Research Universities Facing Constraints In Expansion Due To Private Sector Unwillingness

Last update: 08/05/2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- Research universities are facing constraints to expand their research due to the private sector's unwillingness to turn research and development (R&D) into part and parcel of the industry.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) Prof Datuk Dr Mazlin Mokhtar said this resulted in many researchers failing to grow with the industry and return to the academic world.

"Hence, the private sector needs to rise to the challenges as even companies with huge profits are reluctant to invest in R&D," he told Bernama following an interview by Bernama TV's 'Ruang Bicara' programme Wednesday night.

Other panel members in the interview were Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Wahid Omar and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Omar Osman.

Mazlin said it was time for the private sector and industry players to recruit research graduates and provide a conducive ecosystem in their R&D.....