Centre for Research and Innovation

Centre for Research and Innovation


The Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) at Open University Malaysia was first established on 1st June 2003 as the Centre for Quality Management, Research and Innovation. Over the years, the centre had transformed through several stages. The aim of CRI is to increase the involvement of academic staff in research, publication and innovation. The investment in research and innovation should have an impact towards excellence in the provision of open and flexible education.


To be a leader in research and innovation in open and flexible learning.


To increase activities in research, publication and innovation particularly in the open and flexible education.


The objectives of CRI are:

a.     To drive institutional and collaborative research towards improving the educational programmes and services in OUM;

b.    To create initiatives towards establishing research projects funded by the university’s internal grant as well as external grants;

c.     To manage the progress of approved research projects for a successful and meaningful research output in the form of postgraduate students, publications and innovations;

d.    To create an environment that promotes research, publications and innovations; and

e.     To evaluate and to increasingly improve the university’s research capacity through MyRA.



I. Institutional and Collaborative Research Projects

The university recognising the importance of institutional and collaborative research efforts has supported the centre’s effort in establishing a number of research projects. CRI offers open invitation to academic staff to be part of such efforts. We would like to collaborate and support keen researchers, centres and institutions in establishing new research projects.

The university also has a good collaboration within the ASEAN region and beyond with the aim to be in the forefront of open and flexible education. CRI manages such efforts by ensuring a good working relationship with its collaborators and by widening the university’s research network.


II. Research Grants

Research activities at the university are supported through the establishment of an internal research grant. The OUM Internal Research Grant (IRG) application and related processes are managed by CRI. The process include the management of research applications (funded and non-funded), ensuring that the progress of the approved research projects are well-captured, process claims and use of budgets, and ensuring the completed research projects have meaningful outcome.

CRI also manages the acquisition of external research grants. One the largest body to provide such grants is the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) through several schemes such as the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS). Academic staff is invited to sign up in MyGrant system that manages MOHE grants at: (Click Here)


III. Publication: ASEAN Journal of Open and Distance Learning (AJODL)

CRI manages the publication of a regional open and distance learning journal known as ASEAN Journal of Open and Distance Learning (AJODL). It is a peer-reviewed journal aimed to support sharing of knowledge, experience, research efforts and findings pertaining to ODL and ASEAN. It is an open access journal that is indexed under the Malaysian Citation Index (MCI), the Thailand Citation Index (TCI) and ASEAN Citation Index (ACI). The journal is published online twice a year, every June and December. CRI welcomes all staff to submit their articles to the journal and submission is open throughout the year.

Staff is also encouraged to publish their work in other journals. The following are examples of reputable journals in open and distance education.

  • Malaysian Journal of Distance Education
  • Asian Association of Open Universities Journal
  • Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (indexed with DOAJ)
  • International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (indexed with DOAJ)
  • Open Praxis by ICDE (indexed with DOAJ)
  • Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning
  • International Journal of Lifelong Education
  • Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (Indexed with ERA)
  • Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (Indexed with ERA)
  • International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (Indexed with ERA)
  • Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning (Indexed with ERA)
  • Journal of Interactive Online Learning (Indexed with SCOPUS)


IV. Research Development Programmes and Support

CRI takes the necessary efforts to organize research workshops, seminars series and knowledge sharing sessions as part its initiatives to support professional academic development in research and innovation. 

In addition, CRI also manages the research equipment and software. The centre is progressively acquiring additional equipment and software to support research activities based on the current demand. The acquired research equipment and software are available for loan through the submission of the completed CRI Equipment Loan Form.


V. Research Evaluation through MyRA

CRI manages data concerning research in order to evaluate the universities performance in research and innovation. A key assessment system used by OUM is MyRA (Malaysian Research Assessment System) hosted by the Ministry of Higher Education.


Feedback, Enquiries and Complains

CRI is interested in what you have to say about the services provided by us. The feedback you provide will help us improve our services. Please answer all questions in this survey. (Link Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/PE1LVuguQJJCCrOE2)

For all Enquiries and Complains, please drop us an email at cri@oum.edu.my.