Mohd Hamdi appointed UM’s new vice-chancellor

PETALING JAYA: Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor (pic) has been appointed Universiti Malaya’s (UM) new vice-chancellor for a period of three years until Oct 31, 2023.

Prof Mohd Hamdi, 49, was prior to this appointment the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) vice-chancellor.

He takes over from Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Hashim, whose contract ends on Saturday (Oct 31).

His appointment was made after the Standing Committee for the Election of Public Universities Vice-Chancellors convened early this month.

He also previously served as UM deputy vice-chancellor (academic affairs and international) from 2011 to 2014.

Prof Mohd Hamdi who is from Muar, Johor, obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Imperial College in London, Master of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and System Management from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and his PhD from Kyoto University in Japan.

He is a professor at UM’s Faculty of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering.

In a statement Friday (Oct 30), the Higher Education Ministry said it believed Prof Mohd Hamdi would be able to continue to add to his achievements, as well as contribute to UM’s achievements and glory as Malaysia’s leading research university.

The ministry also thanked Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Hashim for his contributions and leadership at UM, making it one of the best universities in the world.

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