Petaling Jaya, 19 October 2023 – UNITAR International University (UNITAR) broadened its research capabilities by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with SEGi University, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UITM). Respectively witnessed by vice- chancellors and senior representatives from each institution, the momentous MOA signing ceremony took place at UNITAR’s main campus in Kelana Jaya.
Titled the “1+3 Matching Grant”: Humanizing Online Pedagogy through the Integration of STREAM Education in Malaysian Universities, this collaboration involves four standalone research projects related to Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Objectively, this project seeks to enable a detailed and collaborative research between private and governmental varsities.
With equally funded allocation from all the varsities involved in this research project, the collaborative goal is to enhance online pedagogy together. As the first virtual university in Southeast Asia, UNITAR works as the benchmark with SEGi, UPSI and UITM to kick-start this research project for a flourishing result.
There will be 18 highly experienced researchers from each institution contributing to this project as industry leaders, all of whom are seasoned veterans in the field of research to ensure a fruitful collaborative effort. With each university focusing on one programme within the STREAM package, we are confident this research will be properly aligned and structured.
Upon successful completion of this research project, the universities involved are expected to publish a minimum of two index journals, one of which must be in SCOPUS or WOS-indexed journals. Ensuring this research does not affect the ownership of property owners, intellectual property rights will be incorporated for a fair and unbiased flow while conducting this research project.
“I am delighted to acknowledge the fact that we have both private and governmental universities coming together to make this research a success. Beyond just collaborating, this will push Malaysia forward as an exemplary leader in the education sector”, said UNITAR Vice Chancellor, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Ir. Dr. Sahol Hamid bin Abu Bakar at the MOA signing event.
By uniting both private and governmental institutions, we are confident that greater opportunities will be achieved together as a united force. While enhancing the research capabilities of UNITAR, SEGi University, UPSI and UITM through this project, the UNITAR team would like to thank each university involved in this project for their collaboration towards making this research a success.