Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business

Prof Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak


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Qualification: MA in Politics (University of York, UK); PhD in Political Sociology (University of Leeds, UK)

Teaching Interest: Political Science; International Relations

Research Interest: Political Science; International Relations


Dato’ Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak is Professor of Politics and International Studies. He is currently Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Utara Malaysia and has been in the position since June 2010. He has written several books and published numerous articles in local and international journals and newspapers. One of his published work entitled Politik dan Pemerintahan Negara (Politics and National Governance) has become essential reading in local institutions of higher learning. Latest, his book entitled The Politics of Bangsa Malaysia, published in 2014, has received a warm welcome and high demand. Dato’ Seri is an expert in Malaysian and Southeast Asian politics, and as a well-known prolific writer, he has been much sought after by both the local and foreign print and electronic media for his political analyses and commentaries about domestic and international affairs. Despite his busy schedule, Dato’ Seri is the founding President of the Association of International Studies (Malaysia), as well as Chief Editor of the Journal of International Studies (Malaysia). He has been Visiting Professor at several universities including the University of Paris, University of Le Havre, France, and a number of universities in Indonesia.

Dato’ Seri has also been instrumental in not only getting the UUM-BSRU strategic partnership underway but also in strengthening bilateral relations in education between Malaysia and the Kingdom of Thailand. In recognition of his contributions, the BSRU Council committee conferred him the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.

In recognition of his immense contributions and service to the community and nation, Dato’ Seri was awarded several honorific titles including the Darjah Gemilang Pangkuan Negeri (D.G.P.N) which carries the title Dato’ Seri by His Excellency the Governor of Penang in September 2015; Darjah Gemilang Seri Mahkota Kedah (DGMK) which carries the title Dato’ Wira by His Royal Highness The Sultan of Kedah in 2014; the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN) which carries the title Datuk by SPB Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in 2013; Darjah Setia Diraja Kedah (DSDK) which carries the title Dato’ by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kedah in 2011; the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) which carries the title Datuk by His Excellency the Governor of Penang in 2012; and the Ahli Mahkota Kedah (AMK) and Bintang Kebaktian Masyarakat (BKM) also from His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kedah.

Selected Publications:

  • Mohamed Mustafa Ishak. (2014). The politics of Bangsa Malaysia. Sintok, Kedah: UUM Press.
  • Mustafa Ishak & Afifi Abd Razak. (2006) Politik dan pemerintahan negara {Politics and State Governing}. Singapore: Thomson Learning/Thomson Asia Pte Ltd.
  • Mohamed Mustafa Ishak & Mohd Izani Mohd Zain (2006). Universiti dan penerbitan ilmiah di Malaysia’ {University and academic Publishing}. In Hamedi Mohd Adnan & Ana Nadhya Abrar (Eds.), Penerbitan Malaysia-Indonesia: Mengukuhkan jaringan penerbitan serantau. Kuala Lumpur: Penerbit Universiti Malaya.
  • Mohamed Mustafa Ishak (2006). Tun Dr Mahathir and the notion of Bangsa Malaysia. Journal of International Studies, 49-76.
  • Mohamed Mustafa Ishak (2005). The sport, politics and economics of the hosting of mega sports events in Malaysia: Exploring the Commonwealth Games of 1998 and the F1 Grand Prix. Journal of International Studies, July/December, 121-131.

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
27-1B Tingkat 1, Wisma Sri Muda (UUMKL Menara 2)
Jalan Raja Muda Abd Aziz, Kampung Baru
50300 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
TEL: +6011-1129 3060