Professor Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad Bin Hussein
Vice Chancellor, Perdana University, Malaysia
Professor Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad Bin Hussein had his early schooling in Johor before pursuing his first degree in the social sciences at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He earned his masters and doctorate degrees in Political Science from Yale, and a Diploma in Peace Studies from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Professor Syed is currently a Board Member of the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA), and a member of the Financial Services Talent Council of the Central Bank of Malaysia. He is also an Advisor to the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network, AQAN.
Professor Syed Ahmad Hussein was the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) since its inception in 2007 until October 2014. He was the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Malaysian National Accreditation Board (2006-2007) after serving as a board member since 1998. Prior to these appointments, he was a Professor of Politics and the Founding Director of the Center for International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. He was the Dean of the School of Social Sciences (1997-2001) and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic and International Affairs of the Universiti from 2001 to 2005.
He was the first President of the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network, AQAN (2008-2014) and the founding and immediate past President of the Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Islamic World (AQAAIW).
Professor Syed was the recipient of several recognitions, awards and grants, including the Sir Ibrahim Scholarship, Fulbright-Hays, Ford Foundation, Harvard-Yenching, UNDESA, Social Science Research Council and the Universities Affiliation Program of the United States, Malaysia’s IRPA, and Sweden’s SIDA/SAREC. He was awarded the Pingat Kelakuan Terpuji (PKT) and the Darjah Selia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) by the State of Penang in 1994 and 2003 respectively. In 2010, he was awarded the Plaque for Distinguished Work in Quality Assurance by Thailand’s ONESQA.
Professor Syed Ahmad Hussein has been a member of several professional and academic organizations in the field of political science and public affairs. He was actively involved in civic and active citizenship programs through CIVITAS, for which he was its Country Director for Malaysia for five years from 2003. He was the Founding Director of the Malaysia Citizenship Initiative (2003-2007) and currently its Senior Advisor. He sat in various national committees that include the board of the National Higher Education Research Institute, the National Academic Awards Committee and the National Committee on Graduate Employability.
Professor Syed has more than thirty years of active teaching, research and consultancy experience, with a special interest in public policy, Malaysian and Southeast Asian society and politics, active citizenship, democratization, and quality assurance of higher education. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on ethics, government and politics, public administration and Malaysian and Southeast Asian Affairs. He led the team that introduced the Master in Public Administration program at Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1999. He has published widely and presented papers at numerous national and international conferences.
Professor Syed Ahmad Hussein has been a visiting scholar in universities in India, United Kingdom and the United States. He was the external examiner in Malay Studies at the National University of Singapore from 1999 to 2002. He had also served as an International External Reviewer in the review of Japan’s National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE).