Who's Who in the Malaysian Education Industry
Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab. Yajid
Management & Science University (MSU)
The name Management and Science University (MSU) has become synonymous with quality education that is both transformative and enriching. Making an impact in Malaysia, Asia, and the rest of the world, its rise to prominence is owed to the visionary leadership of MSU President and Founder, Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab. Yajid.
The inaugural recipient of the ACEEU Asia Pacific Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award 2020 is also the SEBA Education Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 and the Asia Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.
In 2019, MSU became Asia’s first to be recognized by Netherlands-based ACEEU as Entrepreneurial and Engaged. This year, the Asia-Pacific Triple-E Awards 2020 by the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU) shortlisted MSU as a Finalist for Entrepreneur University of the Year and a Finalist for Student- Driven Sustainability Project of the Year.
With a blueprint curriculum and ecosystem, he led MSU to the Most Entrepreneurial Private University Award from the Ministry of Education Malaysia. MSU rates Excellent on the Ministry’s SETARA National Rating System, and, with 98.7% of MSU graduates able to secure a job six within months of graduation, #1 for graduate employability among the nation’s varsities in the Ministry’s graduate tracer study.
Professor Shukri’s Asia Pacific Award for Leadership in Human Capital Development 2016, received from the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, concurrently earned MSU the Asia Pacific Best Brand in Education Award. MSU emerged GradMalaysia’s Top Graduate Employer in the Education Sector in 2019.
Currently ranking as a World Top 100 among the world’s Top 50 Universities Under 50, QS Top 200 among Asia’s best universities, and Times Higher Education (THE) Top 301+ for University Impact, MSU listed in the Top 51% of the world’s best universities in QS WUR 2020, as well as Top 200 for impact on global health and well-being, gender equality, and reduced inequalities.
MSU has also been awarded Platinum 5 Crowns by the UK’s Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC); and QS-rated 5-Stars on the metrics of Teaching, Graduate Employability, Facilities, Social Responsibility, and Inclusiveness.
Education for all and a passion for holistic, balanced, well-roundedness
The MSU President’s vision in establishing the University and MSU Foundation is for equal access to education as a means to transforming lives and enriching future. With scholarships worth millions of Ringgit, no dream gets left behind in worldwide journeys to a better future.
His accomplishments in sparking social transformation has earned him various state awards such as the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) 2002 by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang, the Darjah Setia Diraja Kedah (DSDK) 2006 and the Darjah Gemilang Seri Mahkota Kedah Yang Dihormati (DGMK) 2009 by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kedah. Professor Shukri received the Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) from His Majesty the King of Malaysia in 2014.
As an all-rounded educator passionate about developing holistic, balanced, well-rounded graduates, Professor Shukri plays active roles across teaching, research, curricular development, quality compliance, leadership, social entrepreneurship, management, and strategic development alike. He is a prolific contributor to academic papers, articles, journals, workshops, and the sharing of knowledge. He currently supervises PhD and Master’s candidates in Management, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing research.
Professor Shukri steered the founding of the ASEAN Scholars on International Education Network (ASCIEN) with the aim of internationalizing higher education in the ASEAN region. He also initiated the MSU International Centre for Cyber Security which collaborates with local authorities as well as international partner industries and universities in undertaking research, training, and education on matters of systems and security.
Having earned the double distinctions of Excellence in Quality International Education and Outstanding Contribution to International Education, MSU has been accorded “Premier University” status by the UK’s Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). MSU is an ASIC Global TVET Model University with ASIQUAL Validated Award Centre Status, a recognition for which Professor Shukri received the ASIC Outstanding Leadership in International TVET Education award.
MSU is also the first non-Japanese university recognized by Japan’s Alliance of Business Education & Scholarship of Tomorrow (ABEST 21). Professor Shukri’s distinguished career and outstanding achievements earned him the Doctor Honoris Causa from Josai International University, Japan.
His significant leadership in education and its development has rewarded him with the rare and prestigious Distinguished Fellowship Award from Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Ireland. His exceptional achievement and successful business transformation earned him the Middle East & North Africa and Asia Best Business Leaders Award 2015 and the Union of National Business Ratings (UNBR), Kazakhstan: "Pride of Education" Award 2016.
For promoting borderless education through global mobility, and opening access to medical education in Eastern Europe, he was awarded the Dr Tytus Chalubinski Medal from Poland’s Medical University in Warsaw. Professor Shukri has been made a Life- Time Senator by Hof University in Germany, and is an Honorary Doctorate of Korea Maritime University for his work establishing strong ties between Malaysia and Korea in the area of education.