IN academia, the impact of one’s research work can be assessed in a number of ways, one of which is the number of citations garnered.
The higher the citations for a research paper, the more impactful and credible one’s research is, said Universiti Malaya (UM) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor.
He was commenting on the varsity’s electrical and electronic research, which has earned the highest scores among Malaysian universities for citations per paper (100%) and h-index (96.4%) in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.
“An indication of our research being impactful is when it becomes a reference to other researchers. We take this as an acknowledgement that our Strategic Plan and our Transformation Plan are guiding us in the right direction,” Prof Mohd Hamdi said in a recent press release.
To ensure the work of its researchers is relevant and impactful to the larger global community, the varsity has taken a number of initiatives to enhance its performance management system.
“This year, we hope to develop and support five high-impact special projects and an additional 15 special projects category II. A special project is a university-led effort that is developed to address critical areas with significant impact on the country and international communities,” he shared.
“We are also seeking to involve more of our researchers and students in commercialisation as that can prove that our inventions or innovations are not only sound theoretically, but can also be developed and marketed in the real world,” he said.According to Prof Mohd Hamdi, UM established six new deep tech start-ups last year, and has in training 10 deep tech start-ups and five students’ start-ups.