Quest International University Appoints Former Chief Justice of Malaysia Tun Arifin Zakaria as Chancellor

Quest International University has appointed former Chief Justice of Malaysia Tun Arifin Zakaria as the university’s first Chancellor.

The appointment takes effect on 1 September 2021 and is the next step towards achieving QIU’s vision of being a model research-led private university that delivers quality programmes and interdisciplinary research of international standing.

Tun Arifin is currently Group Chairman of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) since his appointment in May 2021. He is also the chairman of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) Advisory Council.

Tun Arifin served as Chief Justice of Malaysia from 2011 to 2017, as well as Chief Judge of the High Court of Malaya between 2008 and 2011. His higher education journey began when he read law at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Upon graduation, he joined the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service in 1974. In 1979, he pursued his Masters of Laws (LL.M.) degree at the University College London (UCL) and the Bar Final Course at the Council of Legal Education. 

In June 1980, he was called to the English Bar, and in the same year he received his LL.M. from University College London. “It’s a privilege and honour for QIU to welcome Tun Arifin as our Chancellor,” said QIU Council Chairman Dato Sri Dr Vijay Eswaran. “Tun Arifin has a long association with academia, and was a leading contributor to our community with his distinguished and illustrious career in public service and his significant contribution to the jurisprudence of Malaysia. We look forward to the fortification of our leadership with this appointment and his stewardship in QIU Chancellery matters” added Dato Sri Vijay.

About QIU

Quest International University Perak (QIU) is a private and comprehensive research-led university established in 2011 which is a public-private partnership in conjunction with the State.

There are six Faculties and one Centre at QIU – the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Integrated Life Sciences, the Faculty of Computing and Engineering, the Faculty of Business and Management, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Centre for Research and Innovation. QIU offers programmes at Foundation, Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate levels. Further information can be obtained at 

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