Greater coordination and strategic planning needed for Malaysia to fully embrace an innovation-driven growth model

KUALA LUMPUR, November 19, 2020 — Strengthening support for Malaysia’s public research organizations (PROs) and universities is crucial to revive growth which is innovation-driven to weather the current global crisis and achieve Malaysia’s aspirations of becoming a high-income nation, a new World Bank report finds.

The report, “Assessing the Effectiveness of Public Research Institutions: Fostering Knowledge Linkages and Transferring Technology in Malaysia” draws its findings from a new survey, which analyzes the levels of knowledge and technology transfer in the country. While research and development (R&D) funding, and improvements to policy have expanded in Malaysia over the years, more can be done as the it transitions to the league of high-income countries  like Singapore, Japan, South Korea in the region and others like Germany, France and the US.

Malaysia has seen rapid growth in the number of scientific publications, but without a corresponding increase in quality. According to data from

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