Priorities

Monash is committed to research that matters. Our researchers set out to achieve results that make a difference to people’s lives.

At Monash Malaysia, our researchers are working hard in such fields as health, social and economic transformation, and the environment.

Our international, multidisciplinary approach brings together researchers from different fields, faculties, campuses and universities and allows us to develop strengths in specific areas and set research priorities to benefit the communities we serve. Monash Malaysia researchers benefit particularly from being part of the Monash global footprint, which takes in China, India, the UK , Italy, South Africa, Australia and, of course, Malaysia.

Areas of priority

At Monash Malaysia, our current research priorities include:

Tropical medicine and biology

The Tropical Medicine and Biology Multidisciplinary platform was set up in 2013. It undertakes a multidisciplinary approach to themes in medicine and biology that are particularly relevant to the region of the world we live in.

The Platform has concentrated its research efforts in three key areas – Genomics, Telemedicine, Immunity and Infection. In Genomics the ability to rapidly sequence DNA, and assembly and interpret genomes has transformed the study of biology. Telemedicine, the use of telecommunication to provide clinical care at a distance and to connect healthcare professionals, combines the power of information and communications technology with new developments in Medicine. The Immunity and Infection cluster is concerned with outcomes that reduce infection and boost immunity in the tropics. In particular, the Cluster focuses on dengue and related diseases.

Visit Tropical Medicine and Biology for more information and engagement opportunities.

Advanced engineering

Manufacturing is the main driver of economic growth among the ASEAN group of nations, but the region’s global competitiveness is slipping. Regional economies need to invest in frontier technologies, which creates demand for advanced engineering – particularly in the areas of energy, resources and sustainable processes.

To contribute to improvements in this area , Monash Multidisciplinary Platform of Advanced Engineering (or Advanced Engineering Platform known as AEP) is established to undertake frontier research and educational innovation in engineering and technology that will contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic development of society in the South-East Asia. Although the Advanced Engineering Platform aims at the most important and frontier research of national urgent demands, the AEP presently focuses on 3 Clusters, namely, (a) Green Electronics, (b) Emerging Priorities that consists of 3 key areas; Sustainable Water Management, Nanostructures and Advanced Materials and Biomedical Engineering and applications, and (c) Research-led Education Innovations.

For more information, please visit the Advanced Engineering Platform website

Global Asia in the 21st Century (GA21)

GA21 will take a leading role in identifying and researching key issues that impact Asia, its communities and beyond. This research platform has identified 6 primary clusters that academics within Monash University Malaysia research individually and collaboratively. These are (1) Society, Culture and Values, (2) Health and Wellbeing, (3) Media, Technology and Society, (4) Market Analytics, (5) Halal Ecosystems and (6) Sustainable Development.

South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO)

SEACO is a health and demographic surveillance system (DHSS) located in peninsular Malaysia. It was established as a research platform by an international partnership of universities. SEACO was established intentionally and explicitly as a generic research platform capable of supporting a wide range of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research in the clinical and biomedical sciences, the social sciences, economics, education, and environmental sciences.

Click here to stay in touch with our dedicated team at SEACO.

Brain Research Institute at Monash Sunway (BRIMS)

BRIMS has been operating for the past six years and is a component of the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. It is Monash University's main institute for neuroscience research and is led by one of the world's leading comparative neuroscientists Professor Ishwar Parhar.

Explore more on neuroscience here at BRIMS

Other research areas

At Monash Malaysia, we also have research nodes for the following important Monash initiatives: