It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our University through this web. I believe, a university should transcend beyond physical, intellectual and social boundaries. Universities should be universal institutions in their vision, mission, practices and policies. As such, UUM must participate in the global effort to promote peace and harmony in the immediate community, nation and the world at large – for the betterment of mankind.
The UUM campus community thrives to be a hub for intellectual discourse, discussions of various world issues and problems. The quest for knowledge and wisdom is borderless. Scholarship should not be confined to such notions that restrict human potential and possibilities for creativity and growth. Similarly, research, innovations and other university endeavours must, finally, in one way or another benefit citizens of the world.
Towards this end, UUM welcomes international students, traditional and non-traditional, from all over the world to join us. We value our international students for the intellectual depth they bring into our academic community as well as to further enrich world cultural diversity.
This website is distinctively designed to tell you more about UUM. Please take a virtual tour of our campus and discover the programmes and facilities that we have to offer. I hope you will find this site handy to help you make the right choice.
The Universiti Utara Malaysia was formally incorporated on 16th February 1984, with the unique mission to provide academic excellence in the areas of business management education, IT and quality management. Faced with this challenging task, the University has, since its inception, ensured that its academic niche areas are focused on such disciplines as management, accountancy, economics, information technology, entrepreneurial development, tourism management, banking and finance, social development, human resources development and international affairs management.
From its humble beginnings in Tanah Merah, Jitra, in 1990, the University moved to Sintok, 48 kilometers north of Alor Setar, the state capital of Kedah Darul Aman and 10 kilometers east of Changlun, a small town on the North-South Highway. The 1,061 hectares campus is surrounded by tropical rain forests set against a background of mountains. The Sintok and Badak Rivers run through the campus creating a truly unique feature as well as making it one of the most beautiful campuses in Malaysia.
The huge campus, which cost RM 580 million, started operation on 15 September 1990. It comprises 15 residential colleges which can accommodate 20,000 students in total. Many of these colleges are named after multinational and public listed companies, namely MAS, TENAGA NATIONAL, TM, PROTON, PETRONAS, TRADEWINDS, EON, GUTHRIE, MISC, PERWAJA, MAYBANK, BANK MUAMALAT, YAYASAN AL-BUKHARY, BUKIT KACHI 1 and 2. UUM is one of the very few IPTAs that offer full accommodation to its students throughout their academic years at the University.
The main buildings in the campus include the academic buildings, the Chancellery, the Sultanah Bahiyah Library, the Mu'adzam Shah Hall and Tan Sri Othman Hall. Other buildings include the Sultan Badlishah Mosque, the Varsity Mall, the Student Union and the Sports Complex. The University also provides 600 units of various types of housing for its staff.
Universiti Utara Malaysia is an open campus, where both the public and even tourists are welcome to use the facilities available, such as 107 hectares forests reserve, a 9-hole golf course, a camping ground, jungle tracks, an archery range and a deer park. As such, the University provides on campus accommodation such as the University Inn besides the colleges which can be rented during semester holidays. The student residential colleges are also available for rent during semester breaks. The latest place to stay is the Executive Department Centre (EDC) which is located near the University's main entrance.
The campus is conveniently located near Bukit Kayu Hitam, a small town at the Malaysian – Thai border. This town is the main entrance into Malaysia from the north through Thailand. Southbound, the UUM campus is about half and hour's drive away from Sultan Abdul Halim Airport, Kepala Batas which is about 20km from the state capital, Alor Setar. The nearest railway station is in Arau, the neighbouring state of Perlis.