Commission Studies

MID-TERM REVIEW OF MALAYSIA EDUCATION BLUEPRINT 2015-2025 (HIGHER EDUCATION)

The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) is an 11-year transformation plan of Malaysia’s higher education designed to propel its stakeholders abreast with, if not ahead of, global challenges and trends through ten transformational shifts that are to be realised through 32 strategies and 71 initiatives.

This study intends to perform a thorough review of the level and effectiveness of the implementation, current achievements and challenges of the ten transformational shifts of this Blueprint. This review will also provide insights as input to national level policy studies and suggest improvements to the direction, strategies and initiatives of the present Blueprint.

This review is led by Professor Ir Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman FASc. The findings of this study will be presented to the National Education Policy Committee (NEPC), an independent body set up by MOE. The NEPC is a 13-member Committee comprising experts to study the nation’s education policies, from October 2018 to April 2019.

AN IMPACT STUDY OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MALAYSIAN RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES

Malaysia Research Universities (MRUs) are key enablers of Malaysia’s national innovation ecosystem and knowledge economy. These universities also promote economic growth, competitiveness of local industries, and improve socioeconomic wellbeing of the Rakyat. In September 2006, UKM, USM, UM and UPM were named as the pioneer group of MRUs. UTM achieved the status of the fifth MRU in 2010.

This study chaired by Professor Dr Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair FASc aims to re-evaluate the role, impact and direction of MRUs. MRUs are an important catalyst in transforming Malaysia into a regional and global centre of educational and research excellence. As such, a critical analysis of current achievements, performances, issues, challenges and gaps will also be provided.

A comparative overview of global impacts and outcomes of similar universities abroad will be carried out and recommendations to strengthen the internal research ecosystems of the MRUs will be put forth. This study will also propose a strategic framework to strengthen research collaborations between the MRUs to capture knowledge network externalities that will enhance the national innovation ecosystem and Malaysia’s global competitiveness.

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