University of Technology Malaysia

University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) (Malay: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) is a premier Malaysian public research-intensive university ranked 203rd in the world by QS University rankings. Its medium of instruction is English.

University of Technology Malaysia
Malay: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Former names
Technical School (1904–1941)
Technical College (1942–1971)
Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (1971–1975)
MottoKerana Tuhan Untuk Manusia
Motto in English
In the Name of God for Mankind
TypePublic research university
Established14 March 1972 (1972-03-14)
Chancellor Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, the Permaisuri of Johor
Vice-ChancellorProf. Datuk Ts. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi bin Ismail
Academic staff
Students32.325 (2020)[2][1]
Undergraduates14,538 (2020)[2]
Postgraduates8,775 (2020)[2]
4,555 (2020)[2]
Location, ,
1°33′33″N 103°38′29″E
ColoursMaroon and gold
AffiliationsASAIHL, FUIW,[3] APUCEN
Main entrance


Industrial Partners

UTM has regional and international academic collaborations with companies including Intel, Altera, Dyson,[4] Alcon,[5] Shell[6] and Proton.[7]

Synergy 4.0

In 2018, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has embarked on a unique history when undertaking the restructuring of its academic entity and witnessing the merger of faculty from 18 to seven.[8]


UTM has three campuses – the main campus is in Skudai, and was the first university in the state of Johor. It has an area of 1148 hectares[9] and is the second largest public university after Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). It is about 20 km north of the state capital, Johor Bahru.

The branch campus is situated in Jalan Semarak within Kuala Lumpur, with an area of 38 hectares.[9] The branch campus accommodates diploma students, part-time students (also known as the SPACE program), undergraduate and postgraduate students (Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) and Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics (FTIR) and foreign students taking business courses.

The new branch campus located in Pagoh was officially opened on 2 May 2017. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Innovation Centre in Agritechnology for Advanced Bioprocessing (UTM-ICA) is strategically located off the Pagoh interchange on the north–south expressway, in the district of Muar, Johor. A 50-hectare campus equipped with shared facilities integrated with Bandar University Pagoh.


The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities places UTM in the fourth place in the South East Asia Region, and the top in Malaysia.[10] In the QS University Rankings, it placed 100 in the "Engineering & Technology Universities" category among other world ranked universities in 2016[11] UTM aims to achieve the status of a global university and rank among 50 of the world's best universities by 2020.[12]

Vice Chancellor of University of Technology Malaysia

No.Vice ChancellorTerm
In office
1.Tan Sri Dato' Ainuddin Abdul Wahid1975 – 1989
2.Prof. Dato' Dr. Muhammad Ridzuan Haji Salleh1990 – 1994
3.Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ahmad Zaharudin Idrus1994 – 2001
4.Tan Sri Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd. Zulkifli Tan Sri Mohd Ghazali2001 – 2008
5.Prof. Dato' Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang2008 – 2013
6.Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar2013 – 2020
7.Prof. Datuk Ts. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail2020 – present

Residential colleges (Johor Bahru Campus)

UTM has on-campus hostel blocks that provide accommodation for students. The hostel blocks are grouped into units known as colleges, for simplifying administration. Each college has three or more hostel blocks under their administration. UTM has 12 colleges, which can accommodate 17,500 students. Among the facilities provided at each residential college are a cafeteria, a multipurpose hall, a Muslim prayer room, tennis courts, an internet and computer center, a convenience store and a common room.[13]


UTM can provide accommodation for outsiders, i.e. parents or relatives, visiting friends etc., with Scholar's Inn @ UTM JB and Scholar's Inn @ UTM KL.

The Scholar's Inn @ UTMKL is a city campus hotel at Jalan Semarak, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Located within the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur campus and approximately 10 minutes’ drive from KLCC/ Petronas Twin Towers, the hotel is also within range of tourist spots such as the National Library, National Art Gallery, Istana Budaya and the Golden Triangle. Scholar's Inn @ UTMKL comprises 56 rooms and studios, a meeting room, a business centre and the Scholar's Deli.



  • Faculty of Computing (FC)[14]
  • Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH)
  • Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying (FABU)
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Quantity Surveying
    • Department of Urban and Regional Planning
    • Department of Landscape Architecture
    • Department of Geoinformation
    • Department of Real Estate
  • Faculty of Science (FS)
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Mathematical Sciences
    • Department of Biosciences
  • Azman Hashim International Business School (AHIBS)
    • Business Administration
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Information System
  • Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Science, Management and Design
    • Advance Informatics
    • Perdana Centre
  • Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)
  • Institute Sultan Iskandar
  • Language Academy UTM Kuala Lumpur

Continuing Education

  • School of Professional and Continuing Education (UTMSPACE)
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning

Joint programmes

  • Joint Programmes & Management Unit

Innovation Centre

  • Centre for Student Innovation (UTM CSI)
  • Innovation and Commercialization Centre (ICC)
  • Institute of Bioproduct Development


These are organisations for joint projects, traineeships, study visits, international conferences, research projects, and funding.

Global outreach programme

UTM Global Outreach Programme is an international programme designed to develop UTM's students to be global-ready graduates.

Research University

The Ministry of Education formed an ad hoc committee, comprising research from Malaysian universities, to formulate a concept paper on the establishment of research universities (RUs). The content of the paper deals with their vision, missions and goals, the criteria and standard for Rus, their governance, prevision of incentives, accreditation concerns, cost implications and an action plan.[15]

Research Management Centre

Research Management Centre was established in 1982. Formerly known as ‘Research and Consultation Unit’ and as ‘Research & Development Unit’ and finally renamed as ‘Research Management Centre’, in 1997.

RMC manages research and development activities, intellectual property creation and management, technological development, promotion and exploitation of R&D findings through close collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation, Small and Medium Industry Development Corporation, industry, research institutes, other universities and international organisations.

RMC manages funds from research grant schemes available such as Science Fund, Techno Fund, Inno Fund, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Commercialization of R&D Fund (CRDF), Technology Acquisition Fund (TAF) and Multimedia Grant Scheme (MGS).[16]

Research fundings

  • MOSTI grants
    • Demonstrator Application Grant Scheme (DAGS)
    • ScienceFund
    • TechnoFund
  • MOHE grants
    • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
    • Exploratory Research Grant Scheme (ERGS)
    • Long-term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS)
    • Prototype Research Grant Scheme (PRGS)
  • MOA
  • UTM grants
    • UTM Short Term Grant
    • Research University Grant (GUP)
    • Institutional Research Grant (Top-Down)
  • Other Agencies
  • Contract research


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[17]701-800 (2022)
QS World[18]203 (2023)
THE World[19]601-800 (2022)
USNWR Global[20]405 (2022)
Year Rank[21] Valuer
2012358QS World University Rankings
2014355QS World University Rankings
2015294QS World University Rankings
2016303QS World University Rankings
2017288QS World University Rankings
2018253QS World University Rankings
2019228QS World University Rankings
2020217QS World University Rankings
2021187QS World University Rankings
2022191QS World University Rankings
2023203QS World University Rankings

Notable alumni

The alumni of University of Technology Malaysia include politicians and public service officials such as Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, current Malaysian Minister of Transport, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Annuar Musa, current Malaysian Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Dato' Seri Hamzah Zainudin, current Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs, Dato' Seri Saarani Mohamad, current Menteri Besar of Perak and IGP Dato' Seri Panglima Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, current Malaysian Inspector-General of Police.

Partner Institution





United Kingdom

United States

See also


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  2. "Facts and Figures – About UTM". Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  3. "Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World". Archived from the original on 26 January 2005. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  4. UTM-Dyson collaboration towards innovation for human advancement, archived from the original on 13 December 2021, retrieved 20 June 2021
  5. Ahmad, Sabri (7 February 2018). "UTM-Alcon tandatangan MoU bernilai RM 1.8 juta | UTM NewsHub" (in Malay). Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  6. UTM-Shell Collaboration in solving vibrations caused by water currents at Shell Malikai, archived from the original on 13 December 2021, retrieved 20 June 2021
  7. UTM-Proton to Collaborate in developing hybrid and green technology
  8. Hamzah, Hafizan (7 July 2018). "UTM Synergy 4.0 to merge faculties". UTM NewsHub. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  9. A Guide to Postgraduate Study
  10. "Webometric Rankings of Universities in South East Asia". Archived from the original on 5 July 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  11. "Universiti Teknologi Malaysia". Top Universities. 9 December 2012.
  12. Bernama. "UTM Strives to be Among World's Top 50 Universities". Malaysian Digest. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
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  14. "About Us | School of Computing". Archived from the original on 17 January 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  15. "Research University". Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  16. "Official Website Research Management Centre UTM". Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  17. "Universiti Teknologi Malaysia". ARWU. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  18. "Universiti Teknologi Malaysia". Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  19. "Universiti Teknologi Malaysia". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
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