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Universiti Malaya (UM), top university in Malaysia, and Clarivate Plc (NYSE: CCC), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, today released a joint report entitled “The influence of strategic programs on Universiti Malaya’s research and innovation footprint”. This report aims to provide insights on UM’s policies and strategies, which contributed significantly to its current research performance and global visibility. 

The report assesses the impact that UM’s High Impact Research (HIR) program, which was launched in 2010, and related government strategic plans have on driving research excellence and improving UM’s global standings over three periods – 2007 to 2010, 2011 to 2014, and 2015 to 2018. 

Key findings of the report include:

  • High quality research output fuels research impact and performance. One of the key objectives of UM’s HIR program is to put full focus on increasing the number of papers published in Quartile 11 (Q1) quality journals indexed in the Web of Science™. The big increase in output of Q1 journal papers drove UM’s improvements in research impact (measured by the Category Normalized Citation Index (CNCI)2) and performance (% papers in top 1% and top 10% of papers based on citations) during the period of 2011 to 2014. 

“The report findings prove the decision to insist on publishing in the Web of Science Quartile 1 journals and none other, though controversial at the time, was the right one. The significant increase in high volume and high-quality research drove the dramatic improvement of UM research impact and performance over a short period of time. I am happy and relieved to be proven right! We urge lessons to be drawn from these findings to inform future research agenda and strategies as these would contribute significantly to developing new national economic model and achieving the coveted developed country status,” said former UM Vice-Chancellor, Tan Sri Dr. Ghauth Jasmon, who initiated the program in 2010. 

  • The strategic and strong collaboration aspects of the program are also key in driving economic and societal impact. Examples include: the Malaysian Elders Longitudinal Research (MELoR), a project that spanned across nine faculties and has encouraged issues and needs to be addressed across society. Spin-off companies like BioApps Sdn Bhd and UMCH Technology Sdn Bhd have addressed key societal needs and generated significant revenue streams for the university.
  • The program has continued to shape the ongoing culture of pursuing research excellence among UM faculties long after it concluded. The sustained high volume and high impact research publications after 2015 alludes to this newly formed culture of excellence.

"The HIR program has managed to enhance the research culture in UM and strengthen the pursuit of research excellence through publication of research output in high impact journals.  Through the HIR program, researchers in UM magnified the scope of their research to be more impactful and expanded their horizon to work with the best researchers globally, doing exciting and impactful research that would benefit Malaysia and beyond”, said Prof. Dr. Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman, UM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

“We are pleased to work with Universiti Malaya to help it better measure, target and expand the capability of research and innovation efforts. We will continue to work proactively with the research network in Malaysia and rest of Southeast Asia to drive world-class research and innovation,” said Arvind Pachhapur, Vice President and Head of South & Southeast Asia at Clarivate.

Download the full report here.

1Documents in Q1 – Q4 journals refers to the number of documents that appear in a journal in a Journal Impact Factor Quartile in a given year.
2The Category Normalized Citation Impact (CNCI) of a paper is an unbiased indicator of impact irrespective of age, document type and subject category. The Category Normalized Citation Impact of a document is calculated by dividing the actual count of citing items by the expected citation rate for documents with the same document type, year of publication and subject area.

Last Update: Jun 05, 2020