In the ever-evolving landscape of higher education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has consistently shone as a beacon of excellence in engineering and technology since its inception in 1972. A pivotal player in shaping academic and professional landscapes, UTM has become integral to the socio-economic development of the nation, aligning itself with the government’s ambitious goal of breaking into the world’s top 30 largest economies.
Recently concluding its 67th Convocation Ceremony, UTM proudly celebrated the academic achievements of 569 Doctor of Philosophy, 1,407 Master’s, 4,573 Bachelor’s, and 436 Diploma graduates. Notably, during the ceremony, 1,113 international graduates from 48 countries received degrees, with Indonesia, China, and Iraq emerging as the top three countries with the highest number of graduates.
UTM’s legacy is steeped in the success of its graduates, numbering an impressive 225,394 to date, with 11,301 hailing from 100 different countries. This global representation underscores UTM’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment.
Research-Led Teaching and World-Class Curriculum
A cornerstone of UTM’s success lies in its dedication to research-led teaching. By anchoring its curriculum in cutting-edge research, the university ensures that its educational offerings remain world-class, enhancing the learning experience and establishing UTM as a hub for innovation and knowledge creation.
What sets UTM’s graduates apart are the skills and competencies instilled throughout their academic journey. The teaching and learning ecosystem at UTM provides unique opportunities, ranging from service learning and high-impact competitions to exposure to startups. This year, UTM has introduced the international industrial training programs that offer placements at renowned institutions worldwide, enhancing students’ global perspectives.
Moreover, the 5 Excellence Tracks Programme (ETP) is a testament to UTM’s commitment to developing talents, interests, and creativity across diverse fields. From sports and entrepreneurship to Nobel laureates and leadership, the ETP provides a holistic approach to education.
Top Notch Educators and Pioneering Researchers
UTM takes pride in its exceptional educators and researchers, garnering national and international recognition. Noteworthy achievements this year, include UTM’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ir. Ts. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail receiving the Mustafa Prize Laureate, and three academicians—Dr. Mariani Abdul Hamid, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adibah Abdul Latif, and Dr. Norliza Mohd Isa—emerging as winners of the prestigious Anugerah Akademik Negara (AAN). Additionally, Prof. Dr. Nor Haniza Sarmin and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zaleha Abdullah were acknowledged as ‘Recognised Research Supervisors’ by the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE).
Beyond the numbers, UTM stands as a core contributor in the nation-building process, producing engineers and scientists vital to Malaysia’s talent pool. Its commitment to cultivating top-tier talent aligns seamlessly with Malaysia’s aspirations for sustained economic growth and development.
UTM’s strong partnerships with the private and public sectors have positioned it as the leading university in Malaysia for SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, according to THE Impact Rankings. This measurement reflects UTM’s role in translating its research and academic activities for the nation’s benefit.
As one of Malaysia’s distinguished research universities, UTM has earned global recognition, securing a position among the top 200 universities worldwide. In the QS University Rankings: Asia 2024, UTM proudly claims the 37th spot, firmly establishing itself as one of the premier institutions in Asia.
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