New DG for higher education

DATUK Dr Husaini Omar (pic) is the new Higher Education director-general.

The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) chief executive officer (CEO) began his new appointment on Feb 1.

He replaces Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, who stepped down on Jan 10.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said she believes Husaini will continue to boost the country’s higher education performance in line with the aspirations outlined in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).In a statement on Jan 29, she also thanked Mohamed Mustafa for his service to the ministry.Husaini, 57, completed his Bachelor of Science with Honours (Geology) from Universiti Malaya in 1988, and his Masters of Geological Engineering from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, in 1994.

He then obtained a Doctor of Engineering (System Engineering) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2002.Husaini had eight years of industry experience as a geological engineer before beginning his academic career as a lecturer at UPM’s Faculty of Engineering in 1996.

On Feb 15,2017, he was appointed the university’s deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) before serving as Universiti Malaysia Kelantan vice-chancellor from Jan 1,2018, to Jan 6,2019.

He then joined MQA as its CEO on June 1,2020.

Husaini, whose appointment will run until March 9,2023, has published more than 200 publications in the form of journals, proceedings, books and technical reports based on research he has conducted.

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