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1 . Road to Academic Excellence in a National University Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Vice Chancellor, UKM ( )

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3 What are the main challenges at the beginning of the term as VC? As the first woman VC of UKM – “ Being the first to cross the finish line makes you the winner in only one phase of your life. Its what you do after you cross the line that really counts”. - Ralph Boston, Olympic Gold Medalist how to extract the best from the highly qualified and intelligent people in UKM so that we can work for the “common goal of being the best”? (leadership issues) to agree on how to achieve the “common goal”. (ideas & strategies)

4 SOCIETY UKM

5 TRANSFORMATION GOALS Set goals to be achieved in all core missions – Upholding Malay as academic language – Producing competent graduates with global outlook – Becoming a leader in research, knowledge & technology transfer – Efficient and effective delivery

6 THES-QS RANKINGS THES Ranking 2007, Universiti Malaya 246, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 309, Universiti Sains Malaysia 307, Universiti Putra Malaysia 364, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 415,

7 Lesson 1 TO ACHIEVE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Learn from but do not be not be consumed by rankings Do not be confined by the THES/QS criteria The university’s worth is more than ranking Not all that can be counted, counts Not all that is counted, counts

8 Lesson 2 Contribution to sustainable development counts, but is not counted Should not deter universities from fulfilling this mission What is countedWhat is NOT counted Graduate employability seen through the eyes of employers only; how graduates contribute to economic growth through innovation & entrepreneurship Teaching quality cannot be measured by staff : student ratio only what universities and teachers do to inspire young minds, to create & innovate, to speak freely unfettered by fear or anxiety, to be imbued with a deep sense of volunteerism, social responsibility & entrepreneurship Research excellence measured by publications and citations only; what universities do to build a culture of innovation & entrepreneurship in transferring knowledge & technology for a better quality of life

9 Develop a knowledge ecosystem FOUR GOALS FOCUS on niche areas Work IN INTERDISCIPLINARY teams to enhance knowledge generation & innovation Emphasis on QUALITY INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP as a culture DRIVER PROJECTS FOR QUICK WINS ENGAGEMENT: Steer research, education and service for mutual benefits with communities, industries, government & other stakeholders International Networking Efficient delivery system and sustainability – Good governance – Leadership – Talent management – Infrastructure & financing Set KPIs and targets for monitoring (Strategy map)

10 Project 4 Niche Centers of Excellence (Niche CoEs) Project 5 International Outreach Project 6 Citations Leap Project 7 World Class Benchmarking Project 8 Global Language Project 3 Malay Language Project 2 National Identity Project 2.1 KAMPA Project 2.2 HADHARI Project 2.3 UNITY collaboration International drivers national drivers Advanced Material & Nanotechnology Biodiversity & Biotechnolog y Visual Informatics Medical & Health Technology Challenges of a Nation State collaboration Climate Change Renewable Energy Rural Transformation Education & Civilisation Politics & Security Finance & Business Sustainable Regional Development

11 Education Industry Ventures Innovative Society Government INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM UKM is part of an innovation system to fuel Malaysia’s socio-economic development High income sustainability inclusion Quality of life ASSETS NEW TALENT POOL INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FROM IP TO MARKETPLACE KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER FOR SOCIETAL DEVELOPMENT JOB CREATION UNLOCK POTENTIAL OF ASSETS

12 Developing Innovation & Entrepreneurship culture 12 Knowledge of Marketplace New Companies Prototypes and business models Investors Faculty and student inventors Research Patents/ trademarks Students graduate with ability to grow and launch companies or innovate in their firms Enriched Student Learning UKM is a source of Innovation Modelled after Stevens’ Institute of Technology, NJ. August 30, 2007 – The Business Week article titled “Who Needs the Ivies?” cites the strong entrepreneurial environment at Stevens: “Schools like MIT and Stanford don't graduate more founders than Stevens Institute of Technology..” Doctoral Education commercialisati on Research TECHNOGENESIS MODEL

13 Transforma tion outcomes Customer Perspective Internal processes Growth & sustainabili ty NILAI PEGANGAN : JATI DIRI KEBANGSAAN, KETELUSAN, INTEGRITI, KESERAKANAN, INOVASI, KEUSAHAWANAN, KEBERTANGGUNGJAWABAN, MERIT T4 Effective delivery T1 upholding Malay language T2 Competent graduates with global outlook T3 Leader in research & knowledge and technology transfer E teaching & learning R research & innovation K engagement C1 Quality education, globally attarctive C2 excellence in research, Inovation & commercialisation C3 widely accepted as unique & excellent L Talent & leadership F finance S infrastructure I Institutional 3 KPI Strategic 10 KPI Strategic 6 KPI Strategic

14 Changing internal & external environments Leadership occurs at all levels of the organisation  critical mass to implement the transformation program Managing conflicts & internal crisis Leadership must o Grasp & articulate contents of transformation plan, o Show confidence & interest in inspiring others o Advise, guide & mentor o Brave to take risk o Inspire confidence & determination

15 ACHIEVEMENTS SELF ACCREDITING STATUS MAINTAINED RU STATUS THROUGH MYRA I AND II ASSESSMENTS AUTONOMY STEERING COMMITTEE OF TAILLOIRES NETWORK OF COMMUNITY ENGAGED UNIVERSITIES, ASIA ENGAGE INDUSTRY RESEARCH GRANTS LAUREATE-IN-RESIDENCE TOP 300 IN QS INTERNATIONAL RANKING, TOP 100 IN ASIA, TOP 30 FOR UNIVERSITIES UNDER 50 (TOP 10 IN ASIA)

16 ACHIEVEMENTS (innovations) WEALTH GENERATION: 33 university start-ups, licensing, spin-offs, job creation SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: models of community development (Youth Empowerment programme), innovative education (eg for the gifted & talented, Nobelist Mindset), peace and unity programmes (eg KITA is the secretariat), policy input ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILTY: conservation (e.g Langkawi geopark, Lake Chini Biosphere reserve); ecotourism

17 CONCLUSION In the world of university rankings, what universities and teachers do to inspire young minds, to create & innovate, to speak freely unfettered by fear or anxiety, to be imbued with a deep sense of volunteerism, social responsibility & entrepreneurship are not translated into ranking indicators This must not deter us. What matters most is its the immeasurable moral standards and contribution to society. “Not all that counts can be counted”.

18 LAKE CHINI UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE Thank you


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