RM20 mil to help seven COEs with potential

PUTRAJAYA (Dec 16, 2011) : A total RM20 million will be given to seven Centres of Excellence (CoEs) to spur them to achieve the status of Higher Institution Centres of Excellence (HICoEs).

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled said the seven CoEs, involving eight universities were picked from among 297 CoEs nationwide.

"The seven CoEs will be coached and their programmes monitored to ensure they achieve their objectives.

"I also hope the seven will take proactive steps to work with research bodies and develop partnerships with industries to market their products," he said at a ceremony to launch the CoEs with Potential 2011 programme here today.

He said the seven CoEs were the Institute of Oceanography, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu; Photonics Research Centre, Universiti Malaya (UM); Centre for Research in Nanotechnology and Catalysis, UM; Environment and Development Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM); The Malay World and Civilisation Institute, UKM; Centre of Excellence for Malaysian Technical University Network (CoE MTUN) and the Neuroscience Service and Research Centre at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Krian, Kelantan.

In a press conference after the ceremony, Mohamed Khaled said six CoEs which had been upgraded to HICoEs last year had demonstrated a positive impact.

He said the six CoE had produced 90 individuals who obtained doctorates in philosophy (PhD), major achievements in research, 146 high impact publications, expansion of networking and collaborations and 17 innovations.- BERNAMA

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