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Kenyir Research Institute: The Way Forward

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu is endeavouring to complement its multi-disciplinary and social innovation oriented research capability. Towards that end, the Kenyir Research Institute led at that time by Emeritus Professor Dr. Faizah binti Mohd Sharoum was established at the end of 2013. The excellence was continued under the leadership of Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohd Tajuddin bin Abdullah starting from 1 October 2016. It is the aspiration of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu to fulfill the commitment of the state government to make Kenyir the top “nature tourism destination” in the region as a model of a rural development area from the perspective of environmental sustainability and social well-being.

The importance of Lake Kenyir for biological diversity, aquatic resources, knowledge tourism, socio-economics, as well as the unique cultural heritage of the local community, provides a wealth of research opportunities to support the Kenyir Research Institute’s development into the country’s premier research centre.

The Federal Government is fully supportive of this noble cause and channels funds for the development of the Kenyir Research Station, which looks set to be acentrefor education and research in Southeast Asia. For example, the rich biodiversity around Lake Kenyir has attracted biologists from the institute to conduct taxonomic and ecological research to help conserve its biodiversity. The uniqueness of Lake Kenyir, which preserves the treasures of the Mesolithic community in Bewah Cave, can also inspire visitors to understand the richness of the natural heritage in Lake Kenyir.

The artificial lake covering an area of 260,000 hectares, is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia and has been deemedsuitable for development as a National Geopark. Thus, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu has taken preliminary steps with the help and cooperation of several federal and state agencies to achieve this intent.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu’s vision has the full support of the state government and it is hoped that Lake Kenyir and the surrounding tropical forest with 2,500 species of plants, 8,000 species of flowers, 360 species of birds and 300 species of fish can be elevated as a Global Geopark and recognised by UNESCO similar to the one in Langkawi, Kedah.

The establishment of the Kenyir Research Institute (see chart below) is the aspiration of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu to fulfil the state government’s commitment to make Lake Kenyir the top “nature tourism destination” in the region from the perspective of contributing new knowledge to ensure environmental sustainability and social well-being of people living around Lake Kenyir.

Research focus:

1. Biodiversity and Conservation

2. Aquatic Resources

3. Knowledge Tourism

4. Community Socio-economics

5. Cultural Heritage of the Local Community

Ongoing projects:

1. Freshwater Pearl Farming/Red Mahseer Breeding

2. Aquaponics for the Local Community

3. Research Programme for the Lakeshore Community

5. Health Research on the Lake Kenyir Ecosystem and the Surrounding Forest

6. Project HarimauSelamanya


Special Interest Group (SIG) Strategic Development Plan : Please click here.