The University of Malaya is the oldest university in Malaysia. The university has the motto – ‘Knowledge is the Source of Progress’. It is a public university established in 1905. The chancellor of the University of Malaya is HRH Sultan Azlan Shah. The vice-chancellor of the university is Professor Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon.
The university has three pro-chancellors as well. They are HH Raja Nazrin Shah, Toh Puan Dr Aishah Ong and Tan Sri Siti Norma Yaakob. As of 2008, the University of Malaya had 18,051 undergraduate students and 8,912 graduate students.
The university is affiliated to the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), ASEAN University Network (AUN) and Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW). This article aims to give information about the University of Malaya.
The university has three campuses in Malaysia. Two of these campuses are located at Kuala Lumpur. The third of these campuses is located in Kelantan. The main campus of the University of Malaya is located in the Lembah Pantai suburb of Kuala Lumpur.
The main campus has an area of about 750 acres. This campus houses most of the faculties and the administrative buildings. The city campus is located in the Bukti Persekutuan area of Kuala Lumpur.
The city campus is approximately 15 minutes away from the main campus. This campus houses the library and also the Graduate School of Business of the University of Malaya.
This campus also houses the International Institute of Public Policy and Management, the Institute of Principalship Studies and the University of Malaya Center for Continuing Education.
The branch campus is located in Nilam Puri in Kelantan. It mostly offers courses in Islamic foundation studies in Shariah, Usuluddin, Islamic Studies and Islamic Education with Science.
The University of Malaya has always been a highly ranked university. It has been ranked within the top 200 universities in the world by the THES-QS World University Rankings. The exact rank has varied from 89 to 246. In the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions, also known as SETARA, the University of Malaya was ranked as the best university in Malaysia.