We are pleased to announce the appointment of prominent professor and industry leaders as our new Visiting and Adjunct of the schools. They are Prof. Dr. Keith Dobson, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Calgary, Canada; Dr. Rob Harris, Principal, Event Training Australia; Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just World (JUST); and Chef Jochen Kern, Senior Culinary Advisor, Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS) is honoured to appoint Prof. Dr. Keith Dobson for the Master of Clinical Psychology programme as Visiting Professor. Prof. Dr. Keith Dobson is a Canadian psychologist, academician, and researcher. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is a Registered Psychologist under College of Alberta Psychologists since 1989 until present.
Prof. Dr. Keith Dobson was the former president for the Canadian Psychological Association, British Columbia Psychological Association, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and Canadian Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Prof. Dr. Keith Dobson has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout the world such as the Distinguished Service Award from the British Columbia Psychological Association, Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies annual award for “Excellence Contributions to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Award for Excellence in Professional Training from the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Program, Van Ameringen Fellow, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research Philadelphia, Pennsylavania, honorary professor from The Bolivian Society of Scientific Psychology, La Paz, Bolivia and many more. He has vast experiences in conducting research and publications since year 1979 in the field of clinical psychology.
His area of research includes depression, primary care, cognitive behavior therapy, and many other areas related to mental health. In terms of clinical practice, he has worked as a Psychologist at Adult Forensic Psychiatric Services, Ministry of Health (Vancouver), Staff Psychologist at the Wilson-Banwell and Associates (Calgary, United States), Consulting Psychologist at the Mental Health Services in Holy Cross Hospital (Calgary, United States), and currently working in his Private Practice in Calgary, United States. It is with great pleasure and honour to have Prof. Dr. Keith Dobson to be one of the visiting professors for the programme. He will be invited to deliver few guest lectures on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for the programme.
The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events (SHTE) has engaged Dr. Rob Harris as our Adjunct Professor. The school firmly believes in engaging industry experts and providing good learning opportunities for our students. Dr. Harris has been involved in Tourism and Event Management education and research for over 30 years. During this time, he has served in a variety of roles, including Head Teacher, Sydney Institute of TAFE; President of the Australian Institute of Travel and Tourism; Director of Tourism and Event Programs in the School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism, University of Technology, Sydney; and Director & Founder of the Australian Centre for Event Management, University of Technology, Sydney.
He has also held visiting academic positions at Westminster University, London and Clemson University, South Carolina. Dr. Harris’ involvement in the area of Event Management education has ranged from the development and delivery of short courses to Master Degrees, and includes programs designed to prepare senior staff for their roles in several Olympic Games. His expertise in the area is further reflected in multiple locations in which he has been invited to deliver these courses, including Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Singapore, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Beijing, Macau, Taipei and Auckland.
Dr. Harris is a frequent speaker at international conferences on event management, and his experience and knowledge of the area has seen him appointed as: an assessor for various Australian state government event grants; a judge for the Australian Event Awards; an editorial board member for several academic journals in event management; and a Professional Fellow of the Asia Pacific Institute for Event Management. The insights he has gained during his career have also resulted in his co-authoring of key texts in the field - Festival and Special Event Management; Event Management; and the Regional Event Management Handbook which are widely used in universities and polytechnics internationally.
In recent years Dr. Harris has accepted adjunct positions at the University of Technology, Sydney and Taylor’s University, Malaysia. He has also established a consultancy, Event Training Australia, through which he continues to conduct event management education and training programs for educational institutions, professional bodies and corporations.
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS) for Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in International Relations and Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Social Innovation and Change since July 2021. He has appeared monthly in the Malaysian Politics and Public Issues Webinar Series since June 2021 and discussed issues such as the Rukun Negara as well as the Integration of Sabah, Sarawak and Semenanjung.
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar is a Malaysian Muslim political scientist and an Islamic reformist and activist. He has written on civilization dialogue, human rights, Malaysian politics and international relations. He is the president of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), a human rights advocacy non-governmental organization (NGO) in Malaysia that works to implement global justice, rooted in universal moral principles. He was also the Board Chairman of Yayasan 1Malaysia, a foundation promoting national unity. Before his appointment with JUST and 1Malaysia, Muzaffar founded a multiethnic reform coalition, the National Consciousness Movement (Aliran Kesedaran Negara), which served to raise awareness for issues surrounding ethnic relations in Malaysia. Muzaffar was the first Director of the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue at the University of Malaya, in Kuala Lumpur.
A political scientist, he has focused his academic work largely on the issues of civilizational dialogue and the crossroads between religion and human rights; Muzaffar served as the first director of the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue at the University of Malaysia. He then became the Noordin Sopiee Professor of Global Studies at the University of Science (USM) in Penang. Muzaffar's publications include numerous books on Malaysian politics and international relations. Among Dr. Chandra’s latest publications is A World in Crisis: Is There a Cure? (2014) and Reflections on Malaysian Unity and Other Challenges (2017). He also regularly writes articles in impact journals and news media outlets. His expert opinion is sought in TV interviews on the topics of unity, Malaysian politics, and human rights on national and global news platforms.
Chef Jochen Kern who currently helms the Senior Culinary Advisor in Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur has recently been appointed as the Adjunct Professor for the Diploma in Culinary Arts at Taylor’s Culinary Institute (TCI). He carries with him 56 years of industry experience of which 33 years as an Executive Chef at numerous establishments.
His background includes cooking for royalties and prime ministers, while also a WACS Asia Pacific Judge B for more than 20 years in international competitions. His immense joy and passion to educate the future of the industry has led him to be a WACS certified culinary educator and has developed several culinary educational programs in Hong Kong, Mumbai, and Malaysia. He is also the only expatriate in the field of culinary to be recognize and awarded with the title of Pakar Industry (PIND) by the government of Malaysia. Chef Jochen is also the president and founder of the elite gourmet club “Cordon Noir” that has members across the world that pays tribute to Caviar.