Managing with a Difference: Governing University Research with Innovation and Creativity

By Ibrahim Komoo, Norzaini Azman and Mazlin Mokhtar.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has been recognised by the Malaysian Government as a Research University since early 2007. With the research university status, the university must play major roles in the enhancement of centres of excellence in focus research areas; in the development of world class research outputs; in attracting quality post-graduate students; and in creating conducive environment for research and innovation. One of the strategic plans developed in response to the need for change is by managing research activities based on the Research and Innovation (R&I) continuum. Within this framework, the continuum provides equal emphasis on: a) the development of ideas and research proposals; b) the evaluation of and maintaining the quality of research proposal; c) strengthening research and networking activities; d) implementing pre-commercialisation programs; and e) emphasising on outreach and commercialisation activities. The implementation of R&I continuum requires systematic change in the mindset of the university’s top management and academic leaders towards managing research. Some of the changes that have already taken place include the establishment of research clusters and groups within the academia; the introduction of new types of research grants namely the operational research fund and the university research grant; the enhancement of pre-commercialisation and commercialisation activities support system; and the annual assessment of R&I performance based on outputs. This paper will highlight some of the major efforts towards this transformation and outline some of the challenges and successful experiences.

Keywords: Research University, Managing University Research, Research and Innovation Continuum

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.41-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.374MB).

Prof. Ibrahim Komoo

Director, Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute (SEADPRI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Professor Dato’ Dr. Ibrahim Komoo is the Director of Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute (SEADPRI). Prior to his appointment he was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. His research specialisations include Engineering Geology, Earth Heritage Conservation and Sustainability Science and Governance. He currently sits in the National Heritage Council, MARDI Science Council, Advisory Council of the Langkawi Geopark, Chair of the National Geological Heritage Registration Committee, Chair of both the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Task Force and Natural Hazards Committee at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Through his work on the conservation of geological resources he serves as the Chairman of the Geological Heritage of Malaysia and sits as an expert in the Expert Group of the Global Network of National Geoparks and Geoparks Bureau, part of the International Advisory Group of Experts on UNESCO Geoparks. He has been awarded fellowships with the Institute of Geology, Malaysia (FIGM), and Academy Sciences, Malaysia (FASc).

Norzaini Azman

Associate Professor, Faculty , Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Norzaini Azman is an Associate Professor of Adult and Higher Education at the Faculty of Education, UKM. She is currently an Associate Research Fellow at the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) USM; and at the Institute for Sustainability and Development (LESTARI) UKM. She is an active researcher, having authored numerous academic papers for books, journals and conference proceedings. Her research interests include internationalisation, policy and management and sustainability in higher education.

Prof. Mazlin Mokhtar

Director, Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Professor Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry and the Director of the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. His primary research and professional activities are in environmental and analytical chemistry, toxicology, environmental management, chemicals governance and integrated natural resources management such as Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) and Chemicals Governance via a Sound Chemicals Management System (CMS). Professor Mazlin has published more 130 articles in environmental chemistry and related areas. He is the founding chairman of MyNICHE (Malaysia Network for Integrated Management of Chemicals and Hazardous Substances for Environment and Development (MyNICHE)and has been an Executive Committee of Malaysia Water Partnership. Mazlin also chairs the Working Group Partnership on biodiversity and environmental management consisting BP (Malaysia), NRE, WWF, ISIS, British Council, etc since 1999. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of Environmental Health Research Centre, Institute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health and member of National Steering Committee for UNDP Small Grants Programme.

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