In Summary

  • New research partnership with University of Malaya (UM)
  • Includes a partnered PhD program
  • Established in 1949, UM is the oldest university in Malaysia

Swinburne has formalised a research partnership with one of Malaysia’s most research intensive institutions, University of Malaya (UM).

The partnership will bring together researchers from UM and Swinburne to collaborate on joint research projects and supervision of PhD students through a partnered PhD agreement. 

PhD students who graduate under the agreement will be awarded degrees from both Swinburne and UM.

Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, oversaw the signing of the partnered PhD agreement between the two universities in Kuala Lumpur.

“We are pleased to partner with University of Malaya, which has a proven international reputation in engineering and technology,” Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Professor Aleksandar Subic says.

“This partnership aligns well with Swinburne’s strategic direction. The agreement will help us strengthen our research links through joint supervision of PhD students and by providing staff and students with new opportunities for international research engagement.”

An ongoing partnership

For many years, Swinburne has worked with UM through individual researcher links and joint research projects, especially in the field of engineering.

The first joint research symposium between the two universities was held in early 2015 with the focus on smart grids, housing, water resource management, age-assistive technologies, migration, biotechnology and engineering.

About University of Malaya

Established in 1949, UM is the oldest University in Malaysia. In 2015, UM was ranked 146th in the world by the QS World University Rankings. UM was also ranked 29th in the QS Asian University Rankings, 3rd in Southeast Asia and was the highest ranked learning institution in Malaysia.