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About The Centre for Poverty and Development Studies

 

The Centre for Poverty and Development Studies was set up at the Faculty of Economics & Administration University of Malaya, as a reference point for academic work, research and consultancy for poverty and rural development to serve the academic community, the general public, policy makers and the international community. It was officially launched by Malaysia\\\'s Prime Minister then, YAB. Dato\\\' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the 9th of November 2006, with the establishment of The Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair.

 

 

Rational of The Centre

 

The setting up a Centre for Poverty and Development Studies is timely and it is envisaged that the Centre would become a critical reference point for academic work, research and consultancy for poverty and rural development serving the academic community, the general public, policy makers and the international community. The Centre will also help develop new approaches and methodologies in the study of poverty as well provide consultancies and technical assistance in improving the understanding of life in the rural areas and amongst poverty groups. The Centre will also help increase accessibility to and dissemination of information pertaining to rural communities and poverty groups through the creation of data bases, publications, seminars and conferences as well as through the internet and the media. The Centre will also contribute towards capacity building in the rural areas especially amongst the poor encouraging the incorporation of local and indigenous knowledge in the development process.

 


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To promote research in areas of strategic importance and encourage the publication and dissemination of results to the academic and wider communities of interest. It is imperative that active links between research and teaching be promoted.
b)

To demonstrate an innovative inter-disciplinary response to research on poverty and rural development issues and foster strategic alliances with stakeholders , in the spheres of academic, professional, and community activities.

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To establish a profile of excellence in the development and delivery of postgraduate tuition and research in relation to the broad field of poverty and rural studies Through innovative teaching and research methods and collaboration with other academic and professional partners it will be possible to contribute to the attainment of excellence in teaching and research.
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To strengthen links between government bodies, commercial interests, and the wider community through commitment to knowledge transfer, networking, and pragmatic dissemination of information. The Centre would aim to become the major focal point for information on poverty and rural issues within the country and in the international arena.
e)

To play a formative role in the production of resource materials, including books, reports, and web-based information relating to the wider themes of poverty and rural development.

 

 

Objectives of The Centre

 

One of the main objectives in establishing the Centre is to chart new research directions and enhance academic excellence in the area of poverty studies at the University of Malaya and in the broader Malaysian academic community.

The specific objectives of the centre are to:-


a)


Organise joint research projects and to undertake comparative studies on poverty and rural development and amongst rural communities and in remote and marginalised areas.

b)

To develop new approaches and methodologies that are suitable for poverty and rural studies.

c)

Organise conferences, seminars and workshops and courses and prepare reports related to poverty and rural issues.

d)


Provide consultancy services and technical aid to preserve the culture and heritage of rural communities e.g. the aboriginal people and to enhance understanding amongst the general public of the special quality of rural life and its inherent charms.

e)


To improve accessibility to information pertaining to rural communities and poverty groups through publications and written materials , audio, videos and the internet.

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To enhance capacity building in the rural areas in obtaining, disseminating and using information resources which encourage endogenous development.

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Develop research skills and products of high quality which are internationally accepted thereby contributing to sustainable development.

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Encourage cooperation between the government and the private and educational sectors through the sharing of best practices in integrated development activities.

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Develop research and development techniques that make use of advanced communication technologies.

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Utilise Malaysia\'s success and experience as a developing country undertaking poverty alleviation programmes as lessons for other developing countries in the formulation of policies and programmes for poverty alleviation in their countries.

 

 



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