The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication
from 4-8 September 2023
Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Professor Shaliza Ibrahim is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at Universiti Malaya. A graduate of Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University (BS), Pennsylvania State University (MS) and the University of Birmingham (PhD), her area of expertise is mixing and hydrodynamics in reactor design and operation for multiphase solid-liquid-gas systems that occur widely in the process industries including food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. She also researches on wastewater treatment technologies and has initiated the study on converting organic wastewater into hydrogen gas via anaerobic biological methods. The technology has been piloted at a palm oil mill with promising results. She has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed papers with h-index more than 30. In her administrative role, she has over a decade of experience in research management. She was director for a project on enhancing Malaysian Research Management and Governance, and is founding President of the Malaysia Association of Research Managers and Administrators (MyRMA). Her aspiration is to take research management in Malaysia to a professional level, and for MyRMA to be a role model in the South East Asian region. As more resources are being invested for research and innovation, she is promoting awareness and understanding on research impact and qualitative assessment, full economic research costing, and sharing of research data through open science platforms.
The research landscape in Malaysia evolved very quickly in the first decade of the new millennium with the country’s most established universities being accorded Research Universities (RU) status. Significantly higher research investments were made in the form of block grants to the RUs, in addition to funding by various agencies. A research assessment tool was developed to measure the research performance of the RUs, and was later applied to all universities. The parameters assessed are those relating to input or resources acquired by the institution that contribute directly to research, output coming directly from research, and some outcome of research. The measurements are primarily quantitative, and have not changed much over more than a decade. More qualitative measures which looks at process and impact is much needed as the universities’ roles extend beyond academia and research gets translated into the real world.