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UNM awarded 5-star ranking by MOHE for research excellence

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The Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Hub at University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) has attained a 5-star ranking at the annual Malaysia Research Assessment (MyRA) for the year 2020. This comes as an improvement from the university’s 4-star ranking last year.

MyRA was introduced by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) to measure the achievement of all Malaysian universities in the fields of research, development, commercialisation and innovation (RDCI).

The universities are required to submit detailed reports which are scrutinised by a panel of independent auditors appointed by MOHE. Each report considers a wide range of indicators including the quality and 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.

The report is submitted by UNM’s Research and Knowledge Exchange and work started in early December 2020 through the collecting and collating of the initial data, which were then finalised during the Internal Audit on 15 April 2021 led by Professor Ir Dr Law Chung Lim, the Lead Internal Auditor and Interim Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering and his team members.

Professor Law said his team was very happy with this year’s submission and the orderly data management and hoped that this momentum could be maintained in the coming years.  

“The involvement of all researchers in contributing their research output is a very important instrument in enhancing UNM’s scores in MyRA. Therefore, as the Vice Provost of RKE, I have in place some strategic planning and a few interventions to tackle our weaknesses and allow for better achievement for the coming years. The support and commitment from everyone involved is important to ensure these initiatives are carried out as planned,” said UNM Interim Vice Provost of Research and Knowledge Exchange Professor Andy Chan.

MyRA was first implemented in 2006 and UNM achieved its 5-star ranking in 2014 in recognition of its growing research reputation. 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.

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For media enquiries please contact: Josephine Dionisappu, PR and Communications Manager University of Nottingham Malaysia at josephine.dionisappu@nottingham.edu.my  

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. 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. Ranked 103rd out of more than 1,000 institutions globally and 18th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings 2022, the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and inclusive and disability sport provision is reflected in its crowning as The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 Sports University of the Year. 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 and industry partner - locally and globally. Alongside Nottingham Trent University, we lead the Universities for Nottingham initiative, a pioneering collaboration which brings together the combined strength and civic missions of Nottingham’s two world-class universities and is working with local communities and partners to aid recovery and renewal following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 7th July 2021

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