Jayum Anak Jawan JBS (Sarawak)
B.A. (Individual Degree), University of North Carolina at Asheville, 1980.
M.A. (International Relations), Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 1981.
PhD (Southeast Asian Studies), University of Hull, England, UK, 1990.
Jayum, the 15 th Tun Abd Razak Chair & Visiting Professor of Political Science, is senior Professor of Politics and Government at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang (Malaysia) that he first joined in 1982. At UPM, he has been teaching various aspects of Malaysian politics, history and society. These areas have since the mid-1980s being developed into various required courses (liberal arts foundation) in public and private universities in Malaysia. In this, his involvement was to help developed the curriculum for Malaysian Politics and Ethnic Relations at UPM and also for the Malaysian Qualification Agency (formerly the National Accreditation Board), Malaysia that supervises and accredits universities in the country.
He researches, writes and presents papers on these themes focusing his anaysis on the ethnic dimension of development or lack of it, ethnic relations and the electoral process as well as governance. To date, he has successfully supervised not less than 35 graduate students who have receved their Master of Science and Doctor of Philospy in Politics and Government and comprised diverse nationalities from countries such as Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sudan, South Korea, Jordan and Algeria. Some of his foreign students have gone back to be diplomat and hold important positions in government of their respective countries. And some of his students from Malaysia are either presently holding or have held important positions in state and federal governments and its agencies as well as in national universities.
He currently sits in the sub-committee (as Deputy Head, Politics, Security & International Affairs Cluster) of the National Council of Professors, Prime Minister’s Department that engages both the government and non governmental organisations as the former seek to provide objective input to the process of governance. He has also sat in the National Science and Research Council, Malaysia (Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation) (2011-2013) and the curriculum sub-commttee of the National Service Training Program of the Ministry of Defense, Malaysia (1997). Prior to coming to Ohio University, Jayum has also held visiting positions to the University of Hull (2004 & 2005), the Northern University of Bangladesh (2010) and was offered the same to the University of Leeds in 2011.
Outside of work, he is a member of the Sarawak Iban Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in Malaysian and represents the former in the Judicial Council of the Methodist Church in Malaysia.
SELAMAT DATANG ( i.e. welcome) to the Tun Abdul Razak Chair’s website. This year marks about 35 years of collaboration between the government of Malaysia and the University of Ohio in promoting better understanding and goodwill between the peoples of the two great nation-states. Since its establishment in 1980, the chair has brought 14 senior Malaysian scholars to Ohio, including two women. All holders had come from various disciplines of the social sciences and humanities and they had each brought with them wealth of experiences to be shared with the academic and community of Ohio in particular and the United States at large. This is particularly so in various aspects of the Malaysian society and culture, political processes, economic development and ethnic relations and bargaining.
In my tenure as the 15 th Tun Abdul Razak Chair holder, I hope not only to organize and bring senior scholars on Malaysian studies from Malaysia to Ohio, but also non Malaysian scholars who have done extensive work on Malaysia, including those from various institutions in the United States here and including those from the other side of the North Atlantic, particularly the United Kingdom and Europe. In this way, we can generate wider empirical discourses and bring in non-Malaysian centric view of Malaysia and its role in the regional and world political stage. In the process, the audience could get a broader perspective of the issues and challenges facing the Malaysian nation-state and its plural society and its role in the wider regional and international community. Incidentally, Malaysia is chair of ASEAN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, for 2015, the year in which ASEAN’s economic community is set to materialize.
Changes and transformation in Malaysia is getting very dynamic with each passing years and general elections. There appears to be some inertia as dynamic changes are poised to challenge the “business as usual” approach of promoting inter-ethnic relations that are also being besot by various discords related to religion, culture, economic and politics. While there may be people who would view these new challenges as retrogressive, but it must be recalled that it was a upheaval in the late 1960s that had propelled new ideas to the front and consequently had driven Malaysia to its economic success and political stability that had help shaped its new social structure.
Once again and after more than 50 years into its formation, Malaysia is once being challenged by new, unfolding events that it had never experienced before. Like it had done before, the country will emerge stronger when diverse and dissenting view have been properly managed and accounted for in arriving at new formula to propel the country ahead beyond 2020.
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