Conceptualization of the formation of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 1904 starts with Technical School which later known as Technical College in 1941. It was awarded as an Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (ITK) in 1972 by the Malaysia’s Supreme Ruler, DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong . Then in 1975, it was declared the university status called Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). In realizing to achieve the world class university, in 2010, the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia awarded the Research University status to UTM.
UTM has vast experienced in participating several global competitions. Many of this participation have won UTM a global recognition by winning a number of top positions. The opportunity given by the organizer of Solar Decathlon China 2013, UTM has formed a group known as UTM-TEAM. This team comprised of several disciplines including Architecture, Interior Design & Quantity Surveying, Civil & Structure Engineering (C&S), Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (M&E), IT, Safety & Health,Construction/Builder, Construction Management, Documentation, Business Management & Logistic and Technical/ Engineer.
The team involved mainly the students, academic and non-academic staff of UTM, and supported by the corporate sector within Malaysia. Several member of corporate organization has given their commitments in supporting UTM participation for this competition as well as UTM top management team.