UTAR USR Community Project Series VII: Research Development

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) is a university that encourages continuous lifelong learning. Thus, the university has been providing a platform where research and development activities can be conducted at ease with the aim to broaden and discover new knowledge about the world we are currently living in. These activities are further strengthened through cross-disciplinary research, diversification of research funding, publication and patent filing, commercialisation and consultancy, and international collaborations.

Since 2013, UTAR has been strengthening its pursuance of key milestones set in the UTAR 10-year Strategic Plan (2013-2022). There were few strategies formulated under the Research & Development Focused Area of the Strategic Plan including:

  1. Cross-disciplinary research to solve real-world problems
  2. Diversification of research funding sources
  3. Publication and patent filing
  4. Commercialisation and consultancy
  5. International collaborations

While upholding the University’s principle of “By the people, for the people”, UTAR has been achieving a reputation which could be heard around the world. For instance, UTAR was ranked No. 14 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017: Millennial Universities; Top 150 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017, and awarded self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) in March 2017. UTAR was also awarded 5 Stars (Excellent) in the Emerging University category by the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions 2017 (SETARA’17). At the Sin Chew Business Excellence Awards 2017, UTAR won the CSR Excellence Award 2017. To top it all, UTAR is ranked #99 in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2018 and #117 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019. UTAR is now ranked within the band of 501-600 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 and ranked 188 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2019.

In order to accomplish these achievements, much has been done throughout the year 2017 especially in terms of R&D. For example, cumulative internal and external research funds have been increased. Besides that, scholastic publications cited (cumulative) in Scopus and a cumulative number of citation of publications in Scopus have also shown an increase.  

Asides from the achievement that the University achieved as a whole, there are certain staff and postgraduate students who are worthy to be mentioned. For example in 2017:

Meanwhile, in 2018:

At the same time, UTAR has been embracing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were set by the United Nations General Assembly titled "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" in September 2015 as an initiative to transform the world for people with disabilities.

With the dedication and commitment showcased by UTAR staff and postgraduate students in the R&D, UTAR strives to fulfil the goals mentioned above in order to make a change for the community and the world. All universities in the world would not be able to sustain without a strong R&D platform. A university should be a place where new information or knowledge is generated or formed. With the generation of new knowledge through R&D of universities, then only the industries can advance thus improving the economy of the country. Meanwhile, R&D on a bigger scale and impact sometimes would not only change the momentum of the country but also the shape of the world.

 Prof Chong (far right) receiving his award

Thou (far right) receiving her grant

Dr Ng (far right) receiving the gold award from Datuk Abu Bakar; while (from left) Myocho Kan and Tan Sri Ong look on

 (From left) Dr Yap, Rab and Dr Humaira

 (From left) Prof Lim, Sinouvassane and Dr Lee with the Travel Grant Award 

Dr Lim (left) receiving the gold award from Mr Myocho Kan (right) 

  Proud Thew (middle) at the award ceremony with other winners and officials 

Chew (far left), Ng (second from left) and Khor (second from right) posing with their prizes along with Dr Leong (centre) and Dr Sim

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