MALAYSIA: Universities must calculate worth of R&D

Public institutions of higher learning that have been recognised as research universities should come up with a mechanism to evaluate the true worth of the commercialisation of their research and development to Malaysia's economy, said Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, reports the Bernama news agency.

He said this was because the ministry only had data on the total allocation for R&D at each of the universities, but not on the contributions in terms of the commercialised R&D.

He said four institutions had been accorded the research university status: Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia. "These research universities should not only enhance their R&D, but also determine the outcome of their R&D to the country's development," he said.
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