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Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim
Vice Chancellor




Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim was a graduate in Electronics and Electrical Engineering in 1976 and a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK in 2006. As a professional engineer, Datuk was previously on the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and had served for five years, since 2007, as the Chairman of the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) Malaysia.



Datuk Abdul Rahim has been attached with PETRONAS for more than 32 years and held a number of high profile positions.   He first reported duty with PETRONAS in 1976 with his last position as the Vice President of Research and Technology Division, from 2006 to 2008.



Datuk Abdul Rahim was also the Vice President of Gas Business from 2002 to 2006, Vice President of Human Resource Management from 1998 to 2002, CEO of PETRONAS Penapisan Melaka, 1991 to 1998 and CEO of Malaysian Refinery Company from 1995 to 1998.


Datuk Abdul Rahim is also holding a position as Chairman in various PETRONAS’ subsidiaries and associated companies such asPETRONAS NGV SdnBhd, OGP Technical Services SdnBhd, Gas District Cooling (M) Sdn. Bhd. including Gas District Cooling (UTP) Sdn Bhd, Gas Malaysia Audit Board Committee, ASEAN LNG Trading Company Ltd, PETRONAS Egypt Corporation Ltd(PICL), PETRONAS Gas Berhad (PETGAS) (UK) Ltd, PETRONAS Argentina S.A, Trans-Thai-Malaysia Ltd, P.T. Transportasi Gas IndonesiaandEgyptian LNG Co. S.A.E.


Datuk Abdul Rahim is currently the President of the Malaysian Gas Association, President of Asia-Pacific Natural Gas Vehicle Association and immediate past-president of the International Gas Union for the triennium 2012 to 2015. He is also an associate member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Commissioner of the Energy Commission and a member of the National Science & Research Council.



Throughout his career with PETRONAS, Datuk Abdul Rahim has shown tremendous industry leadership and incredible innovativeness resulting in many great achievements.  He has successfully implemented, amongst others, the first PETRONAS’ Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS), introduced the Human Resource dual career approach for staff, the development of INSTEP which involves restructuring of facilities and curriculum and  PETRONAS Second Refinery in Malacca consisting of 100,000 BPSD (Barrel per Stream Day) hydroskimming refinery.



Datuk Abdul Rahim was bestowed with PingatJasaKebaktian (PJK) from the Sultan of Terengganu in 1990 and PingatPanglimaJasa Negara (PJN) from the government of Malaysia in June 2004.