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Dr. Mostafa Rostamis Recent Travel to Malaysia; Visiting the University of Malaya

In order to further develop the University"s international relations and scientific diplomacy, and the need to further explore areas of cooperation with the University of Malaya Malaysia, I travelled to Univeristy of Malaya for a few days to give a lecture at the International Conference on Civil Society Dialogue, to meet the officials of the Malaya State University.

Attending and giving a speech at International Conference on Civil Society Dialogue


I landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on a hot summer day; I had my flight by Mahan Airlines

Map of the country of Malaysia


Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia and is geographically divided into two distinct parts. The two distinct parts of Malaysia are separated by the South China Sea, with both western parts of the Peninsular Malaysia and Eastern Malaysia having a very similar view of the high coastal plains and often covered by dense forests and mountains. The local climate is tropical and is characterized by annual monsoon winds

Langkawi Sky Bridge on rainforest and canopy forests

Malaysia, or officially the Malaysian Federation, is a country in Southeast Asia and its capital is Kuala Lumpur. Government agencies and ministries are located in the new city of Putrajaya (the administrative capital) and the Federation consists of thirteen states in Southeast Asia.

View of Sultan Abdul Samad"s mansion in Kuala Lumpur


Malaysia is divided into two geographical regions and the South China Sea separates the two: the Peninsular Malaysia or the West Malaysia, which shares the northern border with Thailand and has a connection by the Shooseh Jowhar Road to the south with Singapore. This country is comprised of Shahneshin rooms of Jowhar, Kedah, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan, Perak, Selangor, Perlis and Terengganu and the two states are governed by the governors of Malika and Penang, and also by the two federal districts of Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur. Although Malaysia is politically governed by the Malays, but the new Malaysian population, despite the Chinese and Indian minorities, is not uniform, and Malaysia is a symbol of racial harmony among Southeast Asian countries.

One of Malaysia"s most beautiful mosques, built on the beach and by the sea.

Malaysia"s development and progress in the industrial and service sectors is due to its successful economic plans. Malaysia has abundant natural resources such as agriculture, forestry and minerals. In terms of agriculture, Malaysia is the first exporter of natural plastic (caoutchouc) and Palm oil along with timber and trunks of trees, cocoa, black pepper, pineapple and tobacco.


Local markets in Malaysian cities

Almost 2% of Malaysia is covered by forests. The rapid expansion of timber industry, especially after the 1980s, led to a serious erosion of the country"s forest resources. However, in line with the government’s action to protect the environment and ecological systems, a huge reforestation movement has started. Caoutchouchas widely been replaced with palm oil as Malaysia"s major agricultural export commodity. Tin and crude oil are two major mineral resources that are of particular importance to Malaysian economy. Other important minerals in the country include copper, gold, bauxite, iron ore and coal, along with industrial minerals such as clay, kaolin, silica, lime, barite, phosphates and masonry such as granite, blocks and pieces of marbles. Small amounts of gold are also produced in Malaysia.

Petronas Twin Towers or KLCC

Kuala Lumpur is the official capital of Malaysia and its largest city. It is one of the three federal territories of Malaysia that is directly controlled by the government. Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding areas are located in the heart of Selangor as an independent region.

Beautiful view of the city of Kuala Lumpur


In the 1850s, a number of Chinese workers were hired to find new and larger tin mines. During their search, the workers anchored at the intersection of the Gombek and Kalang rivers to dig new mines. This has created the city of Kuala Lumpur (meaning two muddy rivers). With the expansion of the mines, the area has become a commercial city and harbor. In 1870, a Chinese commander was assigned to take control of the city"s situation, and in 1880, it became the center of Selangor province. In 1881, after a massive fire, most of the timber was demolished and then the houses were rebuilt with bricks and tiles.

It has created a special style in the architecture of the region. With the creation of the railroad, the city expanded further, and in 1896, Kuala Lumpur became the capital of the Malay federal states. This large, beautiful, blustery city with high skyscrapers and magnificent attractions as well as its beautiful nature has become one of the most important cities in the industry of tourism and has made Malaysia and its other cities famous.

A Crafts Store in Kuala Lumpur

A Malaysian artist is creating a wooden tableau with an embossed pattern

The University of Malaya known as the UM, is Malaysia"s first university located in a very large area in southwest Kuala Lumpur. It is known as Malaysia"s best university and many of Malaysia"s most famous people are graduates of this university.

Graduation ceremony : UM students


The university currently has more than 2500 faculty members, of which about 50 percent are foreign professors and students. It is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in 2015.

This year, the university ranked 87th in the world and 19th in Asia, and for the year 2020, it is anticipated to rank 70th in the world and 13th in Asia.

University of Malaya ranking table from 2014 till now

The entrance of Malaya State University


The University of Malaya which is the first ranked university of the country, was founded in 1949 by merging the Medical College of King Edward VII (founded in 1905) and Raffles College of Singapore (founded in 1928) as a national institute to respond. It speaks to the urgent needs of the community for further education in the fields of medicine and basic sciences in the Federations of Malaya and Singapore. The rapid growth of the university during the first decade of its establishment has led to the formation of two different branches of the university in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Central building of University of Malaya

In 1960, the governments of Singapore and Malaysia announced their intention to introduce the Institute as a national university, and with the legal preparations for this in 1961, the University of Malaya was finally recognized on January first, 1962. The university"s motto, "Knowledge is the Key to Success," reflects the philosophy of the university in a continuous effort to gain knowledge and nurture successful graduates in the service of a victorious society.

One of the classes at the University of Malaya

The campus area of the faculty of Medicine (UMMC) covers over 328 hectares, including natural highlands and a protected area that is home to numerous species of plants and animals.

The University of Malaya is one of the best universities in Malaysia with a prominent position in the world and because its degree is valued and accepted in all countries, it is one of the most popular universities in Malaysia for international students.

Malaya State University campus


The University of Malaya has been recognized by the Malaysian Government in 2006 as a research center, relying on intensive research in various sciences, and continues to be very active in various research projects. Following this policy, several research centers at the university are dedicated to conducting high quality research.

- Sustainable Development Center (SuSci)

- Medical Center (HTM)

- Biotech Center (Biotech)

- Advanced Structural Studies Center (AFR)

- Computer Science Center (ICT)

- Engineering and Technological Science Center (AET)

- Center of Social Affairs (SBS)

- Center of the Arts and Humanities (E&H)

View of the campus and faculties of the University of Malaya

University of Malaya has the following faculties:

- Faculty of Science

- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

- Faculty of environment

- Faculty of Management and Accounting

- Faculty of Computer and IT

- Faculty of Dentistry

- Faculty of Economics

- Faculty of Education

- Faculty of Engineering

- Faculty of Languages ​​and Linguistics

- Faculty of of Law

- Faculty of Medicine

- Faculty of Islamic Sciences

- Faculty of Malay Sciences


- Faculty of Cultural Studies

- Faculty of Asian and European Studies

- Faculty of Presidency Studies

- Faculty of Higher Education

- Faculty of Physical Education

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya


Considering the activities undertaken to establish scientific diplomacy in the University of Mazandaran in the form of a visit with the faculties of Science, Environment and Islamic Studies Center, in particular with the director of the office of International and Scientific Cooperation of the State University of Malaya and also in order to Examine the areas of co-operation up close, It was announced that after the formal act of the Presidents of the two Universities of Malaya and Mazandaran, the cooperation and joint activities of the two Universities was commenced, thus provided the co-operation of the two Universities.

Bilateral talks by the director of University of Malaya’s International and Scientific Cooperation office

Bilateral talks with the director of the International Scientific Cooperation

Along with the dean of the faculty of Environment at the University of Malaya

We hope to see the vibrant presence of University of Mazandaran at the Malaya State University in the fields of education, culture and research.It is worth noting that the University of Mazandaran is the second Iranian university after the University of Science and Technology to have a close relationship with the University of Malaya.

The peaceful, intimate, law-abiding and cultured people of Malaysia have been following the way of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and the culture of the Qur"an, and have respected all the tribes and nationalities living there. Kuala Lumpur is a green, kind, modern city with a warm, humid tropical climate with dense forests of caoutchouc, palm oil and coconut.

The greenery around this part of Far East Asia, combined with the humble and soft Malay culture, creates an unbroken bond with the Jungles and the people of Mazandaran.

a view of the building of the Museum of Islamic Arts in Malaysia


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