Chancellors & Pro-Chancellors
The late Tun Dr Mohamed Zahir Haji Ismail
1st Chancellor (1999-2004)
In 1975, Tun Zahir was appointed as a High Court Judge based in Kuala Lumpur and later transferred to Kota Bharu, Kelantan. He served in this capacity until 1982. On account of his legal and political experience he was called upon to yet again serve the Malaysian people, this time in the esteemed capacity as the Speaker of the House of Representatives (Dewan Rakyat).
Tun Zahir’s experiences in providing parliamentarian leadership has been recognised by his colleagues in the ASEAN region and the Commonwealth community. Thus, he has been honoured with the posts of President of the Malaysian Branch of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation, President of the ASEAN Pacific Parliamentary Union, President of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation and President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Tun Zahir’s talents and skills are not just limited to the fields of politics and law. He also shines as an author of Malay literature, having published various articles in magazines and newspapers. In addition, he has written many novels and scripts for dramas.
In August 1998, Tun Zahir was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (Management) by the Universiti Utara Malaysia. Prior to this, he was appointed the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1982.
The late Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Sulaiman Haji Daud
2nd Chancellor (2005-2010)
Tan Sri Sulaiman’s active participation in politics began in 1972 when the then Prime Minister, the late YAB Tun Razak Hussein, appointed him as the Political Secretary to the then Minister of Primary Industry, YB Taib Mahmud. About three months later, he was asked to stand in the by-election in the State Constituency of Sebandi in Semarahan. He won with a huge majority resulting in his opponents losing their deposits. On the announcement of the results of the by-election, the then Chief Minister, Datuk Abdul Rahman Yaakub, appointed Tan Sri Sulaiman as the Minister for Land and Mines, Sarawak. In 1974, Tan Sri Sulaiman was elected the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Santubong and was appointed Deputy Minister for Land and Mines, Malaysia. Thus began his political career at the Federal level.
The 27 long years of his term as a Member of Parliament for Santubong (now Petra Jaya) and one and a half years as a Member of Sarawak State Legislative Assembly saw Tan Sri Sulaiman holding thirteen portfolios, probably a record of some sort.
He served the longest as Federal Minister of Education, for a period of about eight years. It was during his term as the Minister of Education that he launched the International Medical College on 13 April 1992. He retired as the Minister of Agriculture at the end of 1999 and was re-elected Vice-President of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak.
While in office, he represented Malaysia in many international conferences, holding important posts such as Chairman of the ASEAN Ministers of Education Council, elected Member of the Executive Board of UNESCO and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and others.
YBhg Dato’ Seri Dr T. Devaraj
3rd Chancellor (2011-2013)
DGPN, DSPN, DJN, KMN, BCK, PKT MBBS (S’pore), FRCP (Edin), Dip Pall Med (Cardiff), FAM (Mal)
His contributions to the medical fraternity is exceptional and inspiring. Dr Devaraj is the founder member of the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) and served as its President in 1983, as well as having been the chairman of the ethics committee. He was also involved with the MMA Foundation in addition to being an elected member of Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) from 1979-1998. His other interests for over forty years has been the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Penang Branch and the family planning movement in Malaysia.
For his achievements and contributions in the medical field, Dr Devaraj had received many state and federal awards and honours including for the first time the Penang Medical Practitioners’ Outstanding Doctor’s Award in 2004 and in 2005 selected as one of the Caring Physicians of the World by the World Medical Association.
YBhg Dato’ Dr Amir Abbas
4th Chancellor (2014-2017)
3rd Pro-Chancellor (2011-2013)
DPMP, DMedSc (Hon)(UKM), FRCP, DTM&H (L’.pool), FAMM, MBBS (UM-S’pore))
There he obtained the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the University of Liverpool and passed his examinations for Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He returned to Malaysia in 1969 and was appointed the Head of the Rural Health Research Department at the IMR.
In 1972, he was selected by the government to establish the new Medical Faculty at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and was the Foundation Dean of the Faculty from 1972 -1975 before leaving the university for private practice. Dato’ Dr Amir played a key role in establishing the Subang Jaya Medical Centre and was the Medical Director and consultant physician there from 1985 -1987.
Dato’ Dr Amir had been a member of the Councils of both Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the University of Malaya. He was also a past President of the College of Physicians of Malaysia and a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia. In recognition of his significant contributions to the development of medicine in Malaysia, Dato’ Dr Amir was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Medicine Science by UKM in 2001.
IMU has benefitted tremendously from Dato’ Dr Amir’s wisdom and experience. Dato’ Dr Amir was a member of the Board of Governors from 2006 -2013 and the third ProChancellor of the University from 2011 to 2013.
YBhg Dato’ Dr Gan Ee Kiang
5th Chancellor (2018 – 2020)
4th Pro-Chancellor (2014-2017)
BSc (Hon), PhD (UWA), PKT, BCN, JMN, DSPN
He joined Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) where he started as a Lecturer in the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and was promoted through the ranks with the last posting being the Dean of School of Pharmaceutical Sciences for 17 years from 1979-95. During his tenure as Dean, the School gained international prominence in clinical pharmacy education as well as consultancy services and research and development (R&D) activities. During this time, he was instrumental in setting up three new centres at USM: the Drug Research Centre in 1981, the National Poison Centre in 1995, and the National Doping Control Centre in 1996.
Dato’ Dr Gan Ee Kiang has been actively involved in the International Medical University (IMU) since 2005 when he was appointed a member of the Board of Governors. He later served as IMU’s fourth Pro-Chancellor from 2014 to 2017.
The late Dr Mei Ling Young
6th Chancellor (2021)
BA, MA (Hons) Auckland, PhD (Demography) (ANU), DSc (Strath), LLD (Dundee), Hon DMedEd (IMU)
Dr Young joined Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1979 as a lecturer in Development Studies, School of Social Sciences and left in 1985 to set up Sesama Consulting Group Sdn Bhd. She was also an Associate Research Fellow with the Malaysia Institute of Economic Research where she wrote on regional development, manpower planning and private education. In 1991, she established the IMC with Datuk Dr Kamal Salih and the late Dr Saidi Hashim.
She played a key role in managing the international faculty and was responsible for developing the credit transfer partnerships with Partner Medical Schools from Australasia, North America, United Kingdom and Ireland. The consortium grew from five to 37 partner schools including a twinned degree in pharmacy with the University of Strathclyde. Dr Young played a major role in the growth and development of the IMU since its inception in 1992. Her interest in medical education research is on longitudinal studies on IMU graduates.
Dr Young was a driving force in expanding the IMU’s plan to be an integrated healthcare provider by establishing the IMU Healthcare in 2010 with an oral healthcare centre, chiropractic centre, medical clinic and Chinese medicine centre. Adding on to this was the development of an IMU hospital, scheduled to open in 2022.
Dr Young was the first Asian to be awarded the prestigious Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Gold Medal 2017. She was also the President of the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges & Universities (MAPCU) from 2015-2017.
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Yahya Awang
7th Chancellor (2021- present)
5th Pro Chancellor (2018-2020)
MBBS (Monash), FRCS (Glasgow), SMJ, KMN, DPMJ, DMPN, DSAP, PSM, Hon Doct (UKM)
Upon his return to Malaysia, he had helped to develop cardiac surgery locally and was instrumental in training cardiac surgeons and cardiac paramedics to meet the needs of the nation.
In 1992, Dr Yahya, together with his colleagues, pioneered the establishment of the National Heart Institute (IJN), where he also established the Clinical Research Unit, which enabled the Institute to undertake clinical research and collection of relevant clinical data in cardiac surgery.
Dr Yahya is known for performing the coronary artery bypass surgery on Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, Malaysia’s Prime Minister, in 1989 and leading a team in performing the first heart transplant in Malaysia on 18 December 1997. He also served as IMU’s fifth Pro-Chancellor from 2018-2020.
The late Tan Sri Datuk Seri Chong Hon Nyan
1st Pro-Chancellor (2003-2007)
AMN, KMN, JMN, PSM, DGSM
He was re-posted to Malacca and served as an Assistant State Secretary until he was selected to join the Malayan Civil Service in 1957. He served in the Federal Establishment Office in the Prime Minister’s Department. Subsequently, he transferred to the Ministry of Finance and then to the Ministry of Agriculture as Secretary General before being re-posted to the Ministry of Finance as its Secretary General in 1972. He was awarded the AMN, KMN, JMN, PSM and DGSM(Malacca) for his public services.
In the General Elections in 1974, he was elected as a member of Parliament for the Batu Berendam constituency of Malacca and served the constituency for three successive terms until 1984.
During that period, he was also the Deputy Minister of Finance, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Minister of Health and of Transport after which he opted to retire from the Cabinet. He was Secretary General of the MCA until his retirement.
During the course of his public service, he attended meetings of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Colombo Plan, World Health Organisation, Commonwealth Finance and Health Ministers’ Conferences and Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific Region. He also visited countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America as the leader of various official government delegations and was elected President of the World Health Assembly in 1982 for a year. He is the National Patron of the Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia, Chairman of the Trustees of the Tan Sri Lee Yan Lian Charitable Foundation and Patron of the Selangor and Federal Territory Gardening Society. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Montfort Boys’ Town, Honorary Treasurer of the Malaysian Association for the Blind, Council Member of the Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital, Chairman of the Council of Tunku Abdul Rahman College, member of the Lions Club, Patron of the Y.M.C.A. and independent member of the National Economic Consultative Council appointed by the Prime Minister. He 6 1 is an independent non-executive Director of a number of public listed and private companies and a member of the Board of Governors of the International Medical University.
The late Dato’ Dr Lim Kee Jin
2nd Pro-Chancellor (2003-2007)
MBBS Malaya, FRCP
He joined the General Hospital in Penang as a house physician and was promoted to the position of a senior house officer and then as the medica registrar. In 1956, Dr Lim left for the UK where he joined the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s Derrick Dunlop unit. Upon his return to Malaysia in 1958, he joined the General Hospital in Johor Bahru as a consultant physician and later in 1969 became a senior consultant physician at the same hospital.
Dr Lim was interested in medical education and founded the postgraduate medical centre at the General Hospital. This was a first in Malaysia. He was also the Chairman of this centre.
Dr Lim has written papers on a diverse range of topics and these include coronary heart disease in young men, snake bites, acute transverse myelitis, nephrotic syndrome and motor neurone disease in young adults. He was a member of the editorial board of the Malaysian Medical Journal and editor in chief of the Malaysian Medical Association Newsletter.
He was president of the Association of Physicians of Malaysia (1964-1965), assistant master of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (1965-1966), a member of the National Health Council of Malaysia and of the Malayan Medical Council (1960-1966). From 1969 to 1970 he was president of the Malaysian Medical Association.
Dr Lim has received a number of national honours and awards. These include the Sultan Ibrahim medal (1960), the Knight of the Most Distinguished Order of the Defender of the Realm (1966), the Companion of the Most Honourable Order of Johor (1965) and the Commander of the Most Honourable Order of Johor (1972).
YBhg Datin Paduka Setia Dato’ Dr Aini Ideris
6th Pro-Chancellor (2021 – present)
DVM (UPM), MVSc (Liverpool), PhD (UPM), FASc,
FIAS, FMCVS, FMSA, SSIS, DPMK, DSIS, PSK, KMN
Her research area is in the control of avian respiratory and immunosuppressive diseases, and development of poultry vaccines, some of these research have resulted in commercialisation of poultry vaccines that are sold across the world.
The pinnacle of her success was in 2013, when she was inducted as one of the Inaugural Members of the Hall of Honour, by the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) for her contributions to scientific research, poultry education and training, poultry health systems and for her outstanding leadership qualities. This is the most prestigious recognition accorded by the Avian Veterinary Fraternity worldwide to outstanding recipients.
Dr Aini is actively involved in many committees at the national and international levels, as Council member, Chairperson or Executive Committee member. She is also a member of the International Medical University (IMU)’s Board of Governors since 2012.