We are The National University

INSPIRING FUTURES, NURTURING POSSIBILITIES

18 May 1970

Establisment

The first outburst of ​​the need for higher education for the Malays occurred during the Kings’ Council Meeting 1903. A scholar Za’ba wrote about the idea in the ‘Lembaga Melayu’ press in 1917. Thoughts movement, debate and determination by the Malay intellectuals to establish a university that uses the Malay language as the language of instruction in a tertiary institution began in 1923 when Abdul Kadir Adabi, another Malay intellectual, submitted a memorandum suggesting the idea to the Sultan of Kelantan. However, such thoughts and determination failed to be materialized due to various obstacles and colonialism pressure.

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18 May 1970
1 October 2006

Prime Minister Quality Award

Based on excellence in the field of research for more than four decades, UKM was selected as one of the research universities in Malaysia in 2006. The consolidation of research is followed by the creation of eight niche areas namely , Cabaran Membina Negara-bangsa, Pembangunan Lestari Wilayah, Tenaga Keterbaharuan, Teknologi Kesihatan & Perubatan, Perubahan Iklim, Nanoteknologi & Bahan Termaju, Kepelbagaian Biologi dalam Pembangunan Bioteknologi dan ICT: Informatik Isian.

1 October 2006
29 April 2010

Self-Accreditation Status

UKM was awarded the status of Self-accrediting Institution on 29 April 2010. Self-accreditation status gives more power to top-performing universities in this country to do their own self-assessment

29 April 2010
26 January 2012

Autonomy Status

Autonomy status given to UKM will make it more cost effective and will rise to the occasion as it moves towards excellence.

26 January 2012
18 May 2020

50th Years Celebration

UKM feels fortunate and grateful for having overcome various obstacles during its 49 years of establishment. The success of UKM today is the success of all parties involved. The university treasures and thanks to everyone in UKM who have worked together in enhancing the excellence of UKM. On 18 May 2020, UKM will once again make history by celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Golden Jubilee celebration.

18 May 2020