Tan Sri Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) was invited by the Oxford Academy for Education and Development (OAED),United Kingdom to speak on his experience leading UiTM under the programme Leadership in Higher Education. The programme, which involved senior leaders of universities all over the world, was held from 9–13 December 2014. Tan Sri Sahol’s paper on University Leadership: a Case Study outlined his experience leading UiTM which saw it attaining numerous acclaims at national and international level. Among the university’s accomplishments were Most Entrepreneurial University Award, which was won for two consecutive years, that is, in 2012 and 2013. The award was introduced by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Education, respectively, in 2012. At the international level, UiTM was acknowledged as the Best Islamic Finance Education Provider during the Global Islamic Finance Awards 2014, held in Dubai this year.
The the five-day programme hosted by OAED, was a top-level executive programme which brought together leaders of higher education institutions from around the world to review best practices in academic management, leadership and strategy, development and innovation, internationalisation of higher education and other topics which deemed relevant to the higher education scenario in the United Kingdom and pertinent at international level. The programme has been designed to cover both practical and theoretical aspects of leadership in higher education through stimulating debates, workshops and seminars as well as tours of higher education institutions and cultural visits. Familiarisation programmes were also held earlier, among which were the visit to UiTM by OAED Chairman, Dr Moghaddam. He discussed future projects and collaborations with UiTM’s Senior Management. Also present were representatives from OAED’s International Office.
Invitiation to attend OAED’s Senior Executive Leadership Programme was also extended to UiTM’s senior management.