Universiti Putra Malaysia (English: Putra University, Malaysia ), or UPM, is a leading research intensive public university located in central Peninsular Malaysia, close to the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. It was formerly known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia or Agricultural University of Malaysia (Malay: universiti, university; pertanian, agriculture; Malaysia). UPM is a research university offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses with a research focus on agricultural sciences and its related fields. Ranked joint 319th best university in the world in 2010 by Quacquarelli Symonds, UPM is taking steps to boost its research capabilities both in and beyond the scope of agriculture.
* 1 History
* 2 Campus
* 3 Academic Profile
* 4 Faculty of Engineering
* 5 Faculty of Science
* 6 Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
* 7 Faculty of Economics and Management
* 8 Faculty of Agriculture
* 9 Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
* 10 Institute of Bioscience
* 11 Institute of Advanced Technology
* 12 Institute for Mathematical Research
* 13 Halal Product Research Institute
* 14 Malaysia-Imperial Doctoral Programme (MIDP)
* 15 Melbourne/Malaysia 'Split' PhD Partnership
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* 18 Varsity Anthem
* 19 Students' Union
* 20 See also
* 21 References
* 22 External links
One can trace the origins of UPM to the School of Agriculture officially instituted on 21 May 1931 by John Scott, an administrative officer of the British colonial Straits Settlements. The School was located on a 22-acre (89,000 m2) spread in Serdang, Selangor state. The School began by offering the three-year Diploma program and a one-year Certificate course. By 1941 the School had succeeded in training 321 officers, with 155 having obtained the Diploma and 166 the Certificate. This school was, on 23 June 1942, declared to be the College of Agriculture Malaya by Sir Edward Gent, the Governor of the Malayan Union. In 1948 it was proposed that this College be upgraded to a University. The proposal, however, was shelved with the declaration of the Malayan Emergency in the middle of that same year.
In 1960 the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Malaya was established. On 1 January 1962 a statute was approved to make the Council of the College of Agriculture Malaya an authority of the University of Malaya.
The formation of an agricultural university providing programs of study at the degree level was suggested by the then Honorable Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Haji Abdul Razak Bin Hussein, on 31 March 1969 at the opening ceremony of the additional wing to the College of Agriculture Malaya at Serdang, Selangor.
The establishment of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia finally culminated with the enacting of the Incorporation Order signed by His Majesty The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong as provided for under the Universities and University Colleges Act, 1971, and published in the Government Gazette as P.U.(A) 387 dated 29 October 1971. The said Incorporation Order provides as follows :
"There shall be a higher educational institution having the status of University, which shall be a body corporate for the purpose of providing, promoting and developing higher education in the fields of Agriculture, Forestry, Veterinary Science, Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities and Education as well as to provide for research and the accumulation and advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of such knowledge in the aforesaid fields of study."
The creation of this University was based on the merger of the College of Agriculture Malaya with the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Malaya. Dr. Mohd. Rashdan bin Haji Baba was appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor by virtue of the provisions of section 18 of the Universities and University Colleges Act, 1971.
Universiti Pertanian Malaysia embarked on its first academic session in July 1973 with three foundation faculties: the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Forestry, and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. Beside the three faculties there was a Basic Sciences Division. The pioneer student enrolment was 1,559 for the Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Diploma in Home Technology, Diploma in Animal Health and Production, Diploma in Science with Education, and Preliminary Programme.
In the early eighties, however, UPM expanded its areas of concentration by including Science and Technology subjects in its fields of study. In 1994 UPM embarked on its ambitious plan to develop into a futuristic university. It would provide better and up-to-date skills and systems for science and technology education. To do so, it would take full advantage of the rapid development in information technology. UPM thereafter transformed itself into a borderless campus, its name and reputation stretching far beyond Malaysian boundaries.
The climax of the transformation came with the changing of the name from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia to Universiti Putra Malaysia, in honour of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. The change was officially announced on 3 April 1997 by the then Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad. This was a strategic way of portraying the status of UPM as a center of higher education capable of providing various fields of study deemed necessary to facilitate national development in the new millennium. This was especially true of UPM's provisions for studies in Information Technology (ITUPM was renamed in honour of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, Malaysia's first Prime Minister. The renaming was looked upon as a strategic move in preparing UPM to become a versatile higher learning institution aligned with Malaysia’s strategic plans in dynamic high-technology. It lies near the heart of the Multimedia Super Corridor, the first large-scale high-technology initiative of the Malaysian government, and near the new administrative capital, Putrajaya. The latter, too, was named after Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.).
The university since its inception as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, has had two branch campuses apart from the main campus at Serdang, Selangor. The UPM branch campuses were located in Bintulu, Sarawak and Mengabang Telipot, Terengganu. The campus in Terengganu, however, has been upgraded to the University College of Science and Technology Malaysia (KUSTEM), with its own management and administration. KUSTEM officially broke away from UPM on 1 July 2001. The Medicine and Health Sciences faculty maintains a campus complex adjacent to a local hospital in Serdang.
 Academic Profile
UPM began its academic life in 1973 with three founding Faculties and a Division of Basic Sciences. The first intake of 1,559 students were for the Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Diploma in Home Technology, Diploma in Animal Health and Production, Diploma in Science with Education, and Preliminary Programme. Currently UPM offers 73 Bachelor's degree programmes, eight Diploma programmes, and 12 Masters and Doctoral programmes. There are 16 Faculties, eight Centres, six Institutes, two Schools, a University Park and a branch campus in Bintulu, Sarawak. The Doctor of Medicine program provided by the Medical and Health Science division of the university was fully recognized by the Malaysia Medical Council on June 5, 2001.
 Faculty of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering of Universiti Putra Malaysia was established on 1 January 1975 at the main Serdang Campus, some 22 kilometers to the south of Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the largest faculties at UPM with a student population of over 3000 owes as much to the excellence of its academic staff as to facilities and infrastructure that are being continuously made available. The campus’ location at the heart of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) provides the faculty with the excellent access to the array of IT and multimedia facilities available in the Corridor. With the UPMNET providing sophisticated campus-wide broadband ATM network, coupled with the computing facilities at the faculty, students and staff have ready access to the latest in IT, Multimedia, CAD/CAM and internet facilities. Above all, they can enjoy the placid and conducive working environment in the famous ‘green campus’ which aesthetically encapsulates UPM’s history as the nation’s first agriculture college.
The eight academic departments housed within the faculty offer a similar number of Bachelor of Engineering degree programmers. The faculty is proud of the international character of its student population. Out of 800 postgraduate’s population, almost fifty percent are international student. In additional to provide excellent facilities and opportunities for teaching and research, the faculty has established Research Centre to R&D on selected priority areas of engineering and its related fields.
The faculty had identified a number of niche areas which have critical mass at faculty level in order to become the Centre of Excellence. The Centre organized research and development programs, consultancy and focused professional training which involved expertise from other disciplines in the university. The objective was to secure contracts from the public or private sectors in order to generate income for the faculty. At present, four Centers' of Excellence had been established by the faculty as listed below.
Road Safety Research Center (RSRC) Housing Research Center(HRC) Mountainous Terrain Development Research Center (MTDRC) Centre of Excellence for Wireless and Photonic Network (WiPNET) Centre of Excellence on Lightning Protection (CELP)
The faculty had also initiated professional chairs with sponsorship secured from corporate sectors. The objectives are:
1) to facilitate researchers from inside and outside the faculty to execute research with local and oversea research institutes 2) to invite prominent scientists for short and long term visits 3) to prepare financial budgets to sustain post doctoral research
The Eight Malaysia Plan ended in 2005 and during its duration, most of the approved research projects were completed. Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation offers 3 research grants : Technofund -Innofund and Sciencefund. In addition, the Ministry of Higher Education initiated the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme and UPM offers the Research University Grant Scheme.
Faculty of Engineering-brief history
1975 Faculty of Agricultural Engineering was established and offered one Bachelor of Engineering (Agriculture) program
1985 the faculty was changed to Faculty of Engineering and offered 4 Bachelor of Engineering Programs.
1996 the faculty was expanded to 8 Departments offering 8 Bachelor of Engineering programs
1999 Phase 1 of New Engineering Complex was completed.
 Faculty of Science
The Faculty was first established as the Division of Basic Sciences in 1972. Its objective was to offer basic science courses required by other faculties in the University. In 1975, the status of the division was upgraded to a faculty, and named the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies.
Since then the faculty has gone through several restructuring processes, including the setting up of the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Computer Sciences which later were upgraded to form two new faculties, and the transfer of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology to the newly formed Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. Ever since the restructuring, the faculty has been renamed as the Faculty of Science in 2004.
 Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences was established on 1 August 1996 as a result of the merger of the Department of Bio-Medical of the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Science with The Nutrition and Community Health Department of the Faculty Human Ecology. Currently, there are 1733 full-time students in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.The mission of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia is to become a centre of excellence via effective and skillful teaching, research, professional services and consultancy in the field of medicine and health sciences.
 Faculty of Economics and Management
The Faculty of Economics and Management or FEP is an excellent institution offering advance studies in economics. Since its inception in 1974, the Faculty has established a strong tradition of interdisciplinary teaching, research, and innovative scholarship. From its initial strengths in agribusiness, agricultural economics, and natural resource economics, the Faculty has broadened its disciplines to include mainstream economics, finance, accounting and business management, in response to the industrial needs of the nation. FEP consists of four departments: Department of Economics, Department of Hospitality and Recreation (formerly the Department of Natural Resource Economics), Department of Management and Marketing, and Department of Accounting and Finance. The Department of Economics administers the undergraduate honors degree program (Bachelor of Economics) as well as joint honors degree programs with other departments. The Department of Management and Marketing administers the Bachelor of Business Administration program, while the Department of Accounting and Finance administers the Bachelor of Accounting program.
Currently the faculty is staffed by 18 Professors, 15 Associate Professors, 54 senior lecturers, 40 lecturers and 35 tutors in various fields of economics, management, finance and accounting. The academic staff members have considerable experience in teaching, research, consultancies and student supervision. The Faculty is supported by a large number of reputable staffs with expertise in various fields of analytical and applied economics, finance, accounting, and business management. The Faculty is committed to achieve excellence in teaching and research at the international level. The Faculty offers a wide range of graduate courses in Economics and Management, in collaboration with the Graduate School of Management where students have the option to choose relevant courses based on interest and area of specialization.
In the field of Economics, the Faculty is widely recognized, both, for the high quality and the breadth of its research output as shown by the three consecutive assessments of research quality conducted by the higher education funding bodies in Malaysia. Members of the Faculty publish regularly in leading national and international economic journals. Our research strategy focuses on the development of economic theory and empirical studies using advance econometric methods. The objective of the faculty is to produce research that advances economic or econometric theory and offers innovative approaches on issues of concern to economic policy makers.
Our research interests are wide-ranging and supervision is offered in various areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Research in microeconomics focuses on game theory, the economics of information, financial economics, development economics, international economics, environmental and natural resource economics. The econometrics group has particular interest in econometric methodology, econometric modeling and time-series analysis. Additionally, many of the groups are actively involved in applied econometric research in macroeconomics, labor economics and finance. Information on the faculty members' research interest can be obtained from the List of Academic Staff.
 Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Agriculture is one of three founding faculties that made up the formation of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (now Universiti Putra Malaysia) in 1971. Beginning with seven departments under this faculty, most of these departments were later developed to become several other faculties.
At the end of 1998, Faculty of Agriculture has 3 academic departments which are Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Department of Plant Protection and Department of Soil Science.
Beginning from 1 January 1999, the restructuring process at Universiti Putra Malaysia also involved Faculty of Agriculture. The restructuring is based on the concept of uniting or integration of the main elements in the agricultural systems comprising of crop, animal, soil, technology and management. On this basis, the Faculty of Agriculture now have 6 departments - Crop Science, Animal Science, Plant Protection, Land Management, Agribusiness and Information System, and Agriculture Technology.
As a foremost agriculture faculty in this country, Faculty of Agriculture has a major role to find solutions to the current agriculture problems faced by the nations, and to enhance the prospects of development of the agriculture industry in the long term especially in the training programs of human resources for producing trained individuals comprising of graduates who are visionary and competitive in the industrial arena.
Using the country's education system as the base, Faculty of Agriculture will strive to produce trained agriculture expertise characterized by their entrepreneurship and capability to provide consultations at any place, besides contributing to new and high agriculture technology resulting from research and commercialization programs. The Faculty of Agriculture currently offers programs in Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Bachelor of Horticultural Science, and Bachelor of Science (Agribusiness), Bachelor of Agriculture (Aquaculture) and Bachelor of Agriculture (Animal Science). Beside those, programs at postgraduate levels offered are Master in Agriculture Science, Master in Science, Master in Land Resource Management, Master in Plantation Management, Master in Sustainable Land Management and PhD.
 Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
The Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BioTech UPM) was established on 1 August 2004 with the merger of two departments, the Department of Biotechnology (from the Faculty of Food Science and Biotechnology) and the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology (from the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies). With the formation of BioTech UPM, all activities involving biotechnology in UPM are organised under one administration. Since its formation, the Faculty has four departments:
Department of Bioprocess Technology Department of Cell and Molecular Biology Department of Biochemistry Department of Microbiology
Each department offers core and elective courses for its own program as well as for other programs. Besides teaching, the academic staff members are also actively involve in research, extension services and consultancy. Although it is a new faculty, all the academic staff are very experienced and have broad scientific knowledge in their respective fields. BioTech UPM has various expertise and facilities to support teaching and research as well as to provide professional services in all fields involving biotechnology.
Currently, the Faculty offers four (4) academic programs at the Bachelor’s degree level. These programs are Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology), Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring either in Biochemistry or Microbiology, and Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology. For post-graduate studies, the Faculty offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programs. The fields of study offered for the M.S. and Ph.D programs are Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Industrial