Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir
Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir is currently the Director General at the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. She was deeply involved in the development of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) and currently tasked to implement the initiatives outlined in the Blueprint for the public and private higher education institutions. She played the primary role in the establishment of a rating system for private colleges and the liberalization of private higher education. She also contributed significantly in the formation of several foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia and the enhancement of the public universities’ policies and governance. Prior to her position at the Ministry, Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah was the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Datin Paduka also plays a key role in the Redesigning Higher Education initiatives of the Ministry including the Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average (iCGPA), CEO at Faculty Programme, 2u2i (work based learning) programme, Malaysia Massive Open Online Courses (Malaysia MOOC), and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) (a lifelong learning initiative). Currently, Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah is looking into “Education 4.0”, which assesses how the 4th Industrial Revolution will impact and change the higher education ecosystem.
At the professional level, she is a Board Member of Malaysia Board of Technologists and a registered engineer under Board of Engineers Malaysia. Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Science) from the University of Southampton in 2016 for her outstanding contributions in the engineering field. She has received numerous education accolades including the Asia HRD Awards 2017 for her contribution to the Malaysian Society by advancing higher education and the Honorary Fellow of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) in 2017 for her expertise and experience in advancing the growth of engineering in the ASEAN region.