Universiti Malaysia Sabah

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Malaysian University of Sabah
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Motto Bertekad Cemerlang
Motto in English
Strive to Excel
Established 1994
Type Public
Chancellor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, Governor of State
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Harun Bin Abdullah
Location Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Campus Headquarters Campus in Kota Kinabalu
International Campus in Labuan
Agriculture Campus in Sandakan
Affiliations ASAIHL, ACU,[1] FUIW[2]
Website www.ums.edu.my

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (English: Malaysian University of Sabah) or UMS is the ninth Malaysian public university located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia and was established on 24 November 1994. His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong proclaimed the establishment of UMS under Section 6(1) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971.


Panorama of UMS.

The first UMS campus was sited at the site of the then Sabah Foundation Community College, KKYS (Now University College Sabah Foundation, UCSF) on their grounds itself. The first intake consisted of 205 undergraduates, with its residences located just beside the football field, on the compound of Yayasan Sabah.

Initially, the university management office operated at the Malaysian Ministry of Education in Kuala Lumpur. It only shifted to Kota Kinabalu in 1995 by renting buildings to cater its needs.

On August of the same year, physical development began to take place on a 999-acre (4 km²) land, located at the northern part of Kota Kinabalu City. The first phase of its construction was only completed in 2000.

UMS opened an International Campus in Labuan in 1999, and an Agriculture Campus at Sandakan in 2011.

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The 20th Anniversary Logo of Universiti Malaysia Sabah
UMS Chancellory Building.

Before June 2014, there were 13 schools and 9 research institutes in UMS. Starting 1 July 2014, the restructuring of 13 existing schools into 10 faculties has been done in line with the academic transformation in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).[3]

Faculties (Science)

  • Faculty of Engineering (formerly known as School of Engineering and Information Technology)
  • Faculty of Science and Natural Resources (combination of School of Science and Technology & School of International Tropical Forestry)
  • Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition (formerly known as School of Food Science and Nutrition)
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (formerly known as School of Medicine)
  • Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture (formerly known as School of Sustainable Agriculture)
  • Faculty of Computing and Informatics (formerly known as Labuan School of Science Informatics)

Faculties (Humanities)

  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage (FKSW) [1](combination of School of Social Sciences & School of Arts)
  • Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy (FPEP) [2] (formerly known as School of Business and Economics)
  • Faculty of Psychology and Education (FPP) [3] (combination of School of Psychology and Social Work & School of Education and Social Development)
  • Faculty of International Finance Labuan (FKAL) [4] (formerly known as Labuan School of International Business and Finance)
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Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning (PPIB)


  • Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPS) [5]
  • Preparatory Centre for Science and Technology [6]
  • UMS Centre for External Education [7]
  • Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning [8], (Malay acronym for Pusat Penataran Ilmu dan Bahasa) was established at the end of 1994. The Centre offers courses on foreign languages. The courses offered by the Centre are open to all undergraduates from the various schools in UMS.
  • Centre for Co-curricular and Student Development [9], established in 2002.
  • UMS Centre for Accounting [10], incorporated on 16 October 2006.

Centres of Excellence

Borneo Marine Research Institute

Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) was established in 1995 with the aim of promoting education, research and training in Marine conservation and sustainable development of marine resources and a rational deployment of biotechnology.

Biotechnology Research Institute

The Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI) was established in January 2002 to function as a Center of Excellence in the field of Biotechnology at UMS. The establishment of BRI is in tandem with the nation's efforts to promote research and development in biological or life sciences for the improvement of the quality of human life in relations to medicine, food, agricultural science and environmental protection.

Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation

The Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ITBC) was founded in 1996. With the co-ordinating assistance of the Institute, local and international scientists are facilitated in their explorations of the biodiversity of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems of the tropics, especially in Sabah.

Research Units

  • Entrepreneurship Research & Development Centre
  • Unit for Borneo Primate Studies
  • Unit for Orchid Studies
  • Unit for Remote Sensing & GIS
  • Ethnography Research & Development Unit
  • Psychology & Social Health Research Unit
  • Unit for Rural Education Research
  • Natural Disasters Research Unit
  • Minerals & Materials Research Unit
  • BIMP-EAGA Unit for Tourism Development
  • Water Research Unit
  • Artificial Intelligence Research Unit
  • Sustainable Palm Oil Research Unit
  • Food Safety and Quality Unit
  • Unit Penyelidikan Warisan Borneo (BOHRu)

Residential colleges

With the Vice-Chancellor’s Message 2014, Prof. Datuk Harun announced the change of residential colleges’ names.[4]

Location Residential colleges Formerly known as Note
Kota Kinabalu
main campus
Kolej Kediaman Tun Dr. Mahathir Kolej Kediaman AB In-campus hostel
Kolej Kediaman Tun Mustapha Kolej Kediaman CD
Kolej Kediaman Tun Fuad Stephens Kolej Kediaman E
Kolej Kediaman Indah Permai - Off-campus hostel
Kolej Kediaman Kingfisher & Non-Resident -
Kolej Kediaman Usia 1B -
University Apartment
Kolej Kediaman Sri Angkasa -
International Campus
Kolej Kediaman Alpha - -
Kolej Kediaman Beta -
Kolej Kediaman Mutiara -
Kolej Kediaman Lestari - -


Year Rank Valuer
2012 301+ QS Asian University Rankings
2014 201-250 QS Asian University Rankings
2015 201-250[5] QS Asian University Rankings


See also


External links

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