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Moving Towards Sustainability

(23 - 24 July 2019)


UTP recently held its 17th Academic Advisory Council (AAC) at PETRONAS Leadership Centre (PLC) Bangi. The council is responsible to guide and provide strategic directions for the development of UTP to achieve and materialise its vision, mission and aspiration to become a globally prominent university.


The meeting was chaired by the Chairman of the University's Board of Directors (BOD), YBhg Dato' Raiha Azni Abdul Rahman.


The members are made up of eminent scholars and industry experts appointed by the university's BOD and have been meeting annually since the council's establishment in 2003.  The current members are:

​1​Professor Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Laureate, Founder of Grameen Bank and Yunus Centre, Bangladesh

​2​Professor Abid Khan
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Global Engagement) Monash University, Australia
Professor Choi Han Suk
Professor of Graduate School of Engineering Mastership, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea​
​4​Professor Dr Reiko Kuroda
Professor, Research Institute for Science & Technology, Tokyo University of Science
​5​Dr David Wood
Futurist, UK Management Consulting, London
​6​Briand Greer
President, ASEAN Region, Honeywell International Inc.
​7​Professor Dr Michael A. Celia
Director, Princeton Environmental Institute & Theodora Shelton Pitney 
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University , USA
​8​Senapathy Gopalakrishnan
Executive Vice Chairman & Co-Founder of Infosys, India
​9​Andrew Frederick James Gould
Former Chairman & CEO, Schlumberger, USA
​10​Professor Dr Shih Choon Fong
Advisor to the Chinese Academy of Sciences & Peking University, Taiwan
​11​Tan Sri Dato' Azman Hashim
Chairman, AmBank Malaysia & Pro Chancellor, Open University Malaysia (OUM)
​12​Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid
Chairman of the Board of Directors, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia
​13Professor Ts. Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib
Vice Chancellor/CEO, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS


This year, the council members met to discuss on the opportunities, challenges and strategies in maintaining the university's sustainability in the areas of academic, research, students and graduates, hence the theme, "Moving Towards Sustainability".


Prior to the meeting at PLC, the AAC members had engagement sessions at UTP with the university's staff and researchers.  Afterwards, the members were taken for a campus tour and visited, among others, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the R&D Buildings.