UM sow­ing seeds for the fu­ture

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

AS one of the re­search uni­ver­si­ties in Malaysia, Uni­ver­sity of Malaya (UM) is ranked 114 in the QS World Uni­ver­sity Rank­ing for 2017. It has col­lab­o­rated with in­ter­na­tional aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions in ar­eas rang­ing from medicine and en­gi­neer­ing to so­cial sciences and hu­man­i­ties; with coun­tries like Aus­tralia, France, China and the United King­dom.

UM pro­vides stu­dents the op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­rich them­selves via knowl­edge ex­change or in stu­dent ex­changes. The uni­ver­sity is ranked No.1 in Malaysia for on-de­mand cour­ses and jobs, such as Life Sciences and Medicine, Arts and Hu­man­i­ties, En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy as well as So­cial Sciences and Man­age­ment.

UM also ranked first for aca­demic rep­u­ta­tion, em­ployer rep­u­ta­tion and in­bound and out­bound stu­dent ex­change by QS Asian Uni­ver­sity Rank­ings.

With the rep­u­ta­tion as the long­est es­tab­lished uni­ver­sity in Malaysia, UM grad­u­ates are highly val­ued by em­ploy­ers; the af­fil­i­a­tion with UM is sought by many within Malaysia and from other coun­tries in the re­gion.

UM is one of the largest providers of post­grad­u­ate stud­ies in the coun­try, with al­most 10,000 stu­dents. This in­cludes more than 3,000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from Iran, In­done­sia, China, Pak­istan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Ye­men and more.

The di­verse com­mu­nity in­cludes a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from over 70 coun­tries and many pro­fes­sion­als who study while work­ing at the same time.

UM of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive range of qual­ity post­grad­u­ate de­grees, with more than 140 mas­ter pro­grammes and PhD of­fered through its 20 fac­ul­ties, cen­tres and in­sti­tutes. For the 2016 con­vo­ca­tion, 2,237 stu­dents re­ceived their post­grad­u­ate de­grees – among them 504 grad­u­ates at the doc­toral level.

UM has 12 fac­ul­ties, five in­sti­tutes, two acad­e­mies and three cen­tres of­fer­ing cour­ses at the pre-uni­ver­sity, un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate level. All its pro­grammes are ac­cred­ited by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA), and many are in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited.

UM en­sures a vi­brant re­search en­vi­ron­ment in campus with sem­i­nars and con­fer­ences fre­quently or­gan­ised at all lev­els. Its aca­demics are in­volved in a mul­ti­tude of re­search projects, which sup­port stu­dents in post­grad­u­ate re­search.

Re­search in UM is clus­tered into eight strate­gic fields: Ad­vanced Fun­da­men­tal Re­search, Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy, Biotech­nol­ogy and Bio­prod­uct, Health and Trans­la­tional Medicine, Hu­man­i­ties and Ethics, ICT and Com­pu­ta­tional Sci­ence, So­cial and Be­havioural Sci­ence and Sus­tain­abil­ity Sci­ence.

UM Li­brary has a to­tal col­lec­tion of over three mil­lion items in var­i­ous for­mats. This in­cludes 80 elec­tronic data­bases with about 35,000 e-jour­nals and nearly a mil­lion elec­tronic the­ses. All fac­ul­ties are equipped with com­put­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The In­sti­tute of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies (IGS), UM’s grad­u­ate cen­tre, is a one-stop hub for post­grad­u­ate pro­cesses.

IGS also con­ducts “Up­skill Pro­grammes” and man­ages the Stu­dent Re­search Train­ing Unit for stu­dents.

These pro­grammes aim to pro­vide stu­dents as­sis­tance on their the­sis prepa­ra­tion, edit­ing and publi­ca­tions.

To en­sure UM pro­grammes re­main com­pet­i­tive and meet in­dus­trial needs, pro­gramme reviews and eval­u­a­tions are ex­e­cuted.

Sev­eral new pro­grammes were in­tro­duced in line with cur­rent de­vel­op­ments and needs, such as the Mas­ter of Data Sci­ence, Mas­ter of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Man­age­ment, Mas­ter of Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Sci­ence and Mas­ter of Ac­count­ing (Re­port­ing and Man­age­ment Ac­count­abil­ity).

UM is com­mit­ted to build­ing an en­tre­pre­neur­ial ecosys­tem that will ac­cel­er­ate the scal­ing of the out­puts of its R&D through to their ap­pli­ca­tion to so­ci­ety; pro­vide so­lu­tions to in­dus­try and open op­por­tu­ni­ties for high-tech in­vest­ment; fa­cil­i­tated and co­or­di­nated by UMCIC a ded­i­cated one-stop cen­tre.

UMCIC proac­tively pro­tects and man­ages UMs broad in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty port­fo­lio with a re­newed em­pha­sis on rapid li­cens­ing to in­dus­try. It also cre­ates strate­gic op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­vest­ment into the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments through the cre­ation of tech­nol­ogy and in­tel­lec­tual ca­pac­ity driven uni­ver­sity start-ups.

UMCARES, or UM’s Com­mu­nity and Sus­tain­abil­ity Cen­tre is UM’s com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and en­gage­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity. It is manned by a staff team driven by the need to help oth­ers.

Cap­stone projects of­ten evolve from per­sonal in­ter­ests, fu­elled by cen­tre-sup­port and en­thu­si­as­tic col­lab­o­ra­tions with other units, cen­tres and fac­ul­ties in UM.

In line with the de­mands of Malaysia’s New Eco­nomic Model, UM is un­der­go­ing trans­for­ma­tion and is gear­ing up to be a ma­jor global player in re­search, in­no­va­tion, pub­li­ca­tion and teach­ing. As part of its con­tri­bu­tion to the Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Strate­gic Plan, UM is aim­ing to be a World Top 100 Uni­ver­si­ties by 2015.

UM has taken ini­tia­tives and for­mu­lated strate­gies to ex­pand its re­search agenda to 2015 and be­yond. This in­volves de­vel­op­ing a ro­bust re­search and in­no­va­tion cul­ture among re­searchers, and with the Re­search and In­no­va­tion Man­age­ment Com­plex the in­ten­tion of pro­vid­ing a cen­tralised re­search man­age­ment fa­cil­ity for re­searchers within and out­side the campus is re­alised.

Units manag­ing re­search, in­no­va­tion and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion are placed to­gether un­der one roof to pro­vide the best man­age­ment fa­cil­ity to ad­vance re­search and in­no­va­tion.

UM has re­cently drawn up new strate­gies and ac­tion plans to push for­ward its re­search agenda, mak­ing it a world-class re­search uni­ver­sity.

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