Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nizam Abdul Razak: named Unitar's first-ever chancellor

Unitar chancellor Datuk Mohamed Nizam Tun Abdul Razak.

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Mohamed Nizam Tun Abdul Razak has been appointed the first chancellor of Unitar International University at its maiden convocation Tuesday.

In a statement issued by Unitar, he described the appointment as a great honour for him, and one of great personal and emotional significance for his family.

"I pledge to do my best as the chancellor for Unitar in upholding the good name of the university and bring this educational institute to even greater heights, regionally and internationally," he said.

Unitar chancellor Datuk Mohamed Nizam Tun Abdul Razak.

Mohamed Nizam, who is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's younger brother, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Oxon) degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

He has served as either chairman, director or member of the audit committee of several major private and public-listed companies in Malaysia, such as Deutsche Bank Malaysia (banking), Delloyd Ventures Bhd (auto parts), Mamee-Double Decker (M) Bhd (food), Yeo Hiap Seng (M) Bhd (food) and Wah Seong group of companies (oil and gas).

He is also trustee of several charitable foundations in Malaysia, namely Noah Foundation, Hong Leong Foundation, National Children Welfare Foundation, Yayasan Rahah, Yayasan Wah Seong and Yayasan Cemerlang.

Unitar's convocation ceremony, held at Petaling Jaya near here, also saw Malaysian Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin awarded its first honorary doctorate.

Zulkifeli was awarded the honorary doctorate in management in recognition of his work to improve the education of defence ministry (Mindef) officers through the Knowledge Force Programme with the university.

Currently, about 1,500 Mindef officers are studying under Unitar programmes at the 11 campus nationwide.
The convocation also saw 22 masters and degree awards being conferred.

*Taken from The Star Online

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