National University of Malaysia | Wikipedia audio article

National University of Malaysia | Wikipedia audio article

August 24, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The National University of Malaysia (abbreviation:
UKM; Malay: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; abbreviated UKM) is a public university located
in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor which is at south of Kuala Lumpur. Its teaching hospital,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) is located in Cheras and also has
a branch campus in Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the most prestigious university in Malaysia
and Southeast Asia. There are 17,500 undergraduate students enrolled, and 5,105 postgraduate
students of which 1,368 are foreign students from 35 countries.National University of Malaysia
is one of six research universities in the country. It was ranked number 259th in the
world by QS World University Rankings in 2014. It is ranked 98th place in the 100 best new
universities established within the last 50 years in the world. It is the only university
from Malaysia that made it in the 2012 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Top 50 Universities Under 50
Years Old list ranked in the 31st place. It placed 56th and 56th in the QS Top 500 Asian
University Rankings in 2014 and 2015 respectively.It is ranked at 184th position in world in the
2019 QS World University Rankings making it a top tier university internationally.==History==
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, the national university of Malaysia was born from the aspirations
of the nationalists to uphold the Malay Language as a language of knowledge. The quest for
a national university was suggested in 1923 by the writer Abdul Kadir Adabi as a move
against British colonisation. This nationalist tide galvanised Malay intellectuals of the
time but met British suppression. The nationalists never wavered and in 1969 the movement again
blossomed. A Sponsoring Committee chaired by Syed Nasir Ismail, a Malay intellectual,
was set up to prepare a report recommending the establishment of UKM. Other prominent
members of this committee include Dr. Mahathir Mohamed (Tun), Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister
who was then the Education Minister, and Dr. Mohd Rashdan Haji Baba, who later became UKM’s
first Vice-Chancellor. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia opened its
doors on 18 May 1970 to 192 undergraduate students in Jalan Pantai Baru, Kuala Lumpur,
a temporary campus housing three main faculties, the Faculties of Science, Arts and Islamic
Studies. In October 1977, UKM moved to its present premises which form the main campus
in Bangi. The campus has a size of 1,096 hectares (2,710 acres), situated in the metropolis
encompassing the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, the main commercial
centre, and Putrajaya, the administrative capital. The UKM Bangi Campus is 45 km (28
mi) from KLIA, 30 km (19 mi) from Kuala Lumpur and 20 km (12 mi) from Putrajaya.
UKM has two health campuses, the Kuala Lumpur campus in Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, and
the UKM Medical Centre in Cheras. The Kuala Lumpur campus consists of the Faculties of
Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Dentistry and the Pre-Clinical Departments of the Medical Faculty.
With a size of 20 hectares (49 acres), the Kuala Lumpur campus was established in 1974.
The campus in Cheras consists of the Medical Faculty, the UKM Teaching Hospital and the
UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI). The Cheras campus was opened in 1997. Besides
these campuses, UKM operates seven research stations (RS); The Tasik Chini RS, The Marine
Ecosystem RS, The Langkawi Geopark RS, The Marine RS, The Fraser’s Hill RS, The Plant
Biotechnology RS and in the main campus itself, the UKM Campus Living Laboratory, which comprises
the UKM Permanent Forest Reserve, or its Malay name, Hutan Simpan Kekal UKM as well as the
Fernarium and the Herbarium. Based on a foundation of 30 years of research,
UKM was awarded the status of a Malaysian Research University in October 2006 by the
Ministry of Higher Education, a move designed to propel the four public universities into
leading research universities in line with the Higher Education Strategic Plan 2007–2020.
The year 2006 also saw UKM winning the Prime Minister’s Quality Award. This award vindicates
UKM’s efforts at quality education and management, as outlined by the objectives of the UKM Strategic
Plan 2000–2020 (PS2020). The Strategic Plan has been augmented by the newly unveiled UKM
Knowledge Ecosystem Transformation Plan, a transformation set to catapult UKM into the
league of leading research universities by 2018.==Academics=====
Faculties===Social Science and Humanities (established
in 1970 as Faculty of Arts) Science and Technology (established in 1970
as Faculty of Sciences) Islamic Studies (established in 1970)The three
above make up the founding faculties. Medicine
Health Sciences Dentistry
Economics and Management Education
Engineering and Built Environment Information Science and Technology
Pharmacy Law
Graduate School of Business===Service Centre===
Chancellory Office Department of Registrar
Department of Bursary Department of Development & Maintenance
Centre for Corporate Communications Centre for Quality Assurance
Centre for Research & Instrumentation Management Centre for Collaborative Innovation
Centre for Teaching & Learning Technologies Centre for Information Technology
Centre for International Relations Centre of Risk Management, Sustainability
& Occupational Health (ROSH) Graduate Centre
Strategy-UKM Students and Alumni Affairs
Sport Centre UKM Library
UKM Press UKM Islamic Centre
UKM Medical Centre UKM Children’s Specialist Hospital
PERMATApintar™ National Gifted Center Office of the Legal Advisor and Integrity===Institutes===
Fuel Cell Institute (SELFUEL) Institute for Environment & Development (LESTARI)
Institute for Malaysian & International Studies (IKMAS)
Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA) Institute of Microengineering & Nanoelectronics
(IMEN) Institute of Climate Change (IPI)
Institute of Systems Biology (INBIOSIS) Institute of the Malay World & Civilization
(ATMA) Institute of Visual Informatics (IVI)
Institute of Islam Hadhari (HADHARI) UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI)
Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) Institut of Ear, Hearing & Speech (I-HEARS)==Residential Colleges==
Kolej Aminuddin Baki (KAB) Kolej Burhanudin Helmy (KBH)
Kolej Dato’ Onn (KDO) Kolej Ibrahim Yaakub (KIY)
Kolej Ibu Zain (KIZ) Kolej Keris Mas (KKM)
Kolej Pendeta Zaba (KPZ) Kolej Rahim Kajai (KRK)
Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail (KTDI) Kolej Tun Hussein Onn (KTHO)
Kolej Tun Syed Nasir (KTSN) Kolej Ungku Omar (KUO)==Notable alumni==
YB Dato’ Haji Mohd Rashid bin Hasnon, Deputy Chief Minister 1 of Penang
Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Country’s First Astronaut Syed Hussein Alatas, academic
Anthony Loke Siew Fook, Minister of Transport of Malaysia
Liow Tiong Lai, Former Minister of Transport Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Chief of the
Humanitarian Response Branch, United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) in New York
Anwar Ibrahim, Former deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and, later, head of the opposition
Anwar Fazal, Father of Malaysian NGO Movement – Honorary Doctorate in Law, 1997
Datuk Razali Ibrahim, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Read law)
Dato’ Halimi Abd Manaf, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Defence
Ramlan Bin Ibrahim, diplomat, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations
Jess Lee, singer Mohamad Fuzi Harun, 11th Inspector General
of Royal Malaysian Police since 4 September 2017
Nenney Shushaidah Binti Shamsuddin, one of the two female Syariah High Court Judges in
Malaysia==
Rankings==When the Times Higher Education Guide University
Rankings (THE) was published in October 2014, it was reported that UKM, along with Universiti
Malaya, opted to not submit data for consideration. UKM Strategic Centre deputy executive director
Associate Professor Dr Masturah Markom responded to the snub by saying that the rankings were
unfair to the Malaysian education context. She specifically cited the measurement of
“industry income” in the THE methodology of university assessment, stating that Malaysian
industry input cannot compete with other countries such as the United States of America. This
is despite the fact that only a 2.5% weightage is allocated to “industry income” in the methodology,
and more conventional categories such as teaching and research still makes up 90% of the methodology.==See also==
UKM Medical Centre PATMA Library