KUCHING: An acclaimed humanitarian advocate Professor Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood has been appointed as Pro-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM).
The appointment marks a further and significant step forward for the university’s connection with communities and stakeholders both in Malaysia and across its global campuses in Scotland and Dubai, said HWUM in a media release yesterday.
Dr Jemilah, who has been a humanitarian activist for over 20 years, said she was truly delighted and honoured with the appointment.
“Hewitt-Watt University’s values are so important and very much aligned with my own, with its focus on education for all and delivering outstanding outcomes for its students, wider society, and the global economy
“I am especially proud that Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh was the first university to admit a woman into their colleges,” she said.
Dr Jemilah, who is also a distinguished health professional and development leader, said the values that Harriot-Watt University carried were very important and these were the values HWUM wanted to bring to the students.
These values included that of inclusion, of empowerment, understanding sustainability and the importance of protecting our planet, she pointed out.
“I am very much looking forward to being part of this university and bring these aspirations to fruition,” she added.
Dr Jemilah, who is currently a professor and executive director of the newly established Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, a field she is passionate about, has dedicated her career to healing others, working in the health sector for over 30 years as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.
Currently, also a Senior Fellow at the Adrienne-Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Centre, she was the driving force behind the establishment of MERCY Malaysia in 1999, the most successful humanitarian organisation that works both at home and abroad.
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