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SENATE PROFILES

Mr. Muhammad MG Omar

Registrar

Mr. Muhammad MG Omar holds a Masters in Public Management from the Victoria University of Wellington (2011).  For the fulfilment of his studies, he conducted research on the possibility of qualifications framework becoming a mechanism of negotiation for the compatibility of qualifications between countries.

He was the Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) where he was involved in  the development and implementation of the national qualifications framework for Malaysia and the quality assurance system.  He was responsible for formulating and recommending policies on quality assurance systems for Malaysian higher education, as well as developing and implementing strategic planning for the MQA.

He served in various national and international committees relating to higher education such as the MQA Review, the QA Single System for Malaysian Higher Education and TVET, Task Force for the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework, the ASEAN Young QA Officers Network, the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Expert Group for the APT Guidelines on Transcripts for Exchange Students, the Asia-Europe (ASEM) Expert Group on Interregional Credit Transfer Mechanism & Learning Outcomes System and the Expert Consultant for Pacific Capacity Building Workshop on Implementing National Qualifications Frameworks.

Mr. Muhammad MG Omar joined QIU in August 2017 and has played a vital role in establishing the Registry Unit and in making sure that QIU becomes a role model and an example for other universities to follow.

Professor Dr. Abdul Raheem Bin Mohamad Yusof

Dean, Faculty of Business and Management

Dr. Abdul Raheem bin Mohamad Yusof brings with him more than 38 years of experience in education. He obtained his first degree in Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) in Management and Marketing from UKM in 1988. In 1993 he was sponsored by the Ministry of Education to do his MSc. Marketing at the University of Stirling. In 1998 he completed his MBA (Finance) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Then in 2008 he completed his PhD (Business Management) from Universiti Teknologi MARA.

Dr. Abdul Raheem held several administrative posts at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris where he served at the Faculty of Business and Economics from 2000 to August 2016. He was the Chief Internal Auditor for ISO (certified) from 2007 to 2009; Deputy Director, Division for Academic Development and Quality from 2008 to July 2009; Director, Institutional Programme Management Office from August 2009 to December 2010. In January 2011 he was entrusted to turn around the commercial arm of the university. As Chief Executive Officer of UPSI Holdings Sdn.Bhd. he successfully turned around the company within one year. Being a commercial-savvy academic his advice was sought after by various departments at UPSI and Ministry of Education. He held the post of CEO for five years. Upon retiring from UPSI he served as the Chief Operating Officer of MTU Showcase from May 2015 to December 2018. He also has a short stint at Albukhary International University as the Director of AlU Centre of Excellence for Socio-Economic Development and Innovation (ACE-SEDI). He joined Quest International University Perak in March 2020 as Dean, Faculty of Business and Management.

He has published more than 60 journals articles and proceedings. He was also a team member of the purple book, Enhancing Income Generation, Endowment and Waqf. He has conducted eight research projects for UPSI and Ministry of Education/ Ministry of Higher Education worth RM3.2 million. He has also conducted more than 25 consultancy projects for UPSI and MOHE worth RM7.68 million.

He has successfully supervised and graduated many Masters’ and PhD students. He has also taught at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. He is very passionate about teaching and has been doing so for 38 years now. His research interests are in the area of marketing, service quality, entrepreneurship and social business. His vision at QIU is to get the Faculty of Business and Management accredited by The Association To Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Professor Datuk Dr Allan Mathews, BSK, PGDK, RPh

Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

Dr Allan Mathews obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1976. He did his housemanship at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, registered with the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia and started work as a Head of the Pharmacy Department at the Duchess of Kent Hospital, Sandakan, Sabah. His focus, other than managing the department was on developing patient-orientated services and he started doing ward rounds with the medical colleagues. In 1982, he was given the responsibility of setting up the Pharmaceutical Production and Quality Control Unit to produce large and small volume injections, dialysis solutions, eye-drops, ear-drops and galenicals.

In 1984, he was attached to the National Commonwealth Laboratories, Australia for a month under the World Health Organization fellowship on Pharmaceutical Analysis. In the same year he was awarded a JPA scholarship to do a Master’s programme in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. On returning to Sabah in 1986, he pioneered Clinical Pharmacy programmes at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu. He was sourced upon to carry out training to other pharmacists in the various general hospitals in Malaysia. He was a regular speaker on Clinical Pharmacy services during annual meetings of the Ministry of Health. He was appointed as a World Health Organization Advisor on Hospital Pharmacy in 1990. Based on his pioneering work in establishing Clinical Pharmacy services, he was admitted as a Member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 1990 and awarded a PhD by research in Clinical Pharmacy from the Pacific Western University (USA) in 1999.

He has also published a number of articles on Clinical Pharmacy in International Journals as well as presented papers and poster exhibition internationally. In 1991, he joined the pharmaceutical industry and has experience in pharmaceutical sales, marketing, operations, good storage and distribution practice, ensuring quality of medicines and ISO certification of distribution centres. He undertook courses in Sales Management (1984), Graduate Diploma in Marketing (1995) and was admitted a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) in 1995. In 1998 he was appointed as an Advisor to a Pharmaceutical Firm in Brunei. Based on his experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry he published a book on Process Management in 2012 and is currently being sold in the European market. He was awarded a PhD by research in Pharmaceutical Operations Management by the Universiti Malaysia Sabah in 2008. His last position in the pharmaceutical industry was as a Regional Manager / Pharmacist and subsequently was made consultant covering Sabah and Brunei. He continues to a Consultant to Brunei.

In 2015 he was admitted as a Member of the Institute of Quality Malaysia. His exposure to the Pharmaceutical Industry and in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance brought about his research interest in ensuring quality of medicines especially with the high atmospheric temperatures in Malaysia. His other research interests are in Community Pharmacy Practice and in Impact studies in Clinical Pharmacy. His academic interest started in 2008 when he was a part-time MBA lecturer in Operations Management. He has been active in service organisations (he was the president of the Rotary Club of Likas Bay) and in recognition of his professional and NGO contributions he was awarded the PGDK by the Governor of the State of Sabah which carried the “Datuk” title. In 2014, he joined the Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as an Associate Professor and his last position before joining the Faculty of Pharmacy, Quest International University was as a Deputy Dean (Student Affairs). He is active socially and has been twice the president of the Sabah Pharmaceutical Society and was made Honorary Fellow and is a Life Member of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society.

Professor Dr. Vilasini Pillai

Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology & Director of Centre for Research and Innovation

Dr. Vilasini Pillai comes with more than 30 years of experience in Agriculture Biotechnology and Science & Technology related policies and regulations, having worked in the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in the area of genetic engineering of crop plants. Her last position was as the Coordinator, Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB) under the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Vilasini obtained her BSc (Hons) in Genetics from University Malaya and her PhD from the University of Nottingham in the area of plant genetic manipulation. Besides research in plant biotechnology, she was the National Coordinator of the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP) project on Capacity Building for the implementation of the Malaysian Biosafety Law, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia and in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation assisting in developing policies and guidelines relevant to the development and advancement of science, technology and innovation in Malaysia as well as setting up the Secretariat for the National Science and Research Council, chaired by the Science Advisor to the  Prime Minister of Malaysia.


She has won numerous awards for her research work which include the MARDI Excellent Service Award, Gold Medal Award Expo Science, Technology & Innovation (Papaya Ringspot Virus Resistant Eksotika Papaya for the industry), Gold Medal Award – Exhibition of Inventions and Innovations, Geneva (Papaya Ringspot Virus resistant Eksotika Papaya for the industry) and many more.

Prof.Dr. Chan Nee Nee

Professor and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

A dynamic, enterprising and adaptable educationist, Prof Dr Chan Nee Nee has more than 20 years of teaching experience in different institutions in Malaysia and Singapore. She obtained her Doctorate in Education (EdD) from the University of Durham, and also holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. 
 
Before joining QIU, Prof Dr Chan held the post of Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts at UCSI University and has led several departments at educational institutions like Sunway University, KDU College, Singapore Polytechnic and Singapore’s Raffles Institution. At KDU College, she also held the post of Director of Studies. She brings elite expertise in project and team management, strategic planning and budget management, as well as design and development of new subject modules   
 
Throughout her career, she has received several distinguished awards and scholarships, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Travel Award twice in 2013 and 2016; the Singapore government’s Public Service Commission Teaching Scholarship; the SEAMEO Applied Linguistics Scholarship from Singapore’s Ministry of Education and the University of Durham’s Ustinov College Scholarship. She also has publications indexed with Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. With excellent research networks built through her decades in academia, she has current research collaborations with researchers in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Singapore and Malaysia. 

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Sellaiah S. Pillay

Professor and Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Dato’ Dr Sellaiah Sithambaram has a distinguished career in the field of Radiology over a period of almost four decades. Having held many senior positions in various government hospitals in Malaysia such as Hospital Taiping, Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Hospital Teluk Intan and others, he is regarded as one the country’s foremost experts in the field of Radiology.

Starting his career as a Medical Officer / Radiologist back in 1979, Dato’ Dr Sellaiah rapidly moved on to hold many senior positions including Head of Radiological Services for the state of Perak. He is also part of many professional bodies such as the Malaysian Medical Association, the College of Radiology / Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, the Malaysian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Malaysian Association of Indian University Graduates and others.

As Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at QIU with his vast experience, Professor Dato’ Dr Sellaiah has a strong vision for the future of the Faculty and will work to bring the faculty to the next level of excellence as proven with his track record of successful leadership.

Professor Dr. Tina Lim Swee Kim

Director of Academic Affairs

Professor Dr Tina Lim Swee Kim obtained a PhD in Instructional Design and Development from Universiti Sains Malaysia, a Master of Education (Curriculum & Instruction) from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Science with Education (Hons) from Universiti Malaya. She also holds a postgraduate certificate in the Teaching of English as a Second Language from the Language Institute, Kuala Lumpur.

An experienced educator, Professor Dr Tina brings with her 32 years of teaching and management experience in secondary schools, teacher education institute and private higher education institutions. She was also formerly the Senior Manager for Research and Innovation, and then Director of the Institute of Quality, Research and Innovation with Open University Malaysia. Her work experience includes serving as the Course Design Academic Project Manager at the Western Sydney University and team leader for a local e-learning content developer, as well as the Academic Head and then Principal of Sunway College Ipoh. Prior to holding the position of Director of Academic Affairs, Professor Dr Tina served as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at QIU.

Professor Dr Tina’s research interests include e-learning, mobile learning, and teacher professional development. She has conducted numerous professional development courses and workshops for teachers and lecturers throughout her teaching career. Professor Dr Tina has won excellent service awards while serving in Ipoh Teacher Education Institute as well as federal scholarships to pursue her Master’s degree and PhD studies.
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