University of Malaya


The High- Flying Academic Department- A Dream too Far?
Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, University of Malaya
20 May 2014, 14.30 - 16.00
Bilik Cemerlang, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya

The Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (also known as the SPM Department) in the University of Malaya has been at the forefront of higher public health education in Malaysia. The creation of the countryís first and still most respected public health degree programme as well as a thriving research and community involvement culture in the SPM Department has elevated it to the School of Public Health built upon solid foundations. World class institutions should support the ideals of service in all its aspects-research, teaching, community involvement, and communication. All of which require the combined resources and dedication of each and every member of an institutions. This talk will focus on the emerging needs of universities and how model adopted by SPM can be applicable to other departments of higher education institutions to ensure maintenance of competitiveness in the changing landscape of higher education.


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The first Malaysian doctor to gain a PhD in Health Informatics, Awang Bulgiba is also the first public health physician in Malaysia to be awarded four fellowships-- Fellow of Faculty of Public Health, Fellow of Public Health Medicine Malaysia, and Fellow of Academy of Medicine Malaysia, Fellow of Academy of Science). Awang Bulgiba is Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) of the University of Malaya. He part of the editorial boards of the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health (APJPH) and Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal (MOJ), and an international advisory board member of the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine (JECM). He has also been an external examiner and assessor for several universities, was the founding Head of the Julius Centre UM (2008-2012), Chair for the University of Malaya Wellness Programme (2007-2009) and the Malaysian coordinator for the Asia-Europe Clinical Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Medicine Programme (2007-2010). In 2008 and 2012, respectively, Awang was the Organising Chair for the 40th Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) Conference and the 1st Asia Pacific Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine (APCEEBM) Conference. He was recently elected as President of Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) KL, an NGO dedicated to public health. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and is currently Principal Investigator for a few research projects, one of which is the RM3.27 million (US$1,000,000) Spatio-Temporal Modelling and Meta-analysis (STeMM) MOHE-UM HIR Project.