Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) received The Research and Innovation Excellence Award for Non-Research University category at the recent Malaysia’s Research Star Awards (MRSA) 2019. The Research and Innovation Excellence Award aims to recognise researchers and universities for their excellent scholarly and innovative outputs. UMP Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ir. Dr. Wan Azhar Wan Yusoff accepted the award from Secretary-General of Ministry of Education, Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Gazali Abas who represented the Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Maszlee Malik. Malaysia’s Research Star Awards was organised by the Ministry of Education with cooperation of Clarivate Analytics to honour the most promising and influential researchers and institutions in Malaysia. The award ceremony was held at Putrajaya, Malaysia on 5 November 2019, attended also by Higher Education Director-General, Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir and Deputy Secretary-General (Strategic), Dato’ Kamel Mohamad.
In his acknowledgement Professor Ir. Dr. Wan Azhar expressed that the success was a ‘one-for-all’ effort and that the achievement was indeed a remarkable feat for UMP, considering it was only established 17 years earlier as one of the five technical universities (MTUN) established in the country. With the slogan “Moving Together”, he added that UMP would continue to enhance its strength in the fields of engineering, research and service with world-class standard. The effort would be executed in a more creative and innovative engineering and technology ecosystem which could benefit the community as well as empower high-level Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country.
In the same event, UMP added another impressive feather on its cap when Associate Professor Dr. Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah received two MRSA awards. Dr. Wan Azmi received Prominent Topics in Research for his outstanding research in the field of heat transfer, accumulating h-index of 27 with a total of 2,083 citations. Out of his 116 publications, 57 had been published in First Quartile (Q1) journals according to Clarivate Analytics. Aged 35, Dr. Wan Azmi was awarded the Young Researcher Award, an award for best researcher under the age of 40. Apart from research publications, he had also come up with several high impact products, results from his research works, which included nano-cooling liquid for vehicle radiator, nano-lubricant for vehicle air-conditioning system and the latest being nano-paint for automotive components.
Other awards presented by Clarivate Analytics were Hot Review Paper (one recipient) and Research and Innovation Excellence Researcher Award (seven recipients).
Elsevier also named 12 researchers as MRSA recipients for categories International Collaboration (three recipients), Prominent Topics in Research (four recipients), Citation Classic (four recipients) and Young Researcher (one recipient).