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​UTP Welcomes New Vice Chancellor

(23 May 2018)


Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has announced the appointment of its new Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia and later obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom.

He began his career with UTP in 1997 as a lecturer and was later appointed as the founding Head for Chemical Engineering Programme in 1998.  He was responsible in designing the curriculum for Chemical Engineering and developing the support resources required for the programme.  The strong foundation that he built for the programme has resulted in its current standing as one of the best Chemical Engineering programmes in Malaysia.

He was appointed as the Director of Research and Development & Consultancy (R&DC) in 2000, a position he held until 2009.  His task was to develop the R&DC Master Plan for UTP which helped shaped the R&DC activities at UTP in the early years.  

In 2009, he was appointed to lead the PETRONAS Ionic Liquids Centre to spearhead research projects related to ionic liquid application. At the same time, he was also tasked to lead the UTP Transformation Plan to develop the university into a research-led university towards world class research capability. 

With his past experience and significant contribution in holding various management positions at UTP, he was appointed as the Dean of Faculty of Engineering in 2013.  The Faculty of Engineering continued to progress strongly and has improved its QS rating to top 300.  This year, UTP has climbed 88 places and is now ranked 145 in the QS World University Rankings by Broad Subject of Engineering and Technology. 

He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and later to Professor in Chemical Engineering in 2014. He is currently a Fellow of IChemE, UK and holding a Chartered Engineer status with UK Engineering Council.  He is also a Fellow of Akademi Sains Malaysia. 

He was entrusted by UTP Board to assume the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic in 2016.  His role is to strengthen the academic division further in support of the university’s aspiration towards global prominence.  In 2017, he was given the responsibility to cover the duties of Vice Chancellor of UTP.

Effective 16 May 2018, Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib is appointed as the fourth Vice Chancellor of UTP.