Report on proposed UMT, UniSZA merger to be ready in six months

Last update: 11/09/2019


KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 11 -- The report on the proposed merger between Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), is expected to be completed within the next six months.

A statement  issued by the Office of the Director-General of Higher Education in Putrajaya, today, said the Education Ministry was said to have formed a special committee to facilitate the merger of the varsities, both located in Terengganu, with various parties.

The statement said that the ministry was preparing a framework for its implementation and a special committee comprising administrators, lecturers, students, as well as representatives from various agencies and ministries, including stakeholders, would facilitate the merger which would take about six months.

The Cabinet on Sept 4, had in principle agreed to the merger of UMT and UniSZA, which was seen as a move to strengthen the capacity of both universities in line with the 10 shifts of the Malaysia Education Blueprint  2015-2025 (Higher Education).

In addition, the initiative is expected to drive industrial development in Terengganu, and also to deal with competition among universities for students, staff and resources.

The statement added that the merging between two universities was not something new as developed countries like the United Kingdom, United States and Australia had also done so to increase the effectiveness, reach and competitiveness of a new institution.