Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business

Our History

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Othman Bin Yeop Abdullah

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Othman Bin Yeop Abdullah

The Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB) is named after the late second Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Utara Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Othman Bin Yeop Abdullah. The late Tan Sri was born on 13 September 1941 in Alor Setar, Kedah. He received his secondary education at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Setar and went for further studies at the University of Malaya and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Management. Later he continued his studies at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom, graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Development Administration. Subsequently, he enrolled himself at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1976 for a master's degree in Management. In 1984, he graduated with a Doctorate in Management from the University of California (Irvine), USA.

The late Tan Sri had an illustrious career, having served in various ministries and government agencies. He had over 35 years of experience in entrepreneurial management, with 31 years in the civil service which include serving as a Secretary-General to the Ministry of Primary Industries. He served in various professional organisations including World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and National Information Technology Centre (NITC). In September 1996, Tan Sri was appointed as the Executive Chairman of Multimedia Development Corporation by the Malaysian government. In this capacity, Tan Sri spearheaded the strategic planning and implementation of Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor initiative which aims to leapfrog Malaysia into the Knowledge Age by the Year 2020. A Fellow of the Alfred P Sloan Fellowship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tan Sri also received numerous other awards including the prestigious Panglima Setia Mahkota conferred by HRH Yang di Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and Honorary Doctorate in Information Technology from Universiti Utara Malaysia. Tan Sri had also published extensively on management, development, technology and strategy issues.

Due to his failing health, Tan Sri gave up his executive duties at MDC. On September 2003, Tan Sri died after battling with lung cancer.  Although he is no longer with us, his legacy as a notable statesman still lives on. He once said that he was excited with the Multimedia Super Corridor project because it could “pull Malaysia away from the pack and surge ahead.” Indeed, the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business is committed to realising Tan Sri’s dream by making itself Distinctively Different to surge ahead.

Founding Dean

Professor Dr Noor Azizi Ismail

Professor Dr Noor Azizi Ismail

The development of the School owes much to the strong and capable leadership shown by its founding dean, Prof Dr Noor Azizi (2011-2015). A man with a strong vision and leadership skill, Noor Azizi was instrumental in making OYAGSB a respected, relevant, and responsive business school in the country. Through keen observation and deep understanding, he knew what a business school should have to make its mark on the international stage.

With the support of everyone at the School, he embarked on an uncharted journey to internationalisation. Though perilous it may seem, the journey yielded expected results. The long, hard work was not without gain. Defying all odds, the School succeeded in getting international accreditations of ABEST21, AMBA, and AACSB. Now, the School can stand tall with its achievements and one of the business schools to be reckoned.

Noor Azizi's contribution to OYAGSB is invaluable; indeed, his tremendous contribution was recognised further when he was given the mandate to hold the post of Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation in August 2015. His talent is further noticed when in July 2017, he started his new position as the Deputy Director General of Higher Education (IPTA) at the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.  As the Malay saying goes, ‘Tuah ayam nampak di kaki, tuah manusia siapa tahu’ (trans: no one knows where your talent will land you at).

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Significant Timeline

The Malaysian Cabinet gave its approval for the “Sixth University Project” designated as a Management University.



Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) was officially established under the University Utara Malaysia (Incorporation) order 1984 and under the Universities and Univeristy Colleges Act 1971. The University was temporarily located in Jitra with four schools of studies.

UUM moved to permanent campus located in Sintok. The number of schools increased from four to ten (of which the School of Management wa one of them) including the establishment of a full-fledged department called the Centre for Graduates Studies responsible for the oversight of all postgraduate programme at the University level.



A PhD programme was offered by the School of Management.

An MBA programme was offered by the School of Management.



The first graduation of PhD students.

The first graduation of MBA students.



A DBA programme was offered by the School of Management.

University-wide restructuring of the academic operations/system in which 13 faculties were merged into three Colleges: UUM College of Law, Government and International Studies (UUM COLGIS). Each college is headed by an Assistant Vice CHancellor (AVC) & has it's own Postgraduate Studies Unit. A dean heads the Postgraduate Studies Unit.



The first graduation of DBA students. The University further refined the college structure by introducing three graduate schools; one of them being OYAGSB which was then part of UUM COB.

The Postgraduate Studies Unit moved to a separate building and was officially known as the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business. Though still part od COB, the school's resident associate and adjunct faculty was approved as well as the creation of its own Advisory Board. The School manages it's own appropriations from University funds and runs and awards its programme. The Doctor of Management or (D Mgmt) programme was offered.



The University Management Committee granted the School to operate as a separate University Unit.

The School became PRME Signatory. The school was recognised as a good business in school with strong regional influence by Eduniversal Business School of Rankings based in France.



Successfully hosted the fifth Principles for Responsible Management Education PRME UN Regional Forum. The School was appointed as the Secretariat for the ASEAN + Chapter. The first graduation of Doctor of Management students.

The School was ABEST 21 (The Alliance on Business Education & Scholarship for Tomorrow 21st Century Organisation) accredited



The School (with UUM COB) was accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation for 5 years upon its first application. It also received AMBA (Association of MBA's) accreditation for 3 years. In December 2016, the school secured eligiblity for International Quality Accreditation (IQA) by CEEMAN

The School expanded International partnerships and collaborations. It becomes the Global Partner of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) an International member of the Chartered Associations of Business School (CABS), a member of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management & Business Administration (EDAMBA) received certifications of ISO9001:2015, ISO4001:2015, SR10:2015 and GC MArk (verified Green University a member of a Globally Responsible Leadership Iniative (GRLI) a member of the Alliance of Belt and Road Business School. The School was again recognised as a good business school with strong regional influence by Eduniversal Business Schools Rankings



The School now reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and the Dean of the School serves on the University Management Committee. The change in the reporting structure confers the School with the same status as other three constituent UUM colleges. The School becomes a partner of the Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) Network. The School is IQA CEEMAN accredited for six years until 2024

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Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB)
Universiti Utara Malaysia
06010 UUM Sintok
Kedah Darul Aman Malaysia
TEL: +604 928 7130/7113/7120/7121
FAX: +604 928 7160
EMAIL: oyagsb@uum.edu.my

Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB)
Universiti Utara Malaysia
41-3 Jalan Raja Muda Abd Aziz
50300 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
TEL: +603 26103060