1. When was UPM established?  

1.     Answer :
Universiti Putra Malaysia was first established as the School of Agriculture in 1931. In 1947, the school was upgraded to the College of Agriculture Malaya by Sir Edward Gent, the then Governor of the Malayan Union. The establishment of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia came about when the College of Agriculture in Serdang merged with the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Malaya. In 1997, the name, Universiti Pertanian Malaysia was changed to Universiti Putra Malaysia by former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, as a strategic gesture to portray the status of UPM as a centre of higher education capable of providing various other fields of study, especially in science and information technology, which facilitate national development in the new milennium.

2. What does UPM stand for?

2.     Answer:
UPM is an acronym for Universiti Putra Malaysia.

3. Where is UPM located?

3.     Answer:
The main campus of UPM is located between Kula Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). It is approximately 25km south of Kuala Lumpur and 45km from KLIA. UPM has a branch campus in Bintulu, Sarawak, East Malaysia.

4. What is the goal of UPM?

4.     Answer:
1) To attract outstanding students and to produce knowledgeable and competitive graduates
2) To elevate achievements in research and innovation to international levels
3) To intensify community involvement for the generation and sharing of knowledge
4) To strengthen UPM as a centre of excellence in education, research and services in agriculture and tropical biosources
5) To improve the governance and management of resources based on best practice
6) To reinforce the position of the Putra Business School (formerly known as the Graduate School of Management) as a Top Business School (TBS)

5. How do I get to UPM?

5.     Answer:
Students are able to get to UPM by taking a train commuter to Serdang station from KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur and then the bus from the Serdang station to UPM

6. Does UPM provide any student accommodation?

6.     Answer:
Yes, UPM has 17 residential colleges for which students can apply, subject to availability.

7. What facilities are provided in UPM?

7.     Answer:
Various facilities are available for the comfort of the students and staff such as ICT, library, halls, cafeteria, security services, mosque, in-campus transportation, sports & recreations, medical clinic, accommodation, banking & postal services and veterinary hospital.

8. Where can I find information on the entry requirements?

8.     Answer:
The general academic entry requirements are available at for undergraduate studies and at for postgraduate studies.

9. What programmes are offered at UPM? 

9.     Answer:
UPM offers programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate levels and additional information can be found on the UPM website (

10. What is the concept of a Research Cluster?

10.  Answer :
The Research Cluster concept in UPM is in line with the current need for multi-disciplinary approaches in solving research problems. UPM has established six Research Clusters which are agriculture, food, health, forestry and environment, science, technology & engineering, and social sciences.

11. What are the faculties in UPM? 

  • Answer:
    - There are 15 faculties in UPM:

    1. Faculty Modern Laguage and Communication
    2. Faculty Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
    3. Faculty Human Ecology
    4. Faculty Engineering
    5. Faculty Educational Studies
    6. Faculty Forestry and Environment
    7. Faculty Agriculture
    8. Faculty Medicine and Health Sciences
    9. Faculty Veterinary Medicine
    10. Faculty Design and Architecture
    11. Faculty Science
    12. Faculty Food Science and Technology
    13. Faculty Computer Science and Information Technology
    14. Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (UPMKB)
    15. Faculty of Humsnities, Management and Science (UPMKB)
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    12. UPM is a research university. What is the meaning of a research university?

  • Answer:
    Research universities are public universities recognised by the Cabinet on 11th October 2006 to become leading research and educational hubs. Research universities comprised the following five (5) public universities:
  • 1) University of Malaya (UM)
    2) Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
    3) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
    4) Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
    5) Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Key elements of a Research University:

    1. Fields of study focusing on research
    2. Competitive entry requirements
    3. Quality lecturers

    A ratio of 1:1 of undergraduates to postgraduates

    What are the programmes offered by UPMKB?

    UPM Bintulu Sarawak Campus offers three categories of undergraduate programmes such as follows: five (5) Bachelor programmes, nine (9) Diploma programmes and one (1) Diploma Preparatory programmes. As for postgraduate programmes, the Faculty offers Master and PhD in following fields:

    How do I apply to enter programmes offered by UPMKB?

    Applicants must fulfil the academic entry requirement and apply through Unit Pusat Universiti (UPU) Higher Education Ministry or submit the completed form to; Head of Academic and International Administration,
    Admission Division and Academic Governance Division,
    1st Floor, Bangunan Canselori Putra,
    Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor. Application for postgraduate programmes (Master and PhD) can be done via online at School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Refer to SGS postgraduate application’s guide here:

    How long does it take to complete the Bachelor and diploma programme?
    What is minimum length of time to complete a Master or PhD programme?

    The minimum length of time to complete a Master programme is 4 semesters and 6 semesters for PhD programme.

    How many student intakes are there annually in UPM?

    UPM’s new student intake is carried out once a year, which is the first semester of every session. Application to the first semester must be done by early January/February through the Student Admission Management Division, Department of Institution of Higher Learning Management, Ministry of Higher Education. Log on to . for more information. Advertisement announcing the application for admission to the Public Institution of Higher Learning is published by the ministry early January every year.

    What are the entry requirements for undergraduate programmes?

    Please identify the programmes preferred. (Refer to study programmes offered and entry requirements in UPM via the following link)

    Can a diploma holder from a Public Institution of Higher Education apply admission for a degree programme, and if accepted, how many course exemptions can be expected?

    A diploma holder from a Public Institution of Higher Education can apply for any bachelor degree programmes by adhering to the admission conditions set by and acknowledged by the university senate. Applicants offered admissions to UPM’s bachelor degree programmes can apply for course exemptions after registering as a student of the faculty and fill up the relevant forms.

    Why should I choose UPM as a place to further my graduate studies?

    UPM provides education of the highest quality and a vibrant environment for learning that ensures development at the cognitive, technical and affective levels, placing special attention to enhancement of soft skills or generic student attributes. The management and administration of graduate studies are certified by the MS ISO9001. The quality graduate education offered by UPM is reflected by the presence of more than 3,000 international students from more than 60 countries and they constitute more than 30 percent of the total postgraduate enrolment.

    How do I apply for a postgraduate programme at UPM?

    Application for postgraduate programme at UPM is via online at Prior to application for admission, prospective student is strongly advised to visit the website of School of Graduate Studies for more information at

    When can I submit my application for admission to UPM?

    Application for admission is open throughout the year and UPM offers 7 intakes per year according to three (3) different academic calendar i.e. Dual-semester for every October (First Semester) and March (Second Semester), trimester for every July, November and March and last but not least is session intake specially for Medical programme for every June and December. For more details, please refer to If you miss the closing date of application for admission into a semester, your application for admission is automatically transferred to the following semester.

    What is the minimum academic admission requirement for Master’s or PhD programme in UPM?

    Generally, UPM requires a CGPA of 3.00/4.00. However, admission into the programme is also subject to requirements specified by the faculty / institute (refer to the faculty’s / institute’s website)

    I am in my final semester of undergraduate programme. Can I apply for admission for postgraduate study at UPM?

    Yes. A final year student of undergraduate programme can apply provided his current CGPA meets the programme admission requirement.

    How do I find a research supervisor for my study programme?

    You can identify a potential research supervisor from the faculty’s or SGS’s website. There is a ‘List of Experts’ listed under each fields of study offered by the Faculty / Institute. If you are not able to identify a research supervisor, the faculty will assign one for you.

    Do you offer scholarships or academic assistantships?

    UPM, being a Research University, awards assistantship to all qualified Malaysian candidates, especially those who register for their PhD degree. A limited number of assistantships is also awarded to academically excellent international students on a competitive basis. The assistantships usually covers tuition fee and a monthly stipend for up to six semesters depending on the study programme. For further information on financial assistance & scholarships, please go to

    On the day of registration of new students, will new students who come earlier than the appointed registration date be provided with accommodation?

    No. The university does not provide accommodation for students who come earlier than the appointed registration date.

    Does the university provide regular bus services for students to go out to the city on weekends?

    Do not. No bus services are provided for this purpose.

    Does the university provide free flight tickets for students to return home?

    None. Students' flight tickets are their own responsibility.

    Is there an ATM machine service within the campus?

    Yes, ATM machines are available at the Student Centre, UPMKB.

    What are the facilities available at UPMKB?

    All the facilities available at UPMKB campus can be referred to:

    What is a student pass?

    The student pass is a pass issued to peninsular Malaysia and Sabah students studying in Sarawak.

    Who needs to apply for a student pass?

    Students from Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah only.

    What is the function of the student pass?

    Regulating the movement of students in/out at the gazetted entrances.

    What documents are required to apply for a student pass?

  • Form IMM.14 1/97 (provided by Student Affairs)
  • 1 copy of study offer letter
  • 1 copy of the front and back of the Identity Card
  • 1 passport-sized photo
  • Restricted Travel Document/ Passport of the applicant
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    What is Restricted Travel Document?

    The Restricted Travel Document is a document used for Sabah and Sarawak in and outbound matters only.

    Who needs a Restricted Travel Document?

  • Malaysian citizens who are citizens of Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah only.
  • Employees or students of Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah who wish to serve/study in Sarawak.
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    What documents are required to apply for a Restricted Travel Document?

  • 2 passport-sized photos.
  • 1 copy of the offer letter.
  • 1 copy of identity card (front and back)
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    What are the conditions for PTPTN loan application?

    The terms of application for an educational loan are as follows:

  • Malaysian citizen;
  • Not more than 45 years old on the date of applying;
  • Obtain offers to Public Higher Education Institute / Private Higher Education Institute and Polytechnics by meeting the entry qualification requirements set by the Ministry of Education Malaysia and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA);
  • Courses followed by Public Higher Education Institute / Private Higher Education Institute and Polytechnic students must be approved by the Ministry of Education Malaysia and registered with PTPTN;*
  • For Private Higher Education Institute students, the courses followed must obtain a Certificate of Accreditation from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and still be within the validity period during the date of application;
  • For students with different qualifications, verification should be obtained from the department or agency as stated above;
  • The remaining period of study when applying shall not be less than one (1) year;
  • Has opened an SSPN-i/ SSPN-i Plus** account.

  • * Only PTPTN-sponsored approved courses will be registered and listed in the PTPTN Online Application Portal. The IPT needs to apply to PTPTN if it wants to get a PTPTN loan sponsorship.
    ** Only 15-digit SSPN-i accounts can apply for PTPTN. Please contact the nearest PTPTN branch to check the 15-digit SSPN-i account number.

    How are loan disbursements made each semester?

    The first loan disbursement is made after the student returns the complete agreement document to PTPTN. Disbursement of loans to students for the following semester is made based on the following conditions:

  • Still pursuing studies at approved levels, majors and Higher Education Institution;
  • Pass the exam in the previous semester with the result of grade point average (PNG) of 2.0 and above; And
  • Please be informed that PTPTN is not involved in the deduction of Higher Education Institution tuition fees. The loan amount will be credited directly to the student's account according to the semester subject to verification provided by the Higher Education Institution. Loan payment checks can be done on the Loan Statement and the borrower's bank account statement on the official website Any inquiries involving the deduction of tuition fees should be referred to the Student Affairs Division, UPMKB.

    Why was the loan terminated?

    The education loan will be terminated for the following reasons:

  • Failure/ discontinuation of study at level/ major/ IPT approved when applying for education loan;
  • Students cancel PTPTN education loans;
  • Forgery of information during application; Or
  • The borrower is declared bankrupt.
  • Further information on the National Higher Education Fund Loan (PTPTN) can be referred directly to the official website of PTPTN,

    How to know there are current offers of scholarships/loans offered to students?

    Announcements will be made to students through all the mediums available within the campus such as the official medium in each notice board in the Student Affairs Division, college, lecture room and department. Unofficial mediums such as student whatsapp groups and facebook social sites are also used to ensure that information reaches students.

    What are some of the Scholarships/Loans that are commonly offered?

    Local Agencies

  • Public Service Department (JPA) -
  • Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) -
  • Yayasan Pelajaran MARA (YPM) -
  • Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) -
  •  State Foundation Agency
  • Biasiswa Pinjaman Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak (BPKNS) -
  • Kerajaan Negeri Selangor -
  • Yayasan Negeri Perak -
  • Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan - bantuan awal ipt)
  • Yayasan Sarawak -
  • Yayasan Selangor -
  • Yayasan Pahang -
  • Yayasan Melaka -
  • Yayasan Pelajaran Johor - permohonan-pinjaman-pelajaran
  • Lembaga Biasiswa Negeri Kedah -
  • Tabung Amanah Pendidikan Negeri Melaka (TAPEM) -
  • * Announcements will be made from time to time if there is an offer open for each scholarship/loan as above.

    What are the application conditions for the UPM Zakat Trust Fund?

  • Students of Universiti Putra Malaysia who are MUSLIM.
  • Pursuing full-time studies at the foundation/diploma/first degree/master level.
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    How to apply UPM Zakat Trust Fund / Welfare?

    1. Please fill in all the information clearly and completely on the website

    2. Make sure that the following documents have been verified correctly before uploading.

  • A copy of identity card.
  • A copy of the matric card.
  • A copy of the salary statement / pension statement / letter confirming the income of the heaA copy of CIMB mini statement / front page of CIMB account book / CIMB Account Number Verification Slip (Account Information).
  • Copy of the latest exam results / Admission offer letter.
  • A copy of the student's ledger (if it owes the university).
  • A copy of the practical offer letter  (if applying for practical assistance / industrial training).

  • 3. Zakat Interview Process.
  • Please determine at least three (3) options for the date and time of the zakat interview when filling out the form.
  • You will be contacted to finalize the Date and Time of the interview process.
  • Please attend the interview session on the date, time and place set.

  • 4. You will receive the results of the online zakat application within twenty-one (21) working days from the validity date of the application.    

    Is there financial assistance for non-Muslim students?

    Financial assistance is provided for eligible non-Muslim students only to be applied through the Student Affairs Division Office, UPMKB.

    Does UPM provide counselling services to students?

    Yes, UPM provides counselling services to all UPMKB students.

    Are counseling services provided free of charge to students?

    Yes, this service is provided for FREE to all UPMKB students.

    What if a student wants to seek counselling services?

    Students can get the service by filling out the online form at 

    What are the requirements to be eligible to stay at Sri Rajang College?

  • Students must obtain merit of at least 80% of the combined merits of each level (Residential College 56%, International/National/University 16%, Association/Club 12% and Faculty 24%). For full information, please refer to the following link;

  • Students have never violated any of the rules contained in the Universities and Colleges Act 1971 (AUKU) For full information please refer to the following link ;
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    What are the facilities provided at Sri Rajang College for students to use?

    The facilities available at Sri Rajang College can be referred to this link,

    Does UPM Bintulu Campus have facilities and equipment rental services to outside parties?


    How do I get the rental rate charged by UPMKB?

    Please refer to the following link to find out the rental rates charged. Please click HERE.

    Who can I contact if I want to make a reservation for the rental of facilities and equipment at UPMKB?

    You contact the Strategic, Corporate Communication and Linkages Division at the following lines : 086-855312 / 086-855218 / 086-855313

    Updated:: 06/10/2022 [zulkernain]


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