KUALA LUMPUR: Corporate veteran Datuk Seri Michael Yam Kong Choy has been appointed the chancellor of UOW Malaysia KDU.
As the chancellor, Yam will preside over the conferment of academic and education awards granted by UOW Malaysia KDU – a tertiary education provider that is part of the University of Wollongong Australia’s global network – and play an ambassadorial role for the institution.
Chairman of the UOWM Sdn Bhd - Paramount Corp Sdn Bhd joint board Noel Cornish AM welcomed Yam, noting that the “search for a chancellor has culminated in an acclaimed and charismatic industry leader who will enhance the stature and reputability of UOW Malaysia KDU”
Yam has had an illustrious career, spanning over 36 years, in the construction, real estate and corporate finance sectors in Malaysia as well as in the UK, South Africa and Australia.
In 2002, he was awarded ‘CEO of the Year’ for Malaysia by American Express Corporate Services and Business Times.
Yam currently sits on the boards of numerous corporations including the current chairmanship of InvestKL Corp, an investment promotion agency under the International Trade and Industry Ministry, Malaysia Airports (Niaga) Sdn Bhd, KL Airport Hotel Sdn Bhd and several other large business entities.
He is also the senior independent non-executive director of Paramount Corp Bhd and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.
Yam graduated in Building and Management Studies in 1979 from the University of Westminster UK after attending the premier Royal Military College boarding school.
He subsequently qualified professionally as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
“We have no doubt that our chancellor will play an exemplary role in championing our vision to be a leading education provider delivering transformative student experiences in Malaysia and the region and our mission to collaborate with local and global communities to deliver quality teaching, learning and research, nurturing global leaders with a truly international outlook,” said Jennifer Ng, UOW Malaysia KDU chief executive officer cum UOWGE CEO Asia.