Professor Tan Sri Dr. Ghauth Jasmon is the 10th University of Malaya Vice-Chancellor (2008 to 2013). Prof Ghauth commenced his position as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malaya on 10th November 2008 replacing Datuk Rafiah Salim. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Founder President/CEO of Multimedia University for 11 years and subsequently as the Chief Executive Officer of Unity College International for 10 months.
It was during his period as VC that University of Malaya made dramatic advancement in the QS World University Rankings and managed to get into the top 500 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2010, and has remained since. It was also Tan Sri Ghauth who initiated the High Impact Research (HIR) programme in 2010 and he was instrumental in getting the special research allocation of almost RM600 million from the Ministry of Higher Education for UM HIR in August 2011. He attracts Malaysian scholars abroad to develop the country through science and technology advancement.
Prof. Ghauth Jasmon was born on 1st November 1956 in Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia. He graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1979 and acquired his PhD degree in Power Systems Engineering in 1982 from the University of London.
His career began with a Lectureship in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Malaya in 1982. He was appointed the Head of the Electrical Engineering Department from 1986 to 1988. Based on his research, publication and consultancies, Prof. Ghauth was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and to Full Professor in 1992. In the same year, he was appointed the Dean of Engineering and held the position until August 1995. During his period as Dean, he introduced the Built Environment Programmes comprising Degrees in Architecture, Land and Quantity Surveying and several new Engineering degrees such as Materials, Telecommunication, Manufacturing and Environmental. Prof. Ghauth was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development) in August 1995.
As an academic, Prof. Ghauth has contributed extensively in research and in the Engineering Profession. He has researched in the areas of Power Systems Analysis, Network Analysis, Voltage Stability, System Security and Neural Networks. His works have been published in 30 international journal papers, 45 conference/seminars, and other publications. He has also been involved in many professional engineering activities especially in the IET (UK) and IEEE (US), and was formerly a Secretary General and Vice President of the Association for Engineering Education in South East Asia and the Pacific. He is currently a Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Senior Member of the IEEE and an Eisenhower Fellow.
Due to his vast contributions to the development of the country's private tertiary education initiatives, he was bestowed with the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM) which carries the title Datuk by the Governor of Malacca.
Notable HIR Scientists
- Lam Wei Haur - Sustainable Ocean Energy and Waterway Developments in the Straits of Malacca
- Chapman, Karen (2008-11-08). "Ghauth made UM vice-chancellor". The Star. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- Nagu, Suzieana Uda (2008-11-15). "Profile: Fast-track route to success". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- "Malacca Governor's birthday honours list". The Star. 2004-10-13. Retrieved 2009-12-11. and subsequently the Panglima Seri Mahkota (PSM) which carries the title Tan Sri by the King of Malaysia.