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|Tuesday, 14 July 2009 07:31|
The enormous responsibility of managing and educating a large and diverse student population has resulted in the expansion of the university set-up into a main campus, 3 satellite campuses, 12 branch campuses and 6 city/town campuses. Presently, Shah Alam is host to 45.5% of the total number of students, while the rest are distributed over the other campuses, with Perlis campus handling the biggest number (6.3%). These campuses provide excellent opportunities for Bumiputeras all over the country to pursue higher education and attain higher economic and social development.
Shah Alam main campus
UiTM’s main campus started with the laying of its foundation stone on 14 October 1967 by Tun Abdul Razak and by mid 70s, the campus was already in full operation. It acts as the focal point of development and expansion to a network of 21 other campuses. In the year 2004, Shah Alam campus had approximately 36,000 full-time and 6,500 part-time students. There are 13 residential colleges within the campus that house no less than 16,800 students. Apart from that, many homes around the university also open their doors to off – campus students.
This campus is very close to Shah Alam city centre and therefore public facilities and services are within easy reach. An added advantage is the fact that Shah Alam is the hub for information technology and multimedia applications. It is also easily accessible via the major highways that link the city to strategic locations in the country.
There are presently 3 satellite campuses: Jalan Othman campus in Petaling Jaya, Section 17 campus and Puncak Perdana campus, both in Shah Alam. These campuses house specialist programmes and are different from branch campuses, which usually offer a bigger range of academic programmes. Jalan Othman campus is the oldest of the three while Puncak Perdana campus is the most recently established.
Jalan Othman campus is situated in the old part of Petaling Jaya and is less than a kilometre away from the old PJ town centre. In this campus was where UiTM first started in 1956 as Dewan Latehan RIDA. Today, the Faculty of Health Sciences is the only faculty located in the premises.
UiTM Section 17 campus is about 3 kilometres away from the main campus. It was formerly known as the Centre for Preparatory Studies or ‘Pusat Pendidikan Persediaan’ (PPP), a centre that prepared government sponsored students and those from private agencies for a university education in several European and Asian countries. Today, the International Education Centre (INTEC) continues the tradition set out by its predecessor and prepares these sponsored students to an even wider range of foreign universities. The other faculty that shares Section 17 campus facilities and services is the Faculty of Education.
Puncak Perdana campus is the most recently established UiTM satellite campus. It started operating in June 2004. The academic programmes that are on offer at this brand new space are those run by the Faculty on Information Management, the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies and the Faculty of Artistic and Creative Technology.
UiTM is the only university in Malaysia that has a branch campus in every state of the country. It started its first campus in Sabah in 1973 and finally opened its last branch in Kuala Pilah in the state of Negeri Sembilan on 1 June 1999. In a span of 26 years, although most of these campuses started on temporary premises, their establishment has been strategised and well planned. All have now moved on to more permanent sites, except for the Negeri Sembilan campus.
These campuses are non-residential campuses which ensure that UiTM’s academic and professional training programmes reach out to the residents of local communities. To date, there are altogether 6 city/town campuses: Mukah campus (Sarawak); Tawau campus (Sabah); Johor Bahru campus (Johor); Raub campus (Pahang); Bukit Sekilau campus (Pahang) and Alor Setar campus (Kedah).
A smart campus of the future
The university’s plan for a smart campus in Puncak Alam in the year 2008 epitomises our commitment to becoming a world-class university. It will house the most modern living conditions and the most conducive nurturing environment that will facilitate successful teaching, learning and research activities. It will have the highest quality facilities and services, state-of-the-art laboratories and technologically-enabled classrooms.
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