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Universiti Malaya's Sustainability-Related Research Centers

Universiti Malaya, a world-renowned Research Public University and the oldest university in Malaysia, offers a line-up of Sustainability-Related Research Centers. These centers serve as pioneering hubs dedicated to advancing knowledge and solutions for a sustainable future. These dedicated research centers, staffed by committed full-time equivalents (FTE) specialists (academic and non-academic), actively contribute beyond research spheres which include curriculum development, teaching, and supervision within both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.



Name of Research Center & Brief Information

Niche Area



Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) - UM Power Energy Dedicated Advanced Centre (UMPEDAC)

The first centre of research recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) as the national Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) in the niche of renewable energy (solar) on 30th October 2009.

Besides renewable energy, other niche areas of the centre are power electronics, motor and drives, power energy, automation and control, power quality and system protection, smart grid system, smart transportation system, and energy efficiency system; while its core businesses involve conducting research activities in various applied engineering fields, providing consultancies to local industry/private organization, conducting professional testing services to PV solar farm, providing specialized research facilities especially in renewable energy field (solar inverter and solar PV module), and offering postgraduate programs.

Renewable Energy, Smart Technology



Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) - Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES)

The Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES) Universiti Malaya has its roots in the Universiti Malaya Maritime Research Centre (UMMReC) which was established in 2003 in response to the national call for more concerted research in the marine sciences, considering the importance of Malaysia’s abundant marine heritage as well as to coordinate and lead all research activities and consultancies in marine and maritime research at the Universiti Malaya. The Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), Universiti Malaya, was approved by the Universiti Malaya Management on 23 October 2007 and officially launched on 17 January 2008.

Marine Sciences,
Climate Change



Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) - Photonics Research Centre (PRC)

PRCUM was established in the year 1979 as Laser Laboratory by Prof. Tan Beng Cheok. In conducting laser research, the laboratory employs multiple lasers and associated optical systems. Prof. Harith Ahmad succeeded Prof. Tan in leading the laboratory since 1987 to present. The laboratory was re-branded into Photonics Research Centre, University of Malaya (PRCUM) in 2007, and is recognised as one of the potential High Centre of Excellence (HiCoE) in 2011 by the Ministry of Higher Education. PRCUM has been actively involved in the research of optical passive and active waveguides, namely Erbium-doped optical amplifier and laser, nonlinear wavelength conversion, fibre Bragg gratings (FBG), fabrication of planar light wave circuits, etc.

To date, more than 300 research papers have been published in international journals. Facilities in PRCUM include optical fibre test and measurement systems, optical planar waveguide fabrication facility, FBG fabrication facility, micro-fibre workstation, femtosecond laser oscillators as well as laser direct writing system for polymer waveguide fabrication.




Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) - Tropical Infectious Diseases Research & Education Centre (TIDREC)

Founded in 2008, the Tropical Infectious Diseases Research & Education Centre (TIDREC) at the Universiti Malaya is the leader in this country’s tropical infectious diseases research and education. It is one of the 20 Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)’s Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) and the only one for tropical infectious diseases.

TIDREC houses the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Arbovirus Reference & Research, and recently has been designated as one of the only three global outposts of Tick Cell Biobank. During COVID-19 pandemic, TIDREC was designated as one of the 10 diagnostics laboratories under a Special COVID-19 Screening Team formed by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) to assist the Ministry of Health (MOH) to conduct 42,420 tests within 30 days. TIDREC also actively collaborate with local and international partner institutions, communities and industries to accelerate research on different aspects of COVID-19. TIDREC has a proven and successful track record of providing world class research and education in tropical infectious diseases, especially diseases that have potential impact on the global community.

Health Research & Education



Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) - Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Center (NANOCAT)

Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Center (NANOCAT) is a PTj incorporated by the Universiti Malaya (UM) in 2012, a Universiti Malaya Centre of Excellence (UMCOE). Its mission is to be a world leader in catalysis and nanotechnology coining sustainability and green technology. NANOCAT research thirst is deploying catalysis to support energy, chemical synthesis, environment pollution, and global warming mitigation as well as designing smart materials as a catalyst, sensor, nanocoating, and nanocomposites.

NANOCAT was given a status of Potential HICOE in 2013 in catalysis. The center has strived to attain a national status for HICoE (Ministry of Higher Education - MOHE) as well as Nanocenter (NNC, MESTECC) with strong support and commitment from UM. 




CoR-Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture (CEBAR)

Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture (CEBAR) is a Centre of Research Excellence (CoR) at the Universiti Malaya. CEBAR pursues multidisciplinary research leveraging Malaysia’s mega biodiversity to support a sustainable agricultural bioeconomy. CEBAR was established in 2005 in recognition of the need to strengthen the agricultural biosecurity scientific capacity of Malaysia.

Biotechnology / Agriculture


We invite you to explore the diversity of Universiti Malaya's Sustainability-Related Research Centers as we collaborate, innovate, and inspire change towards a more sustainable and equitable world. Universiti Malaya also comprises a numerous other centers of excellence and centers under the purview of UM Research Clusters or Faculties covering a wider spectrum of sustainability (but not involves in curriculum development, teaching and supervision). Information on other centers can be explored via Research@UM website: HERE

Last Update: 20/03/2024