, badminton and volleyball Courts. Other services provided at UNITEN include academic advice and counseling.

Scholarships / Financial Aid

The majority of UNITEN's students pursuing full-time programmes at the University have obtained scholarships/sponsorships/study loans from various sources, which include Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN), Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA), MARA, Yayasan Tenaga Nasional (YTN), Tenaga Nasional Berhad, State Foundations and corporate organizations. However, UNITEN itself does not provide scholarships, loans or any other form of financial assistance except for partial loans for the foundation year to qualified students.

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