KUALA LUMPUR: Universities should plan their research and development (R&D) more strategically to create a bigger impact, said Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
“It is important for universities to not only add to the number of research activities, but to ensure that the research conducted contribute to Malaysia’s development,” he said at the launch of UKM’s first medical and health education exhibition in Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
He added that the ministry, in line with its plans to strengthen R&D in the country, had set a target of commercialising 5% research conducted in public higher education institutions by the end of 2010. This should increase to 10% by 2020.
Saifuddin also said in line with the 10th Malaysia Plan universities may soon be able to seek their own research grants.