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Malaysia K4C Hub (Mizan)

Mizan K4C Hub is a project under Mizan Research Centre (MRC) which is a Malaysian local training hub located in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). The hub is established under the Knowledge for Change (K4C) Global Consortium for Training in Community Based Research, which is an initiative of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, a joint chair supported by the University of Victoria in Canada and the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in India.
MRC conducts regular workshops providing teaching and learning of skills in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to researchers, academics, students and community workers along with promoting its core objectives of establishment to promote sustainable living and environment. It aims to widen the practice of CBPR in the country with community engagement seeking to pave for change towards betterment of the community by the community.


Name of the hub: Mizan K4C Hub


  • Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
  • Malay Agricultural Settlement (M.A.S) Kampong Bharu
  • Majlis Belia Malaysia


Administrative home: Mizan Research Centre (MRC), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)


Potential students:
  • University academics and researchers;
  •  undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • NGOs: Members of MBM, community associations
  • Public & public authority officers


Resource persons: Mentors:

  • Associate Professor DrMahazan Abdul Mutalib
  • Dr Izawati Wook
  • Miss Khairiyah Lani

Advisors :

  • Emeritus Prof. Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abd Razak
  • Emeritus Prof Dato’ Dr Hood Mohd Salleh

Others relevant to CBPR and teams from civil society organisations are invited to participate in the network..


Training Program Workshop – 5 days


  • Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Nilai, Negeri Sembilan;
  • Malay Agricultural Settlement (M.A.S) Kampong Bharu, Kuala Lumpur; or
  • Majlis Belia Malaysia (MBM) / Malaysia Youth Council


Program objective
  • To impart knowledge on theory and practice of CBPR to improve the overall impacts of community-based research for the betterment of society.
  • To instil values and ethics of CBPR for researchers, students, community activists, and public at large.
  • To develop and practice skills in CBPR in the design of the CBPR proposal, methods, data analysis, finding dissemination.


Program outcome On the completion of the program, participants should be able to

  • Understand the theory and practice of CBPR
  • Understand the methods and approaches of conducting CBPR
  • Practice values and ethics of CBPR
  • Practice skills necessary in conducting CBPR via learning by doing approach


Focus of the Hub in Relation to UN SDGs The Mizan K4C Hub, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia committed to support all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by providing necessary capacity building courses in relation to doing action research with the collaboration of community. Specifically, the Mizan K4C Hub to date focus mostly on the issues of community development, promoting sustainable livelihood at all areas of residence, promoting indigenous concept of living or the Sejahtera Living, supporting activities to develop leadership capacity at community level, and advocating Sejahtera Education to produce balanced individual. The Mizan K4C Hub strives to promote fairness and justice by focusing on the concept of inclusivity in doing research by also engaging the indigenous people of Malaysia along with other major races of the country.


Mizan K4C Hub and the Objectives of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM0 is the 12th public university of Malaysia. Established in the year 1999, USIM strives to become an Islamic University that able to answer the needs of community by becoming a university that engage community and industry in most of it academic and research activities. USIM has a social responsibility to transform students that are graduated from Islamic religious schools in Malaysia to become productive citizens, civilised, and  able to demonstrate noble and exemplary personality. In achieving this targets, USIM aims to become a socially responsible university by conducting community-relevant researches and academic activities, The Mizan K4C Hub has been recognised by USIM as one of the university major initiatives to contribute to the society. This could be seen from the commitment of the university to establish the Mizan Research Centre (MRC) in 2015 to conduct research and community projects related to sustainability, justice, and wellbeing. Based on the objectives of USIM and the university commitment to community, it is expected that the Mizan K4C Hub will get full support by the university.


Language of Instruction Malay and English


Program delivery This is a face-to-face 3-days workshop held under the principles of adult learning with active learning and participation of the participants. It is imperative for the participants to engage with the entire programmes of the course via ‘Learning by Doing’ approach in order to embrace the values of CBPR and able to practise the skills effectively.

As part of the completion of the course, participants are required to prepare a research proposal in partnership with a community organisations, conduct a fieldwork and prepare report for the finding. CBPR local hub mentors will act as local supervisors for the case study. Participants are required to engage multiple partners in conducting the case study including relevant any civil society organisations, interested observers, and the public at large.


Content of curriculum  Day 1 / Module 1

  • Course Overview
  • CBPR in action – History, Philosophy, Objectives, and Major Approaches
  • The Basic Principles in CBPR
  • Knowledge for Change (K4C)
  • K4C and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Day 2 / Module 2

  • Ethics & values in CBPR
  • Work in partnership – framing research questions, designing and undertaking data collection, data analysis, finding dissemination and knowledge mobilisation
  • Multiple modes of participatory research methods and CBPR Approaches
  • Learn from past experiences – Success stories of CBPR projects
  • Communicate your work to the world and be part of the Global K4C Community


Day 3 / Module 3

  • Visit to Mizan K4C Hub Partners & project analysis
  • Visit to Relevant Civil Society Organisations
  • Fieldwork Discussion
  • Impact Assessment


Day 4 / Module 4

  • Get in Touch with K4C Mizan Hub Advisors – Emeritus Prof. Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abd Razak & Emeritus Prof. Dato’ Dr. Hood Mohd. Salleh
  • K4C Discussion with K4C Hub Partner, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • K4C Discussion with Sejahtera Leadership Initiative (SLI) and Sejahtera Education Advocates (SEA)

Day 5 / Module 5

  • Fieldwork Presentation and Analysis
  • Evaluation and Reflection
  • Planning and Mapping of CBPR future projects to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda
  • Conclusion


Local references / Non-English Resources: Main References:

Hall, B.; Tandon, R.; Tremblay, C. (2015). Strengthening Community University Research Partnerships: Global Perspectives. University of Victoria and PRIA. https://hdl.handle.net/1828/6509

UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education (2015). Institutionalizing Community-University Research Partnerships. A user’s manual. University of Victoria and PRIA. https://hdl.handle.net/1828/6921

Tandon, R.; Hall, B.; Lepore, W., Singh, W. (2016). Knowledge and Engagement: Building Capacity for the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers. UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and PRIA. https://hdl.handle.net/1828/7989

Tandon, R., Hall, B., Lepore, W., Singh, W. (2016). Training the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers. A Guide for Trainers. UNESCO Chair CBR-SR, 2016. https://unescochair-cbrsr.org/pdf/FINAL_Training_the_Next_Generation_2016.pdf

UNESCO Chair CBR-SR (2016). Training the Next Generation of Community Based Research. A Guide for Trainers. https://distance.moodle.uvcs.uvic.ca/pluginfile.php/178936/mod_page/content/32/M3%20-%20FINAL_Training_the_Next_Generation_2016.pdf

Hall, B., and Tandon, R. (2017) ‘Participatory research: Where have we been, where are we going? – A dialogue’. Research for All, 1 (2): 365–74. (You need to login with your NetlinkID and download the PDF) https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8562

Teoh, G. K., Tan, M. P., Tan, J. S., & Chong, M. C. (2018). Conducting community‐based participatory research in an urban Malaysian community: Lessons learned and challenges in establishing partnership.

Brawer, W., Josephson, K., Lydon, M. (2018). Mapping our Common Ground. A Community and green mapping resource guide. Third Edition. UVic Community Mapping Collaboratory. At https://mapping.uvic.ca/sites/mapping.uvic.ca/files/Mapping%20Our%20Common%20Ground%202018%20low%20res.pdf

Tremblay, C., & Jayme, B. (2015), Co-creating community knowledge through Participatory Video. Journal of Action Research: Special edition on Knowledge Democracy, 13(3), pp. 298-314.  https://journals.sagepub.com.ezproxy.library.uvic.ca/doi/full/10.1177/1476750315572158

Local resources:

Hood Mohd Salleh, Mahazan Mutalib (ed). (2017). Kampung Reflection on Balanced Development. USIM Press.

Hood Mohd Salleh, Mahazan Mutalib (ed). (2019). The Future of Kampung: Discoursing the Multi Dimensional Ideas of Balance.USIM Press

Rajib Shaw (ed). (2019). Sustainable Eco-Development of Kampong Baharu: A Policy Perspective.

Azman Ab Rahman & Mohd. Ridhwan Abd Aziz (2017), Pembasmian Kemiskinan berdasarkan Maqasid Al-Syariah. USIM Press.

Mahazan Mutalib et al. (2017), Masjid dan Pembangunan Komuniti Bandar dan Luar Bandar. USIM Press
Mohamad Shatar Sabran, (2003), Model pembangunan Komuniti, Pertanika Journal of Social Science & Humanities. 11(2): 135-145 (2003)

Cerita Pribumi (Documentary of Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia), Mizan Research Centre, USIM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNe2v5oRTY4

Kampong Bharu: Citra Sebuah Mizan (Documentary of Kampong Bharu, Kuala Lumpur). Mizan Research Centre USIM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsiKAfaRQ_8

Zinaida Fadeeva, Laima Galkute, & Kiran Chhokar, (2018). Academia and Community Engaging for Change. United Nations University-Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability https://collections.unu.edu/eserv/UNU:6601/Academia_and_Communities_FINAL.pdf

Important Webpage:

UNESCO Chair web site: https://unescochair-cbrsr.org/

UN Sustainable Development Goals: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/

UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld

Mizan Research Centre, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM): kampungmizan.usim.edu.my


Fees and Payment Payment for the course could be made to Bendahari, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)

 Organization structure of Mizan K4C Hub, Mizan Research Centre, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)

Vice Chancellor of USIM – Prof. Dato’ Dr. Musa Ahmad
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) – Prof. Dato’ Dr. Roshada Hashim
Faculty of Leadership and Management, USIM – Associate Professor, Dr. Mohd. Faizal Kasman (Dean)
Community and Industry Engagement Centre (PLMJI) – Associate Professor, Dr. Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar

Mizan K4C Hub

Project Leader : Associate Professor Dr. Mahazan Abdul Mutalib @ Taib

K4C Mentors :

  • Associate Professor Dr. Mahazan Abdul Mutalib @ Taib — USIM
  • Dr. Izawati Wook — USIM
  • Miss Khairiyah Lani  —- Malay Agricultural Settlement, Kampong Bharu, Kuala Lumpur

K4C Course Assistant : Mr. Mohamad Adilah
Secretariat : Mizan Research Centre, University Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)

Mizan Hub presents its various endeavours at the below link:


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