New appointments


Moving forward: UKM said it hopes Prof Dr Hanafiah will spearhead the Health Campus to become an international centre of excellence.

UNIVERSITI Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has appointed Prof Datuk Dr Hanafiah Harunarashid as its pro vice-chancellor.

His appointment will be for three years, effective March 1.

He will lead the UKM Kuala Lumpur Health Campus, the varsity said in a press release, which comprises four health faculties; medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and allied health sciences.

The Health Campus also has two hospitals, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM) and UKM Children’s Specialist Hospital, and the UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute.Prof Dr Hanafiah, 53, who is also the HCTM director, was the first Malaysian to be awarded the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh International medal in 2016 and was appointed as the international surgical advisor for the oldest surgical institution in the world.

He completed his schooling at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar, Perak, and graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland with a Bachelor in Medical Sciences in 1990.

He subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, Scotland in 1993 and obtained a fellowship in Surgery from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1998.

“He was instrumental in the establishment of the Advanced Surgical Skills Centre, UKM, and the first Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh International Office located at this centre (HCTM) as well. “He has received nine fellowships from national and international societies, including three honorary awards.“It is hoped that his appointment will spearhead UKM’s Health Campus in Kuala Lumpur to become an international centre of excellence that will be a catalyst for an academic-led economic development for the country, ” UKM said.

Prof Dr Hanafiah, a consultant vascular surgeon, is the Asian Surgical Association president, College of Surgeons Academy of Medicine Malaysia former president, Vascular Society Malaysia vice-president, and the Malaysian Medical Council and Academy of Medicine Malaysia council member.

Separately, Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Melaka Tun Mohd Ali Rustam, 72, who was appointed Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) chancellor on August 15 last year, received his surat watikah (appointment letter) from Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad in Melaka recently.

His tenure ends on June 3,2024.

“After two decades since its establishment, UTeM has accomplished many proud achievements at the national and international levels.“I strongly believe that under the leadership of Tun Mohd Ali, UTeM will continue in its goals and mission as a leader in the development of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) talents who are highly skilled and competent, subsequently contributing to the nation’s progress, ” Noraini said in her congratulatory Facebook post on March 5.

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