The University of Malaya is a public research university located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the oldest and most esteemed university in Malaysia. The university's name was abbreviated as Malaya during the pre-independence period.
Today, it has more than 2,500 faculty members. In 2012, UM was granted autonomy status by the Ministry of Higher Education. Presently, the University is divided into 12 faculties, 2 academies and 3 Centres, namely: Faculty of Law, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Built Environment, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Academy of Malay Studies, Academy of Islamic Studies, Cultural Centre, Sports Centre and Centre for Foundation Studies (University of Malaya).
In 2015, the QS World University Rankings has ranked UM at the 146th place in the world. Also in the same year, the university is ranked 29th place in the QS Asian University Rankings, 3rd in Southeast Asia and is the highest ranked learning institution in Malaysia.
is a public research university located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the oldest and most esteemed university in Malaysia. The university's name was abbreviated as Malaya during the pre-independence period.
University of Malaya, or UM, Malaysia's oldest university, is situated on a 922 acre (373.12 hectare) campus in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.
It was founded on 28 September 1905 in Singapore as the King Edward VII College of Medicine and on 8th October 1949, it became the University of Malaya with the merger of the King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College (founded in 1928).
The University of Malaya derives its name from the term 'Malaya' as the country was then known. The Carr-Saunders Commission on University Education in Malaya, which recommended the setting up of the university, noted in its Report in 1948: "The University of Malaya would provide for the first time a common centre where varieties of race, religion and economic interest could mingle in joint endeavour ... For a University of Malaya must inevitably realise that it is a university for Malaya."
The growth of the University was very rapid during the first decade of its establishment and this resulted in the setting up of two autonomous Divisions on 15 January 1959, one located in Singapore and the other in Kuala Lumpur. In 1960, the government of the two territories indicated their desire to change the status of the Divisions into that of a national university. Legislation was passed in 1961 and the University of Malaya was established on 1st January 1962.
On June 16th 1962, University of Malaya celebrated the installation of its first Chancellor, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, who was also the country's first prime minister. The first Vice-Chancellor was Professor Oppenheim, a world-renowned Mathematician.
Currently, His Royal Highness The Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah is the Chancellor of the University of Malaya.
Professor Dato' Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin was appointed as the eleventh Vice-Chancellor of University of Malaya on 8th November 2013.
International Undergraduate Entry Requirements
• National Higher School Certificate (or an Advanced Level equivalent) with the grade 80% and above
• A Diploma from recognized Institutions with at least a CGPA of 3.00.
• Applicant may be required to undergo an interview session for certain selection programme before being accepted by the respective faculty.
Students are required to enroll in the Malay Language Programme prior to being conferred a degree.
English Language Requirements
Students must obtain:
• TOEFL score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT) or 79-80 (IBT) and above
• IELTS Band 6.0 and above
• General Certificate of Secondary Education University of Cambridge with a credit pass (Ordinary Level/Advance Level)
Without any of the above English proficiency certificates, accepted students to UM undergraduate programs would be issued with a conditional offer letter to fulfill the English language requirements.
University of Malaya has been ranked consistently among top 500 universities in the world according to reputed ranking publisher such as QS, ARWU, US News & World Report in the last few years. In 2015 it has been ranked 54th in Engineering & Technology in QS world ranking.U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Malaya 57th best university in the world in engineering by its subject ranking.
World's Top 150 Universities
University of Malaya is currently placed at number 133 in the 2016 QS World University Ranking. It is the only Malaysian university listed in the world's top 150 universities.
The UM Campus is situated in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. Studying in UM, one can gain additional advantages from its proximity to the city.
UM has hosted more than 3,000 international students from over 85 countries at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Research University Status
With more than 60 Research Centers under 6 Research Clusters, UM is one of Malaysia's premier Research Universities and one of the leading Research Universities in Asia.
Strong International Collaboration
With more than 700 international collaborative partners UM offered prestigious opportunities for students whether through Student Mobility Programmes, Dual Degree, or Joint Research.
Granted self-accredited educational institution status since 2009 our academic programmes are recognized world-wide including a number of courses that are accredited by international accreditation bodies.