Prof. Dato’ Dr Khalid YusoffVice-Chancellor and President
Senior Professor Dato’ Dr Khalid Yusoff is the third Vice-Chancellor and President of UCSI University.
Professor Khalid’s inaugural year at the helm of the University continues to bring about great achievements and transformations. His dedication to the pursuit of excellence and quality ties in nicely with UCSI University’s founding values and his insight will set the University in good stead. The march to push the University further and higher with passionate commitment and sustained team effort has elevated UCSI University to Tier-5, an “Excellent” status in the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions 2013 exercise (SETARA 2013) awarded by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). UCSI University is at the same Tier as the best universities in Malaysia, branches of foreign universities included. Recently, the University was recognised as one of the 300 best universities in Asia by QS ranking. He is networking the University with universities and institutions in Australia, Ireland and France while expanding its role as a provider of quality higher education to Oman, India, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and China.
A clinical cardiologist by training, Professor Khalid has previously served as the Foundation Dean of Universiti Teknologi MARA’s Faculty of Medicine. Under his stewardship, the faculty recorded tremendous growth and established itself as one of the foremost medical faculties in the nation. Prior to that, Professor Khalid played a number of key roles – including serving as Dean – in a career spanning two decades at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He also served as a consultant cardiologist at both universities where he was instrumental in developing their Heart Centres.
Professor Khalid began his medical career as a student at The University of Melbourne, Australia. He was then trained in Cardiology at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. On returning to Malaysia, he built a strong career in academia, bolstered by national and international recognition of his contributions. He is a firm advocate of research and development and his findings are frequently published in high-impact international journals. His papers are cited and referred to by many of his peers, adding credence to his standing as an academic. What Professor Khalid brings to UCSI further enhances the University’s strong links with the industry and its vibrant student life.
The latest addition to Professor Khalid’s ever expanding list of accolades and awards is a Doctor of Medical Sciences (honoris causa) conferred by his alma mater, The University of Melbourne, Australia in October 2014. The citation for the honorary doctorate by the Melbourne University’s Council identifies him as a person of distinguished eminence in medical science, research and medical education. His international outlook was best demonstrated in his development and forging of strategic partnerships between UCSI and world leading universities, culminating in UCSI’s proudest moment when our top Year 2 medical student was selected for an intercalated research year at Harvard University in the USA.
Professor Khalid is happily married to Professor Datin Paduka Dr Khatijah Mohd Yusoff, a molecular biologist who is presently the Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She was the former Deputy Secretary-General at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Well-travelled and global in his outlook, Professor Khalid obtained most of his many qualifications, Awards and fellowships from renowned universities and professional bodies in England, Australia, Scotland and the United States. In 2000, he received the Dato’ Paduka Setia Mahkota Kelantan (DPSK) from His Highness the Sultan of Kelantan for his services to medicine.
He constantly and untiringly encourages his students and colleagues to Go beyond; Be profound: Make a difference.