Uniten celebrates 20th anniversary

Dr Yap (third from right) launching Unitens student centre. With her are, from right, Prof Rujhan, Azman, Moggie, Prof Kamal and Uniten chief business development officer Prof Dr Bahisham Yunus.

MARCH 8 is a special date as it not only marks International Women’s Day but is the 20th anniversary of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten).

Previously known as Institut Kejuruteraan Teknologi Tenaga Nasional (IKATAN), a centre established by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) in recognising the need for a scientific and progressive society in 1996, Uniten has come a long way in the past two decades.

The special day also saw the varsity launching its new student centre.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap commended the varsity for its milestones.

“In 20 years, they have achieved many milestones not only in terms of activities but also in terms of rankings.

“Uniten is ranked at number six among all universities in Malaysia in the January 2017 Webometrics Ranking and at number one among private universities,” she said.

Dr Yap said Uniten records a consistent rate of graduate employability ranging between 95% to 97%.

“It speaks volumes of the quality and relevance of education that is provided by the university,” she added.

TNB chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie said Uniten has an enrolment of 12, 275 students.

“To date, Uniten has successfully produced a total of 25, 884 graduates.

“Uniten has set its goal of being listed in the top 200 of the QS University Rankings: Asia by 2020 and top 150 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for Electrical and Electronics by 2025,” he added.

Uniten vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kamal Nasharuddin Mustapha said they aspire to turn the university into a globally competitive energy institution.

Also present were Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) chief executive officer Prof Datuk Dr Rujhan Mustafa and TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Azman Mohd.

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