Role of Universities in Developing a First-Class Research Society in Malaysia: UNITEN’s Aspiration

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

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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In today’s knowledge-driven economy, higher learning institutions (HLIs) must be well-equipped to strategically position their institutions as the leaders amongst their competitors. As the largest knowledge-based institutions in the country, they are regarded as change agents that offer the stimulus for the change and economic regeneration of a country. In the case of Malaysia, knowledge in science, technology and innovation is deemed as the catalyst to achieve its 2020 vision. Thus by understanding the country’s strengths and weaknesses of those related areas, the government is able to identify areas that need to be developed and improved. Based on directions set, HLIs can take the necessary actions to support the objectives identified. In the case of Universiti of Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), several steps are taken by the management to help the university to position itself in the industry. As a new player, this task is not easy for UNITEN however. This paper highlights Malaysia’s overall performance in science, technology and innovation in relations to R&D and innovation. Efforts taken by UNITEN to position itself in the industry are also discussed. Primary and secondary data from reports published by a number of government authorities such as The Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) as well as other agencies - local and international - is used in this study.

Keywords: Research and Development, Knowledge-based Economy, Higher Learning Institutions

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.91-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 886.468KB).

Prof. Md. Zaini Jamaludin

Director, UNITEN R&D Sdn. Bhd., 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

Zalina Hashim

Senior Lecturer, Research Management Center, 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.

Dr. Mashkuri Yaacob

Vice Chancellor, 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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