EMIR Research & ACER signed a MOA
Focus Malaysia 12 Sep 2018 17:04
Emerging Markets Innovative Research (M) Sdn Bhd (EMIR Research) and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to collaborate on research programs and initiatives which will apply international best practices in educational development in Malaysia and the ASEAN Region.

Datuk Dr. Marzuki Mohamad, Co-founder and Director of EMIR Research witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the organisations to work together on research programs for educational development in Malaysia and the ASEAN region. This is the first such MOA in Malaysia that sees two distinguished independent research entities coming together on educational research and development.

Under the MOA, the collaboration will see both EMIR Research and ACER undertake joint national research projects in the areas of policy review, assessment for learning, national surveys, education quality evaluation and impact studies. They will also perform an advisory role and recommend best practices from global projects and contexts across K12 and Higher Education, primarily in Malaysia as well as within the ASEAN region. The collaboration would also include developing joint research programs, assessments, and selection testing with focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), employee capability assessments and other areas of relevance to the region.

“Our collaboration with ACER is an expansion of EMIR Research’s social and education cornerstone to address policy advisory and recommendations based on international best practices. EMIR Research has a board comprising of 7 subject matter experts including Prof. Dato’Dr. Mohamad Sahari Nordin, Datuk Dr. Marzuki Mohamad, Prof. Emeritus Dr. Mohamad Sulaiman, Prof. Dr. Ismail Sheikh Ahmad, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tunku Mohar Tunku Mohd Mokhtar, Assoc. Prof. Dr Tunku Badariah Yunku Ahmad, Assoc.Prof Dr.Burhan Ibrahim, Dr Lai Soon Wong and Assoc. Prof. Dr Gairuzazmi Ghani.

“I believe we will be able to leverage each other’s strengths to produce optimal results, as ACER has extensive expertise in educational research, assessment and evaluation and, most importantly, the relevant tools that will complement EMIR Research.

“Everywhere in the world, education is the core foundation of nation building. Our focus will be on research-based outcomes instead of outcome-based research which will form narratives derived from independent findings and facts. International collaboration will be key for us to provide recommendations of an international standard and based on best practice. With this we aim to provide recommendations to the government and other educational institutions, giving an unbiased view on policy options,” said Dato Hj’ Dr. Rais Hussin Hj Mohamed Ariff, President of EMIR Research.

Peter McGuckian, ACER Director, International Development said, “This is indeed another milestone for ACER in the region. Engaging local research partners in country is a critical element of our expansion and we are excited about the collaboration with EMIR Research as an independent research entity in Malaysia. We are impressed with EMIR Research’s expertise, which includes senior researchers from all over Malaysia, as well as its focus on supporting government and policymakers in policy implementation and evaluation.

“This collaboration will be an extension of the existing work with the Ministry of Education on the regional assessment program – South East Asia Primary Learning Metric (SEA-PLM) commissioned by UNICEF. ACER is looking forward to collaborating with EMIR Research on the educational development front, especially in Malaysia and subsequently throughout the ASEAN region”.

The event also coincides with the opening of ACER’s first office in Malaysia, headed by Ms Kris Sundarsagar as its Country Representative.

ACER is one of the world’s leading not-for-profit educational research organisations, specialising in research and evaluation, the provision of assessment services, advisory support and professional development to governments and educational organisations. Over the years ACER has been engaged in significant collaborative work with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as the leading partner in a consortium responsible for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). ACER is an official partner of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, and has worked in over 60 countries through its research and assessment services with offices in Australia, UK, UAE, India and Indonesia.

Both EMIR Research and ACER are strategically aligned in their aim to provide research-based evidence and expert advice on educational best practices, and in acknowledging the benefits that international cooperation in policy research, high quality assessment, professional learning and accreditation can bring in raising standards in education and other relevant sectors.

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