About UiTM Sabah
How It All Began
In March 1973, ITM Sabah Branch was established with the cooperation and support from the Sabah Foundation and State Government. The temporary campus was in Sembulan and the first intake in July of that year comprised 159 students. On 17 August of the same year, the campus was officially open by the then Chief Minister of Sabah. Then in January 1982, a large majority of the student population was transferred to the permanent campus at Kuala Menggatal after the completion of its hostel blocks and other facilities. The move was completed in 1991 and now the university is known as UiTM Cawangan Sabah.
The New Logo of UiTM
On 26 August 1999, ITM made history when it was declared a University by the then Prime Minister. Since then, it has been known as Universiti Teknologi MARA or UiTM. According to the Prime Minister, this change of status did not affect the original policy of being an institution of higher learning which only caters for the Bumiputera students. The policy of offering 70% of the courses at diploma level, as well as courses at degree,master and Ph.D. levels, was therefore unaltered. However, more emphasis was placed on research and development.
The diamond-shape top hovering above five books signifies the quality of the products of the learning process in the University.
The ‘rihal’ or the holder of the Holy Quran portrays the University as a platform for providing knowledge.
The crisscrossed ‘keris’ represent the struggle of the Malay race to uphold excellence and racial pride.
The ‘five books’ pointing upwards represent the variety and wide range of the fields of knowledge offered by the University. They also represent the different levels of studies namely the certificate, diploma,degree,master and Ph.D. levels. In addition, the ‘five books’ symbolise the Five Pillars of Islam which form the basis for student development.
The ‘five books’ are placed on the ‘rihal’ and this forms the very core of the logo. Books represent the sources of knowledge. In addition, as an institution of higher learning, the basis of all knowledge, including that of science and technology, can be found in the Al-Quran and Hadiths.
With this proclamation, UiTM did not only join the list of the Malaysian universities but is also the largest of them all.