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Malaysian government appoints Tun Abdul Razak Chair

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 14, 2005) -- The Malaysian Ministry of Education has appointed Professor Dato' Mohamad Abu Bakar to be the 12th Tun Abdul Razak Professor at Ohio University. The Razak chairholders are senior Malaysian scholars selected by the Ministry of Education in consultation with the Razak Council and Ohio University, who have a two-year residency at Ohio.

Dato' Mohamad is a professor in the Department of International and Strategic Studies at the University of Malaya. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Malaya and a master's degree from the University of Lancaster. He also studied at the London School of Economics and earned a certificate in public administration from the European Institute of Public Administration in the Netherlands. His areas of research include Malay politics and foreign policy, contemporary Islam and globalization.

Dato' Mohamad has been a faculty member and administrator at the University of Malaya for more than 30 years. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle; visiting professor at La Plata National University in Buenos Aires, Argentina; visiting fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies in England; and lecturer in Malaysian Studies at the University of Cairo, Egypt. In Malaysia, he has been a lecturer with the Armed Forces Staff College, the Defense College and the National Institute of Public Administration.

"The Tun Razak Program has brought wonderful, brilliant scholars and intellectuals to Ohio University," said Drew McDaniel, director of Southeast Asian Studies. "Professor Dato' Mohamad Abu Bakar continues this tradition. I am sure he will make an impact not only on our campus, but also across the nation. I am delighted to have him on our faculty."

Professor Dato' Mohamad is the author of more than 150 publications. Some of his writings have been translated into Japanese, Tagalog, Indonesian and Spanish. His interviews have appeared in Malay, English, Chinese and German newspapers. He is editor-in-chief of the Institute for Islamic Understanding's IKIM Journal of Islam and International Affairs in Kuala Lumpur.

At Ohio University Professor Dato' Mohamad will teach a course titled Focus on Malaysia, which provides students with an introduction to geographical, historical, demographic, cultural and political settings of Malaysia within the wider context of Southeast Asia. He will teach the Tun Razak Seminar during winter quarter.

The Razak Professor conducts seminars for undergraduate and graduate students in his or her respective areas of expertise and organizes an international conference on Southeast Asia in the second year. Tun Abdul Razak was Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1970 to 1976. A chair in his honor was established at Ohio University's Center for Southeast Asia Studies in 1980. The Razak Chair was endowed jointly by a grant from the Malaysian government and matching funds from American firms operating in Malaysia.

Professor Dato' Mohamad Abu Bakar succeeds Professor Abdul Kadir Din, Professor of Tourism Management at Universiti Utara Malaysia, in the Razak Professorship at Ohio University.

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