Syed Ahmad

Nominated By: Mohamad Dzafir Mustafa
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Title: Doctor
Family Names(s): Hussein
Mailing Address: Malaysian Qualifications Agency, Tingkat 14B, Menara PKNS-PJ, 17, Jalan Yong Shook Lin, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, MALAYSIA
Country: Malaysia
Office Telephone: +603-79569162
Office Fax: +603-79547125
Residence Telephone: +603-80635276
Email: syedahmad@mqa.gov.my
Nationality/Citizenship: Malaysian
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 13-08-1949
Current Position: Chief Executive Officer
Current Employer: Malaysian Qualifications Agency
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: ENGLISH, MALAYSIAN
Fluent in Writing: ENGLISH, MALAYSIAN
Fluent in Speaking: ENGLISH, MALAYSIAN
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Bachelor of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 1973
2. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Master of Art, Yale University, 1978
3. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Master of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 1975
4. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: PhD in Political Science, Yale University,1988
Nominee Application Form: Part B
Areas:
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • Program reviews / accreditations
  • General QA consultancy
Specialisations:
  • Setting up of new QA agency
  • External review of institutions
  • Quality Indicators and benchmarks
  • Institutional assessment
  • Institutional quality audits
  • Institutional accreditation
  • QA of cross border offerings
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: Chair of the Accreditation Committee
Institution/City/Country: Malaysian Higher Education Institution, Malaysia
Date: since 2007
Type of Experience:
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
2. Brief Description: Lead advisor for 54 institutional audit exercises of universities and university colleges in Malaysia
Institution/City/Country: Universities and university colleges in Malaysia
Date: 2009-2010
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
3. Brief Description: Lead advisor for Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institution 2009 & 2011
Institution/City/Country: Malaysian Higher Education Institution, Malaysia
Date: 2009-2012
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
4. Brief Description: Lead advisor for Discipline-Based Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institution 2011
Institution/City/Country: Malaysian Higher Education Institution, Malaysia
Date: 2011-2012
Type of Experience:
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: Syed Ahmad Bin Hussein is the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). He is the President of the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) and the Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Islamic World (AQAAIW). Syed Ahmad 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 Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic and International Affairs of the Universiti from 2001 to 2005 and Dean of the School of Social Sciences, 1997-2001. Dr. Syed Ahmad earned his doctorate in Political Science from Yale. He was the recipient of several recognitions, awards and grants, including the Sir Ibrahim Scholarship (1970-73), Fulbright-Hays (1977-81), Fulbright Visiting Scholar (1997-98), Ford Foundation (1979), Harvard-Yenching (1980-81), Social Science Research Council (US) (1980-81), Malaysiaâ??s IRPA (1995; 1999-2000), Swedenâ??s SIDA/SAREC (1990, 1997), Center for Civic Education (US) (2007-2009), UNDESA (2004), and Universities Affiliation Program (US) (2003-2006). He was awarded the Pingat Kelakuan Terpuji (PKT) and the Darjah Setia 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 Thailandâ??s ONESQA. Dr. Syed is a member of several professional and academic organizations in the field of political science and public affairs. He is actively involved in civic and active citizenship programs through the international civic education organization CIVITAS for which he was its Country Director for Malaysia. He was the Founding Director of the Malaysia Citizenship Initiative (2003-2007) and currently its Senior Advisor. He was a member of the East Asian Vision Group, EAVG (1999-2001).Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein has more than thirty years of active teaching, research and consultancy experience, with a special interest in public policy, Malaysian and Southeast Asian politics, active citizenship, Muslim politics, democratization, and quality assurance of higher education.. His writings have been published in Asian Survey, Indian Journal of Public Administration, and International Journal of Human Development. He has books, monographs and chapters in books published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (Kuala Lumpur), University of Malaya Press (Kuala Lumpur), Vikas Books (New Delhi), Uppsala University (Uppsala), Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang), APDAC (Kuala Lumpur), Institute of Asian Studies (Brussels), Foundation for Global Dialogue (Braamfontein), and Curzon Press (London). His two most recent writings on issues of quality in higher education are expected to be included as chapters in a book to be published by Routledge (London), and Palgrave Macmillan (New York) in 2011. Dr. Syed is on the editorial board of Thailandâ??s International Journal of Quality Assurance and Accreditation. Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein has been a visiting scholar in universities in India, United Kingdom and the United States. He has delivered over 60 presentations in professional conferences and has supervised, and been external examiner to, about 20 doctoral and masters theses from universities in Malaysia and Singapore. He was the external examiner in Malay Studies at the National University of Singapore from 1999 to 2002.

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