UNITAR International University

About UNITAR International University
Welcome to UNITAR International University


UNITAR International University was established in 1997 as the first virtual university in Southeast Asia and among the earliest private universities in the country. It is the first institution in Asia to be awarded a QS 5- Star Rating for the Online Learning category. In alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, UNITAR’s holistic and innovative learning ecosystem provides a comprehensive programme offering for all socio-economic levels whilst developing highly employable and entrepreneurial global citizens.

It aims to go beyond just providing the learning journey for students in acquiring relevant skill sets, but through their C.A.R.E. — Collaborative, Adaptive, Reflective, and Entrepreneurial education methodology, UNITAR nurtures its students in developing self-awareness of their talents and abilities, as well inculcating in them the need for social responsibility whilst moulding them to be better citizens of the nation.

UNITAR’s programmes are offered in 13 locations, including its main campus in urban Kelana Jaya. It has a total enrolment of over 5,000 students spread within 40 homegrown programmes ranging from the Foundation, Diploma and Bachelor’s levels to the postgraduate Master’s and Doctorate’s. To meet the current needs of the industries, UNITAR also provides over 50 professional certification programmes. With APEL, working professionals can continue their education journey with the option to reduce their programme duration.

UNITAR takes pride in having committed academics housed in various faculties and schools. The academic verticals comprise of the Faculty of Business & Technology, Faculty of Education & Humanities, the School of Culinary Arts and School of Media, Arts & Design. Since its inception, UNITAR has embarked on an innovative learning methodology where technology is featured significantly, but never aimed to replace human relationships. Its pursuit to offer competitive quality education in both conventional and online teaching modes continues till today, meeting the needs of 21st Century education.
  • Accelerate innovative solutions in a global learning ecosystem for a sustainable future
  • Create highly employable and entrepreneurial global citizens
Innovation From lifelong and work-based learning to applied research and corporate solutions, we offer a variety of innovative products to cater to the unique needs of learners as individuals, communities, and industries.
Impact We design academic, professional, and life skills products and solutions to prepare learners to make meaningful and sustainable contributions to their families, communitites, and employers.
International We offer worldwide access to our fully online and blended programmes and leverage on our global network of partners to bring the very best experience to our learners.
Inclusion We offer accessible and affordable products and solutions for all levels of society in every industry and aim to bridge the urban-rural and digital gaps through dedicated partners nationwide
Governance & Management
Yang Berbahagia Dato' Mohamed Nizam Bin Tun Abdul Razak was born on 3 October 1958 and is the son of Tun Abdul Razak Bin Dato' Hussein, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Tun Rahah Binti Tan Sri Noah. He is the third in the family of five sons. He is married to Yang Berbahagia Datin Khadijah Binti Tun Abdul Rahman and blessed with one son, Muhammad Nadzmi.

A distinguished graduate of Oxford University with a Bachelor of Arts (Oxon) Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Dato'Mohamed Nizam started his career as Manager with the Corporate Finance Division at Bumiputra Merchant Bankers Berhad. In 1984, he joined stockbroking firm PB Securities Sdn Bhd first as Director of Institutional Dealing and later as Chief Executive Officer of the group, a position he held until his retirement in 1998.

Since 1998, Dato' Mohamed Nizam has been a value investor engaged in buyouts and private equity transactions in Malaysian companies such as the purchases of interests in manufacturing, construction, oil and gas, healthcare, property development, information technology and diversified groups. Combining his experience in corporate finance and stockbroking, he successfully brought several of his investments to eventual listing on the stock exchanges.

A corporate leader, Dato' Mohamed Nizam previously served with distinction as Chairman, Director, Member of the Audit Committee of several major private and public listed companies in Malaysia including Public Bank Berhad, Public Finance Berhad, Cambodian Public Bank Ltd, Deutsche Bank Malaysia Berhad, OYL Industries Berhad, Tamco Corporate Holdings Berhad, Hiap Teck Venture Berhad, Delloyd Ventures Berhad, LPI Capital Berhad, Public Mutual Fund Berhad, Harrison Holdings Berhad, Kamdar Group (M) Berhad, Dolomite Corporation Berhad and PK Resources Berhad. He also served on various committees of Bursa Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange or KLSE) and on its pro-tem committee which was instrumental in the creation of the Malaysian Exchange of Securities Dealing & Automated Quotation, better known as MESDAQ.

Dato' Mohamed Nizam is currently Chairman, Director and Member of the Audit Committee of several major private and public listed companies in Malaysia and Singapore that includes Mamee-Double Decker (M) Berhad (Food), Yeo Hiap Seng Ltd (Food), Asia Experience Sdn Bhd (Tourism), Healthscan Sdn Bhd (Healthcare), Wah Seong Group of Companies (Oil and Gas) and Petra Energy Berhad (Oil and Gas). In May of this year, he was appointed as Regional Adviser to Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS). He also serves as a Pro-Chancellor of University Tun Abdul Razak.

While sitting on various boards and committees for over 30 years, Dato' Mohamed Nizam earned a formidable reputation for championing the cause of good corporate governance and protection of minority interests. He has made it the personal mission of his corporate life to raise by a considerable degree, these standards in every single board or committee that he has sat on.

A tireless advocate of causes who has had a towering impact in Malaysia, Dato' Mohamed Nizam sits on the Board of Trustees of several charitable foundations such as Yayasan Cemerlang, Noah Foundation, Hong Leong Foundation, National Children Welfare Foundation, Yayasan Rahah and Yayasan Wah Seong, focusing on education, religion and children's welfare. Through those various charitable bodies, he serves as a strong advocate in the education of the less fortunate, deserving students at all levels. Children have been the biggest beneficiaries of the Foundations. He also helped establish the Mohammed Noah Fellowship of Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies at the Oxford University.

Despite the various vital roles and responsibilities held by Dato' Mohamed Nizam, he remains a golf enthusiast and enjoys reading a wide range of short stories, novels and subjects, as well as spending precious time with his family.

The University Senate is the highest academic body of UNITAR International University (UNITAR), subject to the provisions of the Constitution and the Statutes and Regulations of the University. The University Senate holds control and general direction of instruction, research and examination and the power to award Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees.
  • Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Prof Ir. Dr Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar
    Vice-Chancellor / Chairperson
  • Dr Ainon Jauhariah Abu Samah
    Acting Dean, Faculty of Business and Technology
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr Mallika Vasugi V Govindarajoo
    Dean, Faculty of Education and Humanities
  • Shahril Nizam Shamsudin
    Director, School of Culinary Arts
  • Anis Laila Yap Abdullah
    Director, School of Media, Arts and Design
  • Assoc. Prof. Omar Musa
    Assoc Professor, Information Technology
Co-Opted Members
  • Ong Tiang Chwee (Patricia)
    Director, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Iszatul Mashani Ishak
    Director, Human Resource
  • Mohan Balakrishnan
    Director, ICT Services
  • Margaret Choy Sau Mey
    Senior Manager, E-Learning and Innovative Technology
  • Maryati Marsam
    Manager, Quality & Regulatory Management
  • Romiza Md Akhir
    Acting Head, Centre for Teaching & Learning
  • Zulkifli Mustafa
    Head, Examination Department
Ex-Officio Member
  • Hj Abd Razak Hj Muhamad
  • Khoo Kean Weng (Kevyn)
  • Ahmad Naquib Zafri Zakaria
    Head, Knowledge Management Centre
Senate Secretariat
  • Noorasyqin Ahmad
    Executive, Quality & Regulatory Management
  • Mohd Zarihi Mohd Hashim
  • Asmu'i Athari Supri
  • Puvan Balachandran
  • Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Prof Ir. Dr Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar
  • Assoc. Prof. Omar Musa
  • Mohammad Najmie Noordin
    Head, Knowledge Management Centre