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The Story Behind Faculty



The Faculty of Forestry is one of the founding faculties during the establishment of Universiti Putra Malaysia, formerly known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia in 1971. The mission of the faculty is to be a centre of learning and education in the field of tropical forestry, which contributes not only to human advancement and the discovery of knowledge but also to the creation of wealth and development. To achieve this mission, the faculty has established, in the field of forest management, wood industry, recreation and eco-tourism, the following objectives, to:

  • Produce quality graduates to meet the nation’s manpower requirements
  • Produce specially trained forestry human resource through postgraduate programmes
  • Conduct relevant and advanced research for the development and sustainability of forest resources
  • Provide professional forestry services including the dissemination of knowledge

 To achieve excellence in teaching and research, the faculty has been working closely with other faculties in UPM as well as forest agencies and institutions in the country and abroad.

 Since its inception, the faculty has grown rapidly. In 2013, the faculty has 50 academic staff members supported by 80 non-academic members.




Faculty of Environmental Studies begins as the Department of Environmental Sciences, which was formed in August 1976, under the Faculty of Science. Due to the addition of this new department, the Faculty of Science was renamed as Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies. This newly formed department was responsible in offering the Bachelor of Environmental Science programme that same year. The programme was the first environmental undergraduate programme offered in Southeast Asia, and has been recognized by the Public Service Department of Malaysia.

However, on 1 September 2004, the higher management of UPM has agreed to allow the Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, to be an independent faculty. Hence, the department separated from the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies and was renamed Faculty of Environmental Studies. Due to this separation, Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies was again renamed as Faculty of Science.

Faculty of Environmental Studies is the only academic institution in Malaysia that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental studies. The expertise of the lecturers and researchers in the faculty runs gamut from biology to law, as to meet the demands of environmental studies, which cover almost everything from the sky to the sea, and from deep in the forest and out in the city. Therefore, the faculty has introduced the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Environmental Management to better manage these different fields that are available.

As a body that is committed to the environmental studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies also collaborates with other organizations, within and outside of UPM, in environmental research projects. Some of the organizations are the Department of Environment, Malaysia, and the Ministry of Environment, Japan.





Faculty of Forestry and Faculty of Enviromental Studies has been merged to form Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Studies starting 1 March 2020




Updated:: 10/06/2020


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