This publication entity was co-founded by Jawatankuasa Penerbitan Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (KUSTEM) Publishing Committee on April 27, 2002, which was approved by the senate meeting in that year.

In July 2003, the Publishing Unit was established and placed under the Office of the Rector, and three years later the unit was upgraded from a Unit to a Division-level organization through the decision of the KUSTEM Executive Committee Meeting on February 20, 2006.

At the same time, it is also known as the Penerbit KUSTEM under the supervision of the Office of the Deputy Academic and International Rector by focusing on its scientific publications.

In line with the re-branding of KUSTEM to Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) on February 1, 2007, Penerbit KUSTEM were rebranded as Penerbit UMT. Penerbit Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) is a centre responsible for UMT to carry out publishing policies and manage all matters pertaining to writing, scholarly publications and university corporate publications.