"New vice-chancellor for USM"
UNIVERSITI Sains Malaysia’s (USM) deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs and Development) Prof Datuk Dr Omar Osman has been appointed vice-chancellor from Wednesday for a period of three years.
He replaces Prof Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak whose term ended on Tuesday.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said USM with its apex (accelerated programme for excellence) status needed capable leadership to ensure the university maintained its excellence compared to other institutions.
USM was named the country’s first apex university in Sept 2008.
“Prof Omar was chosen based on the ministry’s criteria as well as his experience as the university’s deputy vice-chancellor,” he said in a statement.
Prof Omar, 52, who was born in Penang, obtained a diploma in Quantity Surveying from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
He obtained his undergraduate degree in Quantity Surveying from the Polytechnic of Wales (now known as the University of Glamorgan).
Subsequently he obtained his Master’s degree in Construction Building and PhD in Project Management from Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom in 1985 and 1989 respectively.
Prof Omar was appointed deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs and Development) at USM from 2007.
He has previously held various posts in the university before this.
Mohamed Khaled thanked Prof Dzulkifli for his services as vice-chancellor — a post he has held since Dec 2000.
“Prof Dzulkifli brought about many changes during his tenure and was instrumental in upgrading USM to an apex status university,” he said.
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