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UKM living laboratories are among the most prominent features in UKM. They comprise natural habitat from marine, freshwater, highland, and tropical-rain forest. Langkawi Research Center (PPL) is dedicated to enhance socioeconomic status through tourism and conservation at Langkawi Global Geopark. PPL also works in close cooperation with UNESCO. Another living lab is Tasik Chini Research Centre which serves as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the first of its kind in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Other living labs are also keeping the same spirit. Marine Research Centre (EKOMAR) in Mersing, Johor focuses on the marine science field. Fraser Hill Research Centre concentrates on the conservation field and Kuala Pilah Research Centre highlights the field of Jatropha biofuel. Other research centres which specialize in community health are progressively being developed in Teluk Intan, Tanjung Karang and Beranang.


Langkawi was endorsed as a Unesco Global Geopark (LUGG) on the 1st June 2007, the first in Southeast Asia. The concept of LUGG is considered as a new management tool for sustainable regional development.

It bases its concept of “science to action”. It is derived from the conservation of natural heritage, translated into knowledge-based tourism, and integrated into actions that leads to the social wellbeing of the local communities.

  • Geology Laboratory
  • Stone Repository
  • Geological Wet Laboratory
  • Biology Laboratory
  • Zoological Museum & Herbarium
  • Interaction Lab
  • Resource Room
  • Researcher Office Room
  • PPL Gallery

Kampus Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah,
Pusat Penyelidikan Langkawi (PPL),
Jalan Teluk Yu, Teluk Burau,
07100 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman.

Tel: +604 9591207/ +604 9591248
Fax: 04-9591248



UKM Marine Ecosystem Research Centre (EKOMAR) conducts research with the aim of preserving and conserving the marine ecosystem.

EKOMAR research team comprises researchers from other government agencies such as the National Oceanography Directorate and the Department of Fisheries.

To reach the primary goal of its establishment, EKOMAR is committed to achieve the following main objectives:

  • To identify flora and fauna, physical and socio-cultural heritage, and threatened areas;
  • To study and prepare inventories of the local ecosystems, i.e. mangrove forests, river estuaries, flora and fauna of the marine coastal zone and islands within the east Johor waters;
  • To serve as a reference centre for biological diversity and conservation in the east coast of Johor;
  • To conduct research based on products (for example, biotechnology, ecotourism and aquaculture);
  • To establish collaborative network and strengthen cooperative linkages with equivalent centres within the country and overseas;
  • To protect the economy of the local communities.

Faculty of Science & Technology
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor

EKOMAR @ Mersing
Lot 604, Jalan Pantai,
Kg. Tg. Resang
86800 Endau, Mersing, Johor

Tel: +603 89214618
Fax: +603 89214619



Fraser’s Hill Research Centre focuses on teaching and research in the field of bio-engineering, nano technologies, hydrology, geology, natural disasters, botany, ecology, soil, flora, fauna and the social environment. It also provides consulting services to agencies and institutions such as the Pahang State Government, Perbadanan Kemajuan Bukit Fraser, District Office & Land Raub, Raub District Council, and the State Forestry Department.

It also provides community services to the local community in the development of human capital especially in the field of edu-tourism and eco-tourism.

There are research facilities provided by the Fraser Hill Research Center for the use of students, researchers and visitors who want to conduct research and fieldwork.

There are five trails built by PPBF namely:

  1. Jeriau Peak Trail
  2. VIP trail
  3. Water Trail
  4. Waterfall Trail
  5. Nursery Trail

To be updated



Tasik Chini Research Center (PPTC) focuses on biotic and abiotic aspects that belong to the diversity of flora and fauna, water, soil, and air. PPTC was established under the auspices of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), specifically to conduct research, teaching, fieldwork, environmental awareness, and dissemination of information on integrated lake management to the community.

The Pahang State Government has allocated 20 acres of land in the grounds of Tasik Chini to be used as a development site for the PPTC complex. The relationship between the Pahang State Government and UKM in the establishment of PPTC is in line with the demands for the implementation of policies contained in the Pahang State Physical Plan (2001-2020) and the Pekan District Local Plan (2002-2015) in the sustainable development and conservation of Tasik Chini as Environmentally Sensitive Areas (KSAS).

  1. Conduct scientific research and teaching field work on biological diversity, ecosystem function and integrated lake management
  2. Enhance expertise, knowledge and generate experience while conducting field research activities in an orderly and effective manner.
  3. Integrating new approaches in research in biological diversity, ecosystem function, lake management at the national and international levels.
  4. To develop PPTC towards superior scientific research and education centers in line with the aspirations of UKM
  5. Assist the Pahang state government in the conservation, restoration and sustainability of Tasik Chini for the state government and national heritage

Pusat Penyelidikan Tasik Chini (PPTC)
Fakulti Sains dan Teknologi,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 UKM Bangi,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,

Tel: +603 89213291
Fax: +603 89213291