In support to the third thrust of National Higher Education Strategic Plan (NHESP) and moving towards gearing up the level of the countrys research and development (R&D) and innovation, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) finds that there is a need to recognise the potential centres of excellence (CoEs) in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in order to further leap them towards internationalisation. The recognition of HICoE by MOHE is to indentify best of the best CoE in HEIs at national level.
The first evaluation exercise of HICoE was undertaken in 2008. From 142 applications, 6 CoEs in 5 public HEIs have met the stringent requirements. With the approval of the Cabinet, on the recommendation of MoHE, the approved CoEs were formally designated to be HICoE on 30th October 2009. The efforts of identifying and acknowledging the achievement of CoEs in HEIs will encourage them to work towards becoming a global leader in their research niche areas. Thus, HICoE will be supported and facilitated by MoHE so that they will become the focused vehicles that will drive R&D and innovation agenda particularly in fundamental research, as well as contributing to human capital development.