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Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

University of Malaysia, Sarawak
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Motto Kontemporari dan Berpandangan Jauh
Motto in English
Contemporary & Forward Looking
Type Public
Established 24 December 1992
Chancellor TYT Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud
Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak
Vice-Chancellor YBhg Prof Dato' Dr Mohamad Kadim bin Suaidi
Location Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia
Campus Main campus in Kota Samarahan
Nickname UNIMAS
Affiliations ASAIHL, ACU[1]

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (English: University of Malaysia, Sarawak) or UNIMAS was officially incorporated on 24 December 1992. UNIMAS is Malaysia's eighth public university, established just after the declaration of Vision 2020. Recently, UNIMAS has been ranked at 165th in Asian University Rankings 2011 by QS World University Rankings.[2]

The University took in its 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 Kolej Latihan Telekom, 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 nine Faculties, three Institutes and seven Centre's.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).[3]

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 masterplan design of the West Campus. The winning design was by Peter Verity (PDRc) the international architect, 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[4]

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.[5] The event was also broadcast live over RTM1.

University Governance

  • Vice-Chancellor - Prof Dato' Dr Mohamad Kadim bin Suaidi
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International) - Professor Dr Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni) - Professor Mohd Fadzil bin Abdul Rahman
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) - Professor Dr Kopli Bujang
  • Registrar - Tuan Hj. Abu Bakar Ibrahim
  • Bursar - Tuan Hj. Mazlan Kiflie
  • Development Director - Mr. Humphrey Rayang Janang
  • Chief Librarian - Mdm. Margaret Simeng
  • Corporate Planning & Communications Director - Dr Fitri Suraya Mohamad
  • Legal Officer - Ms Mavis Goh

Niche Areas of Research and Development

UNIMAS commitment to research has already been recognised by the stakeholders and partners in industry by the provision of endowments for the establishment of eight research chairs; these include the Tun Zaidi Chair for Medicinal Chemistry, the Tun Openg Chair for Sago Technology, the Shell Chair for Environmental Studies, and the Sapura Chair for ICT. Today, UNIMAS’ research is focused on at least four niche areas of research:

  • Biotechnological research in epidemiology (dengue, JE, FMHD, malaria), biogeography (phylogenetics) and agriculture (sago);
  • ICT, specifically on ICT for rural development; and
  • Biodiversity, natural resource and environmental management.
  • Image Analysis and Spatial Technologies

Students' Union

The UNIMAS Student Representative Council ([Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar UNIMAS or MPP UNIMAS] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help)) is the student representative body for students at the University Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia. It is the ultimate legislative body among the students. A general election is held every year to elect representatives to the Student Representative Council.

Institutional Repository

UNIMAS Institutional Repository (IR) is developed to collect, preserve, manage and disseminate the digital intellectual output and property of the entire University with the objective of increasing the visibility of UNIMAS authors and researchers. The Centre for Academic Information Services (CAIS) is responsible in establishing, collaborating, managing, maintaining and disseminating the content of the Repository. Access to the content is subjected to the Access Policy. UNIMAS IR can be accessed via []


Year Rank Valuer
2012 161-170 QS Asian University Rankings
2013 181-190 QS Asian University Rankings
2014 201-250 QS Asian University Rankings
2015 201[6] QS Asian University Rankings
2016 251[7] QS Asian University Rankings
2017 400[8] QS Asian University Rankings


See also


  1. ^ []
  2. ^ []
  3. ^ QAD. "UNIMAS MS ISO Expansion". Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "World Architecture". 
  5. ^ BERNAMA. "Lessons Through Teleconferencing For Schools In Remote Areas". Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Universiti Malaysia Sarawak". Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Universiti Malaysia Sarawak". Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Universiti Malaysia Sarawak". Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 

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