Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) was established on December 1, 2000. It was established under Section 20 of the University and University College Act 1971 (Act 30) under the Orders of Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia (Incorporated) 2001, then known as Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia (KUTKM). On February 1, 2007, UTeM went through a rebranding exercise when Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia (KUTKM) was given a new name as Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM). UTeM is the first technical university and the 14th public university listed in Malaysia. UTeM pioneers the “practice and application oriented” teaching and learning methodology for higher technical education in Malaysia. This is in accordance with the government’s decision to cater for high technical-skilled human resource needs of Malaysia’s industries.
UTeM currently operates from three campuses namely the Main Campus, the City Campus and the Technology Campus. UTeM has seven distinct faculties which provide in-depth specialization in engineering, engineering technology, ICT and technology management disciplines along with the Institute of Technology Management and Tecnopreneurship and Centre for Languages and Human Development. The faculties are Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Technology Management & Technopreneurship and Faculty of Engineering Technology. The university offers academic programs at Diploma, Bachelor, Masters and PhD levels.
The programmes offered at UTeM are highly specialised. UTeM pioneers and leads in engineering technology programs among Technical Universities in Malaysia or MTUN. Currently, UTeM offers 10 engineering technology programs with the highest student enrolment of 2,600, which also represents 60% of total student enrolment at UTeM. The curriculum is developed closely with industry experts and aligned to the national agenda for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to ensure its quality and relevance meet the needs of the thriving industrial sectors and further produces highly-skilled human resources for the development of Malaysia towards a high-income nation by 2020.
UTeM admits not only local but also international students and this includes students from Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Chad, Syria, Pakistan, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Tanzania, India, Somalia, Singapore, Qatar, Palestine, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Ghana, France, Yemen, Nigeria and Jordan.
As a focused university, UTeM now has a total of almost 12,000 students enrolled with a majority at the undergraduate level. UTeM has produced nearly 20,600 graduates since 2005. UTeM’s graduates are highly sought by industries bearing a record of 80% graduate employability in local private and multi-national companies.
In enhancing students’ unique international learning experience, special study abroad programmes are prepared through the Students’ Mobility Programme and Erasmus+ Scholarship Programme. Elevating international recognition and relevance, UTeM’s internationalization initiatives include partnerships in research and innovation as well as teaching and learning in fields of mutual interest. UTeM’s strategic university’s partners among others are Telecom Bretagne, France, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany, KUMOH International Institute of Technology, South Korea, Marmara University Turkey, Universiti Dian Nuswantoro, Indonesia and more. On top of that, UTeM has strong linkages with multinational industries, to list a few, such as Man & Tel Co. Ltd, Infineon Technologies, Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM), Keysight Technologies, and Dassault System, thus benefiting the students by providing real-industry experience in teaching and learning. UTeM’s smart synergy with industries is notable in value adding to students’ knowledge, hence increasing their potentials of employment upon graduation.