Research that impacts lives
MONASH University Malaysia is committed to research that makes a difference, addressing the challenges we face as a country and across the globe. The university has established six research platforms aimed to help achieve sustainable socioeconomic development.
Brain Research Institute Monash Sunway (BRIMS)
BRIMS is an internationally recognised leader in neuroscience research, particularly of medicinal and aromatic plants for commercial purposes and local plants for treatment of neurological diseases.
“We have some of the top scientists looking at how Malaysia and the region’s natural environment can become the test bed for discoveries of next-generation drugs and medical therapy that underpin a vibrant and thriving regional pharmaceutical industry,” says Professor Mahendhiran Nair, Deputy President for Strategy of Monash University Malaysia.
South-East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO)
SEACO performs research in the clinical and science fields, and observes how migration, globalisation, trends, technology and diseases affect both urban and rural communities. Findings contribute to community development and aid the formulation of public policies, providing insights for other developing countries as well.
The platform’s main research interests are on the socioeconomic impact of technology and its application to aid growth of the manufacturing sector, especially electrical and electronics.
Besides focusing on technology like solid-state lighting and organic electronics, some of the researchers also look at water technology and how to have better water management system, which is important for one of the biggest industries in Malaysia, the agricultural industry, says Professor Nair.
The Monash Halal Ecosystem platform examines how Islamic principles can be incorporated into macro business issues of both national and global importance.
With Malaysia being a frontrunner in Halal Ecosystem research, the team here looks into issues related to understanding Islamic philosophies and how it is incorporated into business developments to build a better corporate governance system. They also look at how businesses can remain globally competitive with new technology development and still stay true to Islamic principles.
Tropical Medicine and Biology
The rich biodiversity and habitats of Malaysia provide a suitable environment for medicinal, agricultural and scientific research.
One of their main areas involves genomics – the examination of gene sequencing in plants, animals and humans. With the rapidly developing field of bioinformatics, researchers on this platform can better understand and manage key natural resources that will offer insights to developing countries to improve their quality of life.
Social and Economic Transformation in Asia (SETA)
SETA looks at how society can develop sustainability while adapting to socio-economic changes like: • globalisation, which may cause loss of national identity. • liberalisation, to remain more globally competitive among new industries. • regionalisation, the impact of regional groups like Asean/East Asian Society on social cohesion. • digitisation, the effective use of technology to inspire innovation, creativity and production.
A degree with perspective
Monash offers Higher Degree Research (HDR) based on a multidisciplinary approach, which equips students to find holistic solutions to challenging issues that impact the region and other developing countries.
With the university’s state-ofthe-art facilities and laboratories, Monash students can also leverage on the research infrastructure and expertise of other campuses and partner universities across the globe, including in Australia, South Africa, India and China.
“This provides them the resources to deal with national issues from a regional perspective, and similarly regional issues from a global perspective,” says Professor Nair.
Monash University Malaysia Higher Degree Research programmes provide competitive scholarships to qualified applicants. To find out more about various available postgraduate programmes, visit www.monash. edu.my/research
Prof Mahendhiran shares about the six research platforms established by Monash University that help the region achieve sustainable socio-economic development.