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Who's Who in the Malaysian Education Industry

Ir Professor Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik

Ir Professor Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik

CEO & President
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

Ir Professor Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik has been the President of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) since April 2008. Chuah is well known for forging excellent collaborative relationships between the industry and the academia and for promoting educational and research excellence.

Chuah has successfully obtained contributions from the industry and individuals to set up nine endowed professor chairs in UTAR over the last three years. In 2009, he introduced the structured Soft Skills Certification system for all undergraduates at UTAR, allowing them to be better trained as all-rounded graduates. Chuah’s commitment in bringing UTAR to greater heights has resulted in remarkable achievements by the university.

Over the years, UTAR graduates have enjoyed an employability rate of 97% within six months after graduation. UTAR achieved Tier-5 (Excellent) in SETARA ’13 (Rating System for Malaysia Higher Education Institutions 2013), Tier 5 (Excellent) in D-SETARA for Engineering and Tier 4 (Very Good) in D-SETARA for Health Sciences. Through his efforts, UTAR fostered close collaborative relationships with the industry and many foreign universities for curriculum development, training, R&D collaborations and student and staff exchanges.

As an educator and researcher throughout his career, Chuah has made significant contributions in designing and developing new engineering curriculum as well as groundbreaking researches on microwave remote sensing, applied electromagnetics, and wave propagation for indoor and outdoor communications topics. He has authored and co-authored more than 250 papers in international journals and conferences and his contributions in microwave remote sensing are exemplary. He has formulated various theoretical models (High-order Renormalization Model, Monte-Carlo Models and Dense Medium Phase and Amplitude Correction Theory DM-PACT) to elucidate scattering mechanisms in sparse media and electrically-dense media so as to enhance one’s understanding of the physics of the problem, leading to better insight and applications of remote sensing techniques for monitoring and management of earth resources. His models were used by research groups in other countries for predictions of microwave backscatter returns from tropica forest stands, as well as from snow cover and sea-ice.

Chuah is also an eminent technical leader and is active in professional bodies. He is currently the President of the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) and strongly advocates mutual recognition of engineering degrees in Asia and the Pacific region by promoting the FEIAP Engineering Education guidelines.