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Universiti Utara Malaysia

Northern University of Malaysia
Universiti Utara Malaysia
Motto Ilmu, Budi, Bakti[1]
Motto in English
Scholarship, Virtue, Service[2]
Established 1984
Type Public
Chancellor HRH Sultan Abdul Halim
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dato' Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak[3]
Undergraduates 22,932 [4]
Postgraduates 4,597
Other students
Location Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia
Campus Sintok (main campus) and Kuala Lumpur
Affiliations ASAIHL, ACU,[5] FUIW[6]

The Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM; English: Northern University of Malaysia) was established on 16 February 1984 under the Universiti Utara Malaysia 1984 Order (Statutory). The university was corporatised on 23 April 1998. The university is located in Sintok, Kedah. The university was established with the specific mission of providing a leadership role for management education in the country. Thus, the university is also known as a management university. [7] UUM is ranked top 701 in the recent QS World University Rankings® 2015/16. [8]


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Sintok Campus 2.1
    • Kuala Lumpur Campus 2.2
  • Academics 3
    • College Of Business 3.1
      • Faculties 3.1.1
    • College of Arts and Sciences 3.2
      • Faculties 3.2.1
    • College of Law, Government and International Studies 3.3
      • Faculties 3.3.1
  • Rankings 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The planning of the construction of this sixth university began in August 1983 when the Ministry of Education began to give form, in earnest, to the idea of setting up this university. On 19 October 1983, the Cabinet gave its official approval for this project in Kedah. At that time, the project was called "The Sixth University Project". Several months later, the temporary office of the sixth university, officially named Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), was officially opened on 15 February 1984 in Jitra. The primary objective for the setting up of this unique sixth public university has till this day been to train and produce the much needed pool of professionals in the areas of business and management for the local and international markets. [9]

Four months after its official opening, the UUM office was relocated to its provisional campus – the Darul Aman Campus – in Jitra, in June 1984, when the first phase of the project had been completed. The relocation was carried out so as to be able to usher in the very first batch of students for the academic year which commenced in early June 1984. The Darul Aman Campus was on a 62-acre tract of land in Bandar Darulaman. It was 18 km north of Alor Setar and 4.8 km from Jitra. .[10]

Meanwhile, the planning of a permanent campus for the university had already begun. This permanent campus was to be built on an area of 1,061 hectares in Sintok (in the district of Kubang Pasu), situated about 48 km north of Alor Setar and 10 km east of Changlun, a small town along the North-South Highway, near the Malaysia-Thai border.

The permanent UUM campus, referred to as the Sintok Campus, commenced operations on 15 September 1990. Situated in a former tin mining area, it is ensconced in a valley of lush tropical forests, embraced by blue hills, and watered by two rivers that flow along the middle of the campus. The rivers are Sungai Sintok and Sungai Badak.

The MYR580 million Sintok Campus was officially opened on 17 February 2004 by the Royal Chancellor, His Royal Highness Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. The main buildings of the campus are the Sultanah Bahiyah Library, the Chancellery, the Sultan Badlishah Mosque, the Mu’adzam Shah Hall, the Tan Sri Othman Hall, the Sports Complex, the Varsity Mall, the Budi Siswa building, the Convention Complex, and the buildings that house the various departments of the Academic Colleges. .[11]

In January 2008, a restructuring of the university academic system was undertaken. In this restructuring exercise, 13 faculties were merged and streamed into 3 main Academic Colleges, namely UUM COB (UUM College of Business), UUM CAS (UUM College of Arts and Sciences), and UUM COLGIS (UUM College of Law, Government and International Studies).


Sintok Campus of UUM

Sintok Campus

The main campus is located on a 1,061 hectares site in Sintok, Kedah. The campus is 48 kilometres north of Alor Setar and 10 kilometres south of the Bukit Kayu Hitam and are near the Malaysia-Thailand border. Other towns in near approximation of this university ar Jitra and Changlun. Due to its vast land area, the university has utilised 107 hectares of forest to develop facilities and that is open for use by outsiders. Thus, the campus evolved into an open campus where outsiders and tourists are allowed the freedom to visit and use the various amenities within it. Among these facilities are a picnic area, a nine-hole golf course, a go-kart circuit, a shooting and archery range, an equestrian site, and many others that are fast gaining popularity among tourists and the members of the campus community alike.

The training base and facilities for the Malaysian National Service Programme (PLKN) was also located inside the campus.[12]

Kuala Lumpur Campus

UUMKL Campus is the first UUM fully owned study centre located outside Sintok and operated directly by UUM. It is a non-residential campus which occupies a nine storey building located in the center of heavily populated city center along Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz in the Kampung Baru area, and adjacent to Chow Kit. [13]


In January 2008, Universiti Utara Malaysia witnessed a major and historic restructuring exercise. A total of 13 faculties were streamlined and restructured to become three main colleges, namely the UUM Colleges of Arts and Sciences (UUM CAS), the UUM College of Business (UUM COB), and the UUM College of Law, Government and International Studies (UUM COLGIS).[14]

College Of Business

Initially, the business and management courses were delivered under a faculty system. In 2008, the faculties were merged to form the current College of Business. Business administration, accountancy, finance, economics, banking, marketing, human resource management, insurance and risk management, Islamic banking and finance, muamalat, operations management, and technology management curricula integrated with innovative methods and ideas to nurture business leaders as well as entrepreneurial potential.[15]


  • Graduate School: Othman Yeop Abdullah (OYA) Graduate School of Business [1]
  • School of Business Management [2]
  • School of Islamic Business [3]
  • School of Accountancy [4]
  • School of Economics, Finance & Banking [5]
  • School of Technology & Logistics Management [6]

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (UUM CAS) was formed in on 1 January 2008. UUM CAS consists of 5 major specific academic divisions – Applied Sciences, Educational Studies, Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences– which each is headed by a Chairperson.

Under the umbrella of UUM CAS, the Applied Sciences division caters for cross-disciplinary programmes, in this case, IT, Computer Science, Multimedia and Decision Science programmes. The merger of these programmes under the umbrella of Applied Science has resulted in a lively and diverse environment with a unique character. Research interests span the whole spectrum of theory and application in fundamental algorithms, web and mobile, software engineering, computer networking, intelligent and information systems, knowledge management, and decision analysis. The Physical Sciences focuses on statistics and mathematics with research interests spanning across the field of statistics and mathematics.

The Humanities and Social Sciences division analytically, critically and speculatively explore the human condition to better understand our roots, our belief and the best way to express ourselves. The discipline stretches from history, nationhood, religion and language to communication and media technology, highlighting the intellectual progress in collaborating the past and the future.

The Education division produces future educators who are knowledgeable, professional, competitive, competent and determined to achieve professionalism. The division aims to be recognised as a reference in field of cognitive sceince and education.[16]


  • Graduate School: Awang Had Salleh Graduate School of Arts and Sciences [7]
  • School of Computing [8]
  • School of Education and Modern Language
  • School of Multimedia Technology & Communication [9]
  • School of Quantitative Sciences [10]
  • School of Social Development [11]

College of Law, Government and International Studies

The Faculty, of Public Management and Law (FPAU), was established on 16 November 2003 consisting of three departments, namely the Department of Public Management, the Department of Development Management and the Department of Law. Since its inception, FPAU had offered three academic programs at the undergraduate level with honours and six programs at the postgraduate level.[17] In 2008, the faculties was restructured and grouped under the College of Law, Government and International Studies (COLGIS).


  • Graduate School: Ghazali Shafie Graduate School of Government [12]
  • School of Government [13]
  • School of Law [14]
  • School of International Studies [15]
  • School of Tourism, Hospitality & Environmental Management [16]


Year Rank Valuer
2012 251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2013 201-250 QS Asian University Rankings
2014 201-250 QS Asian University Rankings
2015 191-200 QS Asian University Rankings
2015 701[18] QS World University Rankings

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External links

  • Official website of UUM

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