THE University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) welcomes the government’s boost for technology and innovation, and is in full support of its intention to stimulate research and innovation activities.
Under the technology and innovation pillar of Budget 2024, tabled on Oct 13, a total of RM510mil will be made available as research and development funds under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry and Higher Education Ministry.
Of the total allocation, RM50mil is earmarked as a matching grant for public universities to collaborate with the private sector to stimulate research and innovation activities that can be commercialised.
“As an institution that is grounded in research excellence, UNM is deeply encouraged to see the government’s emphasis on an economic growth model led by research, development and innovation,” says UNM provost and chief executive officer Prof Sarah Metcalfe.
“Malaysia has great potential in producing cutting-edge research. We believe the additional support of grants and funds is a step in the right direction to address modern-day challenges and advance the nation.
“We are proud to contribute to this common goal as UNM’s world-class research revolves around a wide portfolio of interdisciplinary areas, designed to create a healthier, more sustainable and resilient future, and address problems that are global in their reach, with a focus on finding solutions that improve the lives and livelihoods of people locally and in the Asean region.”
UNM is five-star rated under the Malaysian Research Assessment (MyRA) system.
The government is planning to introduce the Malaysia Visa Liberalisation Plan which involves facilitating the approval of employment passes for strategic investors in key sectors.
During the tabling of Budget 2024, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the plan includes introducing the long-term visit pass for international students who have graduated, to meet the industry’s needs for skilled manpower.
“As a university, we must change to match the changing needs of our students, their potential employers, and of course, the needs of Malaysia and the wider region,” Prof Metcalfe adds.
The Malaysia Visa Liberalisation Plan will position the nation as an attractive destination for higher education and career opportunities among international students.
In support of the nation’s aspiration to be an international higher education hub with an international tertiary education enrolment base of 250,000 students by 2025, UNM has further invested in facilitating interest and convenience for higher education enquiries with the launch of its Future Students Centre at Menara Axis in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
The centre was launched by the British High Commission’s deputy country director of Malaysia (Trade) Francine Torbett, Boustead Holdings Berhad Group chief executive officer Izaddeen Daud, and Professor Sarah Metcalfe on Sept 26.
Steadfast in promoting the university within and beyond Malaysian borders, UNM is indicating a further commitment to Malaysia with its five-year plan focused on people and partnerships.
The university’s growth strategy is manifested in six pillars namely: People, Education, Research and Knowledge Exchange, Student Experience, Global Engagement, and Environmental Sustainability.
UNM’s Strategic Plan aims to further enhance the student experience and development of teaching and learning excellence at its Semenyih campus.
The strategic efforts are a positive boost to propel Malaysia towards becoming a regional and global player in academic and research excellence.
You can now visit the Future Students Centre and speak to dedicated counsellors to learn more about University of Nottingham Malaysia. The centre is open Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 5:30pm (except on public holidays).
For more information, go to nottingham.edu.my.