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Endowed Chairs

The University is committed to promoting research and scholastic development in diverse fields and has initiated the establishment of endowed chairs in 2009. This initiative has received good support from individuals, corporates, and foundations through the generous provision of endowments for the establishment of professorial chairs.


Since 2009, nine chairs have been established and the active chairs as of today are seven. This has enabled the appointment of professors to develop and achieve excellence in research, development, education, and training in the respective fields of specialisation. Listed below are the endowed chairs and professors of the University.




Endowed Chair


1 Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow Chair in Banking & Finance Prof. Dr. Choong Chee Keong
Department of Economics
Faculty of Business and Finance
2 SP Setia Professor of Environmental Engineering and Green Technology Prof. Dr. Akihiko Nakayama
Department of Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Green Technolgoy
3 The STAR Foundation Professor of Creative Industries Open for Application
4 SHL Professor of Construction Management

Open for Application


Brunsfield Professor of Civil Engineering

Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ir. GanThian Leong

Prof. Dr. Yasuo Tanaka
Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Science

Tan Sri Dato’ Philip Kuok Hock Khee Professor  of Agricultural Science

Professor Dr Minoru Murata
Department of Agricultural and Food Science
Faculty of Science

7 Top Glove Professor of Chemistry Prof. Ir. Dr. Tee Tiam Ting
Department of Chemical Science
Faculty of Science


For information about establishing an endowed chair, please contact Dr. Lai Soon Onn, the Director of Division of Community and International Networking at 603 9086 0288 Extension: 385 or laiso@utar.edu.my