President/Vice-Chancellor, Open University Malaysia (OUM)
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR AHMAD IZANEE AWANG is the current President/Vice-Chancellor of Open University Malaysia (OUM). He has more than 30 years of experience in education and management, and served at several public and private higher education institutions prior to joining OUM in 2006. His expertise lies in the fields of adult education and educational leadership.
He started his OUM career as Director of one of OUM Learning Centres in the East Coast of Malaysia in November 2006, then transferring to the OUM Main Campus as Head of the Assessment and Examination Division in 2014. With his expertise in educational management and vast experience in teaching and administration, he was then appointed the University Registrar in 2016 before being promoted to General Manager (Business Development and Support Services) in 2019, where he was responsible for six major portfolios, i.e., business development, property development and maintenance, security, information technology, learning centres and quality assurance. He gave particular focus to developing business opportunities and identifying new potential partners, particularly those from outside Malaysia.
Dr Ahmad Izanee received a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from University of New South Wales in 1990, Diploma in Education from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1996, Master of Science (Educational Administration) from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2001, and finally Doctor of Education from Universiti Selangor in 2012. Since his early teaching days at a local boarding school, he has been an active participant in community services. He believes in the promotion of social innovation as research outcomes. At the national level, Dr Ahmad Izanee has contributed his knowledge and expertise in developing the “Blueprint on Enculturation of Lifelong Learning for Malaysia 2011-2020”, “Malaysia Education Blueprint: 2015-2025 (Higher Education)” and “Way Forward for Private Higher Education Institutions: Education as an Industry (2020-2025)” in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education.