Research management at Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia: Towards the making of a research university

Mohammed Yusoff Ismail, Mohd. Yusof Othman, Ikram M. Said

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Kebangsaan University Malaysia, (UKM) a State university fully funded by the government of Malaysia under the Ministry of Education, was established on 18 May 1970. Originally set up with three faculties, UKM now has 12 faculties, 7 research institutes and 9 centres of excellence. The main campus is located in Bangi, with two branch campuses in Kuala Lumpur, the federal capital. Total student enrolment is 23 857 which includes undergraduate (16 946), postgraduate (4 961) and distance-learning students (2 400). While the majority of students are Malaysian, the university presently has 911 foreign students enrolled (including 61 undergraduates, 460 Masters and 390 PhDs), mainly from Southeast Asian, Middle East and African countries. In 2001, the university was designated by the government as one of four research universities in the country. Although the criteria set for this designation is not very clear, UKM's record over the last 25 years has nevertheless proven that it meets standard expectations with regard to research and teaching. In order to fulfil its role as a research university and make a contribution well beyond this, UKM has taken various measures to ensure that a research culture becomes an integral part of its academic pursuit. This means that promotion exercises for its academic staff take into serious consideration active involvement in research as well as teaching, graduate supervision and publications. The commitment of UKM to research has been outlined in its strategic plan that extends into the year 2020. According to this strategy, the university places emphasis on two kinds of research. Firstly, the university is committed to basic research befitting its role in expanding the horizon of knowledge. Secondly, the university is committed to conducting applied and experimental research as part of its contribution to building the nation. The university strongly believes in promoting research that has a very clear focus and sense of purpose. As such, preferences are given to funding for research projects that will eventually produce results which contribute to the university and the country as a whole in terms of increasing the nation's potential and the advancement of knowledge. With a total number of 1 563 academic staff, UKM is expected to take the lead in conducting both basic and applied research projects, as shown by the fact that UKM is one of the recipients of various research grants from the government and the industry. In fact, more than 90% of research conducted in UKM is funded by the government, the most important of which is the special fund given by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE) under a drastically revised national research strategy known as Intensification of Research in Priority Areas (IRPA). Moreover, the university also receives a yearly allocation of research funding from the Ministry of Education which is equally distributed to all faculties. In order to encourage younger lecturers to conduct basic research projects, they are given preference when applying for these short-term grants. Individual academic members of the faculty and institutes also sometimes receive grants from industry to conduct joint research projects. Researchers at UKM have been involved in various research projects, networking with those from other universities, including those from overseas, as for example the collaboration between UKM and other domestic research and international institutes in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Moreover, in 1999, UKM also established a joint research programme with the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) specifically aiming to enhance development activities in marketable technology, capitalising and making full use of university expertise and the entrepreneurial skills of the industry. One outcome of the collaboration with MTDC is the setting up of Incubation Centres within the university grounds to encourage and facilitate the formation and growth of new businesses based on knowledge generated by various research groups in the university. To date, there are seven companies that are involved with the incubation projects, covering various business ventures ranging from the development of computer software to developing vaccines and biotechnological products. This chapter covers three main aspects of research management at Kebangsaan University, namely the procurement and allocation of research funding, the monitoring of research projects, and support services related to research activities. The bulk of the discussion will focus on how research activities are supervised and managed, especially those that receive direct funding from the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment under the Seventh and Eight Malaysia Plans. This chapter will also outline the role of the Research Management Centre at UKM in helping to shape and further consolidate the university as a research institution. In general, research activities in state universities in Malaysia have been prompted by the change in government policy regarding science and technology as reflected in the objectives stated in the last three national development plans covering a period of five years each, namely the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Malaysia Plans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversity Research Management: Meeting The Institutional Challenge
PublisherOrganisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Pages207-231
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9789264017450, 9789264017436
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Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Ismail, M. Y., Othman, M. Y., & Said, I. M. (2005). Research management at Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia: Towards the making of a research university. In University Research Management: Meeting The Institutional Challenge (pp. 207-231). Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264017450-en

Research management at Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia : Towards the making of a research university. / Ismail, Mohammed Yusoff; Othman, Mohd. Yusof; Said, Ikram M.

University Research Management: Meeting The Institutional Challenge. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2005. p. 207-231.

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Ismail, MY, Othman, MY & Said, IM 2005, Research management at Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia: Towards the making of a research university. in University Research Management: Meeting The Institutional Challenge. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), pp. 207-231. https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264017450-en
Ismail MY, Othman MY, Said IM. Research management at Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia: Towards the making of a research university. In University Research Management: Meeting The Institutional Challenge. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 2005. p. 207-231 https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264017450-en
Ismail, Mohammed Yusoff ; Othman, Mohd. Yusof ; Said, Ikram M. / Research management at Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia : Towards the making of a research university. University Research Management: Meeting The Institutional Challenge. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2005. pp. 207-231
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