Prof. Datuk Ts. Dr. Hajah Roziah Mohd Janor
PhD (Statistics), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 1993
Professor Datuk Ts. Dr. Roziah Mohd Janor has made history as the first woman Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, after being appointed on September 6, 2021. As a modern civic university with a special mission to produce graduates of professionals in science, technology, business, the creative industry, and the humanities, UiTM upholds a mandate to improve the socio-economic status among the Bumiputeras.
Professor Datuk Ts. Dr. Roziah Mohd Janor is a Statistics Professor at the Faculty of Computer Sciences & Mathematics. She has held various key leadership posts over the last 30 years, including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), Assistant Vice-Chancellor of the Institute of Quality and Knowledge Advancement (InQKA), Director of Curriculum Affairs, and Director of Academic Quality. She is also a member of the Malaysian Board of Technologists and has received various awards, including the UiTM Staff Excellence Award and a Gold Medal for her research product titled Hadhari Scorecard, at INPEX, America's largest invention tradeshow.
She has overseen global prominence initiatives that have resulted in several international plaudits for the university. Among these accolades are a Gold Award from QS Rankings for the QS-Apple 2020 Creative Competition, a ranking of #105 in Asia University Rankings, and a ranking of 100-200 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.
Furthermore, Prof Datuk Roziah and her team published a 20-year UiTM impact study that highlights the significant impact of UiTM on the regeneration of socio-economic development of surrounding communities. Meanwhile, her recent UiTM Professorial Lecture titled "Managing University Data for Quality: From the Lens of A Practitioner” expounded on her research, experience, thoughts, and recommendations relating to strategies, data, and qualities that can ultimately help improve a university's position.
In her first 100 days, Prof Datuk Roziah's leadership qualities can be seen through the visual and textual display called Rozie Times exhibition. The exhibition documents the developments, significant events, and achievements involving the entire Keluarga UiTM and it was specially curated for everyone.
Speaking at the 2022 New Year Address to the Keluarga UiTM, Prof Datuk Roziah outlined five actions to be undertaken by UiTM in its goal to achieve the GRU2025 (a Globally Renowned University by 2025). Amidst the current problems and uncertainties in the world, UiTM this year’s theme of “Global Competencies” will continue to ensure that the 23 previously established KPIs are met in 2022.
Previously, in her inaugural address, Prof Datuk Roziah highlighted the importance of reputation, as well as the necessity to Reset, Recover, and Restore the GRU2025 plan to reflect the present global realities. This is to ensure the long-term viability of UiTM2025's strategic planning and the achievement of more realistic and meaningful results. She also reiterated the need to implement the three degrees of separation approach in completing any of the projects to be carried out by the members of UiTM.
On the recent occasion of Hari Wilayah held on February 8, 2022. Her exemplary leadership and contributions to the university and beyond was recognised with the conferment of the Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Mahkota Wilayah (P.M.W.) which carries the title Datuk with His Majesty Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah bestowing the honour.
Prof. Datuk Roziah, who leads the Future UiTM, is well-known for her meticulous work and personalised approaches. She is open to new ideas and constantly brings people together, both seniors and juniors. She mentors new talents and promote achievers, enforce usage of the latest technology and innovation, celebrates creativity, and turns visions into reality to inspire the world via the narrative of Made in UiTM, Made for the World.