By 2020, the Institute for Youth Research (IYRES) is stepping into a new phase with a spirit to strive for excellence as a renowned youth development institution at a national and international level. Malaysia is one of the first Commonwealth country since 2006 to develop the Malaysian Youth Index (IBM) with the aim of measuring the quality and well-being of youth comprehensively. Moreover, the index can also implement periodic monitoring and evaluation of youth development from time to time in a more consistent manner. In extension to the nation’s well-being measurement and evaluation, IYRES once again received global recognition through the development of Malaysian Sports Culture Index 2018, which measures the level of Malaysian’s sports culture to acquire a holistic sports culture ecosystem. This sports culture index is in line with the 11th Malaysia Plan, which targets 50% of Malaysians to adopt sports culture by 2020. IYRES’s capability to remain as pioneer in youth development research in Malaysia has gained attention not only from within the Ministries, Departments, and Government Agencies, in fact, IYRES’s research findings are often referred by international bodies such as UNICEF and World Bank Malaysia.
In line with the advancement of industrial revolution 4.0, IYRES has begun to develop a Youth Hub Data Platform (Ydata System, eMYInd, Youth Profile) as one of the initiatives to disseminate research findings and youth-related data in Malaysia. In addition to conducting various research activities, organizing conferences, workshops, seminars, journals publications and pamphlets on research findings, and other initiatives, IYRES intends that these information be referred by all stakeholders who have interest in youth development while planning high impact programs designed for youth in Malaysia. Therefore, IYRES welcomes any organizations that are interested in collaborating with us through research and related activities in hope to enhance the quality and well-being of youth in Malaysia.
DR. VELLAPANDIAN PONNUSAMY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF IYRES