Universiti Malaya Jelebu
Universiti Malaya Jelebu, The formation of Institute of Biological Sciences has a colourful history of mergers and breakups dating back to the beginning of the formation of University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in 1959.
On 1st June 1997, after twenty-two years, the Institute of Biological Science was formed by merging these three departments. These changes are crucial to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Today, the Institute of Biological Sciences is one of the largest institutes within the Faculty of Science.
Currently, Institute of Biological Sciences has a strong and qualified workforce of 82 academic staff, including 27 professors, and 150 administrative and technical support staff. We are very proud that from the humble beginning of a few students to the current student enrolment of 2500 undergraduates and 400 postgraduate students with numerous international students.
The Institute has various facilities for teaching and research located inside and outside the campus, such as the Gombak Field Research Centre, Selangor and Jelebu Field Station, Negeri Sembilan. The Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden has an important repository of rare and endangered plants, and an international renowned herbarium which house a large volume of plant specimen collections. The Institute’s Zoological Museum has accumulated a large volume of specimens over the years for teaching and research. The Institute also has a mini farm of 1 hectare of land within the campus to train both undergraduate and postgraduate students on the farm management and reproductive technology, mainly in sheep and goat.
As the country’s foremost Institute of Biological Sciences, we currently offer eight undergraduate degree programmes: Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biohealth Science, Microbiology, Ecology & Biodiversity, Genetics & Molecular Biology, Science & Environmental Manangement. The postgraduate programmes offered are Masters and Ph.D. (by research) and also three taught Master programmes,namely the Master of Biotechnology, Master in Technology (Environmental Management) and Master in Bioinformatics.
The Institute of Biological Sciences will continue to strive to be a centre of excellence to realize the aspiration of the Nation and Vision 2020.
Biological science teaching and research could be traced back to the early days of 1959 when the University of Malaya was instituted with two Divisions, the Kuala Lumpur and the Singapore Divisions. The Faculty of Science of the Kuala Lumpur Division of University of Malaya was officially opened on January 15, 1959 and the first session of the biological sciences started in the Department of Zoology and Botany on the 25th of May 1959 in borrowed premises until the Faculty of Science building was officially opened in 1961.
On the 1st of April 1967, the two Departments of Zoology and Botany became one under the School of Biological Sciences with five divisions viz., Zoology, Botany, Ecology, Genetics and Physiology. Eight years later on April 1975, the School of Biological Sciences was separated into three Departments of Botany, Zoology, and Genetics and Cellular Biology. The other two divisions of Ecology and Physiology were managed by the Department of Zoology. Physiology was discontinued in 1978 while Ecology continued to flourish under the management of Zoology. In 1980, the Division of Microbiology was formed under the management of the Department of Genetics and Cellular Biology. On June 1st 1997, the amalgamation of these three departments led to the formation of the Institute of Biological Sciences.
These changes are necessary to cater to changing needs and demands of the nation. The changes within the biological sciences reflect current global trends in research evolving away from basic disciplines of botany and zoology. However although we are keeping up with current technologies, we are still documenting and unraveling the rich biodiversity available in our tropical ecosystems. This is because fundamental sciences form the baseline for biotechnology and information science. Our philosophy is to keep up with the latest advances in science and at the same time not losing sight of the need for basic studies on our rich biodiversity. The courses in our Degree Programmes are in keeping with this philosophy. More changes are to be expected within the next few years to ensure that the study of biological sciences in the University of Malaya is geared to meet future challenges.
To be in the forefront exploring Biological Sciences with the intention of:
- Contributing to the national development through quality research which responsive to end needs of the community.
- To produce graduates which are courteous, capable, competitive and innovative which are able to explore and mobilize the latest technology with the existing resources for the national development and wellbeing.
- To move and cooperate with local and international industries to widen the approach for technology usage with the purpose to increase national productivity.
|Institute of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science, University of Malaya