Centres of Excellence (Centres of Excellence, CoE) were established with the aim to drive Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to stay competitive in the various fields of research, expertise and services both at the national and international level. The diversity of established CoE is an ongoing effort to acculturate and improve the quality of research and development (R&D) as well as other services offered by IHE.
The third core of the National Education Strategic Plan (NESP) is to strengthen research and innovation. In line with this aspiration, the Ministry of Higher Education aims to create 20 world class international CoE by the year 2020. The recognition of a CoE at the Institutions of Higher Education is a step towards it becoming a Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) of International repute.
Up to 31st December 2010, six (6) Centres of Excellence (CoEs) were established as HICoE. Through the injection of funds, recognized CoEs will be nurtured, guided and monitored to enable them to boost their achievement in their specific fields at highly competitive regional and international levels.
List of (HICoE)
1. UM Centre of Research for Power Electronics, Drives, Automation & Control (UMPEDAC), Universiti Malaya: Renewable Energy
2. UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia: Cancer Biomarkers
3. Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM), Universiti Sains Malaysia: Diagnostics Platforms
4. Institute of Bioscience (IBS), Universiti Putra Malaysia: Animal Vaccines and Therapeutic
5. Centre for Drug Research (CDR), Universiti Sains Malaysia: Behavioral Research in Addiction
6. Accounting Research Institute (ARI), Universiti Teknologi MARA: Islamic Finance Criminology
Source: Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia