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5-star Research Rating for The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus


The Malaysian Government has awarded The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) a 5-star rating for the quality of its research and innovation, making it the highest rated international university in Malaysia.

The Malaysia Research Assessment (MyRA), measures the quality of research, development, commercialisation and innovation conducted by Malaysian universities. The 5 star rating was announced at a ceremony officiated by Datuk Seri Haji Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia at a ceremony yesterday (30 Nov).

Professor Christine Ennew, CEO and Provost of UNMC, said, “This is a magnificent achievement and recognition that we are delivering high quality research and achieving benchmarks equivalent to those of any of the country’s leading Universities.”

With 280 academic staff, UNMC’s world class research portfolio centres around Environmental Sustainability, Islamic Business and Finance, Sustainable Palm Oil and an Asia Aerospace Technology Centre. This is further supported by research groups that explore areas such as Drug Delivery, Green Technologies, Nanotechnology, Climate and Pollution, Intelligent Systems, Advanced Materials and Geomechanics. UNMC’s current research portfolio stand in excess of RM33m.

UNMC also undertakes research for the business community, utilising MyResearch Sdn Bhd, which is a tax efficient vehicle so that companies can recover two Ringgit for every one Ringgit invested.

In 2015, UNMC setup its first spin out company (Nottingham Green Technologies Sdn Bhd) which has a focus on cleaning up effluent from palm oil mills.

Professor Graham Kendall, Vice-Provost for Research and Knowledge Transfer, said, “This is a fantastic outcome for UNMC and is testament to all the hard work by the staff at the University. I am extremely proud to represent the team of high quality academics and professional services staff that have achieved this in the short time that we have had a presence in Malaysia.”

UNMC was Britain’s first fully-fledged international campus. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year UNMC epitomises the University's commitment to providing an international education experience, while inspiring students and staff to improve the academic and professional communities they belong to worldwide. Set in 125 acres the purpose built campus in Semenyih is now home to 4800 students including international students from 70 countries.

UNMC's 15th Anniversary

One of the world's truly global universities, with campuses in Malaysia, the UK and China, 2015 marks the 15th year since setting up as UK's first full-fledged international campus in Malaysia and all three campuses continue to enrich the lives of students across the world through global education, ground-breaking research and community engagement. 

(Article Image Caption: Minister Idris Jusoh presenting the MyRA certificate to Professor Kendall, also seen (from left to right) Datuk Mary Yap, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia and Datuk Professor Dr Asma Ismail, Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education Malaysia)


More information is available from Josephine Dionisappu, on +603 8924 8746,; or Lindsay Brooke, Media Relations Manager in the Communications Office at The University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 9515751, 

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers, in the top 10 for student experience according to the Times Higher Education and winner of ‘Research Project of the Year’ at the THE Awards 2014. It is ranked in the world’s top one per cent of universities by the QS World University Rankings, and 8th in the UK by research power according to REF 2014.

The University of Nottingham in Malaysia (UNMC) is holding events throughout 2015 to celebrate 15 years as a pioneer of transnational education. Based in Semenyih, UNMC was established as the UK's first overseas campus in Malaysia and one of the first world-wide

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. 

Posted on 1st December 2015

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