Abang Johari officiating at the launch of ‘Innostre Special Edition 2020: The First Global Summit on Viral-Immunology and Antiviral Therapy of Covid-19’ at UiTM Kota Samarahan campus today, witnessed by (from left) UiTM Sarawak Rector Prof Dr Datuk Jamil Hamali; Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong and a senior faculty member of UiTM. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KOTA SAMARAHAN: UiTM Sarawak has launched two research institutes to further enhance its research efforts into multiple disciplines.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiated at the launch of the institutes during the Innostre Special Edition 2020: The 1st Global Summit on Viral-Immunology and Antiviral Therapy of Covid-19 conference today.

UiTM Sarawak rector Prof Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali said the first was the Halal Product Research Institute, a collaboration between UiTM Sarawak, Beijing Wuzi University and Asia-China Education and Culture (ACEC) Association.

Meanwhile, the second institute was the Herbal and Ethnomedicinal Centre, a collaboration between UiTM Sarawak, Anhui Medical University and ACEC.

“It is crucial to steer the university towards a culture of excellence that will expand the university’s global visibility through research collaborations, entrepreneurial initiatives and innovative education.

“UiTM is now actively doing collaborative research with our local and foreign counterparts,” he said.

Jamil added UiTM Sarawak was working hard to support UiTM Shah Alam, its main campus in its initiatives to improve the university’s overall ranking.

“We are now ranked 651-700 in QS World University Ranking, improving from year to year, assisted by an increase in our MyRA (Malaysian Research Assessment Instrument) scores.

“MyRA is a comprehensive system developed to assess the research capacity and performance of all higher education institutions in Malaysia.

“The Ministry of Higher Education also plays a vital role in providing opportunities to us through research grants. These are our stepping stones to success,” he said.