KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 2017 : Investments amounting RM5.58 billion by the government in five research universities in the country since 2007 until 2015 had generated returns of RM7.17 billion, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
He said the returns were from investments in various aspects including book publication, training and consultancy.
“The success has prompted renowned world universities to collaborate with local universities in various fields of research.
“It also enables research and studies by local universities to be used as the source of reference by foreign universities,” he said in an interview on Bernama News Channel ‘Ruang Bicara’ on Tuesday night.
The five local public universities with the research university status are Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Idris said besides enhancing the reputation of the country’s higher education institution at international level, it also attracted foreigners to pursue studies, as well as foreign lecturers to work, in universities in Malaysia.
He said the research universities were known for their respective fields, like Universiti Malaya in bionic prosthetics, Universiti Sains Malaysia (archaeology) and Universiti Putra Malaysia for its success in increasing padi yield through U-Putra padi.
He said it was the ministry’s hope for the research universities in the country to continue with their high-impact research, as well as enhance collaboration with industry players to achieve the objective of the Malaysian Education Development Plan 2015-2025. – Bernama