Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) was established in 1997 and has grown to be one of the most prominent private universities in Malaysia. Offering a wide range of industry-relevant engineering, science and technology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, it aims to produce well-rounded graduates with excellent leadership qualities and communication abilities. UTP has produced more than 14,000 graduates and currently has an enrolment of over 1,200 foundation, 6,000 undergraduates and 1,200 postgraduates from more than 66 countries around the world.
In less than 2 decades since it was established, the university has attained prestigious national and international recognitions. UTP has made its debut in the 2016/17 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, entering in the 601-650 band. It is the only Malaysian private university to make it into the rankings. UTP has also made its first appearance in the QS Top 50 under 50 and is ranked in the 91-100 band. The ranking is based on the world’s best universities that are less than 50 years old.
The university has improved its standing in the QS Asian University Rankings 2016, moving up to 127th place from the ranking range of 151 – 160 last year. UTP was ranked 288th for the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Faculty for its Engineering and Technology Faculty. UTP has also made a commendable achievement in the QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2016. QS has recognised UTP as amongst the world’s elite institutions in four of the 42 subjects featured in the rankings. UTP is also rated a four-star institution by QS, with a maximum 5-star rating in 5 areas out of 8, namely employability, internationalisation, innovations, facilities and inclusiveness. Apart from the QS rankings, UTP has also, for the first time, made the list in The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017.
The university conducts extensive research activities in collaboration with PETRONAS and other institutions and industries locally and abroad focusing on nine niche areas. They are Enhanced Oil Recovery, Carbon Dioxide Management, Deepwater Technology, Nanotechnology, Green Technology, Biomedical Technology, Hybrid Energy Systems, Intelligent Cities and Sustainable Resources. UTP is the first and only private university to be awarded a 6-star rating (the highest performance level) by MInistry of Higher Education Malaysia for its research, development and commercialisation efforts. UTP continues to provide distinctive educational opportunities to its students with the rating of Tier 5 (Excellent) University for SETARA (Rating System for the Malaysian Higher Education Institutions) and achieved Tier 5 for D-SETARA (Discipline-Based Rating System) in Engineering.
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Dr. Abdul Rahim Hj Hashim, FASc
Datuk Ir (Dr) A Rahim Hj Hashim was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS on November 1, 2012. He graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in 1976 and later received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the same university in 2006.
He worked for PETRONAS for 32 years from September 1976 to December 2008 and held some important and key positions. These include as MD/CEO of PETRONAS Penapisan Melaka and Malaysian Refining Company (1991-1998), Vice President of Human Resource Management (1998-2002), Vice President of Gas Business (2002-2006) and Vice President Research and Technology (2006-2008). He was also the Technical Manager (1982 – 1987) and Refinery Manager (1987 – 1988) for PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) Sdn Bhd, the PETRONAS first refinery at Kerteh.
A professional engineer, he sat on the Board of Engineers Malaysia and was Chairman of the Engineering Accreditation Council of Malaysia (2007-2012). He is currently an Advisor of Institute of Materials Malaysia, a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, a member of the Board of Engineers National Monitoring Committee, a board member of SIRIM and Deleum Berhad, a public listed company and a Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau MyCEB’s Kesatria.
In October 2016 he was admitted as a William Pitt Fellow by the Pembroke College of Cambridge. He is the Past President of the International Gas Union (2009-2012), the Immediate Past President of the Malaysian Gas Association (2003-2015) and Past President of the Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicle Association (2003-2009). He attended the Harvard Advance Management Program in 1997.