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BACHOK 7 JUNE|A total of 14 young researchers from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) from various disciplines and fields of study received appointment accreditation to start the UMK Rising Star pioneer program in an effort to enhance their academic discoveries, particularly in the areas of research, innovation and high impact publications.

The programme organised by the Publishing and Rating Division (PRD), the Centre for Research and Innovation Management (RMIC), the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research & Innovation (TNCPI) enabled 14 UMK Rising Star pioneers to receive RM 20,000 research grants for science and technology (ST). and RM10,000 for social science (SS). The programme is offered to participants for one year.

The accreditation presentation ceremony was officiated by UMK Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation, Prof. Ts. Dr. Arham Abdullah recently.

Prof. Dato’ Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi said the Rising Star UMK programme was an initiative by TNCPI UMK to enhance the quality and quantity of research and publications at the university.

He said UMK not only provided research grants to lecturers and researchers but also provided them with the opportunity to hone their talents while developing research findings in the form of quality scientific publications.

"This opportunity will also provide access to the academic staff to become a reputable academic leader who needs to have an excellent track record in academic, teaching and learning, research, innovation, consulting, community service and a good industry network.

"In addition to producing successful academic leaders, the academic staff must meet criteria such as qualified, trustworthy, humble and always looking for a better direction," he said at the UMK Rising Star Accreditation Presentation Ceremony at UMK Bachok.

Also present, Senior Director of Research and Innovation Management Centre, Prof. Ts. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Ziad Sulaiman, Director of PRD, Dr. Mohd Asrul Hery Ibrahim, Director of Research Management Division (RMD) ChM Dr. Abdul Hafidz Yusoff and Director of Innovation and Commercialization Division (ICD), Prof. Madya Ir. Dr. Julie Juliewatty Mohamed.

Meanwhile, Prof. Ts. Dr. Arham said the UMK Rising Star recipients had to meet the criteria set that the recipient must not be more than 40 years old and have at least a Hirsch Index (H Index) 3 for ST field and 2 for SS field. Also, these young researchers need to have good leadership qualities. He added that recipients would also need to submit a short 3 -5 minute video and CV summary for review by the panel.

According to him, the initiative of the programme is the result of discussions with the Vice-Chancellor to see how UMK needs succession planning through research and innovation. In addition, the programme is part of the RICE ecosystem (Research, Innovation, Commercialization & Enterprises) introduced at UMK.

"In addition, the first agenda is “development of leadership and academic leadership” which I believe the programme will enable the academic staff to improve their academic quality and future career path.

He hoped that the academic staff who pioneered the programme would build a strong legacy especially in the management of the university's academic administration.

UMK Rising Star is a great platform for honouring young university researchers, and they can even use this route to higher levels like the Malaysian Rising Star Award (MRSA) introduced by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.

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