University of Malaysia of Sabah[citation needed]
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
MottoBertekad Cemerlang
Motto in English
Strive to Excel
TypePublic University
Established24 November 1994
ChancellorHis Excellency the Governor of Sabah Tun Datuk Seri Panglima (Dr.) Haji Juhar bin Haji Mahiruddin
Vice-ChancellorTaufiq Yap Yun Hin
Academic staff
1,056 (2020)
Undergraduates14,637 (2020)
Postgraduates2,939 (2020)
CampusKota Kinabalu
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Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS, literally meaning, University of Malaysia of Sabah) is a public university in Malaysia. It was officially established on 24 November 1994 as the ninth public university in the country. The university is located on a 999-acre site at Sepanggar Bay in Kota Kinabalu in the Malaysian state of Sabah. With Mount Kinabalu and the South China Sea as its background, UMS is often considered as among the most beautiful campuses in Southeast Asia.


In its early years of establishment, UMS operated from temporary borrowed facilities with the university's teaching and learning activities conducted at the Sabah Foundation Community College premises in Likas in 1995 and the Menggatal Telekom Training College in 1996. The initial UMS enrolment in 1995 was 205 students at undergraduate study level.   

From June 1999 to May 2000, UMS shifted in phases to its permanent campus at Sepanggar Bay. In January 1999, the university expanded its academic reach to the Federal Territory of Labuan with the establishment of the UMS Labuan International Campus (UMSKAL).

In the beginning, study programmes were offered by three schools - the School of Science and Technology, School of Business and Economics and School of Social Sciences – and the Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning, a liberal studies centre.

This number was subsequently expanded to include nine additional schools at the Kota Kinabalu campus namely the School of Engineering and Information Technology, School of Food Science and Nutrition, School of International Tropical Forestry, School of Education and Social Development, School of Psychology and Social Works, and School of Arts Studies. 

In F.T. Labuan, programmes were offered through the Labuan School of Informatics Science and School of Business and International Finance. By 2002, UMS had established 11 programmes of study.

In 2003, the number of schools was increased to 12 upon the setting up of the School of Medicine. This was followed by the establishment of the School of Sustainable Agriculture in 2006 which subsequently relocated five years later in 2011 to the UMS Sandakan Campus, its current location.

Other notable landmark initiatives by UMS were the setting up of the Preparatory Centre for Science and Technology in 2010 and the launching of the UMS Hospital (HUMS) building project targeted for completion by end 2022.

Academic Expansion

In conjunction with its 20th anniversary in June 2014, UMS embarked on a major academic transformation exercise whereby its 13 schools were restructured as 10 new faculties. UMS currently offers 115 academic study programmes at Foundation Science level (3), diploma level (6), undergraduate level (71), and at postgraduate diploma, masters and Doctor of Philosophy level (35).

List of Faculties

List of Centres

List of Institutes

List of Departments, Offices and Divisions

List of Residential Colleges


QS World University Ranking 2021


QS Wur Ranking by Subject (Agriculture & Forestry) (2021)


QS Asian University Ranking (2021)


UI-Greenmetric World University Ranking

2019 – #58

2018 - #71

UI-Greenmetric Asia University Ranking (Asia)

2019 - #11

2018 - #17

UI-Greenmetric Asia University Ranking (Malaysia)

2019 - #3

2018 - #4


Coordinates: 6°02′12″N 116°07′07″E / 6.03667°N 116.11861°E / 6.03667; 116.11861