Jamil Salmi

Global Tertiary Education Expert


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Jamil Salmi, a Moroccan education economist, is a global tertiary education expert.  Until January 2012, he was the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator. He was the principal author of the Bank’s 2002 Tertiary Education Strategy entitled “Constructing Knowledge Societies:  New Challenges for Tertiary Education”.  In the past twenty years, Mr. Salmi has provided policy advice on tertiary education reform and strategic planning to governments and university leaders in more than 70 countries all over the world.



Mr. Salmi is a member of the international advisory board of several universities in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  He is also a member of the International Advisory Network of the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and the Editorial Committee of OECD’s Journal of Higher Education Management and Policy.  Between 2008 and 2011, he was a member of the Governing Board of the International Institute for Educational Planning.



Mr. Salmi’s 2009 book addresses the “Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities”.  His latest book, co-edited with Professor Phil Altbach, entitled “The Road to Academic Excellence: the Making of World-Class Research Universities”, was published in September 2011.




Nantana Gajaseni

Executive Director


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Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir

Deputy Director General


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Datin Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah binti Tapsir has served as Deputy Director General, Higher Education in the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia since 2009.


Previously, she has held the posts of Campus Director University Teknologi Malaysia International Campus.  She served as Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Internationalisation at the UTM from 2006-2009. Her prior experience includes a posting as Dean of Diploma Programme Studies, and a civil engineering position with Bethel Duncan Associates in Burlington, Massachusetts, in the United States. She started her career as a Civil Engineer in the Public Work Department of Kuala Lumpur.


Mohd Amin Jalaludin

Vice Chancellor


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Producing world class education in the ASEAN region

Higher education in Asia is heading towards a defining period of time. With investment in Universities increasing, the playing fi eld is beginning to level and an era of dominance by the United States and Europe could be coming to an end. The powerhouses in Asia have already found considerable success and attention is now turning to the ASEAN region and the huge potential the member nations have to offer. Higher education is a vital ingredient in enabling a successful economic integration in ASEAN and the Universities involved are all looking at strategies to drive successful outcomes.

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  • Develop cross border partnerships to strengthen performance and prestige
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