The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) has appointed Professor Datuk Dr Husaini Omar as its new chief executive officer effective today, according to a statement from the agency.
Husaini replaced Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Rahmah Mohamed who has completed her contract of services.
"MQA is confident that Husaini can inject the aspirations needed by the agency and drive the agency's transformation towards its vision of becoming a global authority in qualifications and quality assurance of higher education," it said
Born on March 10, 1963 in Kelantan, Husaini is an engineering geologist. He obtained his Bachelor of Science with Honours (Geology) from Universiti Malaya (UM) in 1988, Masters Degree in Geology Engineering from University of Leeds, United Kingdom (1994), and Doctor of Engineering (System Engineering) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2002.
WIth eight years of industrial experience as geology engineer, Husaini started his career as a university lecturer at Engineering Faculty in UPM in 1996 before being promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and later a Professor in 2011.
He was previously UPM deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) before being appointed as Universiti Malaysia Kelantan vice-chancellor until January last year.
Husaini has published more than 200 publications including journals, books and technical reports from his research.
He and his team have also supervised more than 20 post-graduate students. His research findings were patented in the United States and Malaysia.
Husaini was also the recipient of the National Young Scientist Award in 2000, the National Youth Award and International Technology Expo gold medal winner.
Internationally, Husaini received the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Geneva gold medal award in 2000 and the gold award in the Invention and New Product Exposition (INPEX) in the United States in 2001.
He is in the international jury panel for Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel-ISEF) in the US from 2002, fellow of the Geological Society of London, members of International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG), Paris, and member of Malaysian Society for Engineering & Technology.
MQA is a statutory body in Malaysia responsible for quality assurance of higher education for both the public and the private sectors.