Vice Chancellor Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Vice Chancellor Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi was born on 24th of October 1960 in Kampung Bako, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim had his early education at St Joseph’s School, Kuching. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Physics and Electronics in 1983, and a Master of Science degree in Microwave Solid State Physics, in 1984 from Portsmouth University, UK. He then obtained his Doctor of Philosophy – Optoelectronics “High Speed Optical Diagnostics of Laser Interactions” from the University of Technology Loughborough, UK in 1991. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers of the USA.
He began his career as a lecturer at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1984 before joining Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in 1994. He served almost 10 years in UNIMAS, and was given responsibility as a Program Coordinator for Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. He was then appointed as Deputy Dean in 1998 before becoming the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in 1999, a post he held for over five years. When he joined UTeM in 2003, Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi was given responsibility as the Dean of University Industry Centre. Four years later he was appointed as Dean of Research and Innovation Management Center. He was appointed as a Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) of UTeM in January 2010, and two years later as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International). On the 16th of April 2013, he was appointed as the sixth Vice Chancellor of UNIMAS, by the Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia. Through his dedication and significant contribution in the academic field and university’s administration, he was accorded the prestigous Pingat Perkhidmatan Bakti (PBB) in 1999 and Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) in 2010.
Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim has made it as his personal commitment to see higher Education in the state of Sarawak to be at par with the standard and quality expected elsewhere in higher education institutions in Malaysia. Sarawak, being the largest state in Malaysia, and having 10 percent of the country’s population, has only one full fledged public University, that is UNIMAS, which he presently leads. The university’s visibility at the regional and international stages is one of his main agenda. He is very focused in bringing UNIMAS’ ranking and rating to a higher level, to exceed expectations set for a public comprehensive university in Malaysia. UNIMAS, being strategically located in Sarawak, and Borneo, the third largest island in the world which has one of the world’s most diverse cultures, languages, history and of course flora and fauna, enables the university to leverage on its rich heritage and treasures to excel.
UNIMAS has already established its reputation nationally in the areas of Infectious Tropical Diseases, Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation as well as Social Informatics and Rural ICT. The focus of the university now is to enhance its strength regionally and internationally through strategic collaborations with international partners and collaborators.
To compete globally, Asian higher education providers should make their marks through their own unique strengths which are not found elsewhere in the world. Asian universities, such as UNIMAS, has great potential to offer significant, rare and distinctive contributions to the global intellectual mission for knowledge generation, dissemination and application.
VICE CHANCELLOR’S MESSAGE
The speed at which industry and the global community is evolving presents a distinctively complex challenge for education. As global boundaries further crumble, the spectrum and complexity of the challenges that arise today requires individuals who are well exposed to the different fields of knowledge and are able to actively adapt to the fast changing environment. Strategically located in the state of Sarawak, UNIMAS is in an ideal position to offer its students an enriching experience that is unrepeatable elsewhere. Here at UNIMAS, students will be able to not only benefit from a state-of-the-art research and academic facilities, but celebrate the explosion of natural and cultural diversity of the state. The learning experience is further enhanced by an integrated learning system to provide for a well-rounded education. UNIMAS will continue to explore to the fullest the potential present in this region and harness the economic, social, cultural, and environmental resources of this state for sustainable development and socioeconomic change that would benefit not only Sarawak but the nation as a whole. It will, however, not lose sight of the happenings beyond this region, as UNIMAS will continue to adapt, evolve and respond to the challenges in research and academia in the global context. Thus, our move to this ultra modern state-of-the-art permanent campus is more than just a technological and infrastructural face lift. It is an indication of our desire to expand and move far beyond the academic and research excellence that we practise today. But in our contemplation of change, we will not compromise on our basic premises: the academic and research endeavours at UNIMAS will continue to place at the forefront its students’ development and the economic and social development of the state and the nation. UNIMAS appreciates and recognises that the entire university community represents many different talents and expertise. While the academicians and researchers hold the main responsibility for quality in education and research excellence, the drive to excellence requires the cumulative support of everyone on campus. Let us all work together to help shape an environment that would propel the university and its community to greater heights.
YBhg Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim bin Suaidi
Vice Chancellor UNIMAS