Keynote Speakers

The UCEC2015 Steering Committee, Australia, is pleased to announce that Professor Elias Mpofu, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney and Professor Dato’ Omar Osman, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia have agreed to deliver a Keynote Address.

Professor Elias Mpofu, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney


Elias Mpofu, PhD (UW-Madison) DEd (UP), CRC is Professor and Head of Discipline, Rehabilitation Counselling at the University of Sydney. He has published on the 'evidence of service learning to enhance applied learning of health sciences education students' in scholarly journals such as the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 14, 46-52.

His most recent book publication title Community-Oriented Health Services: Practices Across Disciplines [Springer, 2015] is framed around community action for health with community partners.

Professor Mpofu is the recipient of a service learning inter-professional study development award from the University of Sydney’s Institute of Learning and Teaching (2011), now in its fourth year of implementation with an undergraduate study unit offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences of the same university.

For more about Professor Mpofu’s current research and teaching please see

Professor Elias Mpofu’s Keynote Address abstract.

Professor Dato’ Omar Osman, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia D.P.M.P., D.M.P.N., D.P.S.J., B.C.N., Dip. Q.S. (U.T.M), B.Sc.Q.S. (C.N.A.A.), M.Sc. Const.Mgmt., Ph.D. (Heriot-Watt), M.R.I.S.M.


Omar Osman has been the Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia since September 2011. Prior to this he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Development) from March 2007 – September 2011. He also served as the Director of Corporate and Sustainable Development Division, Universiti Sains Malaysia from 2005-2007. He has a Master’s degree in Construction Building (1985) and PhD in Project Management (1989) from Heriot-Watt University United Kingdom. In addition, he is currently a Professor in Project Management and sustainability at the School of Housing, Building and Planning, USM and teaches and supervises students in construction project management at the postgraduate level.

His areas of expertise include Education for Sustainable Development, Construction Project Management, Policy and Governance Management, Policy and Governance of Management and Development. In addition he has expertise in Knowledge Transfer Management.

He holds numerous positions as Chair and Board Directors and has been a member of Malaysian Examination Council since 2011. Amongst other positions, he is the Chairman of MOE (formerly MOHE) on the Knowledge Transfer Program (KTP), the Chairman of Global Higher Education Network (GHEN), Chairman of South East Asia Sustainability Networks (SEASN), Chairman of Regional Sejahtera & Education Network (RSEN), Chairman of Asian Local Knowledge Network (ALKN) and is also the Chairman of Asia-Pacific University-Community Engagement Network (APUCEN).

His field of research is in Education for Sustainable Development and Sustainability Aspects of Organisations. He was also responsible for establishing the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, called RCE Penang USM, which is one of seven regional centers of expertise in this area in the world.

For more about Professor Dato’ Omar Osman please see

Professor Dato Oman Osman's Keynote Address abstract.