Professor Dr. Ghizan Saleh
Deputy Vice Chancellor University College of Agroscience Malaysia (UCAM)
Professor Dr. Ghizan Saleh was born on June 4, 1958 in Segamat, Johor. He is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor at University College of Agroscience Malaysia, on secondment from Universiti Putra Malaysia since 2014. Professor Ghizan heads the Agriculture and Food Cluster of the National Professors Council besides serving as a member on the Board of Directors for the Crops for the Future Research Centre which was established in 2011, a result of a joint collaboration between the government of Malaysia and the University of Nottingham, Malaysia.
Upon obtaining his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1986, he served as a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture, UPM. Currently a Senior Professor, he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and subsequently to Professor in 2003.
Among the previous administrative posts that Professor Ghizan has held include the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Universiti Pertahanan Malaysia (on secondment from UPM); Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, UPM; Deputy Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, UPM; Deputy Director and Acting Director, University Research Park, UPM; and Principal, Chancellors College, UPM. He has also served as ACU Senior Research Fellow, Association of Commonwealth Universities based at the University of Birmingham, UK. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the RISDA College, President of the Genetics Society of Malaysia and President of the Malaysian Chapter of the International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences.
Professor Ghizan’s field of expertise is in Plant Breeding and Genetics, and he has carried out a number of research projects towards the production of new plant varieties through conventional means and through molecular assisted breeding techniques, especially on corn. One of his best achievements was when he successfully developed and produced the first hybrid corn grain variety in Malaysia known as the Putra J-58 variety in 1998, followed by a new composite variety for sweet corn known as Putra GS-2002 in 2003.