Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

Introduction

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia's eighth university was officially incorporated on 24 December 1992. A university that is contemporary in character and forward-looking in outlook, it is committed in providing the nation with leaders, managers, scientists and technical specialists as well as thoughtful citizens who are capable of handling the complex challenges of our common future - confidently, competently, and creatively.

With about 30 academic staff, the University opened its doors to the first batch of 118 students on 8 August 1993. The students were registered in the two pioneering faculties, the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Resource Science and Technology. Two academic support centres were also established: the Centre for Applied Learning and Multimedia, and the Centre for Academic Information Services.

The following year (1994) saw four more faculties opening their doors for degree courses: the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Faculty of Information Technology. Staff and student numbers quadrupled. Meanwhile, the University also grew in profile as most faculties began to offer postgraduate programmes. Research activities began to take root with the establishment of the Institute of Biodiversity and Environment Conservation, which focuses on the myriad of flora and fauna in Borneo. Links with various universities abroad were also established. In the same year, the Centre for Technology Transfer and Consultancy UNIMAS, won the contract for EIA study of the Bakun Hydroelectric Project, the biggest ever EIA project in the country.

The period between January 1995 and the end of December 1996 saw further consolidation in the academic and research structure of the university. Two more faculties began taking in their pioneer batches of students; the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (1995) and the Faculty of Economics and Business (1996). These brought the total number of faculties to eight, as originally planned. The Centre for Language & Communication Studies began to offer the TESL programme, in addition to generic language courses. The Institute of Health and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Software Technology were then added to the list of research institutes.

The historic year of 1997 witnessed the pioneering batch of graduates receiving their degrees at the inaugural convocation of the University. The year also saw the establishment of the Institute of East Asian Studies.

The year 2000 witnessed the change in the Vice-Chancellor seat; Professor Dato’ Zawawi Ismail, the first Vice-Chancellor succeeded by Professor Datuk Yusuf Hadi as the second Vice-Chancellor of UNIMAS. Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Rashid Abdullah was appointed as the third Vice-Chancellor on 1 February 2005. From 2001 until 31 March 2013, Professor Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid was appointed as the fourth Vice-Chancellor of UNIMAS. YBhg Prof Dr Morshidi bin Sirat was later appointed as the fifth VC on 1 April 2013. His tenure, however, was brief as he was recalled to occupy the position of Director General at the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. Consequently, YBhg Prof Dato' Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi took over as the sixth Vice Chancellor of UNIMAS on 16 April 2013.

As of September 2013, UNIMAS total enrolment is 16,085 consisting of 14,033 undergraduates, 1,343 postgraduates and 709 pre-university students. In addition, a total of 2,189 staff have been employed as of August 2013.

UNIMAS is an ISO-certified university. It was granted the prestigious MS ISO 9001:2000 certification for excellence in its core management processes -- from the intake of new students to certification of its graduates. Our undergraduate programmes have been designed to suit the needs of society and industry. Our strong emphasis on technology has awarded us with the prestigious Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Status on 17 November 2003. The award was granted for our role and ability in developing manpower for MSC and related needs, through our strategic learning and training programmes.

UNIMAS has won the Premiere Information Technology Award from the Malaysian Government, the “Bridging the Digital Divide” category of AFACT’s eAsia Award. It has also won the Industry Innovators Award for System Development and Application from the US-based Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), for its success in setting up a telecentre in the remote community of Bario, Sarawak, to assist the community in communication, education, e-commerce, health and government services.

UNIMAS has been successful in the acquisition of research grants, coming up with publications and useful scientific findings. The university’s Institute of Health and Community Medicine has successfully developed a candidate vaccine for dengue through collaboration with an international company, Bavarian Nordic. Additionally, the Faculty of Resource Science and Technology has successfully developed a process to convert sago starch to lactic acid for the production of environmentally-friendly plastic.

The knowledge discovery initiatives at UNIMAS are premised partly upon the wealth of natural resources and diverse socio-cultural make up of the State of Sarawak. While UNIMAS is strong in biodiversity study, this and most of other research activities at this university are firmly based on contemporary technologies. For example, the conservation of the natural resources of the state, through combined strength in computer science and IT, with expertise in molecular biology and biotechnology, have effectively synergized several collaborative research, both locally and internationally. The cultural diversity and social uniqueness of Sarawak communities offer opportunities for studies in health and medicine, by offering a look at the influence of environmental factors and socio-cultural practices on the interactions of various pathogens; as well as other issues related to community health.

UNIMAS's commitment to research has already been recognized by the stakeholders and partners in the industry by the provision of endowments for the establishment of eight research chairs; these include the Tun Zaidi Chair for Medicinal Chemistry, the Tun Openg Chair for Sago Technology, the Shell Chair for Environmental Studies, and the Sapura Chair for ICT.

Today, UNIMAS’s strength in research is being acknowledged by peers in at least three niche areas of research:

  • Biotechnological research in epidemiology (dengue, JE, FMHD, malaria), biogeography (phylogenetics) and agriculture (sago);
  • ICT, specifically on rural communication and image analysis; and
  • Biodiversity, natural resource and environmental management.

The university management has upgraded, based on their strength in research, the status of some of their research groups at UNIMAS to Centres of Excellence which are:

  • The Malaria Research Centre
  • The Centre for Water Research
  • Rural Informatics
  • Image Analysis and Spatial Technologies
  • Semantic Technology and Augmented Reality
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sago Research
  • Disability Studies

In 2012, UNIMAS received national recognition by winning 4 gold, 3 silver and 10 bronze awards at MTE 2012. UNIMAS also bagged 11 gold medals at BIS 2012, an international expo held in London. Prof. Dr. Balbir Singh from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences was amongst several recipients of the Best Malaysian Scientist award given by Akademi Sains Malaysia for his notable and outstanding contribution in Malaria research activities.

Last year, UNIMAS secured 44 projects under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Science Fund grant, with a total amounting to RM7.59 million. A further RM2.88 million was secured from the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) for 81 research projects.

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Master of Advanced Information Technology (MAIT) Programme by Coursework

Campus Full time 18 months September 2016 Malaysia Sarawak

Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FCSIT) mission is to be the first-choice institution, recognised for its dynamism, innovative and first-rate tertiary education programmes, visionary goals alongside excellent research and professional services in related expertise. FCSIT offers a wide range of courses in the field of computer science and information technology, and provides suitable opportunities in research to fulfill the demands of the country and its modern graduates. [+]

Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FCSIT) mission is to be the first-choice institution, recognised for its dynamism, innovative and first-rate tertiary education programmes, visionary goals alongside excellent research and professional services in related expertise. FCSIT offers a wide range of courses in the field of computer science and information technology, and provides suitable opportunities in research to fulfill the demands of the country and its modern graduates. INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE Covers in depth on network infrastructure and design, communication protocols and an introduction to high- speed network. Network infrastructure and design module concentrates on the implementation of a Local Area Network (LAN) especially in IP address classification. Communication protocols focuses on providing a comprehensive understanding on the protocols that forms the communication environment. CORE MODULES Decision Support System Provides an overview of decision support system fundamentals: how people make decisions, how systems work, where models fit into the DSS picture, benefits of DSS, and ways to classify them. It covers technical and non-technical DSS development issues. This includes hardware and software technologies, implementation and ethical issues, the major types of models that are useful for decision support, optimization, group decision support systems, and expert systems. Data warehousing and its database will also be introduced and their contents and implementation analysis will be presented. Multimedia Communications Covers the issues related to multimedia elements, the principles of communication and the requirements to ensure better communication of these elements. Communication issues will be covered where issues such as the notion of Quality of Service and performance guarantees for multimedia traffic will be discussed. Standards and protocols to assist multimedia data transfer will be discussed as well. Students will be able to discuss on the existing multimedia applications in networks. Object Oriented Application Development Focuses on advanced design and implementation of high quality software with object-oriented technology. It covers the entire software construction process from conceptualisation to deployment. Key topics covered in this course include applying UML in object -oriented (OO) methodology, constructing software models by using UML support tools (e.g., Rational Rose), and the application of OO programming. These concepts and principles will enable students to think about solutions for computational problems in OO manner, capture reusable, extensible, efficient and maintainable software, resulting in the construction of high quality software. SPECIALISATION MODULES The Elective modules cover emerging areas that are much sought after by the industry. These modules are specially designed to produce skilled and competent knowledge workforce to meet the demands of a global environment. They include: - Quantitative Methods - Computational Linguistic - Advanced Software Engineering • Mobile Computing - Image Processing and Analysis RESEARCH MODULES - Research Methodology - Seminar Series ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For admission into the programme, a candidate must meet the following criteria: - A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or; - A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent but with CGPA less than 2.50 , may be admitted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in the relevant field or, - Other equivalent qualifications approved by Senate - For international students, an IELTS score of 6.0 is required in addition to the entry requirements. WHO SHOULD APPLY - Graduates and professional with a good CS or IT background. - Graduates and professionals with a good bachelor degree with working experience related to CS or IT. [-]

Master of Engineering (Civil) Programme by Coursework

Campus Full time 1 - 4 years September 2016 Malaysia Sarawak

The Faculty of Engineering, UNIMAS is committed to take the challenge of updating and enhancing the engineering knowledge through a Master of Engineering (Civil) Programme by Coursework. [+]

The complexity of modern day civil engineering in different specialized field (i.e. water resources, structures, building foundations and soil problems, transportation and traffic problems, the management of construction projects that are environmental-friendly) requires an up-to-date engineering knowledge. Advanced technical know-how, has become a compulsory qualification and essential to all future and practicing engineers. The Faculty of Engineering, UNIMAS is committed to take the challenge of updating and enhancing the engineering knowledge through a Master of Engineering (Civil) Programme by Coursework. POTENTIAL CANDIDATES Opportunities are open to : - Fresh graduates - Practicing engineers - Academicians who wish to enhance their academic knowledge by further studies PROGRAMME DURATION & SCHEDULE The programme COULD BE completed within a minimum period of ONE (1) YEAR (Semester 1, Semester 2 & Intersession) to a maximum period of FOUR (4) years. Teaching and learning activities for the programme are conducted on weekdays. THE PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Students are to accumulate 40 credits hours during their studies - 17 credit hours (inclusive of 2 credit hours of thesis) in Semester 1 and 2 respectively, and another 6 credit hours of dissertation in the intersession. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For admission into the programme, a candidate must meet the following criteria: - A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or; • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent but CGPA less than 2.50 may be admitted subject to a minimum of five years working experience in the relevant field or, - Other equivalent qualifications approved by Senate • For international students, an IELTS score of 6.0 is required in addition to the entry requirements. [-]

Master of Environmental Management/ Master of Environmental Science Sustainable Land Use and Natural Resource Management (SLUSE-M) Programme by Coursework

Campus Full time 18 months January 2017 Malaysia Sarawak

The SLUSE-Malaysia (SLUSE-M) Programme is designed for working professionals and fresh graduates for the promotion of sustainable land use and natural resource management in Malaysia and other developing countries in this region. The programme is modelled on and implemented in parallel to a similar programme initiated by a Danish consortium of universities. [+]

Master of Environmental Management/ Master of Environmental Science Sustainable Land Use and Natural Resource Management (SLUSE-M) Programme by Coursework The SLUSE-Malaysia (SLUSE-M) Programme is designed for working professionals and fresh graduates for the promotion of sustainable land use and natural resource management in Malaysia and other developing countries in this region. The programme is modelled on and implemented in parallel to a similar programme initiated by a Danish consortium of universities. COLLABORATION FRAMEWORK The SLUSE-Malaysia (SLUSE-M) programme was developed on a concept similar to that of the on-going SLUSE-Denmark (SLUSE-D) in which UNIMAS is a collaborator. PROGRAMME SCHEDULE Class activities and instructions such as lectures, presentations and discussions are conducted on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Classes are conducted during the weekends as we take into consideration the needs of students who are mostly professional working people. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE The SLUSE-M structure comprises three major components, namely: a) Joint SLUSE Module (15 credits) b) Joint Experiential Module (9 credits), and c) UNIMAS Core Modules (18 credits). JOINT FIELD COURSE (JFC) AS AN INTERNATIONAL FIELD WORK PROGRAMME The JFC is considered one of the highlights of the SLUSE programme where students are given the opportunity to apply their classroom interdisciplinary knowledge in research methodologies in the context of real-life problems/issues while allowing for intercultural exposure and academic discourse between international and Malaysian students. WHO SHOULD APPLY? The SLUSE-M Programme is designed for the following candidates: a) Graduates and professionals involved in resource and environmental management; b) Senior government personnel who are presently assigned tasks directly related to resource and environmental conservation with the desire to improve their skills and enhance their knowledge in resource and environmental management; and c) The general public with a relevant bachelor degree who wish to learn or update their knowledge in resource and environmental management. [-]

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Master of Science (Learning Sciences) Programme by Coursework

Campus Part time 2 years January 2017 Malaysia Sarawak

This MSc Learning Sciences programme is offered by the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development and is intended for professionals interested in teaching and learning. The Learning Sciences programme is interdisciplinary in nature, combining advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of Cognitive Sciences, Learning Technology and Learning Sciences research in its curriculum. [+]

This MSc Learning Sciences programme is offered by the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development and is intended for professionals interested in teaching and learning. The Learning Sciences programme is interdisciplinary in nature, combining advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of Cognitive Sciences, Learning Technology and Learning Sciences research in its curriculum. This is the first postgraduate programme in this field to be offered in Malaysia. This programme combines coursework and a research paper. A minimum of 40 credits of study and a final Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 is required for the award of the Master degree. WHO SHOULD APPLY - Teachers, facilitator and trainers - Education Officers and Administrators - College and Higher Institution Lecturers - Professionals who are interested in facilitating learning via technology advancement PROGRAMME SCHEDULE Teaching and learning activities for this programme are conducted in the evenings or during the weekends. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For admission into the programme, a candidate must meet the following criteria: - A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or; - A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent but CGPA less than 2.50 may be admitted subject to a minimum of five years working experience in the relevant field or, - Other equivalent qualifications approved by Senate - For international students, an IELTS score of 6.0 is required in addition to the entry requirements. FACILITIES AND RESOURCES To support your study, the university provides various facilties and resources: - Centre for Academic Information System (CAIS) - Resource Rooms - Computing Facilities [-]

Master of Science in Human Resource Development (HRD) Programme by Coursework

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Malaysia Sarawak

This M.Sc. HRD programme is offered by the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development and is especially targeted at working professionals. Courses are designed to upgrade knowledge and skills among professionals in the area of human resource development and management. [+]

This M.Sc. HRD programme is offered by the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development and is especially targeted at working professionals. Courses are designed to upgrade knowledge and skills among professionals in the area of human resource development and management. This programme combines coursework and a research paper. A minimum of 42 credits of study and a final Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 is required for the award of the Master degree. A unique feature of this programme is the inclusion of cognition, human behavior and information technology knowledge with the core courses of human resource development and management. Students have to complete a research paper as a partial requirement for completion of the programme. Furthermore, students will be exposed to the training field, industrial visit and sharing session from the university’s Alumni and practitioners that broaden their learning experiences. ... [-]


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