National University of Malaysia


Primarily known as Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, the National University of Malaysia is a public research institution located in Selangor, Malaysia. Nationalists first established the University to promote the Malay language as a language of knowledge. The quest started in 1923, and at last, all the efforts bore fruits, and the University was established in 1970. At first, the University featured three faculties, including Science, Arts and Islamic Studies. But the University progressed exponentially with time, and as of now, it offers degrees in 13 faculties.

The mission of the UKM is to be ahead of time and society in leading the development of a dynamic, learned and moral society. The National University of Malaysia, as a public institute of choice, attracts local and international students by offering numerous programs at undergraduate and graduate levels. UKM's academic staff always keep abreast of the evolution of methods of teaching and research methods, including the implementation of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). The University also has 5 "Living Labs", which are dedicated to sociological and scientific research on the sustainability and ecological systems in the country. KITA (Institute of Ethnic Studies) is the only full-fledged research centre focusing on Ethnic Studies.


The University has done an excellent job within a limited amount of time. There are 17,500 undergraduates, and 5,105 postgraduates, with 1,368 international students from 35 countries.

Cultural Center at UKM implements and coordinates arts and cultural activities, designs arts workshops and courses for the campus residents and students, and provides services to departments and faculties offering arts and culture-relatedculture-related courses. It also offers assistance and advice to clubs and associations related to arts and culture and in arts groups under ARTISUKMA Secretariat.

UKM's Sports Unit was founded in 1974 and was later updated to Sports Center in 2009. The prominent roles of this centre are to manage sports programs involving Mass Sports and High-Performance sports, sports science development, finance and administration, financial generation, promote sports facilities to outsiders and manage potential National athletes.


The National University of Malaysia offers on-campus and off-campus residences to its students. The on-campus residence includes a single or double room per the student's preference. The off-campus residence is mainly for married students. The international students are advised to apply for residence beforehand to have better chances of securing a seat.


Following are the global rankings of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

  • By Q.S. World Ranking, the National University of Malaysia ranks 129.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the National University of Malaysia ranks 601-800.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank the National University of Malaysia at 616.


National University of Malaysia
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

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