Nation Building

UKM is the national university born out of the aspirations of the common people to realise the dream of establishing a university as a pinnacle of a national education system that ennobles the national language, bahasa Melayu. It carries this responsibility not only with much commitment but also much pride. UKM carries the appellation kebangsaan or national and therefore is tasked with the responsibility to uphold the philosophy, vision, mission and objectives of the nation. This very symbolic name demands UKM to be the flag bearer of national identity and the bulwark of national sovereignty. These are elements to instil confidence as well as empower society to embrace change in order to manage the challenges of globalisation.

UKM has renowned researchers to discuss some of the latest scholarship and assess the state of the art of multiculturalism as well as cultural diversity. Research in these areas will help Malaysia chart a future programme of understanding and analysis on issues in ethnicity and nation building. Among the topics include the legacy of colonialism and its impacts upon politics of ethnicity and nation building, public policies (economic, education, language, culture, law) which have promoted or hindered multiethnic harmony, citizen’s rights in multiethnic societies, and rethinking of the nation in the contemporary era.

In many globally connected areas such as commerce, finance, education, research, geopolitics and security, Malaysia is exposed to the impact of globalization as well as the diversity of culture and ways. Our academics are involved in studies on Malaysia, globalisation or area studies focusing on civilisations, culture, ethnicity, integration, commerce, economics and such like.


Prof. Ulung Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin
Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 Bangi, Selangor.

Tel: +603 8921 4641
Fax: +603 8921 5461