History of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu began as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia’s Centre for Fisheries and Marine Science, located at Mengabang Telipot, Kuala Terengganu. It provided facilities for both students and lecturers from the Fisheries and Marine Science programmes to conduct their practical sessions and also researches.

Eventually, the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) in Serdang was transferred to Kuala Terengganu, and the Centre transformed into a branch campus, being renamed Universiti Pertanian Malaysia Terengganu (UPMT) in June 1996. The name of the faculty was also changed to the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology. Also formed were the Faculty of Science and Professional Literature and the Matriculation Centre.

Later on, the Cabinet of Malaysia had approved the establishment of Terengganu University College (KUT) on 5th May 1999 as an associate campus of UPM. Then Terengganu Universiti College was given autonomy on 1st May 2001 and was renamed the Malaysian Science and Technology University College (KUSTEM) on 20th June 2001.

On 1st February 2007, KUSTEM was given the status of a full-fledged university, and with that elevation, it was renamed again and remain to this very day as Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.


Becoming the Country’s Leading and Globally Respected Marine-Focused University


  • Supports the mission of the university to become the premier centre of learning and research by contributing to the progress of humankind and exploration of knowledge and also to the creation of wealth and national development.
  • Provides trained manpower with professional skills, high self-discipline and positive work ethics.
  • Produces graduates who are sensitive to management ideas, responsive to change and become a role-model for students and community.
  • Serves society through the dissemination of ideas and new practices and seek solutions to current problems in society.
  • Establishes relationships with other universities, institutions and the industry for mutual benefit and the national development.
  • Supports the mission of the university to become an organised centre of research and learning as well as providing good services and exploring in a new technologies.


  •  Explores all areas related to Science, Technology and Natural Resource Management through research.
  • Provides the latest facilities (laboratories, libraries, computing and environment) to support the development of knowledge, learning and scholarship.
  • Offers excellent programmes of study that meet current and future needs. Produces graduates who are responsible, knowledgeable, confident and competent.
  • Plays an active role in the development of social, economic and education through the expansion services specifically to the local community of the East Coast Peninsular and to the Malaysians, in general. 

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