R&D and Innovation are important for a country’s development and its economic progress. Recognising this, UTAR has made R&D and Innovation one of the focused areas. Since its establishment in 2002, UTAR has put in place the necessary ecosystem to inculcate the culture of research among its community, such as the introduction of UTAR Research Roadmap, the UTAR Research Fund policy, the UTAR Global Research Network, the establishment of Research Centres and the emphasis on research collaborations with local industry partners and renowned universities. UTAR aims to be a global university of educational excellence with transformative societal impact.

To date, UTAR has set up 32 research centres to spearhead R&D activities from various disciplines and more than 1,300 academic staff are involved in the R&D activities. Through the dedication of our researchers and support from the management, UTAR has achieved strong research in Renewable Energy, Stem Cell, Cybersecurity, Smart Agriculture, Wastewater Treatment, Cancer Research, E-Commerce, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioural Science, Plant Physiology, Chinese Studies, Construction Management, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Sensor Research. Various governmental and non-governmental research grants have been secured to conduct the R&D activities in these research areas.

This R&D Annual Report attempts to showcase the University’s efforts and achievements in high impact R&D projects, Research Publications, Research Collaborations, activities by UTAR Research Centres, Consultancies and Awards received. It represents the research portfolio of UTAR, and the effort by the University in creating new talents through R&D and Innovation.

“Intellectual Pursuit through Sustainable Research”

Professor Ts Dr Faidz bin Abd Rahman
Vice President R&D and Commercialisation