Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

University of Malaysia Kelantan
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
Motto in English
Entrepreneurship Is Our Thrust
Type Public
Established 2007
Chancellor Sultan Muhammad V
Pro-Chancellor Dr. Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail Petra
Administrative staff
Students 6,500
Undergraduates 6,000
Postgraduates 500
Location Pengkalan Chepa, Bachok, Jeli, Kelantan, Malaysia
Website www.umk.edu.my
Landmark of UMK

The Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK; English: University of Malaysia, Kelantan) is a public university in Kelantan, Malaysia. The formation of the university was mooted during the tabling of the Ninth Malaysia Plan and approved by the cabinet of Malaysia on 14 June 2006. The launching ceremony was held at the end of 2006 by Prime Minister, Y.A.B. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The first students were enrolled with the commencement of the June 2007 semester.[1]

The Prime Minister of Malaysia announced the government’s approval to establish a university in Kelantan under the Ninth Malaysia Plan on 31 March 2006.

On 14 June 2006, a Cabinet Meeting approved the establishment of the university. Taglines such as “Entrepreneurship is Our Thrust” and “Entrepreneurial University” are used to promote the philosophy of the university. Studies are grouped into three fields:

Apart from the three fields of study, emphasis is given to acquiring language and soft skills.

The Growth of the university

The first Vice-Chancellor of University Malaysia Kelantan was Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Zainai bin Mohamed, who was appointed on 1 October 2006.

UMK operates in three campuses from its main campus in Bachok, second campus in Jeli and also their temporary campuses in Pengkalan Chepa.[2][3]

First Convocation

UMK's first convocation was held from 15 to 19 September 2011 at Bachok Campus, in [[Bachok]CL] Kelantan.

266 first graduates of UMK from the Faculty of Agro Industry and Natural Resources (42 people); Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Business (83 persons) and the Faculty of Creative Technology and Heritage (141 people) received a bachelor's degree of their faculties at the First Convocation of UMK which was held at a hotel in Kota Bharu, Kelantan on 19 September 2011.

Among the degrees awarded are : Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Commerce) with Honours, Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture Technology Entrepreneurship) With Honours, Bachelor of Creative Technology with Honours, and Bachelor of Heritage Studies with Honours. One post-graduate student was awarded master's degree of Entrepreneurship (Management) and two with master's degree of Science (Agriculture Biotechnology). (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine had their first batch of graduates on 2014.)

UMK awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Entrepreneurship (Human Capital Development) to the fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Haji Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

UMK simultaneously held the Proclamation ceremony of His Majesty Tuanku Chancellor, Sultan Mohammed V, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan for the state of Kelantan Darul Naim as the Chancellor of UMK, and the appointment of His Royal Highness, Dr. Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail Petra, who is the Crown Prince of Kelantan as the Pro-Chancellor of UMK was held.

UMK introduced the logo of convocation which uses the colours of UMK; blue, orange and red.

UMK first graduates have become the first alumni, thus, a song titled "Detik Ini" was created by the university as a memento for them.


UMK has three campuses in the state of Kelantan:

These facilities can be found on each campus:

  • Database Centre. As an alternative source of information for users, the library has a central database for information that can be accessed through the internet. The Database Centre has 26 thin client terminals for users.
  • Self Check Out Terminal The library has a self check-out terminal to provide a smooth and quick means of borrowing library materials.
  • Book Drop Library users can return library materials through the book drop counter that operates at all times.
  • Database. The library has academic databases that can be used to access research material and other publications.
  • All doors have an Access Control System that uses cards to gain access.
  • Biology Lab
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Materials Science Lab
  • Food Lab
  • Environmental Lab
  • Geoscience Lab
  • Mineralogy Lab
  • Husbandry Lab
  • Natural Resources Lab


Academic programs and courses

UMK offers the following programs:[4]

Faculty of Earth Science [FSB]

Undergraduate degrees

  • Geoscience (SEG)
  • Sustainable Science (SEL)
  • Natural Resources (SEN)
  • Material Technology (SEB)
  • Forest Resource Technology (SEH)

Postgraduate degrees

  • Natural Resources Management
  • Environmental Sustainable
  • Environment Technology
  • Applied Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Geological Sciences

Faculty of Agro-Based Industry [FIAT]

Undergraduate degrees

  • Bioindustrial Technology (SBT)
  • Product Development Technology (SBP)
  • Husbandary Science (SBH)
  • Agro Technology Entrepreneurship (SBS)

Postgraduate degrees

  • Agro-Entrepreneurship
  • Bioindustrial Technology
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Environmental Sustainable
  • Environment Technology
  • Animal Sciences
  • Plant Sciences
  • Applied Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Aquaculture
  • Geological Sciences
  • Product development
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Bioindustrial Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Agro-Entrepreneurship
  • Natural Resources Science
  • Microbial Technology
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Aquaculture
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Geological Sciences
  • Product development


Faculty of Entrepreneurship & Business [FKP]

Undergraduate degrees

  • Commerce (SAK)
  • Tourism (SAP)
  • Hospitality (SAH)
  • Health Entrepreneurship (SAW)
  • Islamic Banking and Finance (SAB)
  • Retailing (SAR)
  • Logistic and Distribution (SAL)


Postgraduate degrees

  • Accounting
  • Commerce
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Retailing
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Health Entrepreneurship

Faculty of Heritage & Creative Technology [FTKW]

Undergraduate degrees

  • Multimedia
  • Product Design
  • Textile and Fashion
  • Visual Communications

Postgraduate degrees

  • Heritage Studies
  • Multimedia
  • Product Design
  • Textile and Fashion
  • Visual Communications

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine [FPV]

Undergraduate degrees

Postgraduate degrees

  • Pathology
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Physiology


UMK also provides the following general courses :

Centre for Language Studies & Human Development

English language

  • English language
  • English for Sciences
  • English for Business Communications
  • English For Creativity Writing In Arts And Heritage

Third languages

  • Arabic
  • Mandarin
  • Thai
  • Japanese
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French

(Khmer and Vietnamese were offered before.)

Social sciences

  • Islamic and Asian Civilisation
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Malaysian Nationhood & Development
  • Philosophy
  • Moral and Professional Ethics
  • Critical Thinking and Communication Skills

Co-curricular activities like participation in sports teams are also recognised as academic courses and are invigilated by the Centre for Language Studies and Human Development.[5] (***):Short cut and nickname for the faculty or course.

Pengkalan Chepa campus (City Campus)

The campus is expected to operate until the enrolment reaches 2,160 students. Starting from September 2011, the students will be placed at mainly Bachok and Jeli according to the faculty.

Campus facilities Total area

Taman Bendahara - 10,600m2 Hostel - 10,530m2

This campus consists of :

Bachok Campus

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan or UMK is a university in the state of Kelantan and is the country’s 19th state university. It is located in the Bachok district, near the tourist area of the Tok Bali beach. UMK began operating officially on 1 September 2006. The campus covers an area of 553.8 acres and is being developed in two phases with the first phase covering an area of 254 acres with the other phase occupying the remaining 300 acres of landspace in the future. Part of the campus is made up of a former paddy plantation which is suitable for development. The area is surrounded by schools, villages and a technical skills development institute.

The campus is divided into eight zones with the First Phase containing the commercial, academic, public spaces and residential zones; whereas the Second Phase will incorporate a sports complex, a park, a staff residential complex, a commercial zone and a Wetland Park.

The main entrance to the campus under the First Phase is through the P2 door with the UMK mosque minaret as the main focus point. The building layout of the campus is pedestrian-friendly, with the buildings being separated from each other at a distance of 400 meters.

The First Phase of the development involves the entrepreneurship and business faculty, the arts faculty, the university’s language centre, the academic administration building, lecture halls and rooms, the administrative building, public spaces; and the Islamic centre and the mosque. This phase currently houses around 2,160 undergraduates and 500 campus staff. The Bachok campus of UMK will be later transformed into a park campus.

Jeli Campus

The Faculty of Agro Industry and Natural Resources was stationed at UMK Taman Bendahara in Pengkalan Chepa until 19 January 2012. The faculty has moved to the new campus in Gemang, Jeli. The campus is located on 270 acres that includes the department of sciences and technology of FASA as well as the administrative office. In April 2012, FASA was dissolved and two new faculties were formed. They are the Faculty of Agro-based Industry and Faculty of Earth Sciences with a total of 900 undergraduates and postgraduates students. There are 74 academic staff of which 41 academic staff are on study leave, 55 non academic staff and 12 international academic staff.

For the September 2012 intake, students’ enrolment is expected to increase to 1500 students for seven undergraduate academic programmes and postgraduate programmes. There is only one building in the campus which is shared with the two faculties and the administrative office. The campus has a hall, library and hostels for the students. Due to the fact that there is only one building for the administration and academic purposes, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has to remain at UMK Padang Tembak. The faculty will move to UMK Jeli soon.

The first batch of FASA of 42 students graduated during the last convocation ceremony in September 2011.

Jeli campus

The concept of Jeli Campus

"In Forest Park Campus"
Jeli campus is located in a rural area surrounded by hills and greenery that provide a cool (during monsoon) and very hot atmosphere. The campus holds on to the concept of "campus in Forest Park" as the core of the campus physical development even though food is more expensive compared to the Bachok campus . It is a very undevelop university.

See also


  1. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan: Sekapur Sirih (in Malay)
  2. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan: Maklumat Kampus (in Malay)
  3. Bernama: UMK Foundation Stone To Be Laid Soon
  4. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan: Program Yang Ditawarkan (in Malay)
  5. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan: Pusat Pengajian Bahasa & Pembangunan Insaniah (in Malay)

Coordinates: 6°09′52″N 102°16′57″E / 6.16444°N 102.28250°E / 6.16444; 102.28250

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