Malaysia’s Research Star Awards 2019 recognize the country’s most outstanding researchers

(6 Nov 2019)  Clarivate Analytics, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, and Malaysia’s Ministry of Education (MOE) today unveiled the Malaysia’s Research Star Awards 2019 to recognize the country’s most outstanding researchers. This is the fifth time that the two parties have jointly presented this award to honor the most promising and influential researchers in Malaysia. YBHG. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Gazali Bin Abas, Secretary General of MOE, and YBHG. Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir, Director General of Higher Education of MOE attended the awards ceremony in Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur.

This year, eight researchers and two universities were awarded the Malaysia’s Research Star Awards, which are categorized as Hot Review Paper (one awardee) and Research and Innovation Excellence (seven researcher awardees and two university awardees). They span a variety of research disciplines, including engineering, information and communication technology, clinical and health sciences, natural sciences and social sciences.

Jeroen Prinsen, Vice President and Head of Australasia and Southeast Asia at Clarivate Analytics said: “We are honored to partner with Malaysia’s MOE for the fifth consecutive year to recognize the country’s most outstanding researchers for their exceptional research performance. We have been working closely with Malaysian institutions to support and drive research excellence and we look forward to continuing the longstanding partnership. By accelerating the pace of innovation, economic growth will be positively impacted.”

Malaysia’s Research Star Award 2019 Recipients

No. Award Category Name of Recipient University Research Area
1 Hot Review Paper Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Abdul Wahab Mohammad Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Engineering
2 Research and Innovation Excellence Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abd Rahman Ahmad Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia Social Science
3 Research and Innovation Excellence Prof. Ts. Dr. Ruzairi Abdul Rahim Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Technology and Engineering
4 Research and Innovation Excellence Prof. Dr. Tan Chin Ping Universiti Putra Malaysia Natural Sciences and National Heritage
5 Research and Innovation Excellence Prof. Dr. Uda Hashim Universiti Malaysia Perlis Pure and Applied Science
6 Research and Innovation Excellence Prof. Datin Dr. Ruzy Suliza Hashim Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Arts and Applied Arts
7 Research and Innovation Excellence Prof. Dr. Sazaly Abu Bakar Universiti Malaya Clinical and Health Sciences
8 Research and Innovation Excellence Prof. Dr. Loo Chu Kiong Universiti Malaya Information and Communication Technology
9 Research and Innovation Excellence Universiti Malaya
10 Research and Innovation Excellence Universiti Malaya Pahang


Recipients of the Hot Review Paper Award are nominated based on the number of citations of papers within a defined period. According to the Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company, a hot review paper is defined as “a paper published in the past two years that received a number of citations in the most recent two-month period that places it in the top 0.1% of papers in the same field”.

The Research and Innovation Excellence Award aims to recognize researchers and universities for their strong scholarly and innovation output. One Research University and one Non-Research University will be recognized for excelling in applied research with commercial potential, based on their filed patents. Award recipients are nominated based on metrics such as the number of Web of Science papers, overall Category Normalized Citation Impact[i] (CNCI), industry collaboration and patent-based metrics (number of patents, number of inventions and patent strength score) derived from Derwent Innovation™, a leading patent research platform from Clarivate Analytics.

On a related note, fifteen researchers from Malaysia earned the distinction of being named amongst the world’s most influential 4,000+ scientists – as determined by their peers around the globe. They were named by Clarivate Analytics as 2018 Highly Cited Researchers for having published the greatest number of articles ranking among the top 1% worldwide by citations received in their respective fields in each paper’s year of publication. They received their 2018 Highly Cited Researcher certificates from Clarivate Analytics during the event.

The original press release is here.