University of Southampton Malaysia appoints new Business School head to meet industry demands

Meet Prof Lee Chew Ging, head of Southampton Malaysia Business School (SMBS).

TO spearhead the growth and expansion of its business school, University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM) recently appointed Prof Lee Chew Ging as Southampton Malaysia Business School (SMBS) head.

His highly distinguished academic career includes being Nottingham University Business School Malaysia dean, University of Nottingham Teaching and Learning assistant director, INTI International University and Colleges deputy chief academic officer and Wawasan Open University associate vice chancellor.

“I am delighted to be joining SMBS at the University of Southampton Malaysia. It is an honour to be appointed as the school head at a world-leading institution within the top 100 universities globally,” says Prof Lee.

“I very much look forward to collaborating with colleagues and students within SMBS and across Southampton, as well as policy-makers, business leaders and industry partners around the region to take the school to greater heights.”

Prof Lee also serves as a member on the Board of Examiners, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers. He was also entrusted with the responsibility of developing the Programme Standards: Business Studies for the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

As he begins his new role, Prof Lee is confident of leading the school forward and building a team of world-class academics, as they have a crucial role to play in building a brighter future for generations to come.

He strongly believes that the current business programmes offered by the university are relevant to the industry’s demands.

“SMBS has a portfolio of nine undergraduate programmes and three postgraduate programmes that cover accounting, actuarial science, business analytics, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, financial technology, management and marketing. Students can select from a number of modules to tailor their programme towards their future employability,” he says.

Student-centred spaces at UoSM enhance the quality and learning experience.Student-centred spaces at UoSM enhance the quality and learning experience.

SMBS has a Bloomberg trading laboratory equipped with 12 terminals. Students are encouraged to achieve Bloomberg Market Concepts certification and gain access to different databases, such as Fitch Connect and Datastream.

To focus on students’ wellbeing outside the classroom, UoSM introduced student-centred spaces such as a music room, a recreational room, a student association room as well as other creative open spaces to enhance the quality and learning experience throughout the students’ journey with the university.

The low student-staff ratio at UoSM adds additional value to the student experience and support structure. The staff are on hand to support their academic and career success. As a result, UoSM students have consistently achieved outstanding success in their degrees, and year-on-year have secured employment across a range of global companies following graduation.

UoSM students have consistently achieved outstanding success in their degrees.UoSM students have consistently achieved outstanding success in their degrees.

The University of Southampton is ranked 78th in the QS World University Rankings 2023 and joint 12th place in the UK and 108th overall, in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023.

This success builds upon other league tables results published this year, adding further recognition that Southampton is still the top UK university in Malaysia.

To date, its highly ranked programmes are:

1. Electrical Engineering – No.1 in the UK*

2. Mechanical Engineering – No.3 in the UK*

3. Aeronautics and Astronautics – No.4 in the UK**

4. Marketing – No. 4 in the UK*

5. Computer Science – Top 11 in the UK**

If you are interested in pursuing your studies at UoSM, the university will be holding its Open Day on Dec 10-11 at its brand-new campus. A series of talks and workshops on Business, Engineering and Computer Science will be conducted by UoSM’s academics, giving students better insights on the programme delivery and state-of-the art facilities.

To recognise students’ academic excellence and achievements, UoSM offers a wide range of bond-free scholarships to both Malaysian and international applicants. These include the Top Achiever Scholarship, Exceptional Achiever Scholarship, High Achiever Scholarships as well as other bursaries.

UoSM is ready to support students in achieving their goals and ready to help chart their future success.

For more information, call 012-213 4704 or visit

*Based on The Guardian University Guide 2023

**Based on The Complete University Guide 2023

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