The Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies (UAC), previously known as the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS), is created to facilitate the activities of The Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair (RPUAC). The RPUAC was established at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya to honor the contributions of Professor Ungku Aziz in the field of education and economic development especially rural development and poverty. Since 2016, the Centre has undertaken steps to develop and further expand the field of development studies to reflect its interdisciplinary nature, to attract a wider participation, to engage young minds and to go beyond a mono-disciplinary approach to development. The defining pillars of the Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies represents the Centre’s evolution and the dynamism of the field of study.


In 1991, Malaysia established a national goal of becoming a fully developed nation by 2020 economically, politically, socially, spiritually, psychologically and culturally (6 MP, 1991-1995). The roadmap to achieve this ambition is embodied in different policy instruments, and in the recently launched 11th Malaysian plan (11MP, 2016-2020), with the theme of “growth anchored in people” for a socially inclusive society.


Poverty and Inequality: Malaysia a Success Story?

2nd of January 2020

The Royal Professor Ungku
Aziz Chair

Professor Dr. Martin Ravallion
About Martin Ravallion
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Visiting Professor

Dr. Dominique Van De Walle
About Dominique Van De Walle
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1. UAC – SWRC Joint Lecture Series on “Issues in Social Protection” (29 January 2020, 3.00pm – 4.30pm & 30 January 2020, 10.00am – 12.00 noon)

2. Lecture on “Measuring Poverty” (18th December 2019, 2.30pm – 4.30pm)

Research Pillars

At the time of its establishment, five (5) initial research pillars were identified namely, Poverty, Development, Income Distribution, Ethnic Relations and Employment. Since then, the Centre has developed new research directions anchored by ten (10) Research Pillars:



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