Selamat datang, welcome to the University of Malaya (UM), the foremost and premier Research University (RU) in Malaysia. It is a multidisciplinary RU that has more than 23,000 students and 2000 academic staff with 17 faculties and research centres that covers the whole spectrum of learning from the Arts, Sciences and Humanities. The university's beginning at the Kuala Lumpur campus dates back to 1959 and thus far has a huge alumni of over 100,000, among them renowned and illustrious personalities and leaders in various fields.
We are the first choice of Malaysia's top students and our international student population comes from more than 80 different countries. Our beautiful 900-acre campus lies within the heart of Kuala Lumpur city and this strategic location is truly an advantage for our international academic staff and visitors. The University of Malaya, being a comprehensive, research-intensive university, confers degrees in a large variety of academic programmes at the Bachelors, Masters and PhD levels.
The university also offers joint PhD degrees with international partner universities such as the University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Nottingham, Imperial College London, and the Consortium of Presidents of Universities (CPU) in France.
As with any reputable university, our strength lies in the creativity, talent and dynamism of its people. Our researchers are in collaborative partnerships with more than 100 international institutions working on diverse topics from HIV-Aids, infectious diseases, biodiversity, nanotechnology to law, intellectual property, culture, religion, gender studies and poverty eradication studies. In the coming years, the university will see a further quantum leap in high quality research activity and publications as a result of the huge research funding that the university now enjoys from numerous sources and the many excellent students and staff that we are now admitting.
The University of Malaya has been, and remains, at the forefront of landmark scientific and medical discoveries as evidenced by the numerous awards that have been won both locally and internationally. For example, the work conducted at the Faculty of Medicine was recognised with the Mahathir Science Award 2006 for outstanding contribution to the understanding and treatment of Nipah Encephalitis. This work has also received the 2008 Merdeka Award.
In addition, UM researchers received the highest number of successful applications in the "Research Cooperation" category of the United Kingdom Prime Minister's Initiative for International Education (PMI-2) Connect Scheme with seven successful grants totalling GBP 230,385. The awards were given in the fields of photonics, plasma laser physics, halocarbons and climate change, group theory and mathematical cryptography, air-conditioning and refrigeration engineering, molecular microbiology and biotechnology.
Entrepreneurship is strongly promoted in the university where innovative schemes managed by the Centre for Technology Transfer and Commercialization are available that makes it easy for staff or students to set up companies, especially if they have new innovative business ideas or patents with commercial value. The university of today needs to strive for more than it did before, especially in setting role models for entrepreneurial success. In short, it is my great desire to see the university campus as fertile ground for the cultivation and nurturing of entrepreneurial and business-minded individuals. Students need to develop leadership qualities and become global citizens. Apart from being provided with none academic content on campus, many will continue to be sent abroad to engage in international exchanges. Funded partially via the Sultan Azlan Shah fund for student mobility, we expect approximately 1,250 UM students of each cohort to experience international student exchange and internships. Currently, the university has reciprocal arrangements with a number of universities for student exchange. For example, 15 UM students from the Science and Engineering faculties annually visit Inje University in Korea and vice-versa. Approximately 50 students are exchanged between the Beijing Foreign Studies University and UM's Academy of Malay Studies annually. In addition, UM's Faculty of Built Environment has welcomed 20 students from the University of Southern California at Santa Barbara.
I invite all bright academics and students from all over the world to join us in this exciting experience of learning and research in a world class institution.
With all best wishes.
MOHD AMIN BIN JALALUDIN