KUANTAN: Universities in the country should focus their expertise on credible research work and findings to enhance their reputation.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis said the conventional methods of teaching and learning by academicians were no longer used to reflect their standing.
He said another criterion to look out for was the number of post-graduate students involved in research work.
A university must strengthen its activities and programmes in research and venture into new fields in line with the countrys vision to be a developed nation, he said in his speech during an appreciation dinner organised by University College of Engineering and Technology Malaysia (Kuktem) here recently
Sirim president and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ariffin Aton read his speech at the function.
Also present was Kuktem Rector Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Said Mat Lela.
The dignitaries later launched a guidebook on soft skills and an updated research book Volume One.
Fourteen of Kuktem's academic staff received awards at three national and international exhibitions on industrial design and technology, biotechnology and research and development last year.
As a relatively new university, Kuktem had commendable achievements and these were good signs that it was moving on the right track, Dr Jamaluddin added.
He said, for the past 30 years, countries such as Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and China had developed at a rate faster than the United States and Britain.
These countries were able to progress in such a way because they had systematic planning and placed great importance on science and technology, Dr Jamaluddin said.
Earlier in his speech, Mohamed Said commended his staff for their commitment that resulted in Kuktem bagging the awards and obtaining MS ISO 9001:2000, which marked a new milestone for them.