University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Universiti Nottingham Malaysia  (Malay)
Former names
University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM)
MottoLatin: Sapientia urbs conditur[1]
Motto in English
A City is Built on Wisdom[1]
ChairmanAdmiral Tan Sri Dato' Setia Mohd Anwar Bin Hj Mohd Nor
ChancellorBaroness Young of Hornsey OBE
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Shearer West
ProvostProfessor Graham Kendall[2]
Postgraduates849 [3]
Other students
1,200 (further education)
Location, ,
2°56′42″N 101°52′26″E / 2.945°N 101.874°E / 2.945; 101.874Coordinates: 2°56′42″N 101°52′26″E / 2.945°N 101.874°E / 2.945; 101.874
ColoursThe University: Notts Blue

House of Arts

House of Social Science

House of Medicine
House of Engineering

House of Divinity

House of Science

AffiliationsUniversitas 21,[4]

Sutton 13. ACU, EUA.

Universities UK
Branch campus of the University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham Malaysia is a private university branch campus of the University of Nottingham majority owned by Boustead Holdings Sdn Bhd. The university is situated in Semenyih, Hulu Langat District, Selangor, Malaysia. The university has been ranked as "excellent" or tier 5 in a scale of tier 1-6 and is classified as a private institution, by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. [5]

The campus is run as a company called The University of Nottingham Malaysia Sdn Bhd (473520-K) with the provost being dual hatted as the CEO. The majority shareholder is Boustead Holdings.

The Malaysia campus was the first campus of a British university in Malaysia and one of the first to open outside Britain thus earning the distinction of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2001 and the Queen's Award for Industry (International Trade) 2006.[6][7][8]

The University of Nottingham's other overseas campus is located in Ningbo, China.


The Malaysia campus was established in 2000 when the first batch of students were enrolled, students were then taught in a rented building. The idea for the university to open a foreign branch was suggested as early as 1992. It is the first purpose-built UK university campus in a foreign country.[citation needed] Formerly, the university was known as the University of Nottingham in Malaysia or UNMC.

The campus' incumbent chairman is Ahmad Rithauddeen, an honorary Nottingham graduate and former Malaysian Defence Minister. The present campus at Semenyih was officially opened by then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, an alumnus himself, on 26 September 2005. The campus was made possible by a consortium of partners which includes the Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera or Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) via its subsidiary Boustead Holdings Bhd, YTL Corporation Bhd and the University of Nottingham and the Alumni Association.[9] The University operates as a private company called The University of Nottingham in Malaysia Sdn Bhd. where Boustead Holdings Bhd has the majority shareholding.

Prior to the opening of the main campus in Semenyih, the university operated at the former Majestic Hotel building near Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and at Wisma MISC or MISC Tower. Following the opening of the Semenyih campus, most of the teaching departments were moved to Semenyih, only certain post graduate courses still remain in Kuala Lumpur. In 2006, the campus reopened a Kuala Lumpur branch in Chulan Tower on Jalan Conlay.[10]


University of Nottingham Malaysia campus main building

Semenyih campus[edit]

The Malaysia campus is primarily based on a 125-acre (0.51 km2) plot situated in Semenyih, Selangor.

The Sports Complex on campus houses the recreational facilities such as two tennis courts, two squash courts, two badminton courts, a 25m swimming pool, a small gym and one big multipurpose field for rugby, football, frisbee etc. There is also a martial arts room within the complex. The complex also has a multipurpose hall with two multipurpose courts for basketball, dodgeball, futsal, volleyball and even badminton.

KL Teaching Centre (KLTC)[edit]

Besides the main campus in Semenyih, a city teaching facility is maintained in Chulan Tower in Kuala Lumpur's central business district. Postgraduate programmes, such as applied psychology, business and management, are taught at the KL Teaching Centre.[citation needed]


Being a branch campus of the University of Nottingham, students are not necessarily taught with similar course materials and generally do not sit the same exam papers as those in the UK, but are still under the jurisdiction of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).[11] Upon completing a degree at the Malaysia campus, students are awarded a University of Nottingham degree certificate at a convocation held locally which is indistinguishable from the certificates awarded at the Nottingham campus. The degrees that are awarded are accredited by international professional bodies such as the Association of MBAs and the UK Engineering Council.

The Engineering Degree courses are accredited by the Board of Engineering Malaysia (BEM) and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


The university's career office and the Wall Street Society co-organized numerous company talks and at least one career fair each year. The career office also organised workshops to teach students how to present themselves during interviews, how to write a winning CV etc. Many of its graduates join some of the most prestigious companies located in Kuala Lumpur, such as Shell, Petronas, CIMB, MayBank, Affin Investment Bank, Securities Commission, Accenture, Roland Berger, Boston Consulting Group, Nestle and P&G.[citation needed]


Apart from the taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the university conducts projects for research-based postgraduate studies. There are more than 20 research programmes being carried out at the Malaysia Campus.[citation needed][12][13][14][15]

Biotechnology Research Centre[edit]

The Biotechnology Research Centre is a 986-square-metre (10,610 sq ft) research centre specialising in the applied research of biotechnology products, specifically palm oil crop. The building cost RM3.5M, excluding internal fittings and scientific equipment.[16] Inside the main research building there are two labs, one for the teaching of UNMC biotechnology students and the other for research.

The research centre is operated as a joint collaboration with Applied Agricultural Resources Sdn. Bhd (AAR), a start-up company.[16][17][18]

Environmental issues[edit]

During the design and planning phase of the Semenyih campus, there were issues that a planned incinerator was to be built in Broga, something which the university and local area residents protested about.[19] Eventually, the incinerator plant was reportedly moved to a new site in Kampung Bohol, Puchong.[citation needed]


The University of Nottingham Rugby Club Nottingham Knights were champions at the 2011 Malaysia Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU) Rugby tournament. The team beat all opposition without conceding a goal.[20]

The Malaysia campus played host to the Nottingham Tricampus games in the summer of 2010. It will again this year again in 2019.[21]

The UNM Men Futsal Team participating in Liga Futsal IPT organized by Ministry of Education since 2018.

The UNM Sports Complex also provided variety of facilities for the students for their sports engagement and also high performance sports. The Sports Complex has a swimming pool, gymnasium (cadio & weight), badminton hall, squash court, indoor sports hall, outdoor court, rugby field, football field and also astro turf.

Student life[edit]

Block E


Priority for on-campus residence is allocated to international students and first year freshmen, while senior students generally stay off-campus in the nearby neighbourhood of Taman Tasik Semenyih. Although there are plans to further increase the number of on campus student accommodation, the university is focused on expanding off-campus housing. On-campus housing is made up of five residential halls - Pangkor Hall, Redang Hall, Tioman Hall, Kapas Hall and Langkawi Hall, which are named after resort islands in Malaysia.[citation needed]

Private accommodation is also available directly opposite the main entrance to the campus called UniVillage.

Student Media[edit]

IGNITE Magazine is the official student media in the Malaysia campus. It is an online media platform founded by Ben Hunte and Eiman Mirghani. The magazine is now supported by the University's School of Modern Languages and Culture. The online magazine is open to the existing student population and provides coverage of both on and off campus events.[22]

Mobility programme[edit]

As part of Nottingham's advantage scheme, students may be exchanged to other campuses. In the words of Vincenzo Raimo, director of Nottingham’s International Office “Students can continue studying exactly the same modules available at Nottingham in the UK but overseas instead — experience the excitement of Asia but within the familiar academic setting of Nottingham University, ... Transfers are open to anyone getting good grades and whose degree subject is among those taught overseas. Air fares may not be cheap, but the cost of living is — and anyone spending the full year at a branch pays just half the UK tuition fee. "[11][23]

Besides exchanging to the UK campus or the CN campus, students may also take part in Universitas 21 mobility programme in which students may also be exchanged with universities partner to Universitas 21 in Spain, France, Germany, Japan, China and South Korea. [9]

These exchanges are not guaranteed but subject to agreement by the exchange partners at the time.


Semenyih campus
KTM Kajang - Campus Shuttle Route
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Taman Tasik Semenyih
Semenyih Town Bus interchange
Sunway Semenyih
Billion Supermartket
HSBC Kajang Prima Bus Stop
Sunway Semenyih
Pangsapuri Damai Mewah
Syabas Building Bus Stop
Bank Islam
New Era College
Kajang Railway Station Bus interchange

The university provides a free university shuttle bus commuting between the campus and Kajang railway station. Shuttle bus services are offered free as a university incentive to provide greener sustainable transport and to alleviate on-campus parking issues. However, shuttle bus services are by regulations restricted to students and staff of the university. The nearest public bus route is at the nearest town of Semenyih, approximately 3 km from campus.

The university provides free transportation to the nearby Tesco super store and IOI City Mall which located in Putrajaya, special bus service to the Semenyih mosque for Friday prayers, and a shuttle bus service for students living in the student town of Taman Tasik Semenyih or Semenyih Lake park. A pedestrian bridge connects the neighbouring Taman Tasik Semenyih to the North entrance.[24]

Partner Institution[edit]






United Kingdom[edit]


See also[edit]


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  11. ^ a b Gosden, Emily (3 June 2009). "Good University Guide 2010: Studying overseas". The Times. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Research - The University of Nottingham - Malaysia Campus". Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Postgraduate study - The University of Nottingham - Malaysia Campus". Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  14. ^ News, The PIE. "Global events mark int'l impact of University of Nottingham Malaysia". Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Zero-waste palm oil industry on the horizon with new technology". Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  16. ^ a b Dr. Wong Wei Chi. "Opening of Applied Agricultural Research Research Centre". Applied Agricultural Research. Applied Agricultural Research. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  17. ^ Dr. Sandy Hwei San Loh. "The AAR - UNMC Biotechnology Research Centre". Nottingham Website. Nottingham University. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  18. ^ Kang, Soo Chen. "Right on track". Star Online. The Star. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  19. ^ Theophilus, Claudia. "British U's local campus project in limbo due to incinerator". Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  20. ^ "University of Nottingham Rugby Club Wins Tournament". University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Website. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
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  23. ^ "The Malaysia Campus". Impact Magazine. The University of Nottingham. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  24. ^ "SHUTTLE BUS / VAN SCHEDULE" (PDF). University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

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