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Friday April 21, 2006

Rafiah Salim named Universiti Malaya's new VC


KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Rafiah Salim, 59, has been appointed as the new Universiti Malaya (UM) Vice Chancellor (VC) effective May 1, making her the first woman to hold the post. 

Her two-year appointment was announced by Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed in a statement today. 

Said Mustapa, "The Election Committee is of the view that she is the best candidate and capable of returning Universiti Malaya's excellence as a prominent university in our country." 

Rafiah is presently executive director of the International Centre for Leadership in Finance (ICLIF) and had served as lecturer, deputy dean and UM Law Faculty Dean from 1974 to 1988. 

Mustapa said Rafiah, who holds masters and bachelor degrees in law from the Queen's University of Belfast, Ireland, has excellent service records in the public and private sectors and at the international level. 

Born in Kelantan, she was Assistant Secretary General for the United Nations (UN) Human Resource Management from 1997 to 2002, Assistant Governor of Bank Negara (1995-1997) and Human Resource General Manager with Malayan Banking Berhad (19911995). 

The post of UM VC was vacated by Prof Datuk Dr Hashim Yaakob who retired last March and Prof Datuk Dr Razali Agus has been acting VC.

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