Faculty research is considered pivotal in sustaining the currency of academic outputs and in promoting scholarly culture of teaching and learning within or outside the institute. The ability to research is therefore considered important so that the institute is able to attract, develop and retain faculty talent.

Besides helping advance knowledge and reputation for faculty members and the institute, faculty research efforts often complement and contribute towards the generation and the use of current and relevant data and cases for teaching and learning, and in promoting scholarly culture of teaching and learning.

Faculty research primarily focus on the discovery and application of knowledge, including dissemination, preferably through publication in refereed journals, authored and edited books, chapters in edited books, development of new courses or electives, development of cases and other teaching materials (must be actually used), contributions to pedagogy (including new pedagogy, simulations and multimedia materials), publication of conference proceedings, conference papers, monographs, non-peer reviewed, special reports and program evaluations.

Through the discovery of knowledge both new and applied, research efforts of the institute should not only facilitate innovation in teaching/training practices but also benefit the public in general. It is imperative that the institute develop and implement a sustainable knowledge management system by developing the faculty research capacity. Due importance shall be given to both the upstream research (discoveries, new knowledge and basic research) and downstream research (innovation, industry converting new knowledge into products beneficial to the community) needs. The institute recognizes the importance of establishing partnerships and linkages with the industry through research projects.

Faculty research is defined as any research activity whether academic or otherwise, undertaken by any faculty member (s) of the institute. For example, research can be individual or personal, institutional, funded or non-funded, joint, etc.

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