PROFILE: University Malaysia Sarawak
Student Population:15,487 Registered Students
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia's eighth university was officially incorporated on 24 December 1992. A university that is contemporary in character and forward-looking in outlook, it is committed in providing the nation with leaders, managers, scientists and technical specialists as well as thoughtful citizens who are capable of handling the complex challenges of our common future - confidently, competently, and creatively.
Currently there are eight faculties with 779 academic staff, and 1418 managerial and support staff. Today, UNIMAS offers 43 undergraduate programmes, more than 60 postgraduate programmes (research and coursework) at Masters and PhD levels, and two pre-university programmes. The current enrolment stands at 15487.
The knowledge discovery initiatives at UNIMAS are premised partly upon the wealth of natural resources and diverse socio-cultural make up of the State of Sarawak. While UNIMAS is strong in biodiversity study, this and most of other research activities at this university are firmly based on contemporary technologies. For example, the conservation of the natural resources of the state, through combined strength in computer science and IT, with expertise in molecular biology and biotechnology, have effectively synergized several collaborative research, both locally and internationally. Moreover, the cultural diversity and social uniqueness of Sarawak communities offer opportunities for development and application of humanity and social science knowledge that aims to address concerns of the society, particularly in Borneo. UNIMAS is also generating new knowledge that can improve the lot of humanity through studies in health and medicine, by offering a look at the influence of environmental factors and socio-cultural practices on the interactions of various pathogens; as well as other issues related to community health.