New deputy VC for UKM

PROF Datuk Dr Mohamad Abdul Razak has been appointed Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)’s deputy vice-chancellor (Research and Innovation Affairs) for a period of three years effective Sept 13. He replaces Prof Datuk Dr Ibrahim Komoo.

Prof Dr Mohamad is presently professor of orthopaedic and spinal surgery, head of the spinal centre and a consultant orthopaedic surgeon (spinal surgery) at the UKM Medical Centre.

Prof Mohamad, who was one of UKM’s first medical graduates in 1979, is from Kulai, Johor.

Prof Mohamad receiving his appointment letter from UKM vice-chancellorProf Datuk Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin.

He obtained his Masters of Surgery (Orthopaedic) from UKM in 1985 and a fellowship in spinal injuries from the United Kingdom in 1992.

Besides holding the post of UKM Hospital director from 2003 to 2007, he has also served as a visiting registrar at Edinburgh University’s Orthopaedic Department, and a registrar and spinal injury fellow at the Southport Spinal Injuries Centre in Liverpool, Britain.

Prof Mohamad also serves as a professional examiner in several other public universities, and has been appointed a visiting professor in orthopaedics at the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Meanwhile, UKM students launched CREATE 2008 recently, to increase the marketability of young people through a series of workshops and competition

The project is an initiative of UKM’s AISEC students and is supported by Genting Berhad, Microsoft and MDeC (Multimedia Development Corporation).

CREATE 2008 is an information technology-based series of workshops and competition based on creative content.

It aims to provide a platform for youths to explore creativity through technology.

The project was launched by UKM deputy vice-chancellor (Industry and Community Partnership) Prof Dr Saran Kaur Gill.

In her speech, Prof Saran said she was proud that the students had taken the initiative to develop the project as it would benefit not only UKM but also help develop the creativity of Malaysian youth.

Organising committee president Karyn Ong said that the project would help mould a generation of youths with an interest in creative content.

“We aim to empower at least 200 local and international undergraduates to explore their creativity as well as gain knowledge and exposure in career opportunities within the industry,” she said.

The launch, was held at the Creative Innovation Centre, MSC Malaysia Cybercentre @ KL Sentral.

It was attended by more than 60 students and lecturers from UKM as well as sponsors and supporters.

AIESEC (L’Association Internationale des Etudiantes en Science Economiques et Commerciales) is the world’s largest student organisation.

It seeks to help young people discover and develop their potential so as to have a positive impact on society.

AIESEC was formed in 1948 to help develop ‘friendly relations’ between member countries.

It has grown into a global association with activities in 100 different countries and territories.