Universiti Telekom Malaysia
University description (as per official university website)
Multimedia University (MMU), a tertiary education institution set up through Universiti Telekom Sdn Bhd (UTSB), a wholly owned subsidiary of TM, fulfils the noblest of corporate social responsibilities Ė taking up the challenge of educating the next generation the nationís leaders and knowledge workers. As the first private university in Malaysia, MMU developed the pioneer model for the successful establishment of private universities in the nation, paving the way for the growth of the private tertiary education sector. As the university at the heart of the MSC, MMU also serves as a catalyst for the development of the high tech ICT industry of the nation, parallel to the Silicon Valley-Stanford model in the United States.
Growing to over 20,000 students in 12 short years, MMU has achieved much in a relatively short period of time. The university runs in two campuses, its original campus in the historical city of Melaka, and the campus in Cyberjaya that was opened by the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed. It has produced 22,820 graduates in its time, and a recent survey demonstrates that 93% of these secure employment within 6 months of the completion of studies. It has also grown an outstanding pool of international students numbering at 4,200 from 75 countries. Establishing itself as a major player in research and development, and maintaining excellent ties with the industry through collaborations and research partnerships, MMU now hosts 13 Research Centres to date, focusing in the niche areas of nanotechnology, microsystems, biometrics, virtual reality, microwave and telecommunications, engineering, photonics, advanced robotics and business.
Through an organisation-wide policy of prudent spending and careful budgeting, the university successfully achieved financial independence within the first 3 years of its founding, and continue to be sustainable and financially healthy to this day. This is in spite of a recent infrastructural expansion in both its campuses during the period of 2006 till present, with the completion of the Phase 3 of development in the Melaka Campus and Phase 2 of development in the Cyberjaya Campus.
As part of TMís initiative to further develop the ICT industry in the nation as a whole, MMU serves to fulfil the nationís human resource needs as it grows into a knowledge economy. The establishment of MMU as a research university also serves to benefit the nationís ICT industry to be a creator and not just a consumer of technology. Through the establishment of a local private university, the nation can train its required human resources within its borders, a sound strategy from the economic management perspective.
MMUís continued growth and sustainability is a clear indication of TMís strong commitment towards the development of the fieldof education and research in the nation.
To be a premier university that propagates the generation and dissemination of knowledge in cutting edge technologies.
To deliver quality academic programmes based on state-of-the-art R&D.
To attract and nurture quality minds who will contribute towards the global knowledge economy.
To inculcate a strong research culture within a dynamic, efficient and effective team of academic and support staff.
To be financially self-sustaining via education and the commercialisation of R&D products and services.
In 1996 the government of Malaysia was looking for methods to liberalise higher education in the nation, and to involve the private education sector in the development of this critical sector of human capital building. As such, the Ministry of Education was looking for an established private company to kick off the pilot project for university building. In October 1996, the then Telekom Malaysia was given the distinction by the Ministry of Education to set up the first private university in Malaysia. It was considered an honour to be given such trust by the government to spearhead the privatization of higher education. Being a natural extension of the existing ITTM campuses that TM already runs, TM accepted the invitation and Universiti Telekom was established in Melaka.
A year later, with the planning of the MSC underway, the government was once again looking for a suitable candidate to construct a university in the heart of the MSC. The idea behind this university is to emulate the Stanford-Silicon Valley example, where a centre of teaching and research catalyzed the development of high tech industry in the surrounding area. In March 1997, TM was again honoured when it was given the task to set up this university, to be known as Multimedia University. Considering that the telecommunications industry was becoming closely linked with developments in ICT, expansion into an education field directly related to ICT is a natural strategic decision.
Today, Universiti Telekom Sdn Bhd (UTSB), a wholly owned subsidiary of TM runs the two campuses as one university named Multimedia University (MMU). Aligned with its parent companyís interests, UTSB has been entrusted to contribute proactively towards nation building and towards making Malaysia a world-renowned centre of academic excellence in the areas of information technology and multimedia. TM invited Prof Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon to lead UTSB, and he served MMU as President for 11 years. His responsibility was passed on to Prof Dr Zaharin Yusoff who took over as the second president of MMU from 2008.
Currently, MMU has a total of seven faculties with two supporting academic divisions:
Faculties in Cyberjaya Campus
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Information Technology
Faculty of Creative Multimedia
Faculty of Management
Centre for Foundation Studies and Extension Education
Faculties in Melaka Campus
Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Faculty of Information Science and Technology
Faculty Business and Law
Centre for Foundation Studies and Extension Education
Centre for Advanced Diploma Programme