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UKM Transformation Plan

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A plan to propel UKM to be one of the leading research universities in the world by 2018 and consolidating its unique role as a national university in promoting national identity and unity.


UKM was established on 18th May 1970 with the mission to promote Bahasa Melayu as the medium of instruction at the pinnacle of the national education system ( Sejarah Penubuhan UKM ). Since its inception in 1970, UKM has developed many plans to guide its development and growth. These stages include the initial phases of development, expansion and consolidation culminating in the Declaration of UKM as a research university on 11th October 2006. Since achieving research university status, UKM has succeeded to a large extent in enhancing the quality of its core processes of research, education and service ( RU results , e-pmo).

As a research university UKM is expected to play a greater role in helping to realise Malaysia's move towards an economy driven by innovation and creativity for sustained growth and prosperity in line with Malaysia's high-income aspirations and global competitiveness (PM's speeches : RMK10 Speech & New Economic Model For Malaysia & The Launch of the Malaysia : Innovation Nation National Convention). Higher education institutions especially research universities such as UKM have a vital role to play and must transform to promote, facilitate and generate more innovation.


The imperatives for UKM to transform are necessitated by fundamental yet significant events and changes at both the global and national levels. These changes and challenges make it crucial for UKM to transform in order to compete and contribute more effectively within the strategic contexts that are driving global and national changes. Globalisation and global competiveness; the push towards a high-income innovative economy; the demand of a highly educated citizenry who demands participation, empowerment and inclusion in the democratic processes; national transformation that demands accountability and performance towards propelling the nation towards greater heights in achieving prosperity, security and well being; entails that UKM cannot rest on her laurels and must transform and rise adequately to these challenges.

In 2007 the National Higher Education Strategic Plan (PSPTN) was launched to transform the higher education landscape to meet the challenges of globalisation and the transition to the knowledge economy. [PSPTN:13] UKM as the national university has responded to changing national context and aspirations by reevaluating its strategic plans to formulate a Transformation Plan. The Transformation Plan was inspired by the Prime Minister's call for "1Malaysia: People First, Performance Now" which articulates (PM's Speeches : Launching of 1Malaysia Goverment Transformation Program Roadmap) his vision for National Transformation. These were subsequently expanded in various initiatives such as the National Key Result Areas (NKRAs), the use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Government Transformation Plan, Economic Transformation Plan (ETP), New Economic Model, 10th Malaysia Plan and Entry Point Projects.

rmk10 Various challenges for universities have also been outlined in the 10th Malaysia Plan. These are aligned to the UKM transformation Plan. Key among these are (1) the contribution and role of academe in moving and providing leading edge new discoveries, expansion of knowledge as well as new creations and inventions that are technologically advanced and innovative through research, development and commercialisation activities; (2) supporting the creation of an entrepreneurial culture (3) preparing UKM towards greater autonomy through good governance; (4) strengthening a performance culture towards a performance-based funding (5) upgrading course curriculum to balance academic content and soft skills as well as shifting from supply to demand .