my life after graduate: My University

Saturday, April 15, 2006

My University

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
the UTP logo.

Established 1995
Chancellor Y A Bhg Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad
Vice-Chancellor Y Bhg Tan Sri Dato Sri (Dr) Mohd Hassan Marican
Location Tronoh, Perak
Students approximately 6000 undergraduates, and a smaller number of postgraduates

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) was established on January 10, 1997 when PETRONAS was invited by the Government of Malaysia to set up a university.


The university was formerly known as The Institute of Technology Petronas (ITP) and was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petronas. It was registered with the Ministry of Education on April 26, 1995 and obtained approval under the "Essential Higher Education Institute Regulation 1996". ITP began operations at PERMATA, Bangi, Selangor on July 3, 1995. On July 26, 1995, ITP was registered as a private limited company and transferred its operations to Tronoh in the state of Perak, on July 1, 1996.

When UTP first moved to Tronoh, it took over the old campus of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), which has since moved to their new campus in Penang. In its initial years, lectures, lab sessions and tutorials were held in the old USM facilities, but UTP gradually built its own hostel blocks, and in 2004 opened their new multimillion dollar, cutting edge campus facilities for use.

Vision and Mission

* Vision

A Leader in Technology Education and Centre for Creativity and Innovation.

* Mission

UTP is an institute of higher learning. We provide opportunities for the pursuit of knowledge and expertise for the advancement of engineering, science and technology to enhance the nation’s competitiveness.

Our objective is to produce well-rounded graduates who are creative and innovative with the potential to become leaders of industry and the nation.

Our aim is to nurture creativity and innovativeness and expand the frontiers of technology and education for the betterment of society.



Currently, UTP offers only technological courses for undergraduates, mainly in the engineering and information technology fields.

The six main courses offered are:

* Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EE)
* Chemical Engineering (CHE)
* Civil Engineering (CVE)
* Mechanical Engineering (ME)
* Information Communication Technology (ICT)
* Business Information Systems (BIS)

UTP also offers one of the longest industrial internship programs in the country, where students are posted as interns for 32 weeks (approximately 8 months). This is excellent as it allows the students to gain maximum exposure to their future field of undertaking.


A majority of the students are local, but there are foreign students studying in the university as well. The foreign students are from countries like South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Iran,Myanmar, Indonesia, Sudan, Egypt, Cambodia, Chad, Pakistan, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and Turkmenistan. A large number of students are under studying under a convertible loan/ scholarship from Petronas itself.

The university's student council is called Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar Universiti Teknologi Petronas (MPPUTP), and they are elected to a 1-year term in office through the standard student election process. There is also an Islamic student body named Rakan Masjid (literally, Friends in the Mosque) which organizes events for the students as well as conducting various campaigns to raise awareness on certain religious issues. In order to address International Student's issues and activities, UTP formed a committee called International Student Committee (ISC) which consists of Representatives of International Student form each country.

Up to July intake of 2005, there were around 50 Vietnamese students in UTP. The first Vietnamese students in UTP were of the July intake of 1999.Most of these pioneers finished off their 5 year study at the end of 2004. Those in IT graduated one semester earlier.


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