Tuesday, February 17, 2015


The 5th Malaysian Society for Educational Administration and Management (MSEAM) Biennial Meeting was held at Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. The new committee members for 2015-2017 were appointed which comprise of young and experienced, edupreneurs and leaders, educationists and thinkers would bring MSEAM to the next level.
(official website : www.mseam.org.my)
Sitting (L-R) : Dr. Amer, Dato' Satinah, Dato' Freida, Prof. Dato' Dr. Ibrahim Bajunid, Datuk Yaacob, me
Standing (L-R) : Dr. Rahimah, Dr. Sathyabama, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khuan, Dr. Noraziah, Kamisah, Abidah, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hairuddin, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Izham, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Raja Mohd Fauzi, Gerald, Dr. Gurcharan

Friday, February 13, 2015

Training for SPRM Senior Officers

SPRM (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) has taken a bold step to educate society on corruption by setting up their own 'Corruption Education Division'. The aim of this division is to reach the society who is in oblivion of the existence of the SPRM and ignorant on how to lodge a report of corruption practices. The division is also responsible to educate the society the functions of SPRM and its limitations. 

The training was held at Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA), Kuala Lumpur attended mostly by SPRM senior officers. I was given a task on how to develop a good training need analysis and training module development.

Meeting with Institute of Educational Leadership University of Malaya

Me, Mazlan (Acting Registrar IAB), Dr. Michelle Jone (Deputy Director IEL), Dr. Sathia (Deputy Director IEL), Prof. Dr. Alma Harris (Director IEL), Rashidah (Acting Director IAB)
 The meeting was held on 9 Feb. 2015 at IAB and was chaired by Hjh. Rashidah, IAB's Deputy Director (acting Director). The focus of the meeting was on the collaboration of IEL with IAB in several areas particularly on capacity building of IAB's lecturers, joint-research, publication and promoting participation on conferences organized by IAB or IEL.

Briefing by IEL top management to prospective Ph.D. candidates. Most of the lecturers attended the briefing seemed to be interested in pursuing their study at IEL. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

The First(s) at IABU

Here are some of the FIRSTs at Institut Aminuddin Baki Northern Branch (IABU) :

1. First Director : Zulkifli Bahari (1996-1997)
2. First IABU's staff that became Institut Aminuddin Baki's Director : Dr. Ishak Sin (2003-2004)
3. First IABU's staff that became State Education Director : Tn. Hj. Abas Awang
4. First Excellent Lecturer (Pensyarah Cemerlang) : Tn. HjShahabudin Ashari (1997)
5. First IABU lecturer being awarded a doctoral degree : Dr. Sazali Yusoff (2005)
6. First ISO9000 Lead Auditors :  Nor Asikin Salleh &  Meriam Ismail (1996)
7. First supporting staff being awarded a bachelor's degree :  Arison Ali
8. First recipient of RCELAM's Roll of Honour : Datin Asariah Mior Shaharuddin (2009)
9. First participants stayed at IABU's Residence : 1st RCELAM 2009's participants
10. First retiree : Zulkifli Bahari (1997)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Presenting a paper at Educational Management Conference for Principals of Kedah : 6 Aug. 2104, Taiping Perak

With Kedah Principal Council Committee Members : L-R ; Yusup, Abu Seman (President), Me, Hanie (co-presenter), Bohlender, Latifah & Turin

The title of my paper was 'Cabaran Pemimpin Pendidikan di Era Globalisasi : Analisis Makro Matlamat Pendidikan Sawarjagat' ( Education Leadership Challenges in the Era of Globalization : Macro analysis on World Education Objectives). The presentation begins briefly with the current world scenario from economic, poverty, literacy, health/sanitation, & education perspectives. It follows with provocative arguments on the 'traditional education system' versus 'entrepreneurial education system'.
A light chat with Hannie prior to presentation
Standardization, conformity, centralization, regimentation and rote-memorization were discussed deeply as well as the opposite perspective of education system such as democratization, flexibility, dececentralization, project/product-based learning. It ends with suggestions on how to transform the present schools to world class schools.
Presenting a paper
The evident of entrepreneurial-inclined approach of teaching success was then presented by Hannie who was considered as 'problematic with deviant behavior' during her school years but now a successful entrepreneur. She shared about her experience while in school and her formative years in entrepreneurship. More than 150 participants gave a standing ovation for both of us. Congratulation Hannie!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Professional Visit to Sydney Australia 7-12 June 2014

With Prof. Bhindi, Director, Australian Center for Educational Leadership - discussing on  Engaging aborigines for education

With Prof. Paul Chandler - Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Wollangong. In the middle is Jessica Gnata coordinator of this program

Prof. Paul presented a paper on School Improvement Program

Benchmarking visit to Al Malek Fahd International School, Sydney

Benchmarking Visit to Meriden Girl School, Sydney

Class in action at Al Malik Fahd School

Monday, June 23, 2014

Diploma of Science with Education UPM 1982 - Physics Major

Standing L-R : Kharudin, Saad Samsi, Me, Aziz, Hudzairi, Ismail, Azman, Mohamad, Saad Jali, Zaid
Seating  (L-R): Rozali, Ramli, Azizah, Mazli, Hadip, Rahim
In Physics lab.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Head of Centre, Centre of Research, Evaluation & ICT Development

Receiving letter of appointment as Head of Centre, Centre of Research, Evaluation & ICT Development,  IAB Main Campus, Bandar Enstek, from the Director, Dato' Khairil Awang. Effective 16 May 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Research Workshop

Facilitating a workshop on research activities for IAB senior lecturers at Kuala Lumpur International Hotel.
7 - 9 April 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Promotion to Grade DG54

Photo session with IAB's Director, Dato' Hj. Khairil Awang after receiving letter of promotion to Grade DG54.
Front row: L-R : Rahimi, Hamzah, Mohd Zanal (Branch Director, IABU), Dato' Khairil, Dr. Abdul Zubir (Deputy Branch Director, IABU), Dr. Sazali, Norihan
2nd Row, L-R : Elhammi, Dr. Balasandran, Mohd Rosidi, Nasaruddin
31 March 2014

Friday, November 29, 2013

Professional Development Course for Indonesian Headmasters (24-27 Nov 2013)

In a classroom 

One of the participant - Jenk Noenk

A shot with IAB Northern Branch Director, Mohd Zanal Dirin

In a computer lab. ICT in School Management delivered by Elhammi Ahmad and Zamri Abu Bakar
The 3-day intensive course was designed by Dr. Noer Doddy from Universiti Utara Malaysia and senior lecturers from IAB Northern Branch.
The participants are from Yogyakarta and Surabaya.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My New Book (co-authored with Suzana Abdul Latiff)

Book cover.
We were honoured that Prof. Dr. Tony Bush from The Nottingham University, UK wrote the foreword of the book.


I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide a foreword for this important new book on 

leadership development.   The significance of specific preparation and development for school 

principals, and other leaders, is increasingly recognized and Malaysia makes a valuable 

contribution to this process through the work of the Institut Aminuddin Baki, the National 

Institute of Educational Leadership and Management, where both authors are employed.

Suzana Abd Latif and Sazali Yusoff have produced an engaging text which connects ideas on 

school leadership to notions of leadership development, drawing on a wide range of 

international research and literature.   The book is intended as a reference point for scholars, 

educational leaders and practitioners and is likely to be particularly helpful for the latter 

groups.  The authors make the important point that leadership is not a uni-dimensional 

phenomenon and they also stress that it is both a practical and a theoretical concept.     

The first part of the book, ‘Educational Leadership and Management’, sets the scene and 

introduces the three dimensions of capacity, capability and competency, which inform the rest 

of the text.   The authors also make a significant distinction between ‘self’, ‘other’, and 

organization, which is a useful device for reflective leaders and practitioners.   Self-knowledge is 

regarded as increasingly important and the international literature shows clearly that leaders’ 

impact on school and student outcomes is indirect, exerted through colleagues and other 

stakeholders.  The authors’ focus on the organization is also very welcome because it shifts the 

lens from individual leaders, the core of most texts on this subject, to leadership, which is a 

Part two focuses on developing leadership capacity and the authors identify four key elements 

of this construct; knowledge, skill, attitude and drive.  This is a helpful distinction because many 

leadership development programmes focus primarily on knowledge acquisition and under-

represent the other more practical dimensions.   The best international practice addresses 

understanding, what leaders know and need to know, and application, how leaders develop 

their skills and apply their learning to their school contexts.

The final part examines how leadership capability can be enhanced.    There is an important 

distinction to be made between capacity and capability and the authors do this in a helpful way.   

They stress the interdependence of self, other and organization, discussed earlier, and link 

them to the key notions of structure, culture and character.   They conclude by stressing the 

need for principals to shape and reshape their work as educational leaders.

This book is likely to be of great value for aspiring and current leaders and I hope that the 

authors will consider preparing a companion volume that will reflect on the leadership 

preparation and development opportunities available to Malaysian principals and their impact 

on school and student outcomes.

Professor Tony Bush

University of Nottingham (UK and Malaysia)

1.1       Points of Departure                                                                
1.2       A Dynamic Disequilibrium                                                     
1.3       Leadership Development : An Integrated Model                   
2.1       Knowledge, Skill, Attitude and Drive                                               
2.2       Skills                                                                                       
2.3       Attitude                                                                                  
2.4       Drive                                                                                       
3.1       Self, Other, Organization : An Interdependency                   
3.2       The Self : The Multiplicity of Roles and Function                 
3.3       The Others : “The Heart and soul of an organization”           
3.4       Organization : Its Structure, Culture and Character             

3rd RCELAM 2013 (19 - 21 November 2013) - Genting Highlands

Keynote Speech 1 : Prof. Dr. Tony Bush - The Nottingham University, UK.

Education is increasingly regarded as the key to economic and social development.   Many governments, including Malaysia, are reforming their education systems to bring about school improvement.  This paper will explore the leadership implications of educational reform, in recognition that change succeeds, or may falter, at the school level.   The paper will examine the nature and scope of school leadership and consider how good leaders manage their schools.    The Malaysia Education Blueprint (Ministry of Education 2012) advocates instructional leadership and the paper will address what this means for school leaders.   The paper will consider the evidence on the impact of school leadership on learner outcomes and discuss the implications of reform for the development of leaders.   .......

Keynote Address 2 : Prof. Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak - President International Association of Universities, Paris. Topic : Exploring new possibilities in the era of sustainability

Education will be facing a period uncertainty as we approach the end of several of global agenda such as Education for All, and the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. The last decade has witnessed education being challenged by the need to construct new vision and pathway towards sustainability, be it with respect to learning and teaching processes, curriculum design and quality systems towards sustainable development. The post-2015 development agenda will most likely to further challenge education by requiring new leadership and management skills in reorienting education for sustainability in the 21st century.
Keynote Address 3 : Dr. David Zyngier - Monash University, Melbourne Australia.
Topic : Education for Democracy : Exploring New Possibilities globally and locally. What the research suggests.

This paper reports on the research of the international Global Doing Democracy Research Project, which currently has some 50 scholars in over 25 countries examining perspectives and perceptions of democracy in education in order to develop a more robust and critical democratic education among pre- and in-service teachers, teacher education academics, and educators, in general. The focus of the project is on how education supports, cultivates and engages in, and with, democracy
Keynote Address 4 : Prof. Dr. Alma Harris - Director, Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya.
Topic : Leading school and system transformation

School and system improvement will not be secured without a shift in emphasis from knowledge exchange to knowledge creation. This will require greater innovation and creativity in our schools and school systems than ever before. However the challenges associated with this shift cannot be underestimated. This keynote focuses on the challenges, potential and possibilities of school and system transformation. It explores how creativity and innovation can be secured at scale through a combination of collaboration and consolidation. It considers the type of educational leadership required to support such change and argues for distributed leadership where it is expertise, rather than role, than defines the leader. It argues that distributed leadership 'matters' and that if we are serious about school and system transformation we need forms of leadership that will help lead us into the future and not those rooted in the past.
Presenter from Japan, Dr. Yusuke Suzumura

Presenter from Iran, Masoumeh

With delegates from Kazakstan (Maganat & Aisham), Uzbekistan (Makhprat & Anvar) & Australia (Jessica Gnata)
With delegates from Maldives, South Africa, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
With Jessica Gnata from Australia

Friday, August 30, 2013

Meeting with Prof. Tony Bush - The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

The aim of the meeting was to familiarize Prof. Bush, 3rd RCELAM 2013 keynote speaker, with IAB. The discussion was expanded to paving the opportunities of collaboration between IAB and UNMC in the area of training, capacity building, faculty exchange, research, and publication. UNMC has given IAB's staff a flexibility who wish to pursue their Ph.D. at UNMC.
Shahrizal, (PADU), Dr. Ashley (UNMC), Rokiyah, Norihan, Dr. Zainab (Deputy Director, IAB), Prof. Tony Bush, Gana (Director of Studies, UNMC), Dr. Rafee, Zanal, Dr. Yusof, Dr. Sazali - Venue : Pearl International Hotel, KL,  29 Aug. 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Facilitating  a workshop for IAB's senior lecturers on Training Need Analysis and  Designing  Training Program  (29 - 31 May 2013)

The participants
Seating, L-R : Dr. Zaiton (Head of Center), Shaufi, me, Zulkifli (workshop Manager), Dr. Yusof (Head of Center), Dr. Kamaruzaman (Facilitator), Chew (Facilitator), Liew, Dr. Sulaiman (Head of Center)
Standing 1st row : Ismail, Raja, Samihah, Siti Zaleha, Dr. Quah, Noraida, Nazhatul Shima, Noriza, Norlaila, Parimala
Standing 2nd row : Chua, Salina, Wan Zakiah, Ustaz Shaiful, Salehuddin, Yahaya, Rahimi, Wan Ghazali, Razak
Standing 3rd row : Wan Faizal, Azami, Mohamed

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

National Colloquium on Instructional Leadership 2013 - IAB

As  moderator for keynote speaker, Prof. Dr. Cameron Richards, UTM

Prof. Dr. Cameron delivering his speech

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Internationalization and Benchmarking Visit to Spain : 16 - 23 April 2013

 Meeting with Ministry of Education, Training and Universities of Spain - 17 April 2013.
L-R : Norihan Azizan, Me, Dr. Zainab Husin (Deputy Director, IAB), Dato' Ilankonvan (Ambassador of Malaysia to Spain)
Secretary of State of Education, Training and Universities of Spain and her 3 senior officers - Mrs D Monstserrat Gomendio Kindelan (2nd. from left. Equivalent to Deputy Minister in Malaysia)

 Group photo after the meeting

Dialog with Faculty of Education, University of Granada, Granada. A picture with the Vice-Dean ( 19 April 2013)

Friday, December 14, 2012

2nd International Conference on Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia

Presenting a paper entitled "School Culture, Leadership and Trust among Malaysian  Teachers". (Co-authored with Dr. Thiyagarajan).
Venue : Meritus Pelangi Beach Hotel, Langkawi. Date : 11 - 13 Dec. 2013

Keynote speakers : Prof. Dato' Dr. Ibrahim Bajunid, (Deputy Vice Chancellor, INTI-Laureate International Universities)Prof. Dr. Alma Harris, (Director, Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya) and Professor Shantha Liyanage, (University of Technology Sydney)