Benchmarking Visit and Sharing of Best Practices of UK Universities in Research, Innovation & Commecialization by Community of Research (CoRe) of Advanced Computing and Communication and Research Innovation and Bussines Unit (RIBU), Institute of Research Management and Innovation (IRMI), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)


The Community of Research (CoRe) for Advance Computing and Communication (ACC) along with Research Innovation Bussiness Unit (RIBU), Institute of Research Management and Innovation (IRMI) conducted a benchmarking visit to four   universities   in United Kingdom (UK) on the  26th February to 1st March 2019.   The   main purpose   of   the   visit   is   to   explore research collaboration opportunities among the establish univeristies. In addition, the visit also wish to gain  a   comprehensive   understanding   through   sharing   of   best practices   on   how   research and innovation as well as technology   transfer,   commercialisation   of   university-owned   research outputs through the licensing of IPRs and setting up of new spin-out companies as agent of  technology push.The visit consisted of Associate Professor Dr Ir Ahmad Farid Abidin (Director of CoRe ACC), Dr Azlan Ismail (Coordinator of CoRE ACC) as well as Professor Dr Nooritawati Md Tahir (Director of  RIBU). The top tier universities visited are Queen Mary University (QMU) of London, University of Oxford,  University of Edinburgh  and Univerisity of Strathclyde.

The first visit was held on the 26th March 2019 with the representative from International Office, Miss Miao Lin of Queen Mary University (QMU). The discussion focused on identifying the potential collaboration between QMU and UiTM. We were given detail overview on the academic and research activities at QMU that can potentially contribute to the collaborative partnerships. Amongst the potential areas are Health Data, Creative Industries and Artificial Intelligence specifically on Mammogram classification and facial expression. In addition, QMU also organizes Summer School session that can be offered to all international student at bachelor level. In return, Dr. Ahmad Farid and Dr Azlan have also shared some success research area in UiTM and both universities are looking forward for further collaboration in research.

Next visit was held on the 27th March 2019 to University of Oxford. We visited and shared the best practice on driving research by Professor Marta Kwiatkowska, professor of Computing Systems and Fellow of Trinity College. The meeting was held at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. Professor Kwiatkowska shared her experience in cultivating research that led to global recognition. She also emphasized the importance of implementing suitable performance evaluation framework in measuring the quality aspect of research achievement for academicians.  The discussion also includes in understanding the future challenges related to her research interests namely machine learning and quantitative software verification. It was indeed a very fruitful discussion and we highly hope that similar practice can be cultivated in UiTM.

The third university visited on the 28th March 2019 was the University of Edinburgh. We received a very warm welcome from Professor Tom Bruce and his team; Professor David Ingram, Dr. Dorothy Watson and Mr. Tom Ogilive. The three hours meeting and discussion took place at the School of Engineering. Dr Farid presented the overview of research activity in UiTM. On the other hand, Mr. Tom Bruce shared his experiences on the Technology Transfer and Commercialization practices while Professor David Ingram presented the current research activities on Energy as well as success stories of industrial collaborative partnership with several industries. Professor David also shared the unconventional Engineering Doctorate Degree that is offered to all science based candidates. This ‘pulling factor’ doctorate programme has been successfully established in University of Edinburgh via close collaboration with targeted industries. On top of that, they are looking forward for proposal on relevant research activities from UiTM too.

The final visit was on the 28th March 2019 to University of Strathclyde (UoS) with aimed at sharing good practices and expertise on enhancing the sustainability of reserach, innnovation and technology transfer. A wider aim of the visit was to establish links between UiTM and UoS and from this visit UiTM experiences different approaches that are taken for knowledge exchange with industrial partners, the commercialisation of technology & services and increasing the impact of research on a local and national scale. In addition, both universities aimed to improve links and also seek potential for future collaboration. University of Strathclyde team was led by Professor Dr Craig Michie, the Head of the Centre for Intelligent Dynamic Communications (CIDCOM) and Strategic Theme Lead for Measurement Science and Enabling Technologies (MSET), Prof Ivan Andonovic from Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), CIDCOM, Dr Robert Atkinson, Dr Christos Tachtatzis, Dr Alison Cleary and Dr Andrew Hamilton, Dr Chris McCaig and Dr Javier Cardona. We visited several research laboratories  and were brief on industrial collaboration projects of UoS.