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From skeletons to scholars: Lessons in leadership and life

How would you live your life if you were a baroness and member of the House of Lords? What about if you held senior academic posts at top institutions such as Lancaster University and one of Oxford University’s top colleges (St John’s)?

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One Year of unity government: Patience, pragmatism and prospects

In the Malaysian political landscape, the unity government led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has reached a significant milestone, marking one year since its inception following the 2022 General Election on Nov 19.

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Winning over talent for China’s Belt and Road

MY FIRST visit to the vibrant metropolis of Hong Kong coincided with the 8th Belt and Road Summit. Organised by the HK Special Administrative Region Government and HK Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Summit commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This was also the first in-person gathering since the fading echoes of Covid-19.

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Power Distance: Leadership, politics and people

As we approach six state elections, let's not forget that the essence of politics lies in representation, justice, and leadership for the people

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Empowering civil service with private sector alliances

FROM investments to internationalisation, TVET to transportation, and everything in between, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called for greater public-private partnership to spur Malaysia’s development.

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ChatGPT: Exciting AI possibilities for education in 2023

THE emergence of ChatGPT, an artificial-intelligence (AI) chatbot, will be a game-changer for the education space globally and, no doubt, in Malaysia too.

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One-on-one with first-time voters

MALAYSIA’S 15th General Election (GE15), which takes place on Nov 19, will see 6.23 million new voters at the ballot box. Of this, 1.4 million are Undi18 voters who are within the 18-20 age range, with the remaining 4.87 million aged 21 and above.

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Guarding our nation: An immigrant’s story

IN CONJUNCTION with our National Day celebrations, I speak with a Nepali security guard about his Malaysian experience and discover a fascinating journey

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What it takes to excel in interviews: A Corporate Fellowship experience

I HAD the unique opportunity to lead interviews with about 40 Malaysian graduates and students for the Corporate Fellowship programme recently.

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The prof with the pearls: An education icon we can all be proud of

Danial Rahman had the privilege of sitting down with Prof Asma last week to ask her about this recognition, her life, career and the future.

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Real challenges in surreal times

CONSIDER the following scenarios: As countries ease Covid-19 restrictions and reopen borders to international visitors and trade, Russian tanks have rolled into Ukraine, triggering a conflict of which no one knows how it’ll end.

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Floods: Rising above just managing

Six years ago, in January 2015, I wrote about the unprecedented floods that happened in Kelantan. Then working with the Ministry of Education, we took part in relief efforts at various affected schools being carried out by teachers, university lecturers, and students from schools, polytechnics, community colleges and universities. (You can read it here: www.thestar.com.my/opinion/online-exclusive/whats-your-status/2015/01/08/kelantan-floods).

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