Senior academics join HWUM

HERIOT-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) has appointed Prof David Chek Ling Ngo as the its research and enterprise director and School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences academic staff member, and Prof Deborah Hall as the varsity’s School of Social Sciences psychology head.

HWUM provost and chief executive officer Prof Mushtak Al-Atabi said the appointment of such established academic leaders will strategically position the university better in the post-Covid-19 recovery period.

Prior to his appointment, Prof Ngo had served as deputy vice-chancellor of research at Wawasan Open University and Sunway University, and dean of information technology at Universiti Malaya and Multimedia University. An experienced researcher, he is on the editorial boards of ISI-indexed journals, and the advisory boards of university faculties, and national funds and awards.

“I am very attracted to Heriot-Watt’s values-led strategy and purpose-led culture that seek to embed principles and meaning into everything we do, ” he said. Prof Hall had served at the University of Nottingham where she led a prestigious translational research centre funded by the United Kingdom government and established the university’s cognitive neuroscience teaching and research in 2009. She had also served as vice provost (research and knowledge exchange) at the varsity’s Malaysia campus.

In the early days of her career, she established a world-leading research programme in auditory functional magnetic resonance imaging, funded by the Medical Research Council. Prof Hall has published more than 150 journal articles.

“I hope to inspire the psychology team and to lead the formation of an exciting new institute that will pioneer research on positive education in Malaysia and across the university’s footprints in Dubai and the UK, ” she said.

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