UNICEF works with the academia in Malaysia to create knowledge and evidence about children in the country focusing on health, education and protection:
§ HELP University College
HELP University College offers tertiary-level study, including research and development especially in psychology. In 2005, UNICEF worked with the Centre for Psychology for programs in psychosocial support for children affected by the tsunami, and is currently collaborating with the Centre and the Ministry of Education on the Safe Schools Initiative to reduce bullying and develop Positive Discipline as an alternative to corporal punishment.
§ International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
IIUM was established in 1983 as an international centre of educational excellence which integrates Islamic revealed knowledge and values in all disciplines. UNICEF is working with the University’s Institute of Education (INSTED) to evaluate the Supplementary Reading Program (SRP) for rural and remote schools of Sabah and Sarawak.
§ University Putra Malaysia (UPM)
From its beginnings in 1971 as an agricultural-based university, UPM has continued to develop and has expanded its frontiers in various disciplines such as engineering, medical sciences, pure sciences, economics, management, education, languages, communication and other fields. UNICEF is working with the Department of Community Health within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences on a preliminary assessment of the direct and indirect socio-economic impact of AIDS on children.