Universiti Teknologi Petronas

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) is a Malaysian research university established 10 January 1997. It is wholly owned by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Malaysia's oil and gas multinational corporation. The campus is built on 400 hectares (990 acres) in the new township of Seri Iskandar, Perak, Malaysia.

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
PETRONAS University of Technology (English)
MottoEnergising Futures
TypePrivate research university
Established10 January 1997
ChancellorAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Vice-ChancellorMohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib[1]
Pro-ChancellorsAhmad Nizam Salleh[2]
UndergraduatesOver 6000[3]
PostgraduatesOver 1200[3]
Seri Iskandar
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Campus1,000 acres (400 ha)[4]
ColoursBlue sapphire and gold[5]

The university conducts research activities in collaboration with PETRONAS on six research areas.  They are self-sustainable building, transport infrastructure, health analytics, hydrocarbon recovery, contaminant management and autonomous system.


In 1997, UTP was established in Perak, Malaysia when PETRONAS was invited by the Government of Malaysia to set up a university.[6][7] Setting up a university from scratch poses formidable challenges, and the first step was taken in December 1998 with the completion of the UTP academic master plan. This acted as the basis for the physical master plan studies and registration or accreditation of degree programmes. The process of master planning was completed in 2002 and the construction of the area under consideration was completed in August 2004.[8]


Pro Chancellor

  • Tan Sri Ahmad Nizam Salleh, chairman, PETRONAS

Vice Chancellor

  • Professor Ts. Dr Mohamed Ibrahim bin Abdul Mutalib

Board of Directors

  • Samsudin Miskon, chairman, Board of Directors | Senior Vice President, Project Delivery & Technology PETRONAS
  • Ir Mohamed Firouz Asnan, Member | Senior Vice President, Malaysia Petroleum Management, Upstream, PETRONAS
  • Mazuin Ismail, Member | Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, PETRONAS
  • Farehana Hanapiah, Member | Vice President, Group Human Resource Management, PETRONAS
  • Karima Mohd Noor, Member | Senior General Manager, Finance Group & Corporate Services, PETRONAS
  • Prof Ts. Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib, Member | Vice Chancellor / CEO, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
  • Tuan Syed Marzidy Syed Marzuki, Member | Head of Legal Corporate Services (Group General Counsel), Legal Corporate Services, Legal Corporate, PETRONAS

Executive Management Committee

  • Professor Ts. Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib, Chairman | Vice Chancellor and chief executive officer
  • Professor Dr Hilmi Mukhtar, Member | Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic
  • Professor Ir Dr Mohd Shahir Liew, Member | Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation
  • Professor Dr Nor Hisham bin Hamid, Member | Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and Alumni
  • Associate Professor Dr Azra'i Abdullah, Member | Registrar
  • Andrew Bernard Shanta, Member | Chief Financial Officer
  • Zaimizi Hamdani, Member | Chief Strategy Officer
  • Muhammad Syazwan Amarjit Abdullah, Member | Chief Support Services Officer
  • Maizatul Khairina Meor Hashim, Member | Chief Human Resource Officer
  • Shamsina Shaharun, Member | Senior Director, Corporate Communications
  • Haslina Noor Hasni, Secretary | Senior Manager, Legal Services


  • Professor Ts. Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib | Vice Chancellor and chief executive officer (Chairman)
  • Professor Dr Hilmi Mukhtar | Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic
  • Professor Ir Dr Mohd Shahir Liew | Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation
  • Professor Dr Nor Hisham Hamid | Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and Alumni
  • Associate Professor Dr Ku Zilati Ku Shaari | Dean, Faculty of Engineering
  • Associate Professor Ts. Dr Jafreezal Jaafar | Dean, Faculty of Science & Information Technology
  • Associate Professor Dr Balbir Singh Mahinder Singh | Dean, Centre for Foundation Studies
  • Associate Professor Ir Dr Rosdiazli Ibrahim | Dean, Centre for Graduate Studies
  • Associate Professor Dr Nurlidia Mansor | Director, Centre for Student Development
  • Associate Professor Abdul Rahim Othman | Director, Research Management Centre
  • Professor Ir Dr Shaharin Anwar Sulaiman | Professor, Faculty of Engineering
  • Andrew Bernard Shanta | Chief Financial Officer (Ex-Officio Member)
  • Zaimizi Hamdani | Chief Strategy Officer (Ex-Officio Member)
  • Muhammad Syazwan Amarjit Abdullah | Chief Support Services Officer (Ex-Officio Member)
  • Haslina Noor Hasni | Senior Manager, Legal Services Office (Ex-Officio Member)
  • Associate Professor Dr Azrai Abdullah | Registrar (Secretary)

Former Vice Chancellor

  • Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim | Vice Chancellor from 2012 to 2017
  • Datuk Dr. Zainal Abidin Kasim | Vice Chancellor from 2005 to 2012
  • Datuk Dr. Rosti Saruwono | Former Rector from 1997 to 2005


The university site is located one kilometre from the village of Tronoh, a former mining town in the Perak Tengah district of Perak, the largest state on the west coast of the peninsula. The 2 site lies within the commercial corridor between Kuala Lumpur and Penang, some 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the town of Batu Gajah and 25 kilometres (16 mi) from the city of Ipoh.[8] A total amount of 7.3MWp solar panel were installed at its building rooftop.[9]

Academic complex

The new academic complex was designed by Foster and Partners, and the first-phase construction was completed in 2004.[8] The design received an Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. The overall layout of the new academic complex is in the shape of a five-pointed star made up by five semicircles. The new academic complex was officially opened by the former chairman of PETRONAS and ITPSB Board, YBhg Tun Azizan Zainul Abidin. Currently, almost all of the academic activities have been shifted to the new campus. A ‘star concept’ diagram, overlaying vision, site, programme and quality, was used as a template to zone various facilities and initiate the preliminary design,[8]

An-Nur Mosque, also known as the floating mosque, was completed in 2005
The Chancellor Hall of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS is part of the academic complex that was designed by the British architectural design and engineering firm, Foster and Partners



  • Faculty of Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering Department
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department
    • Mechanical Engineering Department
    • Petroleum Engineering Department
  • Faculty of Science and Information Technology
    • Computer and Information Sciences Department
    • Fundamental and Applied Sciences Department
    • Geoscience Department
    • Management and Humanities Department

Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS)

  • Engineering & Science Stream
  • Technology & Business Management Stream
  • Computer Science Stream
  • GMI's Foundation Programme in Collaboration with Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

Centre for Academic Excellence (CAdEX)

  • Academic Operation
  • Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL)

Alliance of Government-Linked Universities

  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
  • Open Electives
  • GLUminor


Student Development & Experience

  • Scholarship and Welfare (Financial Aid)
  • Psychological and Counselling Services
  • Credited Co-Curriculum
  • Sports, Culture and Recreation
  • International Students
  • Career Services
  • An-Nur Islamic Centre
  • Mobility
  • Student Clubs & Societies
  • Student Representative Council
  • Facilities and Services
  • Accommodation


  • Inbound & Outbound
    • Student Exchange Programme
    • Research Attachment Programme
    • Summer Programme
  • Inbound Virtual Programme
    • Virtual Student Exchange Programme (V-SEP)
    • Virtual Research Attachment Programme (V-RAP)
    • Online Short Course Programme (O-SCP)

Research University

Technology Transfer Office

Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is responsible to facilitate the creation of intellectual properties, organise exhibitions and awards, as well as promote commercialisation and licensing.

Intellectual Property Management

The Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Unit is responsible in coordinating and managing all matters pertaining to intellectual property and commercialisation of invention and research output.

The Unit is tasked to:

  • Evaluate research projects from various sources such as students and research projects and make recommendation for participation in exhibitions.
  • Identify potential research for commercialisation.
  • Liaise with relevant authorities for IP applications.
  • In addition, the Unit is also accountable for coordinating, negotiating, managing and maintaining any agreement between the university and its business partners.

Centre for Advanced and Professional Education (CAPE)

CAPE UTP was established in May 2016 to provide flexible post-bachelor's degree opportunities by developing professional short courses.

Research Institute

Primarily focused on serving the Oil & Gas industry, Research Institutes conducts specific research programmes to support PETRONAS's core business and the nation's development. There are 6 Research Institutes across niche disciplines for the benefit of the industry and the nation as a whole.

  • Institute of Self-Sustainable Building
  • Institute of Health & Analytics for Personalised Care
  • Institute of Autonomous System for Autonomous Facilities
  • Institute of Contaminant Management for Oil and Gas
  • Institute of Hydrocarbon Recovery for Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Institute of Transport Infrastructure for Smart Mobility

Centre of Excellence (COE)

  • Centre for Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research (HICOE-CISIR)
  • Centre of Innovative Nanostructure & Nanodevices (COINN)
  • Centre for Biofuel & Biochemical Research (CBBR)
  • CO2 Research Centre (CO2RES)
  • Centre of Excellence in Subsurface Seismic Imaging & Hydrocarbon Prediction (CSI)
  • South East Asia Carbonate Research Lab (SEACARL)
  • Centre of Enhanced Oil Recovery (COREOR)
  • Centre for Automotive Research & Electrical Mobility (CAREM)
  • Centre of Research in Ionic Liquids (CORIL)
  • Centre of Flow Assurance (CFA)
  • Centre for Corrosion Research (CCR)
  • Centre of Social Innovation (COSI)
  • Offshore Engineering Centre UTP (OECU)
  • Centre of Advanced Process Safety (CAPS)
  • High Performance Cloud Computing Centre (HPC3)
The R&D building consists of 65 laboratories and offices at every floor. It will be occupied by two main UTP Mission Oriented Research, namely Carbon Dioxide Management and Enhanced Oil Recovery.


University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[10]361
THE World[11]601-800
USNWR Global[12]1078
Regional – Overall
THE Asia[13]111
THE Emerging Economies[14]62

Notable alumni

  • Sarah Adiba Yussof, television presenter
  • Wan Ahmad Fayhsal, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
  • Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment (2018-2020)

Partner Universities

For the full list of Partner institutions, please visit https://www.utp.edu.my/Pages/The-University/Partner-Institutions.aspx

See also


  1. "Leadership - Vice Chancellor". Archived from the original on 15 December 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  2. https://www.utp.edu.my/Pages/The-University/Leadership/Pro%20Chancellor/Datuk-Ahmad-Nizam-Salleh.aspx
  3. "About the University". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  4. "Factsheet". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  5. "Logo Rationale". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  6. Nair, Nevash (14 February 2013). "A talent crisis looms in the oil and gas industry". The Star Online. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  7. "History of UTP". UTP Website. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  8. http://www.akdn.org/AA54ECED-9B91-4436-A65B-F9618AB58E86/FinalDownload/DownloadId-CBBCE07A6CBF0EB9C274295D7629C22E/AA54ECED-9B91-4436-A65B-F9618AB58E86/architecture/pdf/3124_Mal.pdf%5B%5D
  9. PETRONAS (12 July 2021). "Solar energy systems to be installed at PETRONAS' assets across Malaysia". Construction. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  10. "QS World University Rankings 2023".
  11. "World University Rankings". 25 August 2020.
  12. US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings 2020
  13. "Asia University Rankings". 18 May 2021.
  14. "Emerging Economies". 3 March 2021.

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