UTP Academic Advisory Council (AAC) members met at Level 86, Tower 1, PETRONAS Twin Towers on 26 June 2014 to discuss the university’s strategic focus on scholarship of teaching and learning, research innovations and linkages. This is in line with the 12th AAC’s meeting themed “Going Global: Emerging Trends for Sustainable Higher Education”.
The Council, led by UTP Chancellor, YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, comprises the following members:
- Prof Tan Sri Datuk Ir (Dr) Hj Ahmad Zaidee Laidin, Vice President, Academy of Sciences Malaysia
- Prof Dr David B. Prior, Former Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
- Scientia Prof Dr Deo Karan Prasad, Chief Executive Officer, CRC for Low Carbon Living Ltd, University of New South Wales, Australia
- Dr Haruo Takeda, Corporate Chief Engineer, Hitachi Ltd, Japan
- Dr Terje Martin Halmø, President, Risavika Gas Centre DA, Norway
- Prof Jeom Kee Paik, President, The Ship and Offshore Research Institute, Pusan National University, South Korea
- Puan Raiha Azni Abd Rahman, Vice President, Human Resource Management, PETRONAS
- Prof Dr Shih Choon Fong, Advisor to the Chinese Academy of Sciences & Peking University, Taiwan
- Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hj Hashim, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP)
Prior to the meeting, the Council members and UTP Management had a productive four-hour discussion at the university’s campus in Perak. During this discussion, Datuk Abdul Rahim briefed the Council members on UTP’s progress to date and later the Council members addressed many topics related to the university’s strategic development including academic, R&D efforts and international collaborations.
One of the council members, Professor Dr Shih gave his viewpoints on global university and emerging trends, drawn from his perspective and broad experience in the education industry for more than 30 years, including 12 years in a leadership position at National University Singapore and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.
The Council, established since 2003, acts as a forum for the exchange of ideas between academicians and the industries, in addition to providing guidance and strategic direction on the university’s development.