Vice Chancellor, University Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
Contribution to Society
The ‘Contribution to Society’ award recognizes YBhg. Professor Dato’ Mohamed Mustafa Ishak for his immense contributions to promoting a culture of lifelong learning. 

An expert in Malaysian and Southeast Asian politics, YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak is a prolific writer and contributor on domestic and international affairs. He is the founding President of the Association of International Studies (Malaysia), as well as the Chief Editor, Journal of International Studies (Malaysia). Over 26 years at University Utara Malaysia he has held a wide portfolio of top-level posts, rising to Vice Chancellor in 2010. In Malaysia he has also served on numerous national committees and councils, in recognition of all of which he has been awarded many awards and honorific titles. 

YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak has also placed his mark on the international community as visiting professor at institutions in France and Indonesia, as well as being instrumental in strengthening bilateral relations in education between Malaysia and the Kingdom of Thailand. He is an inspiration to all who seek to develop and build a national community as well as a strong believer in the power of education.