Who's Who in the Malaysian Education Industry
Professor Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid
University of Technology Sarawak (UTS)
Prof. Datuk Dr. Khairuddin Ab. Hamid or Prof K as he likes to be called graduated with Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering (Hons.) receiving Best Student Award at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He then obtained Master of Science (Electrical Engineering) from University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. Later in 1992, Prof K was conferred Doctor of Philosophy (Electronic Systems Engineering) from University of Essex, UK. He was also conferred an honorary doctorate from University of Essex.
He began his career as an Assistant Lecturer of Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Prof K became the founding Head of Data Communications Laboratory and Telematics Research Group of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Later, Prof K became the acting Head of Department of Communications Engineering for the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Prof K then started his academic and management career in Sarawak as an Associate Professor of Faculty of Engineering at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas). Then, he became the Founding Dean of Faculty of Engineering at Unimas in 1993. Prof K became Unimas’s Vice Chancellor from 2008 until 2013. He finally continued as a Senior Professor (JUSA A) of the Department of Electronic Engineering in Unimas. In 2014, Prof K became the Vice Chancellor of University Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering until January 2018. Later on, Prof K is appointed as the second Vice Chancellor of University College of Technology Sarawak from 1 st February 2018 until now.
From time to time over his career, he had served as a guest speaker, member of technical expert, panel, consultant, external assessor at various institutions and Government Bodies. Prof K is recognized for his work in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for rural development, especially the e-Bario project which won the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management Award (CAPAM) in 2006.