Here is a list of frequently asked questions that we hope will help you in obtaining any information about our university.
- What is a lecture?
A lecture is learning by listening to the teacher. It is usually an hour long. You are expected to take notes and there may be hand-outs. You will often be in a group between 20 to 50 students but it may be much larger (100 or even 200).
- What is a seminar or tutorial?
A seminar/tutorial is a discussion between groups of students, usually 10 to 20 and the lecturer. He/she will lead the discussion and the students will interact both with each other and the lecturer.
- What is a Tutor?
A tutor is a collective term that can be used to describe a Professor, lecturer or seniour lecturer. Some seniour postgraduates can also be tutors when they teach on a limited range of subjects in the department.
- What is a lecturer?
A lecturer or senior lecturer has major teaching responsibilities and often research responsibilities in the department. These are the core academic staff in the department.
- What is a professor?
A professor is the most seniour teacher in the department. He/she may teach any level of student. He/she will usually have a major research interest and will be pre-eminent in his/her field.
- What is a personal tutor?
A personal tutor is the member of academic staff that is assigned to each student in the department on an individual basis. They will not necessarily have direct academic contact with their students who are described as their personal tutees. Personal tutorials are there to help students discuss their academic progress and any individual or personal difficulties that they wish to draw to the attention of the department.
- How are courses assessed?
Your course will be constructed of modules. Each module has its own assessment. This can be an examination or an essay or dissertation. There can also be continuous assessment. The precise type of assessment and its contribution to the course is clear in the course regulations.
- Where is UTM situated?
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia is situated just 30km north of Johor (the southernmost state of Malaysia) and about 300km south of Kuala Lumpur (capital city of Malaysia). We are conveniently accessible by all forms of ground and air transportation.
- What are the admission requirements for International Students?
A Bachelor’s Degree Programme requires a good “Advanced Level” in General Certificate of Education or equivalent.While a Masters and Doctorate Programme require a good Bachelor and good Master’s Degree from an internationally recognised university, respectively.
- What do I have to do to get my foreign diploma/degree recognised by UTM?
We require that candidate to submit an academic transcript of his/her qualification/certificate endorsed by the respective school/university. Foreign diplomas and degrees will be evaluated by the respective faculty’s admission committee.
- What kind of accommodation facilities do you have for single and/or married students?
There are 11 residential colleges which can accommodate about 13,000 students. Married quarters although more limited in numbers are also available for postgraduates who wish to bring along their family. Students are advised to contact the Dean for more information.
- What other social and recreational amenities available in and outside the campus?
UTM has many sports and recreational facilities, both indoors and outdoors such as soccer, hockey, tennic, criket, equestrian, kayaking, badminton, etc. These facilities will be supplemented by some public and privately funded facilities available outside the campus. Students are encouraged to join the many student clubs and social activities in the campus. The sports unit is available to help organise and oversee sports functions and competitions.