DATIN DR ANITA BINT ABDUL AZIZ
- 2018: Honorary Professor, Swansea University
- 2016: Vice Chancellor and President, University Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
- 2013: Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Brunei
- 2000: Fellow Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK
Anita was appointed as Vice Chancellor and President of University Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in 2016. Anita is UBD’s 7th Vice Chancellor and the first female to head the university.
Under Anita’s leadership, new initiatives have included the setting up of the Centre for Lifelong Learning (C3L) which offers programmes employing flexible learning in terms of pace, place and pathway. Among other key initiatives are establishment of the Institute of Data Analytics, FPT-UBD Innovation Lab, UBD Botanical Research Centre, UBD Start-Up Centre and UBD’s first overseas campus, UBD-FPT Global Centre in Da Nang, Vietnam. Anita also led UBD to its debut entry into the QS World University Rankings in 2017 and Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2019.
Prior to joining UBD, Anita was the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education of Brunei Darussalam. Her purview included the Brunei’s higher educational system comprising the universities, the polytechnic and technical education institutions. Previously, Anita was at UBD and held various senior leadership posts including Assistant Vice Chancellor & Vice President (Global Affairs), Assistant Vice Chancellor & Vice President (Education & Internationalisation) and Dean of Medicine.
Anita is a clinical academic in the field of Reproductive Medicine and Biology. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with a medical degree in 1993 and then trained in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Anita is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK). Anita also worked in the IVF Wolfson Clinic, Hammersmith Hospital, London during which Anita carried out clinical and scientific research at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology which led to a PhD from Imperial College, London.