Getting the right linkages
Conducting real research requires multiple capabilities. As a research group, proper selection of research members and their capabilities are of utmost importance. Of course, it�s not just about having a proper resumes or CVs, but the having the right chemistry (read: conducive environments) among the members. Collaboration and sharing are the keywords to success.
Getting people to work together to achieve a common aim is not an easy task. But, in order for any research team to succeed, this prerequisite must be fulfilled right from the onset, if possible. It takes time, but with persistence and sincere efforts, any stumbling blocks will be overcome. Of course a clear research vision will certainly help.
If collaboration is important among and between research team members, it is also of particular importance among research groups. There is no research group/team that is �big� enough to be able to cover the entire issues in solving the research problems at hand. A helping hand, coming from another research group, will be useful.
We are talking about research linkages, local and international. Other than getting recognition and reliable helping hands, having strong research linkages will ensure that the research output will be more easily accepted and vetted. In terms of research assistance, local/international research linkages will enable us to utilise equipment or set-up which are not within our immediate reach.
International linkages, especially, will be crucial for any research group perceived performance. The increase in research output quality will normally correlate to the increase in international linkages. As time progresses, quality of the research work will improve significantly, and it is quite a normal respond that everybody would like to be linked to that particular research team.
There is no harm in developing research linkages either locally or internationally. In fact, in the current scenario, it is a must, at every level of the research processes. For underwater research, we must put every effort to establish linkages with others, especially with the international research teams. We will be able to learn from their experiences, the least is not to repeat their mistakes.
Research linkages will, at the end, translates into access to experts and readily available resources. Door to other unknown opportunities will be opened, and we will certainly gain the extra miles in our endeavour to put Malaysia in the world map.
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