This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

On of the focus of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education is on the investment in research and innovation, which is foreseen as essential for Europe’s society aiming to produce Europe as world-class science and technology community that drives economic growth not only in the European geographical area. As part of this effort it is of the foremost importance to bring together European scientists with those from around the world. Building research and innovation capacities is a challenging task and the current project will address this task within the cooperation network of Asian and European partners. The research capacities will be developed at partner higher education institutions in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand through the creation and implementation of the System of the Assessment of Quality and Impact of Research and the development and the introduction of self-contained transferable research skill training modules. Though individual partner universities are at different levels of the research capacities development, all of them strive to embrace the ways towards their improved research performance. The diversity of partner higher education institutions involved in the project (public vs. private, research vs. teaching focused, traditional vs. new, located in the capital city vs. in rural areas, focused on social vs. technical sciences, located in high income vs. medium/lower income countries) allows for addressing the research capacity building goal from diverse perspectives and for achieving necessary synergies in the partnership. The transfer of the best practice and knowledge in the area of research capacities in both ways will provide additional value added for European partners

The project aims to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • To develop and implement the System of the Assessment of the Quality and Impact of Research at partner higher education institutions in partner countries of Region 6 (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand)
  • To develop, implement and accredit transferable research skill training modules at partner higher education institutions
  • To develop international cooperation among members of the partnership at regional and interregional levels
 
 
 

Why?


Building research and innovation capacities is a challenging task and the project will address this task within the cooperation network of Asian and European partners​
 
 
 

What?


The research capacities will be developed at partner higher education institutions in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand through the creation and implementation of the System of the Assessment of Quality and Impact of Research and the development and the introduction of self-contained transferable research skill training modules​
 
 
 

When?


The project starts on 15/10/2016 and the project will finished on 14/10/2019. Duration of the project is 36 months. First Steering Committee meeting held between 6th-11th of March 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia​
 

For more information about the REPESEA ERASMUS+ program, please visit the webpage at https://www.repesea.org/

Assessing and Improving Research Performance at South East Asian Universities

Universiti Teknologi MARA is currently involved in the ERASMUS+ Capacity Building in Higher Education program, which runs for three years 2016 to 2019. The team members representing the university are from the Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School, namely, Professor Dr Rosmimah Mohd Roslin, Professor Dr Noormala Amir Ishak and Dr Azlina Hanif.

The project is targeted at assessing and improving the research capacities of South East Asian Universities. It involves institutions from 7 countries, divided into program and partner universities. This project is being co-financed by European Union funds within the framework of the Erasmus+ Program. Led by University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia, other participating universities are as follows:

  1. University Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  2. Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand
  3. Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  4. International College of National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok, Thailand
  5. Szkola Glowna Handlowa w Warszawie, Warsaw, Poland
  6. Universite D´Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand 1, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  7. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  8. Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
  9. The University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
  10. Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

The ERASMUS+ grant contribution for this project amounts to EUR 950.365,00, to be allocated amongst all participating universities. The kick-off meeting for the project was held earlier this year in University of Economics at Bratislava, Slovakia, from 6 to 12 March 2017.  The project steering and administrative committee members from the abovementioned universities attended the meeting to plan the 2017 activities for the project and to discuss several academic issues. The committee members also presented on the current system of the assessment of the research performance at their respective institutions and at the national level, as well as the current training provided to researchers and doctoral students on transferable skills at their respective institutions.

 

Pictures 1 and 2: The University of Economics at Bratislava

 

 

Picture 3 (left to right): Dr Azlina Hanif, Prof Dr Noormala Amir Ishak, Prof Dr Anetta Caplanova, Prof Dr Rosmimah Mohd Roslin

 

 

 

 

 Pictures 4 and 5: Several project team members during one of the meeting sessions 

 

 

Picture 6: Team members from AAGBS, UiTM capturing a moment after lunch with team members from UTM Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, Poland and France.

 

 

Picture 7: The AAGBS, UiTM team members with members from Thailand during the Bratislava Old Town sightseeing tour organized by the University of Economics at Bratislava

 

 

 

A mapping workshop for South East Asian partner universities was held recently, from 7 to 9 August 2017, at the Capacity Building Hub, International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The aim of this workshop was to delve into the status of research performance in partner countries, namely Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Based on the mapping template developed by Team Malaysia, the partner countries developed a few papers which described and reflected the current research landscape. This workshop was an excellent opportunity for resarchers within this project consortium to exchange knowledge and to network on collaborative academic endeavours.

 

The papers presented were reviewed by the coordinator of the project, Professor Dr Anetta Caplanova from University of Economics in Bratislava and the appointed reviewer Dr Sonam Choiden, President from the Royal University of Bhutan. The workshop also included a visit to the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, in Putrajaya where the workshop participants had the opportunity to meet the Deputy Director General of Higher Education (Public HEI), Professor Dr Noor Azizi Ismail.

 

 

Pictures 8 – 11: Project team members presenting papers written for the mapping workshop in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 7 – 9 August 2017.

 

 

 

Picture 12: A quick visit to the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, (MOHE) Putrajaya to meet the Deputy Director General of Higher Education (Public HEI). Seen here, the workshop participants from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand universities, together with the REPESEA ERASMUS+ Project Coordinator, Professor Dr Anita Caplanova and the paper reviewer Dr Sonam Choiden, doing the soaring upwards gesture at the lobby of MOHE.

 

 

Picture 13: Dialogue session with Professor Dr Noor Azizi Ismail, the Deputy Director General of Higher Education (Public HEI), MOHE Malaysia.

 

 

 

 

The upcoming activities under this project will be a methodological workshop (4 – 5 September 2017) in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, for European program universities and a workshop for all participating institutions (program and partner universities) and steering committee meeting (20 – 26 November 2017) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

 

Universiti Teknologi MARA is proud to have been given the opportunity to participate in this joint international project which is impactful in terms of research performance enhancement amongst South East Asian universities. The university looks forward to more international collaborations such as this in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessing and Improving the Research Capacities at the South Asian Universities through Transferable Skills Trainings

ERASMUS+ REPESEA project develops research and cooperation network of Asian and European partners universities. The research capacities will be developed at partner higher education institution in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand through the creation and implementation of the System of the Assessment of Quality and Impact of Research and the development and the introduction of self-contained transferable research skill training modules.

Six training sessions were held at Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School from 1 April 2019 until 10 May 2019. Each training module was presented by Trainers Erasmus+ REPESEA members:

  • Module 1 on Academic Writing facilitated by Trainer Prof Dr Catur Sugiyanto, University of Gadjah Mada, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
  • Module 2 on Publishing in Academic Outlets facilitated by Trainer Assoc Prof Dr Awwewan Panyagometh, ICO NIDA, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Module 3 on Management and Development of Research Projects facilitated by Trainer Dr Anna Dzienis, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
  • Module 4 on Communication and Presentation Skills facilitated by Trainer Dr Rr Tur Nastiti, University of Gadjah Mada, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
  • Module 5 on Evaluating Research Outputs and Researches and Non-Academic Impact facilitated by Trainer Dr Jan Hunady, University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
  • Module 6 on Critical Thinking, Digital Technology Skills for Research and Effective Teaching Methods facilitated by Trainer Prof Dr Wiryono Raharjo, Universiti Islam Indonesia, Jogjakarta, Indonesia

Participants were academics, researchers and postgraduate students of Higher Education Institutions. They were trained in transferable skills on the basis of the modules and using the developed training materials. The academic staff participating in these training will then serve as Trainers at their HEIs and beyond, which contributes to the multiplier effect of the project.

Rector of the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia, prof. Ferdinand Dano, PhD. will welcome the delegation from the University Teknologi MARA, Malaysia on 3rd July  2019. The main purpose of the visit is to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between both institutions as a way to ensure the sustainability of the cooperation. Currently, the University of Economics in Bratislava and Universiti Teknologi MARA cooperate on the implementation of the CBHE Erasmus+ project  "Assessing and Improving Research Performance at South East Asian Universities" (REPESEA) and cooperate in the preparation of other joint projects.

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