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Begins with its establishment on 5 July 2010, Centre for Socioeconomic Development (CSD) has consistently continued to work towards narrowing the socioeconomic inequalities among people in the east coast. CSD has established a wide range of cooperation with institutes of excellence in UMT, to act as a professional resource centre, research, consultancy and training in an environment of eastern coastal region. CSD and the government with NGO’s also involved in developing a variety of strategies and action plans effectively for the purpose of community development, including the filling of knowledge to the school students, coastal communities and groups involved in the tourism industry of the island and the beach. A partnership was formed with the Ministry of Agriculture and Industry (MOA) and agencies under the ministry, such as the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) and the Department of Fisheries Malaysia with UMT by organizing national conferences of the National Conference on Fishermen Community Development (PEKON 2012). This conference brought together a range of information and efforts to develop the groups involved in the fishing industry.
Previously, CSD has two main programs namely lakeside community research, led by Dr. Roslina Ismail and coastal communities research program led by Dr. Sh Marzety Adibah Al Sayed Mohamad. CSD strength anchored by the ability of academics and researchers who are knowledgeable and experts in the field of social and economic development. With these capabilities, the focus is aligned with the issues – local issues, focusing on policies and priorities in the transformation agenda of national development.
Starting from 1 December 2016, Centre for Socioeconomic Development changed to Division of Socioeconomic Development led by Dr. Nor Hayati binti Sa’at (IPK Deputy Director). Dr. Khatijah binti Omar was appointed as Program Chair of Lakeshore and Mountain Community Research while Dr. Hazman bin Samsudin was appointed as Program Chair of Coastal and Island Community Research.