Sabah PPBM Armada deputy chief Ceasar Mandela Malakun says Prof Taufiq Yap reflects the multi-ethnic nature of the state.
UMS vice-chancellor Dr D Kamarudin D Mudin’s term has been cut short by a year and he will leave the post next month.
UKM vice-chancellor Noor Azlan Ghazali will end his service on Dec 31, as stipulated in his contract.
Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani replaces Mohamed Mustafa Ishak who has served as VC for eight years.
The higher education ministry's announcement effectively ends Sabahans' anxiety that a non-local would be the university's VC.
University says it has taken measures to ensure an income of RM300 million this year from postgraduate fees, rentals and investments.
She has served as a fellow professor at many world-renowned universities, presenting more than 340 convention papers and speeches in scientific inventions worldwide.
This, says former Universiti Malaya Vice-Chancellor Ghauth Jasmon, is the formula to improve education standards in public universities.