About Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)

About Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)


Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) ditubuhkan pada 1 Mei 1997 di bawah Perintah Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Perbadanan) 1997 dan Perintah Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Kampus) 1997 menerusi Warta Kerajaan P.U (A) 132 & 133 yang bertarikh 24 Februari 1997.

UPSI terletak di Tanjung Malim Perak Darul Ridzuan. UPSI mempunyai dua kampus iaitu Kampus Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah (KSAJS) dan Kampus Sultan Azlan Shah (KSAH) yang bitara dalam kepimpinan pendidikan berlandaskan kegemilangan sejarah serta menerajui perubahan global.

UPSI begitu komited untuk membawa perubahan dalam pendidikan melalui penyebaran ilmu menerusi pengajaran dan pembelajaran, penyelidikan, penerbitan, perundingan dan khidmat masyarakat dalam konteks pembangunan modal insan cemerlang di dalam negara dan di peringkat antarabangsa.

UPSI’s History

Distinctively swathed in the Legacy of Three Generations

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris or Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI) is a Public Institution of Higher Education (IPTA) which plays an important part in the history of our nation’s education. This institution grows in stages from a college to a renowned university. The growth of UPSI was developed through three important periods whereby it started with the SITC period (November 29, 1922-1957, MPSI (1957-1987) and IPSI (February 21, 1987 – April 1997). On May 1997, the institution was announced and named Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris based on the Government gazette RU. (A) 132 & 133 dated 24th February 1997 under the Order of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Corporation) and the Order of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Campus) 1997.

Teacher Training College

The role of R.O Winstedt was clearly stated in the history of SITC as he was among those who came out with the thoughts of having a central college to train teachers and widen up the educational scope during that period. This thought arose as soon as he returned from a visit to the Java land and Philippines. The proposal was brought up to the Residents Conference in May 10, 1917.

He also proposed that the place where the college will be built should be on fertile land in order to suit the curriculum needs which were mostly based on agricultural skills. The location should also be within the railway, main road as well as the river networks. Another aspect that should be considered was that the population composition should be of a moderate number.



Firstly, the function of a university is not only to manage training programmes, but most importantly is to undertake an educational process towards the development and enforcement of civilization, either explicitly or implicitly ;

Secondly, Universiti Pendididkan Sultan Idris (UPSI) is and extension to a continuum of a tradition of teacher education that is almost as old as nine decades with its own excellence and being the exceptional ;

As UPSI recognizes its strength throughout its national history in term of its contributions for about a century, UPSI must also realize the fact that it must still live on in the midst of rapid change.


To accomplish its main purpose of producing quality graduates capable of fullfilling the nation’s need for competent human resource, UPSI is committed to develop the students’ potential and staff’s expertise so that they will embrace the following qualities:

  • Firstly, to have undoubted confidence and faith, awareness of the purity of wisdom and knowledge, wise and sincere, humane and noble ;
  • Secondly, to be patriotic, nationalistic, liberal as well as highly knowledgeable in culture, religion and global issues.

The University’s ultimate aim is mould its community especially its students to be well-balanced individuals in the aspects of physical, emotional, spiritual and intelligence. The University endevours to create individuals who are able to play their roles and be responsible to their society, country and the world.

UPSI recognises the importance of PIETY, WISDOM, CULTURE, CIVILISATION, HUMANITY, SOCIETY, and NATIONALISM in the pursuit of its goals. To ensure EXCELLENCE, the University expects strict adherence to honesty and integrity in all aspects of its activities.

Vision, Mission & Motto


To be a prestigious university providing exceptional leadership in education, based on the advantage of broad experience and high level of competency in meeting global changes.


To generate and foster knowledge through teaching, research, publication, consultancy and community services to achieve the vision of the nation.


“Committed To Making A Difference In Education”



The University’s unshakable determination and dedication is in line with its vision and mission. The University is committed to:

  • emphasis on the purity of intelligence and integrity in all activities as an effort to effectively generate, expand and refine knowledge ;
  • strive in providing continuous contributions in elevating and enriching knowledge particularly through the extensive use of the Malay language in various of fields ;
  • disseminate and share knowledge through scholastic endeavours that includes information network, education, publication and collaboration with local and foreign partners ;
  • develop individuals who are knowledgeable, charismatic, talented, honourable and patriotic ;
  • be the initiator of its community in increasing their awareness about the importance of rendering services to the society and country. It also shoulders the responsibility of cultivating the spirit of patriotism and nationalism among the community which is pertinent in developing our country and promote world peace.


The mace was originally a weapon that was redesigned before it became a symbol of rank and power. On 19th March 1952, the Council of Rulers had awarded a Mace to the Legislative Council. As a result, today every state in the country has their own Mace, including institutions of higher learning. The mace is a symbol of power of the University to confer graduation degrees.

On 18th December 1998, UPSI had arranged for a Mace to be made of sterling silver (p25ag) with a thickness of 225G (gauge) and 105 cm in length.

As a symbol of grandeur, a Mace was bestowed by the Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di Pertuan Agong in conjunction with the installation of Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Permaisuri Perak Darul Ridzuan, Tuanku Bainun D.K., D.M.N. as the first Chancellor of UPSI, during the University’s first Convocation Ceremony on 4th December 1999.

The Mace is used during formal functions such as convocation ceremonies and special occasions chaired by the Chancellor. The Mace signifies the Chancellor’s ultimate authority as the Head of the University.

The torch, engraved on the top end of the mace signifies the ultimate role of the University as a beacon of lights that spreads knowledge throughout the region. The name of the University is engraved at the lower end of the mace in Arabic script.

The insignia of Malaysia is engraved on the head of the mace indicating that the institution is under the aegis of the Federal government. There is also an emblem to represent University’s identity and functions. At the bottom of its head, pen-carved motifs are embedded, symbolising intellectual thinking, research and the search for truth.

The body of the mace has three parts representing three levels of education -Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. These parts also represent three levels of higher education, Degree, Masters and Doctorate. There are motifs of hibiscus, the national flower of Malaysia, all over the length of the bar.

The bottom end is styled with a carving that resembles spreading clouds called ‘Batil’. It denotes that the University aspires to expand and establish itself as a knowledge powerhouse, and at the same time preserving the basic values and unshackled beliefs towards God.


Logo Concept

The two circles of UPSI logo signify perseverance, ambition and dedication. The sacred motto of the University and the year of its establishment are engrave on the blue outer circle. The red inner circle has a floral design, a keris, alamp, a yellow molecule and a white book, all of which represent the qualities required to realise University’s vision and mission.

University Name

The name of University is available in two languages, Malay (Malay and Jawi) and English. On the left side of the logo, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) words printed in Trajen Pro Small Cap font type in Malay language written in blue, which is to accompany and balance the logo. The logo is dependent to the logotype. In Malay, the university’s name was emphasized by the size of the font to show the spirit of the nationalism.

University’s name written in red in Jawi writing and located below the main logotype. Jawi writing is ethnic heritage and UPSI determined to defend and firm Jawi writing heritage in the future.

Below the fine line, the name of the university is stated in English language which is Sultan Idris Education University (SIEU). In globalized world, it is important to introduce UPSI with an understanable name to the world’s community. In English, it is characterized as strategic in order to change the perceptions of the community towards the university.

Corporate Colour

Blue Colour
Blue symbolises loyalty, professionalism and unshackled ethics in fulfilling the mission and aims of UPSI.

Yellow Colour
Yellow symbolises sincerity and integrity in performing the obligations entrusted to the University.

Red Colour
Red describe the prominent, dominant, active and progressive image of the University as well as honourable values which are essential in achieving the vision of the University.