Promoting R&D and Commercialization Efforts: Implications for Malaysia’s Higher Education Sector

By Zalina Hashim, Md. Zaini Jamaludin and Mashkuri Yaacob.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Education is an important factor contributing to the growth of the economy and human capital development. As for Malaysia, the higher education progress in this country has been impressive since the establishment of its first university in 1961. However with increasing global competition and rapid changes in the education field, issues pertinent to the future development of Malaysia’s higher education sector such as research and development (R&D) and commercialization and strengthening university-industry linkages need to be addressed to support the government aspiration to move the country from resource-driven economy to innovation-driven economy in the future. This paper highlights two issues namely a) strategies deployed to encourage more R&D effort by Malaysian higher education institutions, and b) mechanisms to strengthen university-industry linkages to promote R&D commercialization in the Malaysian context. Data were gathered from various Malaysian authorities as well as international agencies. The possibility for Malaysia to develop universities that are fully dedicated to R&D alone is also discussed.

Keywords: Higher Education, Malaysia, Commercialization, University-Industry Linkages

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.91-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.208MB).

Zalina Hashim

Head Publication Unit, Research Management Centre, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Zalina Hashim is a lecturer in the College of Business Management and Accounting (COBA), University Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN). She holds MSc in Accounting and Development Finance from Birmingham University, UK. Her area of interest is management and cost accounting, and engineering economics. She is actively involved in research and consultancy works.

Prof. Md. Zaini Jamaludin

The Director, Research Management Centre, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof Dr. Md. Zaini Jamaludin received his Dip. in Electrical Electronics Engineering from Institute Technology MARA, Malaysia in 1983 and later B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Miami, Florida USA, in 1986. He obtained master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Hertfordshire U.K 1994 and Ph. D in Communication and Network Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia 2007. He is actively involved in research and heads the Photonics Technology Research Group at College of Engineering, UNITEN. Currently he is the General Manager of UNITEN Research and Development Sdn. Bhd., a company fully-own by UNITEN.

Prof. Mashkuri Yaacob

Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Mashkuri Yaacob is currently the vice-chancellor of UNITEN. Formerly he was deputy vice-chancellor (academic) at Universiti Malaya. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He also holds master and doctoral degrees in electronics and computer engineering from the University of Manchester, UK. His area of interest are discrete wavelet, operating system and integrated information.

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