The research centre was established since 2003 with formerly known as Research and Consultancy Unit (RCU) and was further expanded to IKRAM Center of Research & Development (ICRD) in January 2010 to integrate all research activities in the Kumpulan IKRAM group. As an excellence centre, ICRD focused its research activities on the overall needs of the company. However, the university realized that it needed a more concentrated effort on carrying out high-impact academic research. Thus, the Research Management Centre (RMC) was established on 1st June 2010, to replace ICRD. The role of the RMC is to strengthen the research management system of the university by intensifying research and consultancy efforts. RMC aspires to be recognized as one of the leading centres for the production of new knowledge in the soft and hard infrastructure niche in Malaysia and eventually establish several excellence centres.

RMC was set up to inculcate a research culture among University staff and to oversee the research activities in University as well as a “one-stop” centre for all research information for the University. RMC is responsible to manage and facilitate research and development activities, intellectual property (IP) creation and management, promotion and exploitation of R&D findings through close collaboration with the government agencies, industries and other universities.