Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) is Malaysia's largest institution of higher learning in terms of size and population. It has experienced phenomenal growth since its inception in 1956 and it is still growing. Beside the main campus in Shah Alam, the university has expanded nationwide with 12 state campuses, 6 satellite campuses in Shah Alam, 11 state satellite campuses and 21 affiliated colleges. With this vast network and a workforce of 17,770, the university offers more than 500 academic programmes in a conducive and vibrant environment. It is also home to some 175,200 students.
To accommodate the increasing number of students, six new branch campuses were completed by 2014, namely Phase 2 of Puncak Alam Campus, Samarahan 2 Campus in Sarawak, Jasin Campus in Melaka, Pasir Gudang Campus in Johor, Seremban Campus in Negeri Sembilan and Tapah 2 Campus in Perak.
UiTM’s plan to strengthen the governance of the university resulted in the establishment of a system called 1 University 2 System ((1U2S). Based on this system, which was approved by the Board of Directors in 2007, there is an anchor university and 12 state universities. With the new system of governance, the university is able to optimise the use of its resources to enhance excellence in research, technology and learning as well as community service.
The concept of 1U2S states that the Anchor University assumes the role of the Administrative Centre and the State Universities will be the Autonomous State Administration. UiTM will be headed by a Vice Chancellor while the State Campuses is headed by a Rector, who is directly accountable to the Vice Chancellor. The Anchor University consists of the Shah Alam 1 Campus and Satellite Campuses (Puncak Alam Campus, Selayang Campus, Sungai Buloh Campus, Puncak Perdana Campus, Jalan Othman Campus and Section 17 Campus), while the Autonomous State Campuses consists of all the State Campuses and State Satellite Campuses. All branch campuses will be given the autonomous status in phases. As of June 2014, there are seven (7) state campuses which have been given the autonomous status namely, the Perlis, Perak, Terengganu, Sarawak, Melaka, Pulau Pinang and Pahang campuses.
The University is committed to helping bumiputera students achieve the highest scholarly level and to prepare them for careers in public and professional practice in various fields. Its formation is based on a vision of outstanding scholarship and academic excellence that is capable of providing leadership in various arenas.
Although still a fledgling compared to other more established universities in the country, UiTM has earned a reputation as being one of Malaysia's innovative and entrepreneurial universities, as it has formed linkages with numerous and diverse industrial sectors. Hence, its relationships with the industries have enriched its research and innovation as well as its entrepreneurial culture.
Today, UiTM draws strength from the initiatives of its founding fathers, exploring and mastering various frontiers of knowledge as it works towards reaching greater heights and celebrating more accomplishments at home and abroad. The ultimate is to put UiTM on the world map.