UTP Research and Innovation Office, in collaboration with UTP Corporate Planning and Transformation Office, successfully conducted the Research Expert Panel (REP) workshop from 21 to 23 June, 2013 at Sama-Sama Hotel, KLIA. With 58 participants, the workshop was conducted with the following objectives:
- To evaluate current performance of MORs vis-à-vis planned roadmap;
- To identify gaps and propose the mitigation plan; and
- To re-fine, re-shape, re-scope and identify new requirement(s), if necessary, for the roadmap to ensure achievable milestones and aspiration.
The evaluation of MORs’ performance vis-à-vis the planned roadmap is essential not only to evaluate the roadmap and its implementation, but also to strategise in driving UTP’s research to a greater height.
The workshop began with sharing sessions on UTP’s research and transformation, delivered by UTP Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation Office), Prof. Dr. Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz and UTP Director of Transformation Office, AP Dr. Hilmi Mukhtar respectively. Workshop sessions were conducted on 22 June 2013 whilst the workshop outcomes were presented during the Plenary Session on the last day.
The workshop was facilitated by university senior members. Members of the REP were appointed from various universities, institutions and industries, both locally and abroad. They were:
- Prof Datuk Dr Halimaton Hamdan, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia of Computer Science & Engineering (UniMy)
- Prof. Dato Dr.Kamaruzzaman Bin Sopian, Director and Professor of the Solar Energy Research Institute, UKM
- Prof Dr Jeom Kee Paik, Director of the Ship and Offshore Structural Mechanic Research Institute, The Pusan National University, Korea
- Prof Dr Martyn Roderick Jones, Director of Concrete Technology Unit & Dean of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics, University of Dundee, United Kingdom
- Dr Charanjeet Singh, Innovation Manager of the Centre for Process Innovation, Durham, United Kingdom
- Professor Zhiwu Liang, National Chiao Tung University, China and
- Prof Dr. Cornelis J. Peters, Distinguished Professor & GRC Director, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
UTP Vice Chancellor, YBhg Datuk (Ir) Dr. Abdul Rahim Hashim in his closing remarks stressed the importance of having an appropriate assessment tool for performance measurement. YBhg. Datuk agreed that the assessment of MORs’ roadmap should be conducted regularly to measure those performances against what have been planned and strategised. YBhg. Datuk added that transforming the research and innovation landscape by creating a good research ecosystem i.e. strengthening internal research capability, institutionalising research and building a world class network and linkages will be able to produce a high impact research and accelerate the UTP’s vision of becoming internationally recognised as a partner of choice for industries and a respected member of scientific communities by 2020.