Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (or for short, Dzul) is the current Vice-Chancellor of the Albukhary International University. Prior to this, he was the 5th Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and held the office from 2000 – 2011.
He is also the 1st Vice-President of the International Association of Universities (IAU), a UNESCO-affiliated organisation. His other involvements include being a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) – Advisory Education Hub Committee, Executive Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), and Advisory Committee of the World Universities Forum, Davos (2008).
He has also served as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Policy and Management since 1995; and the WHO Scientific Committee of Tobacco Product Regulation (2004-2006).
At the national level, he was the Chair of the Malaysian Vice-Chancellors’/Rector’s Committee and Malaysian Examination Council including being an Advisor to the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN). He also chaired of METEOR Sdn. Bhd., the parent organisation of the Open University of Malaysia (OUM).
He was also a member of the National Economic Advisory Council established in 2009 (until 2011) and co-chaired of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High-Technology (MIGHT) from 2006 to 2011.
He is a Director of the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (formerly National Productivity Corporation) Board, since 2008, and leads the Innovation and Consultative Panel.
He also serves on the National Innovation Council, the National Biotechnology Implementation Committee, the National IT Council and the Malaysian Innovation Agency (AIM).
He is a member of a number of Board of Trustees: MERCY Malaysia, Razak School of Government, Asian Women Leadership University, MCKK Foundation, Prime Minister’s Fellowship Exchange Programme, and Yayasan Bumiputra Pulau Pinang.
More recently, he was made as Chair of Independent Review Panel on Education for Malaysia, beginning 2012. He is also the Co-editor of the People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education that was launched in conjunction with the Rio+20 Conference at Rio de Janeiro, June 20-22, 2012.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), the World Academy of Art and Sciences (FWAAS) and the Malaysian Institute of Malaysia (FMIM).
He has been a weekly columnist for the New Straits Times since 1995 writing mainly on issues about education, science, and current events.
He has received a number of national, including honorifics, and international accolades for his work and services rendered to the community.
He is married to Masrah Abidin and his children are: Ridzal, Johan, Suriani and Farhana.
First Malaysian elected to post
Professor Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (pic) has been elected president of the International Association of Universities (IAU) for the Administrative Board of 2012 to 2016.
Professor Dzulkifli who is Albukhary International University vice-chancellor, was elected at the IAU’s General Conference held at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, in San Juan, Puerto Rico from Nov 27 to 30.
“I am very excited to be given the trust to work with IAU, a leading higher education organization with extensive experience and global reach.
“This is especially so, since it is equally concerned with issues affecting the majority of the world population with respect to access, equity, social justice and humanity in higher education,” he said.
Professor Dzulkifli said these issues resonate closely with Malaysia as well as other nations in the Global South in particular.
“I hope to learn and contribute more in the areas of higher education, locally and globally,” he added.
He is the first Malaysian to hold the position in the Paris-based association’s 60-year history, according to the Albukhary International University in a statement.
Professor Dzulkifli was previously the first vice president for the administrative board from 2008 to 2012.
His appointment was announced by the then president Professor Juan Ramon de la Fuente, as unopposed during the closing of the nomination for the election of the new board.
The IAU was founded in 1950 and is the Unesco-based worldwide association of higher education institutions.
It brings together institutions and organisations from some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education.
Its services are available on the priority basis to members and also to organisations, institutions and authorities concerned with higher education, as well as individual policy and decision-makers, specialists, administrators, teachers, researchers and students.
The association aims to give expression to the obligation of universities and other higher education institutions as social institutions to promote, through teaching, research and services, the principles of freedom and justice, of human dignity and solidarity.
It also contributes through international cooperation to the development of material and moral assistance, for the strengthening of higher education generally.