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Four Universities Retain Research Status

Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia have retained their status as research universities for another three years beginning this year, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said.

He said the decision to retain their research university status was based on the audit report of their performance for the year 2007 to 2009.

“Generally, the four research universities have given a significant impact on achievements in research and churning out human capital in the country.

“Their achievements were gauged based on four aspects, namely, human capital, publication, patent and intellectual property rights (IPR) and income generating,” he told reporters after the ministry’s monthly assembly here Tuesday.

He said that in terms of human capital, the number of post-graduate students in the four universities showed an increase of 34 per cent, from 29,794 in 2007 to 39,819 last year.

“In terms of publication, the number of publications in the citation index increased from 2,303 in 2007 to 4,346 in 2009, which is an increase of 2,043 or 89 per cent,” he added.

He said a nine per cent increase in IPR was recorded in 2007 at 217 to 237 last year and in terms of income, the amount generated increased to RM746.7 million last year from RM436 million in 2007.

Source : BERNAMA

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