UTAR professor honoured as young global leader
Professor Dr Cheng Ming Yu, Chair of Mr and Mrs Chua Chai Leng Professor of Economics, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), was honoured as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum on 9 March 2011.
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organisation committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The organisation bestows the honour each year to recognise the most distinguished young leaders below the age of 40 from around the world. The selection committee, chaired by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, meticulously screens through profiles of thousands of young leaders from numerous disciplines and sectors from every region of the world.
Professor Cheng was selected based on her record of professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through her inspiring leadership. She is the only Malaysian in the list of 190 young global leaders from 65 economies for 2011.
"I'm honoured to be chosen as a 2011 YGL [young global leader] and I hope to play an active role to make this world a better place to live in," said Professor Cheng, adding that she had already been invited to attend annual meetings by the World Economic Forum.
Before her appointment as the UTAR Chair of Mr and Mrs Chua Chai Leng Professor of Economics, Professor Cheng was a visiting lecturer of Graduate School of Business, University of Newcastle, Australia. She was also a recipient of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship with two months in residence at Reitaku University, Japan and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Washington State University, USA in 2004-05. She carried out research on competitiveness studies at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore in 2007-08. Currently, she researches on projects related to economic development including social capital, globalisation, human capital development and competitiveness studies.
Professor Cheng at a meeting