A sabbatical leave is granted to the eligible faculty member. In my case, after holding the administrative posts in the university for almost 10 years, I’ve been given a sabbatical leave from 1 April until 31 December 2021 (9 months). This means that I’ve been release from normal academic duties in order to advance my research, write books and article journals.

Sabbatical leave does not mean you are on holiday! You have to meet the set KPIs. For me, it’s like doing a “mini” PhD in a shorter period of time. But I am not complaining since I’m able to spend more time with my children at home. It’s a win-win situation cool

The KPIs are based on certain categories. I’ve chosen “Category B” therefore my KPIs are (1) An original book, and (2) Two journal articles & conference presentations. But not to worry, I’m sure you will end up producing more than two journal articles.

How to apply sabbatical leave ? Download the forms from this link: https://utmlead.utm.my/services/sabbatical-leave/ and read through.

Please inform and discuss with your Dean as early as possible – so that it does not interfere with faculty planning involving staff arrangements.

Get in touch with me if you have questions  zac@utm.my


I arrived in the Higher Education with experience of different field, in my case I had previously worked as a graphic designer before join the School of Education. As a lecturer, I was assigned to teach design and technology programs to the undergraduate teachers in one of the Malaysia universities. I was concern with the students’ lack of enthusiasm towards learning design. I sought to change students perception towards the importance of design and so I began my journey as a researcher. My research focus on developing Higher Education students’ creativity in design through online collaboration with professional designers.

I graduated with a Ph.D in Education (Distance & Online Learning) at University of Nottingham, United Kingdom; MA in Design (Visual Communication) at Monash University, Australia; and BA in Art & Design (Graphic Advertising) at MARA University of Technology, Malaysia.

Current project: MIT Blossoms: http://blossoms.mit.edu/about_us/people and http://ctl.utm.my/blossoms/