university in this world can succeed without focusing on research and
development (R&D). A university is supposed to be the place that creates new
knowledge, disseminates knowledge and applies the knowledge for the benefit of
mankind. R&D is vital for this role of a university. In a globalised world
today, national boundary has become less significant in terms of flow of
information, goods and people. As a country we are in competition with the rest
of the world to create more value from human and other resources that we have.
Increase in such value cannot come about without R&D. Universities being the
frontrunners in R&D in this country have a very important role to play and UTAR
is determined to play the role well.
Realising the importance of encouraging research activities among its academics,
UTAR has, since its establishment as a university in 2002, at the institutional
level put in place the necessary framework to encourage research, such as the
introduction of the UTAR Research Fund, research policies and guidelines, the
UTAR Global Research Network with International Collaborative Partners from
universities internationally and locally, the establishment of research centres
focusing on several niche areas and the signing of numerous MOUs with local
industry partners and renowned international universities to encourage research
collaborations. Trainings to improve and enhance research skills and other
necessary competencies of UTAR academics are also conducted regularly. A strong
research culture has been cultivated and enhanced in UTAR.