UUM ONLINE: Thailand – The continuous contributions made by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, towards the transformation of UUM into a vibrant and internationally emergent seat of higher learning have, yet again, compelled the discerning in the global community to show their appreciation by conferring upon him the prestigious international award, ‘The Dr. Constantine "Taki" Papadakis Leadership Award for Excellence in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commitment to Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education'.
The award was presented at the 20th WACE World Conference & 8th Thai Cooperative Education Day 2017, which took place from 4 to 8 June in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The conferment of this distinction by the World Association for Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (WACE) has brought honour to the nation and elevated the standing of UUM in the eyes of the international community, all thanks to the Vice-Chancellor’s significant contributions to the development of the organisation, community, and country through leadership, entrepreneurship, and education.
The award was conferred by the Minister of Education of Thailand, HE Dr Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, after it was determined that Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak was the most worthy recipient of the honour out of a shortlisted group of 265 nominated eminent leaders from all over the world, thus making the Vice-Chancellor the fourth figure to receive this prestigious award.
The award, which was instituted in 2011, is organised and presented every 2 years by shortlisting leading personalities who not only do excellent work focused on enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship, but also evince a passionate commitment to 'work-integrated education'.
Among the prominent recipients of this award are C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni of Pennoni Associates (2011), William Howard of CDM Smith (2013), and Judie Kay of RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2015).
The criteria that the nominees for the award should fulfil centre on significant contribution to executive leadership during which innovative strides were taken to produce transformational results. Ideally, the successful recipient must:
• have been innovative in the leadership of an academic institution and/or business organisation;
• have placed his/her organisation on a successful track by exemplifying and implementing standards of excellence;
• have produced results during his/her tenure that led to significant organisational change and transformation; and
• be regarded as an effective leader and advocate for cooperative & work-integrated education, not only within the organisation’s community, but also throughout the greater community as well.
Also present at the ceremony were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International Affairs) Prof. Dr. Hassan Ali, and the Director of the CUIC, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Sobri Don.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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