In 1994, Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), established the Institute of Telecommunication and Information Technology (ITTM) in Taiping, Perak. The first campus was established on TM's former northern region office where the first batch of 42 students were selected to undergo an experimental 2-year telecommunication engineering diploma program. In 1996, with the academic success of the first two batches, TM was invited by the Ministry of Education the set up the first private university in Malaysia. ITTM was granted university status and renamed itself to Universiti Telekom.
In 1997, The Melaka campus was set up in the Ayer Keroh district. The setting up of the campus involved converting an old building belonging to TM's southern region office.
TM was offered by the Government of Malaysia to establish a university in MSC Malaysia, then known as Multimedia Super Corridor, to catalyst the MSC program. A campus was set up in Cyberjaya and opened on 8 July 1999. The relationship between the Cyberjaya campus and the MSC is intended to be similar to the relationship between Stanford University and Silicon Valley. The university was renamed from Universiti Telekom to Multimedia University.
In 2013, MMU established a third campus in Iskandar Puteri, Johor specialising in cinematic arts in collaboration with the renowned University of Southern California.
In 2002, The Multimedia Learning System (MMLS) of MMU won the Asia Pacific MSC IT & Telecommunication Award (APMITTA) and the 2001 Asia Pacific Award for Best of Smart Learning Applications. During 2004, MMU secured four awards from the Ministry of Education, namely, the Highest Enrolment of Local Students, Excellence in R&D, the Highest Number of Courses Accredited, Special Award in Recognition of MMU's Overall Achievement.
In 2009, MMU was ranked at 171 by THES-QS in the Asian University Rankings, the first private university in Malaysia to achieve such a feat.
MMU was rated tier 5 (Excellent) in the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education SETARA Rating in 2010 and 2011. This is the highest rating achieved by all institutions. Other universities that achieved tier 5 rating include Monash University (Sunway campus), Nottingham University (Malaysia campus), and University Malaya.
Based on the SCIMAGO Institutions ranking 2010, MMU was ranked 368 in Asia, and No. 6 in Malaysia (No. 1 Private University).
The Webometric ranking 2010 similarly ranked MMU as the No. 1 private university in Malaysia, and is ranked at 172 in Asia.
MMU is ranked 151-200 by QS World University Ranking 2014 in the category of Computer Science and Information systems.
MMU began with a single computing faculty known as the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) in 1997. After the establishment of the Cyberjaya campus in 1999, FIT was split into the Faculty of Information Science and Technology (FIST) based in the Melaka campus, and Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI) based in the Cyberjaya campus. FIST offers undergraduate programs with majors in Data Communications and Networking, Security Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology Management, Bioinformatics. The undergraduate programs in FCI offers specialisations in Software Engineering, Information Systems, and Game Development.
The Faculty of Business (FOB) is based in Melaka. It offers programs in Knowledge Management, Marketing Management, International Business, Human Resource Management, Banking & Finance, and Accounting. The Faculty of Management (FOM), based in the Cyberjaya campus, offers programms in Accounting, Electronic Commerce, Financial Engineering, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Economics.
The Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET), based in Melaka, offers courses in Electronics and Mechanical Engineering. The majors offered by the FET Electronics Engineering courses are Bio-Instrumentation, Robotics and Automation, and Telecommunications. The Faculty of Engineering (FOE) is based in Cyberjaya. It offers courses in Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications, Electrical, Nanotechnology, and Optical Engineering.
The Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM), based in the Cyberjaya and Iskandar Puteri campus, was established in 1999. Prior to that, it was based in the Melaka campus and known as the Faculty of Media Arts and Science. The Cyberjaya campus offers programs in Animation and Visual Effects, Advertising Design, Media Arts, Virtual Reality, and Interface Design. The Iskandar Puteri campus was established in 2013 to offer the Cinematic Arts program as part of FCM. The Cinematic Arts program was designed in collaboration with the University of Southern California.
The Faculty of Law (FOL) is based in Melaka. The university's law program was formerly a part of the business faculty, then known as the Faculty of Business and Law, before establishing as its own independent faculty in 2013. FOL students are fully exempted from taking the CLP examination.Centre for Modern Languages and Communications
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