Since its establishment as a technical school in 1904 and finally a full-fledged university in 1975, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has played a pivotal role over the years as the nation’s largest contributor of technical and professional workforce. Regarded as Malaysia’s premier institution in engineering, science and technology, UTM is committed to be an excellent innovation-driven and graduate-focused research university. With its mission to harness innovative human capital, UTM remains resilient as an institution which consistently engages in intensive-based research with innovation permeating across all dimensions amidst a vibrant knowledge culture and fertile intellectual ecosystem.
UTM’s main campus is situated in Johor Bahru and its branch campus is situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. With a strength of 2,337 academic staff, of which 200 are foreign graduate faculty members, UTM continuously strives to develop and enhance quality academic and professional programmes of international standard and global recognition. UTM has more than 23,000 students on its main campus in Johor and more than 4,500 in its Kuala Lumpur Campus. The student population consists, among others, 5,000 foreign students and12,000 postgraduate students.
UTM In Brief
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia is an innovation-driven entrepreneurial Research University and a leading research-intensive university in engineering, science and technology ranked in the top 200 world ranking in engineering and technology. It is located both in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia and Johor Bahru, the southern city in Iskandar Malaysia, which is a vibrant economic corridor in the south of Peninsular Malaysia.
UTM is now a graduate-focused university with 53% of its student population consisting of postgraduate students, the highest in Malaysia. The number of postgraduates enrolled in PhD studies in diverse fields of specialization is 4,455 students, which is the highest in the region and among top ten in the world. It has 5,043 international students from more than 60 countries around the world, the highest among research universities in Malaysia. Through its Global Outreach Programme, UTM students gain international exposure and experiential learning through various student mobility and exchange programmes, service learning and community engagements and Summer School such as in Harvard.
UTM's mission is to lead in the development of creative and innovative human capital and advanced technologies that will contribute to the nation’s wealth creation. This is in line with the aspirations of the country towards becoming a knowledge-based, innovation-led economy grounded in creativity and innovation with high value creation. Through a strategic transformation of its organizational structure, UTM is focused on creating a vibrant academic culture and fertile intellectual ecosystem through its New Academia approach based on Blue Ocean Strategy which focuses on innovative, entrepreneurial, value-driven and meaningful approaches beyond conventional paradigms.
UTM has also established a reputation for cutting-edge research undertakings and innovative education, proven by becoming the three-time winner for the National Intellectual Property Award for organization category. A stimulating research culture exists in UTM through 10 Research Alliances (RA) in strategic disciplines and 31 Centres of Excellence (CoE) with more than 100 Research Groups, in addition to academic faculties to service science, technology, engineering, business and management education, among others.
UTM is also actively engaged in research collaboration with renowned institutions such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Oxford, Imperial College of London, University of Cambridge, Tokyo University and Meiji University, to name a few, on strategic areas of interests. To facilitate further engagement and networking in academic and research undertakings, international satellite offices have been established in Tokyo, Boston, Doha and Madinah.
UTM is thus renowned for being at the forefront of engineering and technological knowledge and expertise, contributing to the technical and professional workforce of the nation since 1904. Having produced more than 200,000 technical graduates and qualified professionals over the years, UTM has earned its place as Malaysia’s premier university in engineering and technology which inspires creative, innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets.