THREE Malaysian public universities are now headed by new vice-chancellors, whose appointments began on March 1.
Prof Datuk Dr Yuserrie Zainuddin, 60, is at the helm of Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Prof Dr Razli Che Razak, 59, at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) and Prof Dr Fadzli Adam, 50, at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA).
They take over the positions from Prof Dr Wan Azhar Wan Yusoff from UMP, Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azizi Ismail from UMK and Prof Datuk Dr Hassan Basri Awang Mat Dahan from UniSZA, respectively.
Prof Yuserrie, the former UMP deputy vice-chancellor (student and alumni affairs), obtained his Bachelor of Social Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), master’s degree in commerce from the University of Wollongong, Australia, and his Doctorate in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
Prof Razli, the former UMK deputy vice-chancellor (student and alumni affairs), has a bachelor’s degree in economy statistics from UKM, a Master of Science in Operations Research from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, and a doctorate in the same field from USM.
Prof Fadzli had been the deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) at UniSZA prior to this recent appointment.
He possesses a Bachelor of Science in Revelation and Islamic Heritage from International Islamic University Malaysia.
He also obtained his Master of Arts (Theology and Religious Studies) and Doctorate in Islamic Studies from the University of Leeds, UK.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said the vice-chancellors had been screened and interviewed by the Selection of Vice-Chancellors of Public Universities Standing Committee.
“Thus, the ministry believes that the strength, credibility and experience possessed by the three new vice-chancellors will enable them to shoulder the responsibility and continue the excellence of the universities in their respective thrust areas, namely, technical, entrepreneurial, and science and social sciences,” she said in a statement.In a separate press release, Open University Malaysia (OUM) announced the appointment of its fourth president/vice-chancellor, Assoc Prof Dr Ahmad Izanee Awang.
The appointment took effect on Feb 1.
With more than 30 years of experience in education and management, Ahmad Izanee, 57, had served at several public and private higher education institutions prior to joining OUM in 2006.
His expertise lies in the fields of adult education and educational leadership.
A Terengganu native, Ahmad Izanee contributed to the development of the “Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education)”, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from the University of New South Wales, a Diploma in Education from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, a Master of Science (Educational Administration) from Universiti Putra Malaysia, and a Doctor of Education from Universiti Selangor.