Dis­tinc­tive in in­no­va­tion

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UNIVER­SITI Te­knologi Petronas ( UTP) has been awarded a six- star rat­ing for its re­search, devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion ef­forts by the Malaysia Re­search As­sess­ment or MyRA.

It is the first pri­vate and non- re­search univer­sity in the coun­try to re­ceive six stars – the highest per­for­mance level for its re­search ex­cel­lence.

The univer­sity was as­sessed for its re­search and in­no­va­tion achieve­ments from eight dif­fer­ent ar­eas, namely the quan­tity and qual­ity of re­searchers, the quan­tity and qual­ity of re­search, num­ber of post­grad­u­ates, qual­ity of post­grad­u­ates, in­no­va­tion, pro­fes­sional ser­vices and gifts, net­work­ing and link­ages, and sup­port fa­cil­i­ties.

UTP vice- chan­cel­lor Datuk Ir ( Dr) Ab­dul Rahim Hashim says that par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous rat­ing and rank­ing ini­tia­tives was part and par­cel of the univer­sity’s ef­forts to im­prove its stand­ing and brand­ing as a rep­utable provider of higher ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices and cred­i­ble part­ner for re­search.

“Such par­tic­i­pa­tion po­si­tions our­selves vis- a- vis our peers. It also helps us to un­der­stand where our strengths and gaps are, which al­lows us to ad­dress them ap­pro­pri­ately for con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment,” he says.

Apart from the six- star rat­ing, the univer­sity has at­tained pres­ti­gious na­tional and in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tions in less than two decades since es­tab­lish­ing.

One of its most sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments was be­ing listed in the top 200 of the 2014 Quacquerelli Sy­monds ( QS) World Univer­sity rank­ings by sub­ject for chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing.

It has since im­proved its po­si­tion and now ranks among the top 150 in the world.

UTP’s me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing pro­gramme is ranked in the top 200, a jump from its pre­vi­ous po­si­tion in the top 250 last year.

This is a tremen­dous achieve­ment for me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing that only made its en­trance into the QS rank­ing sys­tem last year.

The in­sti­tu­tion climbed up the ranks to be among the top 160 uni­ver­si­ties in Asia un­der the QS Asian Univer­sity Rank­ings this year, mak­ing it the only pri­vate univer­sity in Malaysia to at­tain such a distinc­tion.

It also ranked 288th in the 2015 QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings for en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy.

UTP’s ac­com­plish­ments in­clude an over­all four- star rat­ing from QS in 2014 as well as five- star awards in the ar­eas of em­ploy­a­bil­ity, fa­cil­i­ties, in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion, in­clu­sive­ness and in­no­va­tion.

“We have suc­cess­fully ex­ceeded our goals and ex­pec­ta­tions. I am con­fi­dent that we can achieve fu­ture goals that we have set for our­selves. With the full sup­port of our stake­hold­ers es­pe­cially the Gov­ern­ment, in­dus­tries, part­ners, stu­dents and par­ents, this is our way for­ward in achiev­ing global promi­nence,” says Ir ( Dr) Ab­dul Rahim.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. utp. edu. my.

UTP vice- chan­cel­lor Datuk Ir ( Dr) Ab­dul Rahim Hashim ( left) re­ceiv­ing the MYRA six- star rat­ing from Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Ju­soh while Deputy Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching ( cen­tre) looks on.

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