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University Malaysia Sarawak UNIMAS

  • University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia's eighth university was officially incorporated on 24 December 1992. A university that is contemporary in character and forward-looking in outlook, it is committed in providing the nation with leaders, managers, scientists and technical specialists as well as thoughtful citizens who are capable of handling the complex challenges of our common future - confidently, competently, and creatively.The knowledge discovery initiatives at UNIMAS are premised partly upon the wealth of natural resources and diverse socio-cultural make up of the State of Sarawak. While UNIMAS is strong in biodiversity study, this and most of other research activities at this university are firmly based on contemporary technologies. For example, the conservation of the natural resources of the state, through combined strength in computer science and IT, with expertise in molecular biology and biotechnology, have effectively synergized several collaborative research, both locally and internationally.The cultural diversity and social uniqueness of Sarawak communities offer opportunities for studies in health and medicine, by offering a look at the influence of environmental factors and socio-cultural practices on the interactions of various pathogens; as well as other issues related to community health.

  • The City of Kuching, is the capital and the most populous city in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. It is also the capital of Kuching Division. The city is situated on the Sarawak River at the southwest tip of the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo.Kuching is a major food destination and the main gateway for travellers visiting Sarawak and Borneo. Kuching Wetlands National Park is located about 30 kilometres from the city and there are many other tourist attractions in and around Kuching. The city has become one of the major industrial and commercial centres in East Malaysia.

  • 10,000 students, staff and members of the public witnessed the opening of the new West Campus by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi on 18 April 2006. The event was also broadcast live on television


Main areas of study

The listed areas of study are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the partner institution. Moreover, names for fields of study may be different overseas.A discipline being listed does not in indicate the suitability of the program, nor does it indicate that the discipline is taught in English.Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisors at RMIT University and subject to available places at the host institution.

Language requirements

All courses are taught in English.Exchange students may not study courses in Medicine or Engineering.Open to students from Vocational Education, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Additional information


Listed study areas

  • Accounting
  • Animation
  • Biotechnology and biological sciences
  • Business administration and Law
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil engineering
  • Communication, journalism and media
  • Computer science
  • Design innovation and technology
  • Economics, Finance and Marketing
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Environment and planning
  • Environmental and sustainable engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Fine and visual art
  • Graphic and communication design
  • Industrial, furniture and product design
  • Information technology
  • International studies
  • Languages, translating and interpreting
  • Management
  • Mechanical and automotive engineering
  • Mechatronics and manufacturing systems engineering
  • Music and audiovisual
  • Nursing and allied health
  • Public policy
  • Screen and media
  • Social work
  • Software engineering
  • Telecommunications engineering

Full time load





2-3 UNIMAS credits =

UNIMAS course



The university's policy is to provide accommodation in the student colleges to a vast majority of eligible students.

Living cost

A number of external services provide comprehensive overviews of global living costs, for example:

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More information


The student pass and visa are endorsed onto your passport by the Malaysian Immigration Department. The endorsement indicates your visa type, the length of stay in Malaysia, the number of entries permitted into Malaysia and the validity of the student pass (which is for one year).The Malaysian Immigration regulations require all international students to enrol as a full-time student throughout their stay in Malaysia.

Further information is available here.

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