It was established in Singapore on 28 September 1905 as the King Edward VII College of Medicine. On 8 October 1949, the University of Malaya was created by the merger of Raffles College and King Edward VII College of Medicine. The name University of Malaya is derived from the word “Malaya”, as the country was known at the time. The 1948 Report of the Carr-Saunders Commission on University Education in Malaya that recommended the establishment of the university stated: “The University of Malaya would be the first common center where diverse races, religions, and economic interests could come together in joint endeavor.” A University of Malaya must understand that it is a university for Malaya. The University’s growth was rapid in its first ten years of existence. This led to the establishment of two independent Divisions, one in Singapore and one in Kuala Lumpur. 1960 saw the governments of both territories declare their intent to transform the Divisions into a national university. The 1961 legislation was passed and the University of Malaya was founded on January 1, 1962. The University of Malaya was inaugurated by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj, the first Chancellor. He also served as the country’s first Prime Minister. Professor Oppenheim was the first Vice-Chancellor, a world-renowned Mathematician.