Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia

Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
MottoMalay: Dengan Hikmah Kita Meneroka[1]
Motto in EnglishWith Wisdom, We Explore[2]
ChancellorDYMM Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar
Sultan of Johor
Pro-Chancellor IDYAM Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim
Tunku Mahkota of Johor
Pro-Chancellor II YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa
Chief Secretary to the Government
ChairmanTan Sri (Dr.) Ir. Jamilus Md Hussin
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Dato' Dr. Mohd Noh Dalimin
CityBatu Pahat, Johor
Enrollment15344 (10/03/2016)
Colours Red, Blue and Silver
UTHM entrance

Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM; English: Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia) is a public university in Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia. It was formerly known as Institut Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn (ITTHO) and Kolej Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn (KUiTTHO). Along with other public university colleges, KUiTTHO was promoted to full university status since year 2007. The name UTHM was officially launched by the then education minister, Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Bin Tun Hussein. UTHM is also a member of Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN).



The establishment history of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia started off on 16 September 1993. The university was formerly known as Pusat Latihan Staf Politeknik (PLSP). The core business of PLSP then was to train and produce polytechnics academic staff to become knowledgeable and skilful in various engineering fields. The training institute was jointly administered by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

Three years later, PLSP was upgraded to Institut Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn (ITTHO). Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak who was then the Minister of Education made the official announcement of the new status on 12 April 1996. This promotion is an acknowledgment to the institution that has excelled in producing human resources for technical education.

On 27 September 2000, the institute achieved another milestone when the Malaysian government agreed to award a university-college status to the institute. This was to recognise its contributions in science and technology-based development as well as in helping the nation to achieve its aspiration. With the new status, the institution was known as Kolej Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn (KUiTTHO) and the official announcement was made by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Musa bin Mohamed, the then Minister of Education.

KUiTTHO continued to grow and progress, producing graduates who were skilful, knowledgeable and competitive. Consequently, the Malaysian government, on 20 September 2006, agreed to award the university-college a full university status and changed its name to Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. On 1 February 2007, Datuk Mustapha Mohamed, the Minister of Higher Education officially announced the change of status. Subsequently, Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Onn then made the official declaration of the change of name on 2 March 2007.[3]

Changes of names



Name of registrar Year
Encik Abdul Halim bin Abdul Rahman 2014 - present
Tuan Haji Sulam bin Hamid 2006 - 2014
Encik Abdul Halim bin Abdul Rahman 2005 - 2006
YBhg. Datuk Shuib bin Md. Yusop 2002 - 2005
Encik Misman bin Hj. Ramly 2001 - 2002
YBhg. Datuk Hasan bin Sirun 1997 - 2001

Honorary degree recipients

Convocation session Recipient Honorary degree
15 (Year 2015) YBhg. Prof. Datuk Ir. Adanan bin Mohamed Hussain Doctor of Philosophy (Civil Engineering)
15 (Year 2015) YBhg. Prof. Dr Josu Takala Doctor of Philosophy (Technology Management)
15 (Year 2015) Yang Berhormat Datuk Haji Nooh bin Gadut Doctor of Philosophy in Science(Human Development)
14 (Year 2014) YBhg. Prof. Emeritus Dr. Koichi Niihara Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering)
14 (Year 2014) YBhg. Prof. Dr. Georg Spottl Doctor of Philosophy (Technical and Vocational Education)
14 (Year 2014) YBhg. Prof. Datuk Mohmed Misbun b. Dato' Hj. Sidek Doctor of Philosophy in Science(Human Development)
13 (Year 2013) Baginda Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X Doctor of Philosophy (Facility and Real Estate Management)
12 (Year 2012) None None
11 (Year 2011) YBhg. Datuk K.Y Mustafa Master (Technology Management)
10 (Year 2010) YBhg. Tan Sri Musa bin Tan Sri Hj. Hassan Doctor of Philosophy (Technology Management)
10 (Year 2010) YBhg. Dato' Hj. Imran bin Idris Doctor of Philosophy (Technical Education)
9 (Year 2010) YAB Tun Abdullah bin Hj Ahmad Badawi Doctor of Philosophy (Technical Education)
8 (Year 2009) YBhg. Dato' Ir. Wahab bin Suhaili Master (Civil Engineering)
7 (Year 2008) Yang Amat Mulia Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah Doctor of Philosophy (Education)
6 (Year 2007) YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Muhammad Ali bin Hashim Doctor of Philosophy (Technology Management)
6 (Year 2007) YBhg. Dato' Dr. Ahamad bin Sipon Doctor of Philosophy (Technical Education)
5 (Year 2006) YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Ainuddin bin Abdul Wahid Doctor of Philosophy (Technical Education)
4 (Year 2005) YABhg. Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad Doctor of Philosophy (Technology Management)
3 (Year 2004) YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Musa bin Mohamad Doctor of Philosophy (Technology Management)
3 (Year 2004) YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ahmad Zaharudin bin Idrus Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering Technology)
3 (Year 2004) YBhg. Dato' Seri Dr. Abdul Shukor bin Abdullah Doctor of Philosophy (Technical Education)
2 (Year 2003) YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Ir. Hj. Zaini bin Omar Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)
2 (Year 2003) YBhg. Tan Sri Nuraizah binti Abdul Hamid Doctor of Philosophy (Technology Management)
1 (Year 2002) None None

List of Emeritus Professors

Year Recipients
2013 YBhg. Professor Emeritus Dato Dr. Hj. Ismail bin Hj. Bakar
2012 YBhg. Professor Emeritus Ir. Mohammad Zainal bin Md. Yusof
2011 YBhg. Professor Emeritus Ir Dr. Zainal Abidin bin Ahmad


There are eight faculties and three academic centres as follows.[6]

Programs offered

List of programmes offered in UTHM:[7]

Diploma programs

Diploma level of studies are offered to applicants with SPM/SPMV or equivalent certification.[8]

Degree programs

Degree level of studies are offered to applicants with STPM/STAM / Matriculation / diploma / equivalent certification.[9]

Postgraduate programs

UTHM offers Doctor of Philosophy and Master's degree (by research and by coursework) programs on a full-time and part-time basis.[10]

Offshore programs

UTHM offshore programs are offered at UTHM campuses in Kota Bharu, Arau, Jitra, Kuantan, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Beranang and Dungun. For the time being, programs offered are only at master's degree level.[11]

Executive programs

These programs are designed for working people at mid-career professionals from the public sector, international organisations, business and civil society organisations. The Executive Programs are organised on a flexible, credit-accumulation basis that can be completed within 6 months or more. Programs are offered in full-time as well as part-time modes.[12]

Short courses

Short courses programs are designed to enhance applicants knowledge and skill from introductory to advanced levels.

Residential colleges

In UTHM, hostels for students are called "Kolej Kediaman" ("residential college"), or "KK". This term was first used when the institution received its "university" title. The former term was "desasiswa" ("hostel"). The residential college can be divided into two categories, residential colleges inside the campus and outside the campus.[13]

Inside campus:

Outside campus:

Tunku Tun Aminah Library

Tunku Tun Aminah Library

The Tunku Tun Aminah Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Malaysia.[14] The building has four floors, with 16,000 square meters of total floor area. It can accommodate as many as 300,000 books and 3,000 users. It provides a spacious and conducive learning environment.

The library has 100 carrel rooms, 40 discussion rooms, 2 seminar rooms, a postgraduate research room, an auditorium, a closed reference room, a journal room and a 24-hour reading room. It provides a variety reference sources including printed and electronic material, especially in the areas of civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information technology, education, science, social sciences, management and languages. The library has more than 200,000 books, 10,000 titles of these, 40 titles of printed journals, 380 titles of e-journals, 50 titles of magazines, and 22,000 items of audio-visual material. The library also subscribes to 26 online databases services with access to more than 120,000 journal title,s and 4 e-books services giving access to 80,000 titles of books.

The library initiated an automation project in 1997. Currently, the library is using the SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system to manage its operations, automate tasks and improve staff productivity.


Year Rank Valuer
2012251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2013251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2014251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2015251-300[15] QS Asian University Rankings

See also


  1. "Visi, Misi, Moto dan Hala Tuju (Malay)". UTHM. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  2. "Vision, Mission, Motto and Direction". UTHM. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  3. "History of UTHM" UTHM official website
  4. Professor Emeritus Prof. Ir. Dr. Zainal Abidin Ahmad
  5. Profesor Emeritus Dato' Dr. Hj Ismail bin Hj Bakar
  6. "Academics" UTHM official website
  7. "Admission" UTHM official website
  8. "Diploma" UTHM official website
  9. "Degree" UTHM official website/
  10. "Postgraduate" Official UTHM website
  11. "Offshore" UTHM Official website
  12. "Executive" UTHM official website
  13. "Residential College" UTHM official website
  14. Eyes on library. Batu Pahat, Johor: Malaysia, 2012.
  15. "Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia". Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
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