An emerg­ing ed­u­ca­tional hub

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Post Graduate -

MALAYSIA is leav­ing no stone un­turned in be­com­ing the re­gion’s ed­u­ca­tional hub. Be­low is ev­i­dence of Malaysia’s tremen­dous progress in re­search and de­vel­op­ment since the in­cep­tion of pub­lic re­search uni­ver­si­ties in 2008.

There are five pub­lic re­search uni­ver­si­ties in Malaysia, namely Univer­siti Malaya (UM), Univer­siti Te­knologi Malaysia (UTM), Univer­siti Sains Malaysia (USM), Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia (UPM) and Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

UM was ranked 114th in the QS World Uni­ver­sity Rank­ings 2018. The four other pub­lic re­search uni­ver­si­ties made it into the QS Top 50 Un­der 50 and were ranked 15th, 16th, 21st and 23rd re­spec­tively. UPM, UKM, UTM and USM were each rated five stars in the QS Stars Uni­ver­sity Rat­ing, which eval­u­ates uni­ver­si­ties’ ex­cel­lence indi­ca­tors across at least eight cat­e­gories in­clud­ing qual­ity of fa­cil­i­ties, pro­gramme strength and grad­u­ate em­ploy­a­bil­ity. The num­ber of Malaysian re­search pub­li­ca­tions grew by a whop­ping 251% be­tween 2008 and 2014 to a rate of 331 sci­en­tific ar­ti­cles per mil­lion in­hab­i­tants, which is three times the av­er­age in Asia.

Be­tween 2013 and 2015, Malaysian re­search au­thors col­lab­o­rated with re­searchers from 179 coun­tries to pro­duce 27,891 pub­li­ca­tions in var­i­ous in­dexed jour­nals. Ac­cord­ing to the World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Malaysia’s high­est to­tal patent ap­pli­ca­tions in a year was 2,661 in 2014. Six pro­fes­sors from USM, UM and UKM were recog­nised by Clar­i­vate An­a­lyt­ics as the most in­flu­en­tial sci­en­tific minds in 2014 and 2015. This recog­ni­tion comes from them be­ing in the top 1% most cited re­searchers in their fields. Malaysian re­searchers per­formed well in the Clar­i­vate An­a­lyt­ics’ Highly Cited Pa­pers rank­ing (the most highly cited 1% of all pa­pers pub­lished world­wide), top­ping the charts with 149 pa­pers in 2016 com­pared to only 18 pa­pers in 2006.

Malaysian re­searchers have par­tic­i­pated in large collaborative groups to pro­duce re­search pa­pers on par­ti­cle physics and clin­i­cal medicine stud­ies that are among the most highly cited glob­ally.

Other highly cited pa­pers from Malaysians in­clude those fo­cused on nano­ma­te­ri­als, bio­fu­els and agri­cul­tural waste. Since 2015, the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry has col­lab­o­rated with Clar­i­vate An­a­lyt­ics on Malaysia’s Re­search Star Award last year and Malaysia’s Ris­ing Star Award in 2015 and 2016 to en­cour­age and re­ward lo­cal re­search tal­ent. The 20 pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties in Malaysia have gen­er­ated a 28.5% re­turn on re­search in­vest­ment from 2007 to 2015, which amounts to RM7.17bil in rev­enue against the Gov­ern­ment’s RM5.58bil in­vest­ment in re­search.

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