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.







For more information about the REPESEA ERASMUS+ program, please visit the webpage at






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