Today I visited the campus of the Technology University, Malaysia (University Teknologi Malaysia – UTM) in Johor Bahru. This university has another campus in Kuala Lumpur, next to the Petronas Towers.

University of Malaysia

UTM is one of only five research universities among the 20 universities in Malaysia. The university has seen extraordinary growth and improvement in international rankings and aspires to rank among the 50 top universities in the world by 2020. The research institutions are evaluated annually and have a clear policy on their productivity and support for research groups. This policy was recently implemented and its success in the last couple of years is evident, with some of its areas of study leading the field in Malaysia. The research institutions have strong ties with some of the best universities in the world and work in conjunction with their government to study lines of research with a national interest. For example, a study is currently underway to develop an institution for tropical deseases, as part of the joint effort of various research groups.


It was an interesting day which allowed me the opportunity to work together with Professor Sabberi and his group on a joint project “Gene knockout identification for metabolite production improvement”, and to meet with the Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, along with members of his team, with whom we will work together to establish research projects in different areas of mutual interest between the University of Salamanca and UTM.

Although the 3,500 doctoral students are still a minority in this University, many are foreign students who pay for their own studies. The University aims to increase the number of graduate students to 50% of the student body. To this end, they will make significant investments in strengthening its graduate programmes and its research structure in particular.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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