The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is a service and administrative centre established to assist postgraduate students in the processes involved from their registration at UPM up to the completion of their studies. SGS is the core support system which helps ease and enhance the postgraduate experience for UPM students, and plays a crucial role in fostering the relationship between UPM and its graduates.
Initially set up as a Graduate Study Unit in 1978, SGS then proceeded to become a fully functioning Graduate School Office (GSO) in February 1993, to serve the growing population of postgraduate students at UPM. In March 2002, it continued to flourish as it was officially renamed the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and was established as a service centre which had a status equivalent to a faculty at the university. This entailed its bigger role in the coordination of all postgraduate programmes and activities at UPM.
In its original inception, its key role also included an active involvement in research and development in postgraduate studies. In other words, SGS was conceptualized not only as a service centre to facilitate the general running of matters related to postgraduate students, but it was deemed to play a more active and crucial role in bolstering UPM’s status as a research university.
Among its main roles as stated in the 1992 proposal for its establishment are:
To cultivate and nurture a research culture through efficient and effective management of postgraduate research activities
To help the university produce graduates who are knowledgeable and skilled in order to meet the nation’s needs
To improve the quality of postgraduate programmes and therefore reduce the need for overseas postgraduate training
To increase the international student population and contribute to UPM’s internationalization through the intensification of publication and research training for staff.
In line with UPM’s vision, SGS’s vision is to be a leading graduate school of international standing
The mission of SGS is to ensure that we provide the best programmes which prepare students for the rigours of postgraduate study and the challenges of academia. SGS also plans to be the leading School of Graduate Studies in Malaysia and in the region by providing a conducive academic environment and friendly customer services.
In order to fulfil SGS’s role as planned during its inception, our goals are as follows:
To improve the quality of supervision
To improve the quality of research output
To enhance the quality of thesis publication
To increase the quantity of postgraduate research publications
To provide support for students and supervisors’ academic and professional development