Established as a technical university in 2002, Universiti Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah (UMPSA) offers various engineering- and technology-based technical programmes, including high-level Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes.
After 21 years of glory, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) is now branded as Universiti Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah (UMPSA).
His Majesty Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah, who is also the UMP Chancellor contributed a lot in shaping the country leadership, empowering education, disseminating knowledge and religion as well as the concern of His Majesty The King towards the people, especially in Pahang Darul Makmur.
The university started as the University College of Engineering and Technology Malaysia (KUKTEM), a technical university established on 16 February 2002. After five years of operation, the Government of Malaysia announced the change of the name KUKTEM to Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), effective 1 February 2007.
The university’s branding to UMPSA, when it was at the peak of success, was based on the Universiti Malaysia Pahang Order (Incorporation) (Amendment) 2023 (P.U. (A) 116/2023) effective 14 April 2023.
This branding coincides with the university’s vision towards a leading technological university, and it will realise the aspiration of excellence achieved through academic empowerment and impactful research outputs and produce outstanding graduates to become quality human capital in driving excellent national development.
This branding will also build the university’s visibility, reputation and capabilities, which aligns with the university’s development and achievement at the age of 21 this year.
Ranked as one of the best in research and innovation within the classifications of Malaysia Technical University Network (MTUN) and Non-Research University (Non-RU), UMPSA is steadfastly committed to innovating and developing unique academic programmes through strategic international collaborations. A milestone of such innovation is UMP’s world-class dual-degree engineering programme in collaboration with Germany’s Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA) – now seen as the benchmark for other public institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.
In research, UMPSA collaborates with local industries to focus on industry-related applications. Such research collaboration enriches the teaching and learning modules at the university and simultaneously promotes the commercialisation of research output and products.
UMPSA Campus in Pekan
UMPSA main campus in Pekan began its operation on 27 July 2009. The Pekan campus can accommodate up to 10,000 students and 2,000 staff when the construction is completed.
Currently, the campus is home to four engineering faculties and one centre: Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Technology, Faculty of Manufacturing and Mechatronic Engineering Technology, Faculty of Computing and Centre for Modern Languages.
UMPSA Campus in Gambang
Situated in Gambang, near the East Coast Expressway, UMPSA is just a 30 km drive from Kuantan, with an area of 126 acres and can accommodate up to 5,000 students. UMPSA is strategically located in the East Coast Industrial Belt of Peninsular Malaysia - which hosts a large number of multinational corporations (MNCs) in the chemical, petrochemical, manufacturing, automotive and biotechnology industries. UMPSA students get extensive exposure to the latest development in engineering and technology fields.
At present, this campus is home to four faculties, one institute and two centres: Faculty of Civil Engineering Technology, Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering Technology, Faculty of Industrial Sciences and Technology, Faculty of Industrial Management, Institute of Postgraduates Studies, Centre for Mathematical Sciences and Centre for Human Sciences.