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1. University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)
University of Malaysia, Sarawak) is a Malaysian public university located in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. UNIMAS was officially incorporated on 24 December 1992. Recently, UNIMAS has been ranked among top 200th in Asian University Rankings 2017 by QS World University Rankings.
The University took in its very first students numbering 118 in 1993 with the opening of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Resource Science and Technology. These students were temporarily located at Telekom Training College, Simpang Tiga, Kuching until 1994 when the University moved to its East Campus in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. The University’s East Campus at Kota Samarahan was officially launched by the Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on Independence Day, 31 August 1993.
At present, the University consists of 50 Faculties, three Institutes and 60 Centres. The Faculty of Language and Communication is the latest faculty formed recently.
UNIMAS was awarded MS ISO 9001: 2008 quality certificate by SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. and IQNet on 13 May 2010 for its core management process at Undergraduate Studies vision (BPPs) and Centre for Academic Information Services (CAIS).
UNIMAS has implemented and maintains an Information Security Management System(ISMS) which fulfills the requirement of ISO/IEC 27001:2005 and MS ISO/IEC 27001:2007 standards. The scope covers the areas for the management of UNIMAS Data Centre covering equipment, system software, database and operating systems for the university’s critical applications. The certification was issued to UNIMAS on 27 September 2013.
An international competition was held for the master plan design of the West Campus. The winning design for the proposed new university was by Peter Verity (PDRc) the international architect and city planner, who after detailed environmental analysis chose the site for the West Campus.The objective of the plan was to create an environmentally sustainable urban campus which, in the manner of Louvain-la-Neuve, would form the centre of a significant university new town. The interface between the fresh water and saltwater systems of the site are expected to give the opportunity to create a biodiversity of considerable richness.
The opening of the new West Campus by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi on 18 April 2006 was witnessed by 10,000 students, staff and members of the public. The event was also broadcast live over RTM1.
2. Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) is Malaysia’s largest institution of higher learning in terms of size and population. It has experienced phenomenal growth since its inception in 1956 and it is still growing. Beside the main campus in Shah Alam, the university has expanded nationwide with 12 state campuses, 6 satellite campuses in Shah Alam, 11 state satellite campuses and 21 affiliated colleges. With this vast network and a workforce of 17,770, the university offers more than 500 academic programmes in a conducive and vibrant environment. It is also home to some 175,200 students.
To accommodate the increasing number of students, six new branch campuses were completed by 2014, namely Phase 2 of Puncak Alam Campus, Samarahan 2 Campus in Sarawak, Jasin Campus in Melaka, Pasir Gudang Campus in Johor, Seremban Campus in Negeri Sembilan and Tapah 2 Campus in Perak.
UiTM’s plan to strengthen the governance of the university resulted in the establishment of a system called 1 University 2 System ((1U2S). Based on this system, which was approved by the Board of Directors in 2007, there is an anchor university and 12 state universities. With the new system of governance, the university is able to optimise the use of its resources to enhance excellence in research, technology and learning as well as community service.
3. Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus is the international branch campus of Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. The Sarawak campus opened in Kuching, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, in 2000.
The campus is a partnership between Swinburne Australia and the Sarawak government. The campus is part of a long-term strategy by Swinburne Australia, established in 1908, to globalize its operations and provide its students with international living, working and learning opportunities.
Since it was first set up, Swinburne Sarawak has been growing rapidly. The custom-designed campus has a current student population of 4,000. Apart from Malaysia, students hail from more than 60 countries, making it a truly international university.
Only 15 minutes away from the heart of Kuching city and nestled within commercial and residential areas, the 16.5-acre campus offers undergraduate degrees in engineering, science, commerce, computing and design that are identical to those of its home campus in Australia. Also offered are postgraduate research programs at PhD and masters in these disciplines as well as the MBA (International) and MA (TESOL). Also included is the one-year foundation programs in business, design, information technology/multimedia, engineering and science. A range of English language proficiency programs are also available.
4. UCSI University Sarawak Campus
UCSI University was established in 1986. Originally the Canadian Institute of Computer Studies, the school has evolved with accreditation. In 1990, it became Sedaya College, later Sedaya International College. In 2003 it became University College Sedaya International (UCSI), and in 2008 when it became a full university was renamed UCSI University. UCSI University has three (3) campuses, namely KL Campus, Sarawak Campus and Terengganu Campus.
UCSI University Sarawak Campus, situated in Kuching, Sarawak, this Campus provides a dynamic and stimulating environment in which to study hospitality, tourism, events management, retailing, industrial relations and international business. The Sarawak Campus is strongly linked with the industry’s best such as Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Hard Rock Hotel, Bolton Hotel in New Zealand, Hokkaido Tracks Resort Properties in Japan, and Resort Worldwide, the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, the Sarawak Tourism Board and many more. This ensures that courses run remain highly relevant to today’s demands in the hospitality industry to allow for the development of skills that guarantee these graduates worldwide employment.
UCSI University Sarawak Campus housed 3 major faculties. There are Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Faculty of Business and Information Science and Centre for Pre-U Studies.
In support of the state’s rapidly developing hospitality and tourism industry, UCSI University Kuching’s own expansion plans are already underway to build a campus and hotel at the mega Kuching Isthmus development site. The UCSI Education Precinct and the UCSI City Island Hotel will be built on 25.5 acres of land, all within the vicinity of the famed Borneo Convention Centre.
5. Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (also referred to as Limkokwing) is a private international university that has a presence across Africa, Europe, and Asia. With its main campus in Malaysia, the university has over 30,000 students from more than 150 countries, studying in campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Kuching, Botswana, Cambodia, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Eswatini, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.
It is considered to be one of the top arts and design schools in Asia, and is ranked highly among Asian universities in the QS Rankings.
From inception – in 1991 – the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology has been sensitive to market demands because it felt a strong responsibility to produce graduates who are able to make a smooth transition from classroom to workplace. Here is a synopsis of its development and eventual global expansion.