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University of Malaysia Sabah UMS

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Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is an institution of higher education that produces human resources, experts, and professionals in a variety of fields. With the ultimate vision of imparting high-quality education to a local and global community of students and scholars, UMS has set for itself a high standard of scholarship. Our undergraduates, as well as postgraduate students, receive guidance and learning opportunities in an environment that values talent and innovation. Ever since its establishment, UMS has made consistent efforts to develop modern infrastructures and mechanisms, and a capable academic faculty supported by efficient management to provide an effective platform for nurturing young generations.


About University of Malaysia Sabah UMS

Campus setting Urban
Living cost USD 359 per month
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students 10%
Institution type Public

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is an institution of higher education established on 24 November 1994. It is located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The first development was in 2000 when UMS completed the first phase of its construction on 999-acre land. It also opened an international campus in 1999 located in Labuan. Later on in 2011, UMS also opened an agriculture Campus in Sandakan. 

UMS has a focus on the quality of graduates, institutions, and of the overall system in a variety of fields. With more than 1200 dedicated academicians, many of them have won awards nationally and internationally for their research and innovation. 

UMS offers 64 bachelor programs, with a total of ten faculties.

UMS has 10 faculties:

  1. Faculty of Engineering 
  2. Faculty of Science and Natural Resources 
  3. Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition 
  4. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 
  5. Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture 
  6. Faculty of Computing and Informatics
  7. Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage 
  8. Faculty of Business, Economics, and Accountancy
  9. Faculty of Psychology and Education 
  10. Faculty of International Finance Labuan

And different research units:

  1. Entrepreneurship Research & Development Centre
  2. Unit for Borneo Primate Studies
  3. Unit for Orchid Studies
  4. Unit for Remote Sensing & GIS
  5. Ethnography Research & Development Unit
  6. Psychology & Social Health Research Unit
  7. Unit for Rural Education Research
  8. Natural Disasters Research Unit
  9. Minerals & Materials Research Unit
  10. BIMP-EAGA Unit for Tourism Development
  11. Water Research Unit
  12. Artificial Intelligence Research Unit
  13. Sustainable Palm Oil Research Unit
  14. Food Safety and Quality Unit
  15. Unit Penyelidikan Warisan Borneo (BOHRu)

Under the Ministry of Higher Education Star Rating project (MyMOHES), the university has achieved 5 star ranking. Not long ago, UMS was ranked one of the top 200 in QS World Ranking by Subject in Agriculture and Forestry. The university is also ranked fourth in the top choice universities among Malaysia’s STPM/Matriculation/Foundation leavers.

Campus Information UMS

Since its establishment, UMS has made continuous effort to develop modern infrastructure, with amazing landscape and stunning structures. It is one of the most beautiful university campuses in Malaysia with its own beach and jetty. 

UMS has various facilities available:

  • Libraries,
  • high-end teaching and research instruments and laboratories,
  • multimedia laboratories,
  • WiFi, internet and online facilities,
  • sport centers and outdoor facilities,
  • students’ centers,
  • hostels,
  • UMS Museum,
  • Chancellery Building


UMS's accommodation consists of terraced houses and apartments.

The residential blocks are called 'Kampung' AB, CD and E located within the University campus. These blocks can hold up to 5,700 students. 

The rest are situated outside, all within easy driving distance.

  • Indah Permai Residential College (1,700 students)
  • Kingfisher Residential College (600 students)

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