TAN Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar has been installed as the fourth chancellor of Wawasan Open University (WOU).
The second son of the 10th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, the late Tuanku Ja’afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman, succeeded former chief justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah, who completed his term in December last year.
WOU board of governors chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said Tunku Imran’s installation was an occasion of expectant hope as the university moved forward to meet big challenges and harness great potential in the future.
“We are most grateful to Tunku for his willingness to assume the role of chancellor of WOU.
“He brings with him his wisdom, insight and leadership from his rich experience to guide the university and connect us with his many contacts, nationally and internationally, in the best ways possible, ” said Dr Koh in his address at the Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik auditorium at the WOU main campus in Penang, recently.
Tunku Imran, 71, now leads Syarikat Pesaka Antah Sdn Bhd as its executive chairman.
He founded Antah Group of Companies, and was the chief executive officer for 24 years.
He was also Aluminium Company of Malaysia Berhad chairman, Lafarge Malaysia Berhad chairman, Institute of Strategic and International Studies director and Badan Warisan Malaysia president.
The first national squash champion in 1973, Tunku Imran was also noted for his leadership in sporting bodies such as the Olympic Council of Malaysia, Malaysia Cricket Association, Taekwondo Malaysia, Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia, the Commonwealth Games Federation, SEA Games Federation, World Squash Federation and the International Olympic Committee.
In his acceptance speech, Tunku Imran said he hoped his experience, influence and connections would help the university as it moved forward to meet the challenges ahead.
“The toughest challenge now is to keep the students coming in and staying the duration until they complete their studies.
“I hope WOU will continue to be a beacon of light to the working adults who had missed out pursuing higher education earlier in life.
“I have much to learn about WOU, its academic programmes and operations, but my involvement in education is not something new, ” he said, adding that he and his siblings founded Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar (KTJ), a premier, British-style international school in Negri Sembilan.
At the ceremony, Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng was also installed as WOU’s new pro-chancellor, taking over from Dr Koh.
Dr Lim obtained a PhD in Immunology from the University of Oklahoma before joining the teaching staff at Purdue University, apart from having working experience with the Mission Hill Memorial Hospital (Oklahoma), the US Army Medical Research Unit and Malaysia Institute of Medical Research.
At the ceremony, former National University of Singapore (NUS) deputy president and NUS Enterprise chief executive officer Prof Dr Lily Chan was announced as WOU’s new chief executive and vice-chancellor.
An Honorary Doctor of Education degree was also conferred on Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Gajaraj Dhanarajan whereas an Honorary Doctor of Business degree was conferred on Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Hussain.
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