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Ministry of Education recognises University of Nottingham Malaysia's research excellence


Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Department of Higher Education (Jabatan Pendidikan Tinggi) confirmed renewal of our MyRA® 5-star research rating on 16 March 2020.

The 5-star rating confirms the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) as one of the highest rated international universities in Malaysia. The annual MyRA® process requires all the major universities in Malaysia to submit detailed reports which are scrutinised by a panel of independent auditors appointed by the Ministry of Education. Each report considers a wide range of indicators including the quantity of research and knowledge exchange activity, portfolio of commercialisation and innovation work, as well as the on-campus facilities to support research. The rating is a composite score which reflects performance on all of these indicators.

MyRA® was first implemented in 2006 and UNM achieved its 5-star rating in 2014 in recognition of our growing research reputation. The award and certificate was received by Prof Deborah Hall, Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) at UNM who said: “This award recognises the quality and breadth of research that our staff are engaged in and in achieving benchmarks commensurate with the country’s leading universities.”

With 280 academic staff, UNM’s world-class research portfolio centres around Future Food Malaysia and Developing Sustainable Societies, with further expertise in Nanotechnology, Inclusion in the Workplace, Data Analytics and Artificial intelligence, South East Asian Studies, and Green Technologies. UNM’s current research portfolio stands at RM32m.

Professor Graham Kendall, Provost and Chief Executive Officer at UNM said, “I am delighted that we have retained our MyRA 5-star rating. We were pleased to be the only international university to receive a MyRA 5-star rating in the last MyRA round and to have retained it for this round demonstrates that our research is still amongst the best in Malaysia. But, we will not rest on our laurels and will push ourselves even harder under the leadership of Professor Deborah Hall, Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange).”

UNM was Britain’s first fully-fledged international campus. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, UNM epitomises the University's commitment to providing an international education experience, conducting research that transforms lives and unlocking the potential in all our staff and students. Set in 125 acres, the purpose built campus in Semenyih is now home to more than 5,000 students from Foundation courses through to Degree and Postgraduate programmes with a diverse mix of national and international staff and students.


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The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named both Sports and International University of the Year in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 25 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer, proud of our Athena SWAN silver award, and a key industry partner- locally and globally.

Posted on 19th March 2020

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