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UniSZA at a Glance

Terengganu, Malaysia has long been known for its scholarly tradition. Sultan Zainal Abidin III, who reigned from 1881 to 1918, made the Terengganu Palace a centre of Islamic knowledge and is considered by many to have been one of the state’s most pious rulers. Today, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) continues this tradition. First established as an Islamic college in 1980, UniSZA has expanded rapidly over the years, becoming a public university in 2006.

UniSZA takes great pride in continuing the legacy of providing excellence in education to all. Fast growing and dynamic, UniSZA offers a comprehensive array of programmes for study including language, design arts and engineering technology, Islamic studies, law, international relations and accounting, business and economics, bioresources, food technology, information technology, social sciences as well as medicine and health sciences.

The University operates four campuses, each with its own area of specialisation. The Gong Badak Campus located just north of Kuala Terengganu is the main campus for the university, accommodating over 7,000 students and housing seven faculties on over 140 hectares of land. The Medical Campus, found in the centre of Kuala Terengganu, is where the Faculty of Medicine operates. It is located directly opposite Terengganu’s largest hospital, Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah. With a seaside location, Tembila Campus has over 385 hectares of land. It currently operates two faculties, the Faculty of Bioresources and Food Industry as well as the Faculty of Informatics and Computing. Tembila is UniSZA’s newest campus and is situated in the northern part of Terengganu. The university also has a campus in Kuala Lumpur, UniSZA International Campus, designed to cater for executive programmes and graduate studies.

At the moment UniSZA has 10 faculties, each offering various levels of study from diploma to degree, and master to doctorate. In addition there are sixCentres of Excellence focusing on research and graduate studies. These centres include The Research Institute for Islamic Products and Civilization (INSPIRE), the East Coast Environmental Research Institute (ESERI), AGROPOLIS UniSZA which focuses on agriculture and food innovation, the Institute for Community Development and Quality of Life (i-CODE), ASEAN and International Research Institute (IAIS)  and Darul Iman Institute (IDAMAN)  . UniSZA has 46 undergraduate programmes and 25 postgraduate degrees offering hundreds of areas of specialisation.

UniSZA has long striven to broaden its area of operation, constantly seeking to establish new and active relations with institutions throughout the world. In addition to having over 60 active Memorandum of Understanding with universities, private industry, and government agencies both local and abroad, the university actively encourages international students to join our academic programmes. This is in line with our vision, to be ‘A Globally Acclaimed Preferred University’.

The university has defined its mission to inspire refined individuals, proficient in management technology through academic excellence and community engagement. This is done by adhering to our nine core values; to be ethical and moral, competent and skilled, professional, collaborative, creative and innovative, customer focused, responsible, caring with a sense of belonging, as well as being reliable.

With the broad range of programmes offered by the faculties and research centres, UniSZA’s niche is ‘Human Civilisation and Management Technology’ with its motto: ‘Knowledge for the Benefit of Humanity’.

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