Introduction

 

 

CENTRE FOR HUMAN RESOURCE STUDIES (CHREST) UKM

The Centre for Human Resource Studies (CHREST) is a research centre under the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. It was established on 1 May 2011. The centre aims to gather expertise in the related fields, to publish and disseminate research findings to the community, to become referral centre at the national and international levels, to obtain research grants for members and to establish networking with the national and international bodies. To reach its goal, CHREST benefits from its advisory board members consisting of well known academicians around the world. CHREST is a scholarly research community for scholars involved in the practice and study of human resource development and labour economics. CHREST was founded on the purpose of not only promoting academic research in the field of human resource development and labour economics but also encouraging the intellectual development of scholars through round table discussions, workshops and conferences. In order to be relevant to policy makers, CHREST is working closely with the National Institute of Human Resource (ISMK), a research unit under the Ministry of Human Resource Malaysia.

Human resource is one of the important inputs in the production process. At the macro level, the quality of human resource will contribute to higher economic growth and development. In the era of knowledge-based economy, human capital is a crucial element in churning creativity and innovation. Human capital can be enhanced through human capital investment like education and training. At the organizational levels, human resource must be managed properly to avoid any kind of market distortion that can affect efficiency and productivity, hence jeopardize economic growth and development.

CHREST has six main objectives:

1.To gather expertise in the related fields

2.To publish and disseminate research findings to the community

3.To become referral centre at the national and international level

4.To obtain research grants for staff and students

5.To establish networking with the national and international bodies

6.To recommend policies for efficient human resource development.