Congratulation! IOES is awarded as HICoE


Thrust: Research and Innovation
Niche Area: Air-Ocean-Land Interactions

Brief History of CoE
The Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya has its roots in the University of Malaya Maritime Research Centre (UMMReC) which was established in 2003 in response to the national call for more concerted research in the marine sciences, considering the importance of Malaysia’s abundant marine heritage as well as to coordinate and lead all research activities and consultancies in marine and maritime research at the University of Malaya. The establishment of IOES was approved by the University of Malaya Management on 23 October 2007 and officially launched on 17 January 2008. The IOES was approved by the University of Malaya Board of Directors and under the management of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Office (Research & Innovation) on 17 April 2008. 

The IOES received further accolade by being recognised as a Marine Centre of Excellence (COE) under the National Oceanography Directorate (NOD), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The uniqueness of IOES lies in its multidisciplinary team of distinguished researchers who are leading scientists in the areas of mangrove ecology, algae biotechnology, coastal eco-engineering, air-ocean interaction and climate change, maritime law and maritime culture. In the IOES, the blend of natural scientists and social scientists provide a formidable team to respond to both scientific and socio-economic issues confronting the coastal and maritime systems.

Function of CoE
The Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), conducts research and undertakes education and technology development in ocean and earth sciences. The research mission of this institute is to achieve international excellence, lead in national and regional research programmes, and to be a leading academic centre for ocean and earth sciences in the region. The function of the Institute is three-pronged: Research, Academic Training and Technology Development, which it carries out through its members helming seven Research Units, namely 

  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Studies Research Unit
  • Marine Biotechnology Research Unit
  • Marine Connectivity Research Unit
  • Air-Ocean-Land Interaction Studies and Climate Change Research Unit
  • Coastal Processes Studies and Coastal Engineering Research Unit
  • Maritime Culture & Geopolitics Research Unit
  • Maritime Law and Policy Research Unit

The main strengths of IOES lie in the diversity, depth and range of expertise available, particularly in the rare expertise of maritime law and policy, political science and international relations, socio-economics, maritime history, culture and geopolitics, climate change, marine geology, mangrove ecology, marine biotechnology, marine biodiversity and marine genomics. These combined research strengths, unique in the Malaysian scenario, will allow IOES to integrate multidisciplinary approaches to the study of fundamental scientific problems and to discover new and novel products and processes in our oceans. 

Since its establishment in 2008, IOES has researched and published widely on areas of tropical marine biodiversity and ecology, marine biotechnology, coastal rehabilitation and engineering, air-ocean-earth interactions, and established the “Journal of Maritime Culture and Geopolitics“, the first such journal in the country. This is addition to the IOES Monograph Series that is published by the IOES.

Objective of the IOES-CoE 

  • To understand the influence of Air-Ocean-Land Interactions on land and its biota through transdisciplinary approaches
  • To direct these interactions to the forecasting of storms & other impacts, their mitigation and to useful applications


Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences
C308, Institute of Advanced Studies Building,
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur,

Tel: (+603) 7967 4640 / 6995
Fax: (+603) 7967 6994
Email: admin.ioes@um.edu.my

Office Hours 
Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: Closed