Accolades To Prof Dato’ Dr Nik Hassan For 50 Years Of Distinguished Service
By Saiful Bahri Kamaruddin
Pix Ra’ai Osman
BANGI , Feb 20 2014 – The contributions of archaeologist Emeritus Prof Dato’ Dr Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik Abdul Rahman to education has become a source of inspiration to a new generation of researchers and academics of Malay history at the National University of Malaysia (UKM).
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Alumni Affairs) Prof Datin Noor Aziah Hj Mohd Awal said the field of Malay history and civilization owed a debt of gratitude to Prof Dato’ Nik Hassan who endeavoured to advance the study up to international standards.
Launching the book “Panji Pendeta” and a one-day seminar in appreciation of Prof Dato’ Nik Hassan’s 50 years of contributions in education, sponsored by the Institute of the Malay World and civilization (ATMA) here today, she said Prof Dato’ Nik Hassan who was interested in Malay education wrote many articles in journals about its impact on moden Malaysian history .
Present at the launching was ATMA Director Prof Dr Abdul Latif Samian and Prof Dato’ Dr Abdullah Zakaria Ghazali from the faculty of Literature and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya, who also gave the introduction about Prof Dato’ Nik Hassan.
Prof Dato’ Nik Hassan was the Principal Research Fellow at ATMA and had authored over 150 articles in various journals at the national and international levels while also publishing more than 50 books related to archaeological and historical research.
He received the 2011 Malaysian Historic Society award and again in 2012 in appreciation of his devotion to Malay historical research in particular and Malaysian history in general.
He was also president of the Malaysian Archaeological Association (Ikatan) for 25 years .
Prof Dato’ Nik Hassan had taken part in ASEAN archaeological programmes in Indonesia (1984), Malaysia (1985), the Philippines (1986), Thailand (1987), Brunei (1988 ) and Singapore (1989 ) .
His latest project was the pre-historic human dig site in the mangrove forest on the island of Kalumpang, Kuala Gula, Perak.