University Of Malaya

By | February 2, 2018

University Of Malaya

University Of Malaya, 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.
YBhg. Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Hashim was appointed as the twelfth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malaya on 1 November 2017.

Our Vision & Mission


To be an internationally renowned institution of higher learning in research, innovation, publication and teaching.


To advance knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

Quality Policy of the University of Malaya

The University of Malaya intends to undertake teaching and learning, conduct research and services of quality, generate and advance knowledge through continuous improvement efforts for the benefit of all customers, in particular the students of the University of Malaya.

Educational Goals of the University of Malaya

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Versi Bahasa Melayu

Graduates of the University of Malaya will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in their field of study, appropriate research and professional practices, and the processes of critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving.
  • Use effective methods including contemporary technology to manage information, to achieve diverse professional goals aligned with professional standards and make decisions based on appropriate data and information.
  • Engage in continuous self-improvement and professional growth support the professional development of others, and display positive leadership and professional behaviours and disposition for effective practice.
  • Communicate effectively with other professionals, and the community, and project a coherent vision of social responsibilities.
  • Appreciate and continue to be guided by the University’s core values of integrity, respect, academic freedom, open-mindedness, accountability, professionalism, meritocracy, teamwork, creativity and social responsibility.
Siswazah Universiti Malaya akan berkeupayaan untuk:

  • Mempamerkan pengetahuan dan kemahiran dalam bidang pengajian mereka, penyelidikan dan amalan profesional yang bersesuaian serta proses – proses pemikiran kritis, pemikiran kreatif dan penyelesaian masalah.
  • Menggunakan kaedah yang berkesan termasuk teknologi semasa untuk mengurus maklumat, untuk mencapai kepelbagaian matlamat profesional selaras dengan piawaian profesional serta membuat keputusan berdasarkan data dan maklumat yang sesuai.
  • Melibatkan diri dalam pembangunan kendiri dan pembangunan profesional secara berterusan, menyokong pembangunan profesional orang lain dan menunjukkan sikap kepemimpinan dan profesional yang positif serta berbudi pekerti bagi amalan yang berkesan.
  •  Berkomunikasi secara berkesan dengan ahli profesional yang lain, masyarakat dan mempamerkan wawasan jelas terhadap tanggungjawab sosial.
  • Menghayati dan sentiasa berpandukan nilai – nilai teras Universiti Malaya iaitu integriti, hormat, kebebasan akademik, berfikiran terbuka, kebertanggungjawaban, profesionalisme, meritokrasi, semangat kerja berpasukan, kreativiti dan tanggungjawab sosial.

Get In Touch

Postgraduate AdmissionPostgraduate Admission Section
Institute of Graduate Studies
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-7967 4623 / 4528 / 4404
Fax: +603-7956 6634
Undergraduate Admission for Local (Malaysian) students
Admission & Records Section
Academic Division
New Exam Building
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-7967 3278 / 3440 / 3441 / 3502 / 3280
Fax: +603-7967 3449
Undergraduate Admission for International Students
International Student Centre (ISC)
Level 1, Block G, Perdanasiswa Complex
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-7967 7711 / 7712 / 7713 / 7714 / 7715 / 7717 / 7718
Fax : +603 -7967 7710
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Enquiries on Continuing EducationUniversity of Malaya Centre for Continuing Education (UMCCeD)
Level 7, Wisma R&D
University of Malaya
Jalan Pantai Baharu
59990 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2246 3600
Fax : +603 -2246 3627
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nquiries on UM Research ActivitiesInstitute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP)
Rese arch Management & Innovation Complex
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel : +603-7967 4525 / 4697 / 4643 / 4698
Fax : +603-7967 4699
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Corporate & Media Enquiries Corporate Communications Office
Chancellery Building (Lobby Level)
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
MalaysiaTel: +603-7967 3238 / +603-7967 3424 (Media)
Fax: +603-7956 0027
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