After 35 years of
existence, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has built itself as a reputable
university in the country, if not the region. USM aspires to be a “World
Class” university. To achieve this goal, it has to formulate strategies
that will greatly enhance its research capability, since as is apparent
with reputable universities around the world, research expertise and output
are the primary measure of a university’s strength and international
standing and reputation.
Therefore, USM has continually strategise efforts
to dynamically strengthen its capability in research and development (R&D)
according to challenges that it faces. The latest of such efforts is the
establishment of research platforms as a mechanism to encourage cross-disciplinary
research in selected niche areas.
RESEARCH DIRECTION OF THE USM HEALTH CAMPUS
The Health Campus
aspires to excel in specific foci of research to enhance its overall research
capability in the understanding of human health and diseases and in the
promotion of health.
The USM “Research
Platforms” were created in 2003. The main objective of their creation
is not to replace the role of schools in conducting and promoting their
existing research activities but to consolidate these research activities
and encourage collaborative research which transcends schools and departments.
In general, selected Schools/Centres/Institutes will be more suitably
grouped under a particular research platform although this categorization
is loose and highly flexible depending on the actual research that is
being conducted. Headed by a research dean, the research platforms are
entrusted to deliver the following:
1. To create research
clusters so as to promote niche areas under each platform that involves
players across disciplines and schools.
2. To facilitate
the solicitation of research grants, the approval of grants and the smooth
operation and monitoring of research projects.
3. To push for high
quality and high impact research results and where possible to promote
the innovation agenda through the Research and Development (R&D)
to Commercialization route.
To help formulate sustainable human resource and increase the critical
mass of experts and researchers in selected niche areas.
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