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Professor Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Utara Malaysia in August 2018. He holds an MBA in Financial Management from the University of Hull, UK and a PhD in commerce from Murdoch University, Australia. His area of specialization is in international business management and subsequently, his research and consultancy interests cover the theoretical and applied aspects of international business, business research, strategic alliances, strategic/policy modeling, and business economics.
Prior to joining UUM, he worked in a number of public and private sector organizations in Malaysia and abroad, where he was involved in various economic, strategic and business research projects spanning most sectors of the economy. He then returned to academia to continue his passion for research writing at the School of International Studies (SoIS), Universiti Utara Malaysia where he taught international business related subjects, supervised postgraduate research works and business research projects for more than 12 years. He has co-authored and co-edited over 50 academic publications, including several books and articles in Scopus and ISI indexed journals particularly on Business Alliances and Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Apart from writing, he is a member of various local and international professional bodies such as the Academy of International Business (AIB).
His dedications and contributions to the university did not go unnoticed and he was duly entrusted with various senior administrative posts. He was the Assistant Vice Chancellor at the College of Law, Government and International Studies (UUM COLGIS) since 2015 prior to becoming the 8th Vice Chancellor of UUM. With the huge responsibilities entrusted, he has set a very clear path for UUM to become the 'Harvard of The East' and transition to an internationally-focused institution that partners with a range of leading global universities and multinational organizations. In realizing this noble mission, he is leading the charge to achieve top international ratings for teaching, research and publication and students' employability. Collectively, these key performance indexes will enhance UUM's stature as one of the best management university in the region.