Things may not look as bleak for the Malaysian education system as three of the country's academics are among the world’s leading scientific minds.
The scholars who made the Thomson Reuters “The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” are: Prof Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad from Universiti Sains Malaysia’s school of chemical engineering, Prof Dr Ishak Hakim from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s science and technology faculty and Prof Dr Saidur Rahman from University Malaya’s engineering faculty.
The business information firm said in a press release those in the list had earned their distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that were most frequently cited by fellow researchers.
Science and innovation are strong drivers of the future – and these people are making that future come to life,” said Basil Moftah, president, Thomson Reuters IP & Science.
The report is based on two separate studies, both drawing on data and commentary from Thomson Reuters bibliometric experts via InCites Essential Science Indicators, the world’s leading web-based research analytics platform.
The first analysis, an annual study performed by Thomson Reuters, spotlights the scientific community’s emerging trends and the innovators behind them by ranking the scientists, or hottest researchers, who recently published at least 15 papers with notably higher levels of citations.
The second, longer-range study updates the world’s most influential researchers listing, also known as the most Highly Cited Researchers.
Thomson Reuters collaborated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and producer of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, to create the list.
The local scholars’ inclusion into the Reuters rankings provides a glimmer of hope for varsities struggling to make a dent on the global stage.
The Malaysian Insider reported on June 19 that Malaysia’s public universities failed to make the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2014, where no local tertiary institution made it to the top 100.
The failure to even rank among other countries in the region follows Malaysia’s absence in other THE rankings such as the Times Higher Education World Reputation rankings list released in March, losing out to other Southeast Asian countries.
This despite the Education Ministry received RM38.7 billion in 2013 and has been allocated RM54 billion this year – the biggest allocation yet.
“The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” is the third of such a list by Thomson Reuters, with the first published in 2001. – June 26, 2014.