Universiti Malaya (UM) is the oldest university in Malaysia, tracing its origins to 1905. Its beautiful 750-acre campus lies within the heart of Kuala Lumpur city. UM is a public university, serving academia and society through teaching, research, publication, innovation, community engagement and industry linkage. UM has produced several generations of Malaysian leaders, including prime ministers, captains of industry, civil society leaders and notable public servants.
The university comprises of 13 faculties, two academies, three centres and three institutes that comprehensively cover various disciplines including medicine, science, engineering, technology, social sciences and humanities. Additionally, the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) is the largest and oldest teaching hospital in Malaysia.
In 2006, UM was accorded the Malaysian Research University (RU) status. Emphasis on research is strengthened by the establishment of several national Centres of Excellence headed by UM. The university’s six research clusters foster interdisciplinary research amongst UM researchers and support international as well as local collaborations.
In 2015, UM was given the highest 6-star rating by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. Each year, the university maintains its status as Malaysia’s premier leading university in national and global rankings. UM has emerged among the world’s top 60 universities and is ranked 59th on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2021.