Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) was established in 1970, this university was born from the aim of keeping the Malay language as the national language of the knowledge. UKM has made a huge grown over the years and now they have 13 faculties, 13 research institutes and two commercial entities. As a Malaysian university, it is the only university that has been listed in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World’s ‘Top 50 Under 50’ 2013 and ranked at the 19th place.
UKM is a university that received the title Research University (RU) which has been attractive for students from all over the world and Is focused on the quality of research and publication, innovative teaching and learning, internationalization and international benchmark, good governance, and also effective delivery.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) or The National University of Malaysia was established in 1971 is located adjacent to Malaysia’s administration city of Putrajaya at the outskirt of Malaysia’s administration city. The university’s mission is to be ahead of society and time in leading the development of a learned, dynamic, and moral society. UKM, as a public university of choice and the only National University in Malaysia, attracts local and international students by offering a vast number of programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Continuous assessments of programmes offered are always performed to ensure that the courses meet the latest technology and development as well as the introduction of new courses to meet the demand of the industry.
The academic staff of UKM is always kept abreast of the evolution of teaching methods including the implementation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). To cater to its main objective of educating the nation, the university has a total of 13 well-established faculties, 13 institutes, 10 residential colleges, and 10 service centres. UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC) is a teaching hospital that has achieved several outstanding milestones in the field of medicine involving state-of-the-art treatments and breakthrough surgeries.
UKM also has five “living labs” which Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia is dedicated to scientific and sociological research on the sustainability of different ecological systems in the country. These labs are open not only to UKM students and researchers but also to all to appreciate and learn. In 2006, UKM was certified as one of the five research universities in Malaysia, based on its achievement in producing many types of research of high quality. These researches are all linked to the seven National Grand Challenges which comprises issues to be addressed by Malaysians in order to be a developed nation.
The Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), UKM is the only full-fledged research institute in Malaysia focusing specifically on ‘ethnic studies’. UKM is home to 3 scientists included on Thomson Reuters’ list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”, whose published research ranked among the top 1% most cited in their respective fields in the given year of publication. UKM has bagged several awards and recognitions at the national and international levels.
It is the first university in Malaysia to receive the ISO 9000 accreditation in 1998. In 2008, UKM has also obtained the self-accreditation status by the Minister of Higher Education. The conferment of these awards reflects the excellent ability of UKM in managing, administering, and assuring a good quality of its academic programs. Through the brainchild involving nationalistic flavor and global aspiration, UKM is a university that is international in its outlook that maintains and cherishes the national cultures and values successfully.