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Senior Professor Dato’ Dr Khalid Yusoff

Senior Professor Dato’ Dr Khalid Yusoff

Vice Chancellor and President
UCSI University

Senior Professor Dato’ Dr Khalid Yusoff has been involved in higher education in this country for the past 30 years. “Strive, and Make a Difference” is an apt depiction of his work ethos in pursuing academic excellence and a higher standard of professionalism. He is a firm advocate of research and development and has won numerous awards and research grants for his initiatives in medicine and science, apart from publications in high-impact journals. His h-index is 12 and he has over 1,000 citations of his work. He now leads a large 15-year longitudinal study on the epidemiologic transition evolving in the country resulting in cardiovascular diseases.

Khalid previously served as Foundation Dean of Universiti Teknologi MARA’s Medical Faculty in 2004 where he established it as one of the foremost medical faculties in the country. Prior to that, he played a number of key roles, including Dean, in a career spanning two decades at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. In both institutions, he managed to consolidate the respective faculties of Medicine, built the Heart Centres, and pushed for the creation of UKM’s Molecular Biology Institute, UiTM’s Institute for Medical Molecular Biotechnology, and The Centre for Translational Research and Epidemiology. 

Apart from this, he sits in a number of committees and councils including the National Science and Research Council, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, College of Physicians of Malaysia, Malaysian Society of Hypertension, National BioEthics Council, and National Committee on Clinical Research. A number of professional and learned bodies have bestowed their Fellowships on him.

Khalid is happily married to Professor Datin Paduka Dr Khatijah Mohd Yusoff, a molecular biologist who is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

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