THE Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) University has appointed Prof Datuk Dr John Antony Xavier (pic) as its vice-chancellor and chief executive.
He started his term on Dec 1, the varsity said in a press release.
“I am honoured to join AIMST University.
“As a young university that is just turning 20 years old, and located in a suburban setting suited for learning and research, AIMST University has immense potential to scale greater heights of academic and research excellence, given its dedicated international academic team, ” he said.
Prof Dr John was previously a professor at the Universiti Putra Malaysia Putra Business School and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Graduate School of Business.
Before joining academia, he served as an administrative and diplomatic officer for 36 years in Malaysia’s public service.
“He has consulted extensively for the governments of Kuwait, Kenya and Sri Lanka, and has advised international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the Asian Productivity Organisation.
“On the home front, he has consulted for the Economic Planning Unit, Malaysia Productivity Corporation and the Johor government, ” the press release read.
Prof Dr John has authored six books and refereed more than 30 articles on law, public finance and management in local and international journals.
Upon graduating from Universiti Malaya with a degree in Economics, he went on to pursue a second degree in Law from the University of London, a Master’s in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and the Certificate in Legal Practice from the Malaysian Legal Profession Qualifying Board.
In 1996, he obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics.