UM COLLABORATES WITH REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN TO SPEARHEAD MALAYSIA AGEING & RETIREMENT SURVEY
On 7 March 2018, University of Malaya (UM) through the Social Security Research Centre (SSRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Regents of the University of Michigan. The official signing of the MoU marks another milestone in the development of UM as a research university.
The MoU was signed by the Vice-Chancellor of UM, Datuk Ir. Abdul Rahim Hashim and Professor Dr. David Weir, the Director of Health and Retirement Study and also a Research Professor in the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.
This MoU facilitates collaborative efforts to embark on one of SSRC’s flagship projects, Malaysia Ageing and Retirement Survey (MARS). MARS is a nationwide longitudinal study involving about 9000 respondents aged 40 years and older covering five core components of ageing and retirement. These include family support and living arrangement, health, health care utilization, psychosocial and cognition, work, employment and retirement, income and consumption, and financial, housing and wealth. MARS will generate a powerful and rich longitudinal micro-level database on understanding ageing and retirement issues, which will provide useful input for the Blueprint for Active Ageing Malaysia for the promotion and improvement of the wellbeing of older persons.
In this project, SSRC also collaborates with Department of Statistics Malaysia, UM’s Julius Centre at the Faculty of Medicine, and the Population Studies Unit at the Faculty of Economics and Administration.
University of Michigan will provide technical support for MARS as well as training of Malaysian academics, Department of Statistics Malaysia and U.S professionals in state-of-the-art social science research method, according to Professor Dr. David Weir, the Director of Health and Retirement Study (HRS), University of Michigan.