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First City UC appoints New Vice-Chancellor
10 Oct 2019
On 1st October 2019 First City University College welcomed Prof Dr Saw Sor Heoh as the new Vice-Chancellor.
Prof Dr Saw has a first class Bachelor of Science (Hons) Physics and a PhD in Physics specialising in plasma confinement fusion energy technology from University of Malaya. She also has a Master of Arts in Educational Management from The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
With over 30 years of teaching, management and research experiences with private higher institutions of learning, Prof Dr Saw is among the pioneers in private higher education in Malaysia. Her achievements and expertise include engineering education, academic quality assurance, ISO quality management systems, student learning enhancement, academic staff development and research capacity building. She has successfully set-up ISO quality management system, pedagogical skills training and developed research capacity for two new private universities in Malaysia. She is a member of the Malaysia Qualifications Agency for Standards: Master’s and Doctoral Degree by Research document task force.
Prof Dr Saw is an accomplished researcher in fusion technology with over 150 journal publications, research projects and PhD students. She founded numerous conferences and sits in various International Advisory Committees. She has been a recipient of various international grants including from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. She also led and participated in many national grants, has a patent filed for an innovative fusion energy device system and received the National Outstanding Educator Award 2015 from the Private Education Co-operative of Malaysia.
An international academic figure, Prof Dr Saw was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the Turkish Science and Research Foundation, is the Co-Director of the Institute of Plasma Focus Studies, and was a Consultant Visiting Professor to the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Kansas State University. Prof Saw is currently the Vice-President of Asian-African Association for Plasma Training, a role she has held since 2012.
Prof Dr Saw has served as an academic and held various educational administrator posts including Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor of two private universities before joining First City UC.
In welcoming Prof Dr Saw, Tan Sri Teo CL, Governor of the First City UC, Tan Sri Teo Chiang Liang says :
“Prof Dr Saw joins First City UC with a wealth of knowledge and experience which will augur well for First City UC’s growth, moving forward”
Prof Dr Saw shared:
“I am elated to join First City UC at this exciting phase of the University College as it journeys forward from strength to strength transforming into a world-class university. The University College has a fine tradition of producing highly employable graduates and successful entrepreneurs. The metropolitan campus provides a vibrant and challenging learning and personal development environment and enrichment opportunities that empower students to be globally competitive. I look forward to enhancing the provision of industry relevant programmes which will enrich learning experiences and empower success for lifelong growth and development of our graduates”.