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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Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim bin Abdul Mutalib, Vice Chancellor
Professor Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim bin Abdul Mutalib graduated from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia with a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering.
At Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Professor Dr. bin Abdul Mutalib was appointed as Lecturer II and became the founding Head of Programme for Chemical Engineering in 1998. He designed the curriculum for the Chemical Engineering programme and developed necessary support resources. In 2000, he was appointed as the Director of Research and Consultancy. Among his immediate responsibilities included development of the Research & Development (R&D) and Consultancy master plan for UTP.
In view of his past experience and contributions in management positions, he was reappointed to the university management position as the Dean of Faculty of Engineering in 2013. During his tenure, the faculty of engineering continued to progress strongly and has improved its QS World University ranking to the world’s top 300.
At the national level, he was involved in the development of Programme Standard for Engineering and Technology Programme for Malaysian Quality Agency in 2012, which is used as the standard for national accreditation for all universities. Due to his immense contribution, he had the privilege of working as a Reviewer with numerous groups including the National Research Grant Schemes such as IRPA, E-Science, FRGS and TechnoFund.
On 1st November 2017, he assumed the position of Vice Chancellor for Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.