Sunday July 22, 2012
Special award for deputy VC
THE deputy vice-chancellor of Taylor’s University Pradeep Nair was recently conferred the Education Leadership Award.
The award was conferred by the World Education Congress in Mumbai, India where Pradeep was acknowledged for his outstanding leadership and contributions towards the growth and development of higher education in the region.
He was also recognised as a progressive thinker and role model to others in the industry.
“It is an honour and privilege to receive such a prestigious award. This award will serve as added motivation for all of us at the university,” said Pradeep, adding that it was their job to move with the times as educators and embrace change.
This will help ensure that the needs of the students and academic staff are met.
He also thanked the judges and organisers of the World Education Congress Global Awards 2012 for the recognition.
Besides leading the university’s efforts to introduce new teaching and learning standards including the widespread use of technology in lectures, Pradeep also oversees 11 schools and three centres at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus.
He is also a corporate trainer and lecturer at the post-graduate level.
“At Taylor’s University, we have always sought to inspire our youth and to stand out.
“The university’s success relies on the guidance of key individuals such as Pradeep, and because of this, we are proud to have such esteemed leadership within the establishment.
“His award is also a credit to the university and to Malaysia,” said Taylor’s University vice-chancellor and president Prof Datuk Dr Hassan Said.
Pradeep was also a key member of the team that introduced the award-winning Hotel Industry Apprenticeship Scheme for the Human Resources Ministry.
The programme was awarded the Pacific Area Travel Association (Pata) Gold Award for Education and Training in 2008.
He remains an active contributor to the industry and is a member of the Human Resources Development Council Industry Advisory Board.
He is also the deputy secretary general of the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities and a member of the Pata Industry Council.
Pradeep was selected for the award based on nominations from notable leaders in higher education around the world and also selection from the World Education Congress international jury.