New chief for MQA

PROF Datuk Dr Mohamad Shatar Sabran (pic) is the new Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) chief executive officer.

The 54-year-old began his three-year tenure on Feb 8.

He replaces Datuk Dr Husaini Omar who was made Higher Education director-general recently.

Mohamad Shatar holds a diploma in General Studies from Indiana University of Bloomington, a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University, and a Doctorate in Leadership and Community Development from the University of Missouri. All institutions are located in United States.

He started his career in education as a tutor in the Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) before rising up the ranks to serve as the varsity’s Co-Curriculum and Student Development Centre director and deputy vice-chancellor (student and alumni affairs).

He was also Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris vice-chancellor with a string of international and local awards to his name.

An expert in the fields of leadership and community development, Mohamad Shatar has produced more than 40 books and published over 171 journal articles, modules and writings.

In her congratulatory message, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad expressed confidence that Mohamad would continue to drive the agency’s vision of becoming a global qualification and quality assurance authority.

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