PROFESSOR DR PRADEEP KUMAR NAIR

Professor Dr Pradeep Kumar Nair
Deputy Vice Chancellor & Chief Academic Officer
Taylor’s University


Ph.D in Education Management (Asia e University, Malaysia)
M.Ed. in Education Management (University Malaya, Malaysia)
B.Sc (Hons) University of Calicut, India

Pradeep.Nair@taylors.edu.my
Expertise
  • Strategic Planning & Execution
  • Academic Leadership and Management
  • Business Development & Growth
  • Change Management
  • Educational Innovation
  • Industry Alliances
  • International Partnerships
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Talent Development & Coaching
  • Teaching & Learning

Research Interests
  • Strategic Management
  • Performance Management
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Leadership in Higher Education
  • Internationalisation in Higher Education
  • Human Resource Management in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Governance and Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality Education

Related Qualifications
  • Leadership Awareness and Practice (LEAP) INSEAD, France (March 2016 – February 2017)
  • University Research Management Programme Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Oxford, UK (October 2012)
  • Certified Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner The Worldwide Institute of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Australia (September 2011)
  • Scaling New Heights Thru Coaching for Improved Performance Institute of Professional Advancement: IPA Training Sdn Bhd, Malaysia (October 2005)
  • Business Management Course: Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Taipan: The Making of Asian Giants: Asian Leadership, Global Strategies Young Entrepreneurs Organisation, Malaysia (May 2005)

Research Grants Awarded
  • Nair, P.K. & Ari Ragavan, N. (2012–2015). Setting Up Langkawi Tourism Academy In Langkawi Island: Transformation of KKL Into International Benchmark for Vocational Training. For Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia and Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Malaysia (Project Value: RM 3.8 million)
  • Nair, V., Badaruddin, M., Koo, Y.L., Hobson, P., Nair, P.K., Thian, L.B., Molly, L. (2012-2013). Public Private Equilibrium: Balancing Growth with Quality and Equity of Higher Education in Malaysia. For National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), Malaysia (Project Value: RM 200,000).
  • Nair, P.K., (2013). Technical Committee Chair - Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 (ACT 555) Policy Guidelines Review, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia (Project Value: RM 200,000)
  • Bouchon, F., Nair, P.K. & Ari Ragavan, N. (2012-2015). ASEAN Tourism Hub – Research Network. Developing an ASEAN Tourism Research and Knowledge Transfer Framework: Strategies and Policies for Regional Integration and Development, Malaysia (Value: RM 61,040).
  • Nair, P.K., Hussain, K., Nair, V., Ari Ragavan, N. & Sekhon, S.S. (2014). Survey Research for Increasing the Potential of Port-Dickson as a Leading Beach Resort Tourism Destination. Taylor’s Research Grant Scheme (TRGS), Subang Jaya, Malaysia (Project Value: RM 30,000).

Publications
Peer Reviewed Papers
  • Nair, P. K., & Farid, H. (2016). Effective factors for recruitment and retention in Malaysian private universities. International Journal of Management in Education, 10(4), 390-413.
  • Ali, F., Yuan, Z., Hussain, K. Nair, P.K., Ari Ragavan, N. (2016). Does Higher Education Service Quality Effect Student Satisfaction, Image and Loyalty? A Study of International Students in Malaysian Public Universities. Quality Assurance in Education, 24(1), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/QAE-02-2014-0008
  • Hakimian, F., Farid, H., Ansari, P., Nazari, M.I., Solha, H., Nair, P.K. (2016). Uncovering Corporate Social Responsibility through the Lens of Leadership over Three Decades. Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Nair, P.K. (2015). Private Higher Education in Malaysia: Policies, Trends and Challenges Policies. Journal of Higher Education [Yükseköğretim Dergisi].
  • Nair, P.K., & Farid, H. (2015). Effective Factors for Recruitment and Retention: A Cross-sectional Study among Academic Staff of Malaysian Private Universities. International Journal of Management in Education.
  • Farid, H., Hakimian, F., Nazari, M.I., & Nair, P.K. (2015). How Malaysian Managers Persuade Employees’ Innovative Behavior. International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development.
  • Hakimian, F., Farid, H., Nazari, M.I., & Nair, P.K. (2014). Fostering Employees’ Innovative Behavior by Change Behavioral Plan. Journal of Organizational Change Management.
  • Farid, H., Hakimian, F., Nazari, M.I., & Nair, P.K. (2015). Biotechnology Firms - Improvement in Innovation Speed. International Journal of Business Innovation and Research.
  • Hakimian, F., Farid, H., Nazari, M.I., & Nair, P.K. (2015). Importance of Commitment in Encouraging Employees’ Innovative Behavior. Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration.
  • Nair, P.K., Ali, F. & Leong, L.C. (2015). Factors Affecting Acceptance & Use of ReWIND: Validating the Extended Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology. Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 12(3), 183-201.
  • Ng, Y.H.A., Leong, L.C., & Nair, P.K. (2014). X-SPACE Model: Taylor’s University’s Collaborative Classroom Design and Process. Procedia -
Book Chapters
  • Nair, P.K. (2015). Issues and Challenges in Malaysian Higher Education – A Perspective on Academic Staff Recruitment and Retention. Palgrave -Macmillan
  • Lim, C.L. & Nair, P.K. (2013). E-Learning Implementation at Taylor's University. In Pelan Strategik Pengajian Tinggi Negara Koleksi Aktiviti-Aktiviti Terpilih Siri 4 (pp. 55-60). Ministry of Education, Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Book Chapters
  • Hakimian, F., Farid, H., Nazari, M. I., & Nair, P. K. (2015). Corporate Social Responsibility and Leadership Style. Lodon: Routledge Publishing.
  • Nair P.K. (2015). Productivity Playbook. Taylor’s University’s Practices for Stimulating Higher GoT Rates and Optimizing Costs. Ministry of Education, Malaysia.
  • Nair P.K. (2015). Productivity Playbook. Taylor’s University’s Practices for Stimulating Higher GoT Rates and Optimizing Costs. Ministry of Education, Malaysia.
  • Alagas, E.N., Nair, P.K. (2012). Strategic Management for Hospitality Managers. Study Guide Series: Master in International Hospitality Management. Subang Jaya: Taylor’s Press.
Conference Abstracts/Proceedings
  • Nair, P. (2014). MBA: Current Landscape and Future Outlook in Malaysia. XIME Conference, Januray 30-31, Malaysia.
  • Nair, P.K. (2014). Holistic Education: Next Frontier in Higher Education Effectiveness. 7th International Conference on University Learning and Teaching: Educate to Innovate in the 21st Century. 2-3 December 2014, Shah Alam, Malaysia.
  • Tang S.F. & Nair, P.K. (2013). Preface. Taylor’s 6th Teaching and Learning Conference (TTLC): Transformative Higher Education Teaching and Learning in Practice. 23 November, Malaysia
  • Nair, P.K. & Thomas, T.K. (2013). Sustainable Tourism in Malaysia: Policies & Practices. Modes Du Touisme. 8 (December), 60-69.
  • Tang, S.F., & Nair, P. (2012). Developmental Classification on Teaching and Learning Engagement Capability Towards Academic Excellence. Prosiding Seminar Hasil Penyelidikan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi, 205-214.
  • Tang, S.F., & Nair, P. (2012). A Proposed Model for Academic Staff Integration and Development as a University Talent Management Strategy. Prosiding Seminar Hasil Penyelidikan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi, 154-167.
  • Ekiz, E.H., Nair, P.K. & Hussain, K. (2010). Measuring the Service Quality in Car Rental Services: Purifying RENTQUAL Instrument with Asian Tourists. 4th Tourism Outlook & 3rd ITSA Conference, 30 November – 3rd December, Malaysia.

Scholarly Activities/Industry Experience
  • Invited Professor (2010), University of Toulouse 2 le Mirail, France
  • Advisory Member (2012-2014), Asia Pacific, Journal of Innovation in Hospitality & Tourism, Taylor’s Press, Malaysia
  • Scientific Committee Member, Asia-Euro Conference (2006-2008-2010-2012-2014) in Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • Participant (2010). Malaysian Education System. International Management Development program, SVK Institute of Management, Malaysia
  • Participant (2007), 2nd International Conference of Educators Change Forces in Education, A Global Perspective, 18-19 June, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • Participant (2004), 3rd Tourism and Hospitality Educators National Conference, 1 October, TEAM, Malaysia

Keynote Addresses
  • Keynote Speaker (16 January 2016) Innovations in Higher Education for Tourism, Conference on Make in India: Setting the Agenda for Tourism Sustainability, Gwalior, India
  • Keynote Speaker (28 September 2016), Strategic Collaboration for Public Private and People Partnership in Tourism Development, Tourism Leaders’ Summit & International Symposium 2016, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Keynote Speaker (20-June-2015), Leadership at the Peak. iLEAD Conference, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • Keynote Speaker (3-December-2014), Holistic Education: The Next Frontier in Higher Education Effectiveness. InCULT, Malaysia
  • Keynote Speaker (1-September-2014), Issues and Challenges in Private Higher Education: A Malaysian Perspective. 7th China-Asean International Co-Operation Seminar on Private Education, China.
  • Keynote Speaker (3-March-2014), Issues in Student Retention and Student Success. Academic Leaders Retreat, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • Keynote Speaker (24-November-2013), Future Learning: Case Studies in a Malaysian Private University. 6th Taylor’s Teaching and Learning Conference: Transformative Higher Education Teaching and Learning in Practice, Malaysia
  • Keynote Speaker (3-July-2013), Harnessing the Power of Organizational Culture- Enabling the 'Will' to empower the 'Skill'. Asia Organizational Culture Summit, Johor Baru, Malaysia
  • Keynote Speaker (18-June-2013), Establishing the University Brand as an Employer of Choice. The International Higher Education Talent Management Forum, Malaysia
  • Keynote Speaker (21-April-2013), Leadership at the Peak. LEAD Annual Conference, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • Keynote (21-April-2013), Leadership at the Peak. The National Student Leadership Conference organized by Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
  • Session Chair and Speaker (6-March-2013), Universities as Anchors: How to Build Effective Local Partnerships. Going Global, Dubai, UAE
  • Keynote Speaker (26-January-2013), What I Believe – Rules of Leadership. Malaysia Leadership Development Seminar (MyLDS) by AISEC, Malaysia
  • Keynote Speaker (9-September-2012), Leadership at the Peak: Up Close and Personal with a Renowned Leader. LEAD Annual Conference, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • Keynote Address (20-April-2011), The Collaboration with the Industry to Develop the Nation’s Youth and Brings Sustainability in Travel and Tourism Industry, PATA Industry Council Meeting, Malaysia
  • Keynote Address (21-August-2011), On Servant Leadership. LEAD Annual Conference, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • Keynote Address (18-October-2009), Internationalization of Universities in Malaysia. International Conference on Higher Education, Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Awards & Recognition
  • 2016: Officer for the l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques award, by French Government. This is a national order of France for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.
  • 2015: PATA Grand Award for Education and Training by Pacific Area Travel Association for development of the Langkawi Tourism Academy
  • 2015: National Outstanding Educator Award (University Category) by the Malaysian Private Education Co-Operative on the occasion of 2015 Teachers Day Celebrations, Malaysia
  • 2014: Fellow of THE-ICE for Outstanding Academic Contribution to Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, by International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE), Australia. First Asian to be accorded Fellow status.
  • 2012: Education Leadership Award, for Excellence in Education, Leadership & Teaching in Higher Education, World Education Congress Global Awards, India
  • 2012: Culinary Institution of the Year, by World Gourmet Summit, Singapore
  • 2012/2013: Hospitality Institution of the Year, by Hospitality Asia, Malaysia
  • 2011: Honorary Award from the King (Sultan), Awarded Kesatria Mangku Negara (KMN) [Officer of the Order of the Defender of the Realm] by His Majesty King, Malaysia
  • 2010/2012: Hospitality Institution of the Year, by Hospitality Asia, Malaysia
  • 2008: Top 100 Personalities in Hospitality, by World Asia Publishing, Malaysia
  • 2008/2009: Hospitality Institution of the Year, by Hospitality Asia, Malaysia
  • 2008: Gold Award in Education and Training for the development of the National Hotel Industry Apprenticeship Scheme, PATA (Pacific Area Travel Association), Thailand
  • 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015: Putra Brand Gold Award for Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015: Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Gold Award for Taylor’s University, Malaysia

Professional Affiliations
  • Deputy President (2017 – present), Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU), Malaysia
  • Director (2016 – present) All Malaysian Malayalee Association (AMMA) Foundation, Malaysia. AMMA is an educational charity foundation.
  • Fellow (2014-Present), International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE), Australia
  • President (2013–Present.), ASEAN Tourism Research Association (ATRA), Malaysia
  • Deputy Secretary General (2011–2013 & 2013–2015), Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU), Malaysia
  • Treasurer (2015–2017) Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU) Malaysia
  • Chairman, Technical Committee (2013) for Review of ACT 555, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
  • Council Representative & Board Member (2011–2013 & 2013–2015), Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA), Thailand
  • Curriculum Board–Polytechnic Division (2010–2013 & 2013–2016), Appointed by the Minister of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Member (2012–2013), Committee for Upgrading of University Colleges and Universities in Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
  • HRDC Industry Advisory Panel (2010¬–2012), Human Resources Development Council Appointed by Minister of Human Resources, Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia
  • Executive Committee (2011–2012), Resident Association of Kemuning Palma, Malaysia
  • Co-Founder and Secretary (2001-2005.), Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia (TEAM), Malaysia
  • Member (2001-Present), Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia (TEAM), Malaysia
  • Appointed Panel Judge (2011), Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards, Malaysia
  • Curriculum Advisor (2008/2009), University Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Member (Since 2005), Asia Pacific Council for Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators (APACHRIE), USA
  • Member (Since 2004-2015), International Council for Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators (ICHRIE), Hong Kong
  • Appointed Judge (2005), Hospitality Asia Platinum Award, Malaysia

Newspapers/Magazines/Videos/TV Broadcasts
  • 24 September 2015: “Can We Create Fit-To-Hire Graduates with a Co-Curricular Transcript” on Agenda Awani. Astro Awani; http://www.astroawani.com/video-malaysia/agenda-awani-melahirkan-graduan...
  • 5 March 2015: How to Ask for best Career Pathway? Definitely Hospitality and Tourism. Studying Abroad, China
  • 21 December 2014: First Asian to Receive International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE), The Star, Malaysia
  • 14 December 2013: UM Miles Training Now Available in Taylors, Sin Chew Daily, Malaysia
  • 22 November 2013: Private Higher Education Cost on Upward Spiral, New Straits Times, Malaysia
  • 25 February 2013: MoU Signing Ceremony between The Edge Education Foundation, Ernst & Young and Taylor’s University for After Class Enrichment (PACE), The Edge, Malaysia
  • 26 June 2013: Taylor’s RM100mil Investment to Remain Relevant, DNA, Malaysia
  • 9 December 2012: Launch of GEM Programme at Taylor’s University, Sin Chew Daily, Malaysia
  • 2 December 2012: Breaking Barriers for Change, The Star, Malaysia
  • 22 July 2012: Special Award for Deputy VC, The Star, Malaysia
  • 21 July 2012: Taylor’s University Deputy Vice Chancellor Wins Education Leadership Award, Sin Chew Daily, Malaysia
  • 16 July 2012: Taylor’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor wins Education Leadership Award, Borneo Post, Malaysia
  • May 2012: Recommendations in MICE, Business Today, Malaysia
  • 23 April 2012: Malaysia an Attractive MICE Destination – Taylor’s Case Study, Borneo Post, Malaysia
  • 17 April 2012: Instilling Love for Country in Undergrads, New Strait Times, Malaysia
  • 16 April 2012: Universiti Taylor, KLSMC Meterai MoU, Utusan Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 14 April 2012: Positive Findings; Study Finds Malaysia Remains on Map for International Businesses, The Star, Malaysia
  • 27 November 2011: The Hilton Experience, Sunday Star, Malaysia
  • 22 June 2011: Seni Kulinari, Sains Makanan Taylor’s, Khabar Kampus, Malaysia
  • 2 September 2010: Towards Sustainable Tourism, New Straits Times, Malaysia
  • 6 May 2010: Memacu Program Inovasi, Berita Harian, Malaysia
  • 17 January 2010: Collaboration with Experts, Sunday Star, Malaysia
  • 7 June 2010: When East Meets West in Tourism and Hospitality. A Recipe for Success. University of Toulose le Mirail, France
  • 11-February 2015: Towards Making Malaysia an Education Hub for Asia, Astro Awani, Malaysia (http://www.astroawani.com/video-hiburan/ke-arah-menjadikan-malaysia-hab-...)
  • 5 December 2014: Radio Interview - The Importance of Soft Skills – Education Beyond Academic Knowledge, LiteFM, Malaysia
  • 28 November 2014: Radio Interview - It’s Your Teen’s Life – A Guide to University/Tertiary Education, LiteFM, Malaysia
  • 21 November 2014: Radio Interview - Helping Youth Decide their Future after Secondary School, LiteFM, Malaysia
  • 17 April 2012: News Report - Career and Employment Fair, NTV7, Malaysia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rNqTAu3jug)
  • 5 June 2011: Taylor’s Produces Young Achievers, NTV7, Malaysia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60D_krbznoE)
  • 19 December 2011: News Report - Career and Employment Fair, NTV7, Malaysia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXkjWJ0QTtU)
  • 9 December 2009: News Report - Education & Career in Hospitality & Tourism, RTM2, Malaysia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uyRR69U-MA)
  • 7 June 2010: When East Meets West in Tourism and Hospitality. A Recipe for Success. University of Toulose le Mirail, France