Y.Bhg. Prof. Datuk Mohd. Noh Dalimin
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
Y. Bhg. Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Noh Dalimin was born in 1952, in a small village in Batu Pahat, Johor. He started schooling in his village, and after he passed his Special Malay Class Examination he was accepted at an English medium school in Batu Pahat. After his LCE and MCE/SC examinations in a Batu Pahat high school, he completed his Form Six at the same school in 1971 and proceeded with a six-year education at an Islamic religious school in Johor.
Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Noh Dalimin is a Professor of Physics at Universiti Malaysia Sabah. He was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs of the university in 1998 before holding the post of Vice Chancellor on 18 March 2005. He is a graduate of Universitas Gadjah Mada (B.Sc. Physics) and University of London Bedford’s College (M.Sc. Solid State Physics). He received his doctorate (Ph.D) in the field of experimental Physics (Solid State) from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. He has had extensive experience in teaching, supervision, research and university administration over the past 29 years of his service. He is actively involved in student development and in various community development organisations and social work.
He started as a lecturer in physics, at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1981 and in the same year was appointed as member of the university Senate. He was entrusted to set up the undergraduate facilities for physics laboratories in a new building in Bangi Campus. He later established and headed the Material Science Programme, before his appointment as Deputy Dean of Research and Development in the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, UKM branch campus in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in 1992. Since his appointment as a Professor of Physics in Universiti Malaysia Sabah in 1995, he has served as the foundation Dean, School of Science and Technology (from 1995 to 1998). The school is one of the first three schools to be set up, and is now the largest school in UMS. As the foundation Dean, Dr. Mohd. Noh started the school with what
was available then. Staff recruitment, laboratory development, networking, student intake and building plans for the permanent campus had to be in place to receive the first batch of undergraduates in July 1995. He was later promoted as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, the first for UMS and was the longest serving Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs in the country, since his appointment in June 1998.
He has been active in Research and Development for more than 29 years since 1975 and his experience includes research in the following fields: Physics of Materials and Energy and Environmental conservation. In his work as a researcher, he was the project leader in establishing the first Solar Research Park in UKM Bangi, supported by New Energy Development Organization of Japan, and has set the foundation for UKM, till today, to be amongst the leading solar research groups in the world. He jointly received the Merit Award from MINDS in 1992 in the same field. Since his transfer to UMS, he has established ASEAN’s first largest solar powered village in Marak Parak, Marudu, Sabah (providing electricity to remote villagers using photovoltaic cell technology). The system that was commissioned in 1995, is still working until today. Nationally, he was the foundation member ofinstitut Tenaga Malaysia (INTEM), and on several occasions invited to be in the national selection committee for IRPA projects in the related subjects. Internationally, he is the International Solar Energy Society Chairman for the Malaysia Section. He sits as a member in several International Organising Committees in the biannual conference organised by the World Renewable Energy Network, based in United Kingdom.
In his capacity as a consultant in the field of solid materials, he was appointed as a consultant for the UNIDO project to review the Malaysian IMP I/O, in 1990 in three areas, namely, Non-metallic Minerals Industry, Non-Ferrous Metal Industry and the Iron and Steel Industry. His publications are mainly in the area of his research namely, experimental research in the physics of materials and energy, and environmental conservation. During the six years as the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, he led the student leaders of UMS to maturity and harmony, and achieved several important successes during the period. In student leadership, UMS student leaders received high recognition at the national level especially during their participation in forums, dialogues and meetings with national leaders and leaders from abroad. They won several awards including the Royal Inter-Varsity Debate in 2003, Inter-Varsity Environmental Debate in 1998, gold medals in sport activities, participation in the world university debate, organising conferences at national and regional level, as well as participation in international study tours in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN countries, China, Japan, India and Korea. He has also made UMS’s Student Affairs Department a model for the older and younger universities and university-colleges in several areas. These include the setting-up of the ONE-STOP-CENTRE, the issuance of student passport for identification, medical token, meal coupons and the annual reception of freshmen and their parents at port of entry, which has now been incorporated as part of a process in the ISO 9000 Certification for the university. In the annual election organised by the Student Affairs Department, huge turnouts of students registered their votes for the candidates. The UMS model was later followed by other sister universities. Their officials visited UMS for a first-hand briefing on the methods used.