Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia Wikipedia

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Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia Wikipedia

Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia Wikipedia, The National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM; Malay: Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia) is a military university located in Sungai Besi Camp, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The university is Malaysia’s first catering to the needs and development of the Malaysian Armed Forces. There are around 2,700 undergraduate students, with over 1,300 of them Officer Cadets that undergo four to six years of training.


UPNM was originally Akademi Tentera Malaysia (ATMA), or the Malaysian Armed Forces Academy, which was established on 1 June 1995. It was an organisation that offered bachelor’s degrees in the fields of engineering, sciences and managements, with military training.
The bachelor’s degree courses were accredited and awarded by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in the beginning. The lecturers came from within the armed forces, some hired by the academy and the rest deputised by UTM.
On 10 November 2006, ATMA was upgraded to university status creating the current UPNM. The establishment of the university was announced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during the Budget 2007 reading in the Malaysian Parliament. The setting up of the university cost RM 500 million and was fully borne by the Government of Malaysia.
The university’s first intake of students was for the 2007/2008 session.


UPNM’s main campus is at the Sungai Besi Camp in Kuala Lumpur. The campus was completed in 2002 as part of ATMA


The former Commandant of ATMA, Lt. General Dato’ Wira Ir. Ismail Samion was appointed as the first vice-chancellor of UPNM. His appointment created history in the Malaysian higher education scene as the first military personnel appointed to be vice-chancellor of a local university. Ismail was Commandant of ATMA for six years prior to the appointment.
The current Vice-Chancellor is Jen Tan Sri Hj Zulkifli Hj Zainal Abidin who appointed to the post in 2013.

     ATMA Commandants/UPNM Vice-Chancellor
   1. Lt Jen Dato' Ismail Hassan               1995 - 1996
   2. Mej Jen Dato' Abd Ghani Yunus              1996 - 1997
   3. Brig Jen Baharudin Abdul Kadir             1997 - 1997
   4. Brig Jen Dato' Adenan Mohamad Zain            1998 -
   5. Brig Jen Azizan Ariffin            -
   6. Lt Jen Dato' Wira Ir. Ismail Samion (VC)            2002 - 2008
   7. Lt Jen Dato Pahlawan Hj Zulkifli Hj Zainal Abidin (VC)   2008 - 2010
   7. Lt Jen Dato' Wira Allatif bin Mohamed Noor (VC)      2010 - 2013
   8. Jen Tan Sri Hj Zulkifli Hj Zainal Abidin (VC)            2013–Present
     ATMA/UPNM Commanding Officers (CO)
   1. Lt Kol Badrulzaman Abd Rani           1995 - 1996
   2. Lt Kol Azroie Ahmad      1996 - 1997
   3. Lt Kol Mohammad Azudin Othman Fuad   1997 - 1998
   4. Kol Mohd Shukuri Ahmad      1998 - 2004
   5. Lt Kol          2004 - 2005
   6. Lt Kol Ahmad Sazali Sukardi     2005 - 2006
   7. Lt Kol Zakaria borhan      2006 - 2009
   8. Lt Kol Abdul Aziz Ismail                          2009 - 2010
   9. Lt Kol Kamal Idris Johari     2010 - 2011
   10. Lt Kol Chan Weng Poh             2011 - 2013
   11. Lt Kol Wan Azni bin Hj Wan Muhammad           2013–Present


Academic programme

Defence Engineering Faculty
  • Civil engineering
  • Electric & Electronic (Power) engineering
  • Electric & Electronic (Communication) engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechanical – Automotive engineering
  • Mechanical – Aeronautic engineering
  • Mechanical – Marine technology engineering
  • Art defence engineering
Defence Sciences Faculty
  • Computer science (Security system)
  • Computer science (Artificial intelligence)
  • Maritime technology
Faculty of Defence Management Studies
  • Defence human resource management
  • Strategic studies
Faculty of Medicine and Defence Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Medicine



Unlike virtually all other bachelor-degree granting institutions in Malaysia (but like the other military academies in Malaysia), the university does not refer to its students as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors; they are instead called by their year of intake e.g. “2002”, “2003”, “2004”, “20XX”.
Colloquially, the freshmen are “tahun asas (basic year)”; sophomores, “tahun satu (year 1)”; juniors, “tahun dua (year 2)”; seniors, “tahun tiga (year 3)”; super-senior, “tahun empat (year 4)”. Most cadets consider basic year to be the most difficult because of the rules and restrictions developed to help students transition from civilian to military cadet. However, the third and fourth years are generally considered to be the hardest academically.
Within the university, cadets who reached year three or four can hold positions of increasing responsibility with a cadet rank:

  • Cadet: Member of platoon – year 1 to year 4 cadet.
  • Cadet Corporal: – year 1 to year 4 cadet.
  • Cadet Sergeant: Leader of a platoon – year 3 and year 4 cadet.
  • Cadet CSM (KSM): Cadet Company Sergeant Major. Second in charge of a company – year 3 and year 4 cadet.
  • Cadet JUO (PRM): Cadet Junior Under Officer. Leading a company/second in charge of a battalion – year 3 and year 4 cadet.
  • Cadet SUO (PRK): Cadet Senior Under Officer. Leading a battalion or the cadet brigade – year 4 cadet



Admission to the university is by applying through the Education Ministry’s University Central Unit where academic qualification will be evaluated. Candidates then undergo physical, mental and leadership tests for a period of 1–3 weeks which is conducted by the Ministry of Defence.

Admissions requirements

To be admitted, candidates must be between 18 and 20 years old upon entrance, not be married, and have no legal obligation to support a child, and be of good moral character. The process includes a university application, standardised testing, and personal references. Candidates for admission have a physical aptitude test as well as a complete physical exam, including a separate visual acuity test to be eligible for appointment, although medical waivers are available. Usually, candidates with vision uncorrectable to 20/20, as well as a range of other injuries or illnesses, will be automatically considered for a medical waiver only if they are highly competitive.


Graduates receive a bachelor’s degree and are commissioned as young officers in the Army or equivalent rank in the navy or air force with an obligation to serve 10 years active service in the military. Eligibility for particular specialties (infantry, artillery, armour, engineers, etc.) is determined by academic performance and personal preference. A cadet is a first class graduate if he or she has earned a 3.70 or above Accumulated Grade Pointer Average (CPA), second class if 3.0-3.69 or third class if 2.99 and below