Honour for researchers and academicians

Ibrahim (middle, in beige slacks) with some of the award recipients at the Anugerah Cendekia Bitara event.

KUANTAN: A total of 160 researchers and academicians from Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) were presented with awards and prizes to mark their achievements.

They were recipients for various categories including 130 under journal publication, 13 for product, 10 for patent, two for international grant and one each for the book, quality and creativity categories.

The Anugerah Cendekia Bitara (ACB) also featured the University Academic Award for UMP academicians who displayed credibility and distinction in the field of teaching and learning.

UMP board of directors chairman Datuk Seri Ibrahim Ahmad said he was proud of their achievements but also reminded them to be more prepared to face challenges as the university moves forward towards a sustainable eco-system for research and innovation.

“By changing the paradigm and thinking framework in research, development and commercialisation activities, the university can create value for money in the context of financial sustainability.

“Apart from this, UMP also places emphasis on not only return on investment by way of research findings that bring profits but also value of utility which benefits the community in the long run,” he said.

Ibrahim said over the years, the “lab to market” paradigm had been curbing the ability of many universities in finding commercial markets for the research products they produced.

“However, if this paradigm is changed to ‘market to lab’, the university will not only gain commercial benefits from the market share already owned by private partner or the industry but also allow universities to play a role in expanding the potential of its partners, especially the small and medium enterprises.

“Also, in view of the need to establish a collaboration on ‘lab to market’ with a win-win situation, there is a need for a re-orientation of UMP’s innovative capability towards applied research projects as compared to fundamental research,” he added.

Also present were UMP vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Seri Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim, deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) Prof Dr Kamal Zuhaili Zamli, deputy vice-chancellor (academic and international) Prof Dr Wan Azhar Wan Yusoff, deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs and alumni) Prof Datuk Dr Yuserrie Zainuddin and registrar/chief operating officer Assoc Prof Dr Ridzuan Darun.

Daing Nasir said the highest nomination recorded was in the journal category with 484 or 93% of ACB’s total nominations.

“What is more remarkable is that the Faculty of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering is at its very best as 49 of its lecturers are recipients under the journal publication category.

“The expression ‘S.T.A.R.S — Glimpses of Glory’, which is the theme for this year, reflects the success of UMP, like a star shining brightly with glory, with each alphabet of S.T.A.R.S. representing the essence of the university’s five core values – strong relationship with the Creator, firm in defending principles that have been collectively agreed upon, creative in making wise decisions, perseverance in facing challenges and proactive in taking action.

“UMP also emerged as a five-star university, positioned at 188 among universities in Asia — as ranked by the QS rating for the year 2019. It is also committed in green innovative campaigns which led to the university being listed fifth in the UI Green Metric rating.

“The list of achievements continued with the university producing the most patents in green technology among non-research universities,” he said.

Daing Nasir said as of 2018, a total of 579 intellectual properties produced from the numerous scientific and technological research activities and creativity had been filed by UMP in a move to protect its intellectual properties.

He added that there were 75 new intellectual properties that had obtained legal protections covering patents, utility innovation, copyrights and trademarks.

At the same event, Dr Azwin Arif Abdul Rahim from Centre for Modern Languages & Human Sciences was named recipient of the University Academic Award for Teaching (Social Science Category), while Dr Lee Chia Kuang, a lecturer with the Faculty of Industrial Management, was presented with the Most Promising Academician Award.

Other ACB recipients were Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Fairusham Ghazali and Assoc Prof Dr Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, who were presented with the best journal publication and research product, and Assoc Prof Dr Muzamir Hasan and Assoc Prof Dr Saiful Nizam Tajuddin for the international grant category.

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