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University of Southampton Malaysia Campus welcomes MyRA results

Published: 6 April 2017
2015 MyRA
The 2015 MyRA ratings of four stars reflect the university’ success in its research capacity.

The University of Southampton Malaysia Campus welcomed the latest release of the 2015 Malaysia Research Assessment (MyRA) results in which the university earned four stars.

MyRA gauges the research, development and innovation activities in public and private tertiary institutions with university status, including branch campuses of foreign universities and university colleges. Results of the MyRA instrument is categorised into six levels with six stars being the highest level and one star, the lowest.

The 2015 MyRA ratings of four stars is a reflection of the university’ success in its research capacity in addition to its teaching excellence. This mirrors the research achievements of the UK campus where the University of Southampton is part of the research-intensive Russell Group.Dr Suhaila Mohd Sanip, Head of Research, says the results are a pleasing acknowledgement of the breadth and depth of the university’s research excellence in engineering.

‘’This assessment which involves a good number of universities in Malaysia is a welcome recognition of what the university has achieved in its research and educational offerings in engineering,’’ said Dr Suhaila. She added that the university is continually enhancing its academic collaborations, industrial interactions, knowledge transfer as well as support to academics on research since its establishment in 2012.

Last year in December, the university produced its first PhD graduate – Dr Sam Fishlock successfully defended his PhD thesis on the development of nanocrystalline graphite for MEMS and membranes. Fishlock spent his first year at the Malaysia Campus, his second year at the Highfield Campus in the UK, and his third and fourth years at A*STAR IMRE in Singapore. While at A*STAR, he remained an active part of the Malaysia Campus by helping out with the undergraduate labs and by doing sample preparations for his own research

The MyRA evaluation process was conducted by a committee commissioned by the Higher Education Department of the Ministry of Higher Education. The committee is made up of experts from public and private higher education institutions as well as academics with R&D (research and development) experience.

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