University College Bestari (UC Bestari) is a Private Higher Learning Institution (IPTS). It is the first University College which strive to uphold the unprivileged Malay kids, PPRT(Program Pembangunan Rakyat Miskin) and all orphans throughout Malaysia that are capable in academic to get a chance to further their studies to a higher level. The establishment of University College Bestari is not solely focus on the profit (non-profit making institution) but more towards charity that try to make the realization of scientific development into the mainstream of globalization in our country so that the educational opportunities will be enjoyed by rural communities and orphans throughout the country.
Looking at the chronologies of how University College Bestari was established, it started from the activities and group movement whom involved with charity activities for Malaysia orphans. On the first level, the concept of their fight is to give protection and care to the orphans. After 20 years of being in the same fight, they find out that it is hard to get to the ultimate goal of the fight if the focus of the kids development only stops at the aspect of protection and preservation. Starting from that, 'Think tank' PEYATIM which lead by YM Dato' Dr. Tengku Mahmud bin Mansor has planned to establish a college and to make it as an outlet for the orphans to get a chance in higher education as they have the ability to do so among the orphans. Besides that, the paradigm changes of the activities at the orphanages start to happen and the focus is on education development.
The establishment of this college is not only to accommodate the needs of orphanages, yet also focus on other parties specifically Program Pembangunan Rakyat Termiskin(PPRT), anak-anak Sahabat Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM), rural communities children and others who are unable to further their studies at Public Institution of Higher Learning (IPTA). Therefore, the courageous and prudent efforts need to be given support from all parties and all walks of life to realize the ideas of community development which is partly isolated and underdeveloped.
At the beginning of the establishment in 1998, the campus is located in Kg. Saujana, Permaisuri Setiu Terengganu. The campus that are being rent by Yayasan Pembangunan Keluarga Terengganu(YPKT) has a complete facilities such as 2 blocks of hostel, offices, air-conditioned lecture rooms, musalla and. The campus operates until 2004 before moving to a fully equipped new campus at Kg. Putera Jaya, which is located 5 km from Bandar Permaisuri.
The current location of the campus is very suitable and equipped with basic facilities. The surrounding environment which surrounded by villages is very peaceful and provide a conducive learning environment. Some of the facilities provided are Academic and Management building, Theather Hall, 3 blocks of hostel which can accommodate 2160 students, musolla, cafeteria, sport courts, multipurpose hall and many more. Situated along the main road that connects Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu, the 65 km journey from Kuala Terengganu only takes about 1 hour. Students can also use the public transportation such as bus (K.Terengganu - Jertih) with a frequency of every 1 hour. Students who need transport to outside of Terengganu, Permaisuri bus station provides ticket counter to almost all destination in East Malaysia.