Kuala Lumpur, 31 October 2008 - A representation from the Ministry of Science Technology and Research (MOSTI) visited UCSI University recently to prepare academic researchers for the future wave.

The event was jointly organized by UCSI University’s Center for Research Excellence (CRE) and MOSTI. It provided a platform for MOSTI to share information on technology research funding as well as avenues for knowledge-sharing between research institutions. They also established a discussion forum between researchers and ministry officials.

After being recently conferred with a University status, UCSI University is gearing itself towards becoming a research powerhouse. The University is already actively pursuing research and scholarly activities in a wide range of fields through the unified efforts of its various academic schools and programs. Students here are encouraged by their lecturers to venture into research, and they have won numerous awards across the country for their innovative ideas.

The most recent award was bagged at the Virtual Instrumentation Applications Contest 2008. Engineering students, Mimi Iriana (Indonesia) and Joshua Tan Wai Kiat with their mentor and lecturer, Mr. Rodney Tan Hean Gay won an honorary mention in the competition for their invention, the Distance Monitoring System (DMS), which, can be applied to monitor toddlers and young children using FM radio transmitters. The honorary mention is especially meaningful, as the competition was tough. In fact, it was larger than life so to speak, for the UCSI University team was competing against daunting counterparts from Sony and Sanyo — venerable conglomerates that need no introduction.

UCSI University believes in a rich worldview and a plethora of ideas to produce competent, confident and consummate graduates.

Through its internationalization efforts, many reputable lecturers and staff members from around the world are now engaged at UCSI University to spearhead research and knowledge development. Our lecturers have also been appointed to various research editorial boards.

The latest appointee is Professor Dr. Hikmat Said S. Salim from the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Built Environment. He is now a member of the editorial board of Energy Resources and a reviewer for the Petroleum Science & Technology journalpublished by Taylor & Francis, United Kingdom. Both international journals are peer reviewed and are highly esteemed in the global energy industry.

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