The enormous responsibility of managing and educating a large and diverse student population has resulted in the expansion of the university set-up into one main campus and several satellite campuses, state campuses, and city/town campuses. The university also has several affiliated colleges.
These campuses provide excellent opportunities for bumiputeras all over the country to pursue higher education and attain higher economic and social well being.
UiTM’s main campus started with the laying of its foundation stone on 14 October 1967 by Tun Abdul Razak and by the mid-70s, the campus was already in full operation. It acts as the focal point of development and expansion to a network of other campuses. This campus is very close to Shah Alam city centre. Therefore, public facilities and services are within easy reach. An added advantage is the fact that Shah Alam is the hub of information technology and multimedia applications. It is also easily accessible via the major highways that link the city to strategic locations in the country.
These campuses house specialist programmes and are different from branch campuses, which usually offer a bigger range of academic programmes. Jalan Othman campus is the oldest of the satellite campuses while Puncak Alam campus is the most recently established. Jalan Othman campus is situated in the old part of Petaling Jaya and is less than a kilometre away from the old PJ town centre. It was in this campus that UiTM first started in 1956, as Dewan Latehan RIDA. Puncak Alam houses the most modern living conditions and the most conducive nurturing environment that can facilitate effective teaching, learning and research activities. It is well-equipped with high quality facilities and services, state-of-the-art laboratories and technologically-enabled classrooms.
UiTM is the only university in Malaysia that has a campus in every state of the country. It operated its first state campus in Sabah in 1973. Although most of these campuses started on temporary premises, their establishment has been strategised and well planned.
These campuses are non-residential set-ups which ensure that UiTM’s academic and professional training programmes reach out to members of the community who reside within the vicinity of the campuses.