Ungku Aziz

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Ungku Aziz was a Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaya for 20 years (1968-1988).
Ungku Aziz

Ungku Abdul Aziz bin Ungku Abdul Hamid (born 1922, age 93) was a former Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaya for 20 years from 1968 to 1988. In 1978, he was bestowed the title of "Royal Professor of Economics (Rural Development)" by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Yahya Petra of Kelantan. Ungku Aziz has also participated as an economics expert in United Nations bodies in Bangkok, Geneva, Cyprus, Ceylon, Indonesia, and India.

Ungku Aziz's only child, Zeti Akhtar Aziz, is the 7th Governor of Bank Negara. Holding the post since 2000, she is not only the first woman in Malaysia to head a central bank, but also the first woman in Asia to do so. Not only that, Zeti has been named one of the best central bankers in the world, having received an 'A' for 3 straight years (2009-2011) in New York-based Global Finance magazine's Annual Central Banker Report Card,[1] outbeating even US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who managed only a "C" in 2010 and a "B" in 2011.) [1]

2.  Brief biography: Born in London to a father of mixed Malay and Turkish (Circassian) descent and an English mother, Ungku Aziz is a cousin of:


After graduating with a First-Class Honors degree in Economics from the University of Malaya in Singapore in 1951, Ungku Aziz worked briefly in the Johor state civil service, before becoming an Economics lecturer at the University of Malaya in Singapore from 1951 to 1961.

In 1962, when the Kuala Lumpur division of the University of Malaya became a separate entity, independent of the University of Malaya in Singapore which was renamed "University of Singapore" (now National University of Singapore), Ungku Aziz was appointed head of its Economics Department. He obtained his doctorate degree in Economics from Waseda University in Tokyo in 1964 and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administration the following year. Finally, in 1968, Ungku Aziz was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaya.

Since his retirement in 1988, Ungku Aziz has been appointed Emeritus Professor. He also served on a number of educational, developmental, and agricultural bodies, including as President of the National Cooperative Movement of Malaysia.  more... at Chronology