Re­search that im­pacts lives

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - POSTGRADUATE -

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.

Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing

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.

Ha­lal Ecosys­tem

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.

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