Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Malaysian University of Sabah
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Motto Bertekad Cemerlang
Motto in English
Strive to Excel
Type Public
Established 1994
Chairperson Zaki Azmi
Chancellor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, Governor of State
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Harun Bin Abdullah
Pro-Chancellor Musa Aman, Yeoh Tiong Lay
Location Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Campus Headquarters Campus in Kota Kinabalu
International Campus in Labuan
Agriculture Campus in Sandakan
Affiliations ASAIHL, ACU,[1] FUIW[2]
Website www.ums.edu.my

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (English: Malaysian University of Sabah) or UMS is the ninth Malaysian public university located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, established on 24 November 1994. His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong proclaimed the establishment of UMS under Section 6(1) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971.



The first UMS campus was sited at the site of the then Sabah Foundation Community College, KKYS (now University College Sabah Foundation, UCSF) on their grounds. The first intake consisted of 205 undergraduates, with its residences located just beside the football field, on the compound of Yayasan Sabah.

Initially, the university management office operated at the Malaysian Ministry of Education in Kuala Lumpur. It shifted to Kota Kinabalu in 1995.

On August of the same year, physical development began to take place on a 999-acre (4 km²) land, located at the northern part of Kota Kinabalu City. The first phase of its construction was completed in 2000.

UMS opened an International Campus in Labuan in 1999, and an Agriculture Campus at Sandakan in 2011.

20th anniversary logo
Chancellory building

Before June 2014, there were 13 schools and nine research institutes in UMS. Starting 1 July 2014, the restructuring of 13 existing schools into 10 faculties has been done in line with the academic transformation in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).[3]

Faculties (Science)

Faculties (Humanities)

Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning (PPIB)


Centres of Excellence

Borneo Marine Research Institute

Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) was established in 1995 with the aim of promoting education, research and training in Marine conservation and sustainable development of marine resources and a rational deployment of biotechnology.

Biotechnology Research Institute

The Biotechnology Research Institute(BRI) was established in January 2002 to function as a Center of Excellence in the field of Biotechnology at UMS. The establishment runs research and development in biological or life sciences in relations to medicine, food, agricultural science and environmental protection.

Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation

The Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ITBC) was founded in 1996. With the co-ordinating assistance of the institute, local and international scientists are helped in their explorations of the biodiversity of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems of the tropics, especially in Sabah.

Research units

Residential colleges

With the Vice-Chancellor’s Message 2014, Prof. Datuk Harun announced the change of residential colleges’ names.[4]

Location Residential colleges Formerly known as Note
Kota Kinabalu
main campus
Kolej Kediaman Tun Mustapha Kolej Kediaman AB In-campus hostel
Kolej Kediaman Tun Fuad Stephens Kolej Kediaman CD
Kolej Kediaman E Kolej Kediaman E Off-campus hostel
Kolej Kediaman Kingfisher and Non-Resident -
Kolej Kediaman Usia 1B -
University Apartment
Kolej Kediaman Sri Angkasa -
International Campus
Kolej Kediaman Alpha - -
Kolej Kediaman Beta -
Kolej Kediaman Mutiara -
Kolej Kediaman Lestari - -


Year Rank Valuer
2012301+ QS Asian University Rankings
2014201-250 QS Asian University Rankings
2015201-250[5] QS Asian University Rankings

See also


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