The first year anniversary of MoHE (Ministry of Higher Education) funding for high impact research was officiated by the University of Malaya (UM) Vice-Chancellor Tan Sri Dr. Ghauth Jasmon. Among the attendees of the event were (High Impact Research) HIR principal investigators and their research teams which include postdoctoral and postgraduate students.
As of now UM is the only research university to be allocated the special research fund of about RM 590 million. Dr Ghauth strongly believes that it is pivotal for UM to improve its global ranking and its academic image in the eyes of the world. He pledged to attempt to get UM into the top 100 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by the year 2015. According to him, from the current position of UM, UM needs to beat 56 other universities if it has the intention of actualising that goal. He is confident that if that goal is achieved, UM is able to be one of the top 50 QS World University Rankings by 2020, provided better research funding is allocated to UM.
Congratulations were duly presented to the HIR Commitee by Dr Ghauth for their achievements for the past 12 months which include the establishment of the UM HIR Advisory Council. The council consists of three Nobel Laureates and two Distinguised Professors. The five members have assisted immensely by giving invaluable guidance and actively engaging in research conducted by UM through their respective institutions. Dr Ghauth also praised the reseach team for making notable progress in the quality and quantity of their publications including several articles in high impact Tier 1 ISI/Web of Science (WoS) journals such as Nature and Lancet. It was informed that another three papers are under review in Nature Genetics.
In terms of funding, Dr Ghauth stated that UM has to raise 20% of its operating cost in 2012, 30% in 2015 and 50% in 2020. He emphasised that all senior academic staff have to find novel ways to raise funds for the university. In the coming years, he warned, UM will face many obstacles and challenges in its attempt to break into the top 100 QS World University Rankings by 2015 as well as in its effort to find additional operating funds. Dr Ghauth concluded his speech by reassuring the audience that through cooperation and loyalty, they can elevate UM to a greater level.
Selected papers with co-authors from UM in high impact journals (UM authors in bold):
- Ng, K. H., Yip, C. H. and Taib, N. A. (2012) Standardisation of clinical breast-density measurement. Lancet Oncol. 13, 334-336. PubMed. Full Article.
- Chang, S., Wang, R. H., Akagi, K., Kim, K. A., Martin, B. K., Cavallone, L., Kathleen Cuningham Foundation Consortium for Research into Familial Breast, C., Haines, D. C., Basik, M., Mai, P., Poggi, E., Isaacs, C., Looi, L. M., Mun, K. S., Greene, M. H., Byers, S. W., Teo, S. H., Deng, C. X. and Sharan, S. K. (2011) Tumor suppressor BRCA1 epigenetically controls oncogenic microRNA-155. Nat Med. 17, 1275-1282. PubMed. Full Article.
- Ng, K. P., Hillmer, A. M., Chuah, C. T., Juan, W. C., Ko, T. K., Teo, A. S., Ariyaratne, P. N., Takahashi, N., Sawada, K., Fei, Y., Soh, S., Lee, W. H., Huang, J. W., Allen, J. C., Jr., Woo, X. Y., Nagarajan, N., Kumar, V., Thalamuthu, A., Poh, W. T., Ang, A. L., Mya, H. T., How, G. F., Yang, L. Y., Koh, L. P., Chowbay, B., Chang, C. T., Nadarajan, V. S., Chng, W. J., Than, H., Lim, L. C., Goh, Y. T., Zhang, S., Poh, D., Tan, P., Seet, J. E., Ang, M. K., Chau, N. M., Ng, Q. S., Tan, D. S., Soda, M., Isobe, K., Nothen, M. M., Wong, T. Y., Shahab, A., Ruan, X., Cacheux-Rataboul, V., Sung, W. K., Tan, E. H., Yatabe, Y., Mano, H., Soo, R. A., Chin, T. M., Lim, W. T., Ruan, Y. and Ong, S. T. (2012) A common BIM deletion polymorphism mediates intrinsic resistance and inferior responses to tyrosine kinase inhibitors in cancer. Nat Med. 18, 521-528. PubMed. Full Article.