By Shahfizal Musa
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BANGI, 15 Sept. 2011- Economist , Prof Datuk Dr. Noor Azlan bin Ghazali, took over as UKM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International Affairs), from Prof Datuk Dr Hassan Basri from 19 August, 2011.
Prior to his current appointment, Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azlan was the Dean of UKM Graduate School of Business.
A handing over ceremony took place today at the Chancellory witnessed by the UKM Chairman Board of Directors, Tan Sri Dato’ Zulkefli A Hassan, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabuddin and UKM deputy vice-chancellors and other officials.
Prof Datuk Noor Azlan, who specialises in business and financial economics, obtained his PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA in 1997 and MBA in finance from the same university in 1988.
He was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Department from 2006 to 2009, holding positions as head, special consultancy team on globalisation, National Economic Action Council (NEAC), Director, Macroeconomics and Investments, National Implementation Directorate (NID), Director of the Malaysian Development Institute (MDI), Economic Planning Unit (EPU).
In May 2011, obtained the prestigious Master in Public Administration through the Edward S Mason Program, under the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (July 2010-May-2011 intake).
Dr Noor Azlan acknowledged the foundation laid down by his predecessor, Prof Dato’ Dr Hassan Basri and pledged he would continue with the legacy that has been put in place and to improve on it further.
During his tenure as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato’ Dr Hassan Basri, was successful in obtaining the Washington Accord (WA), making UKM the first University in developing Muslim nations to be accepted as the memberof the WA.
The Washington Accord is an agreement which recognises mutual recognition in respect of tertiary-level qualifications in engineering.
Prof Dato’ Hassan said he intends to concentrate fully on his research once he come back from his sabbatical leave.