Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has named Professor Dr Jayum Anak Jawan as the first appointee of the Tan Sri Empiang Jabu Research Chair for Dayak Women Studies for the next three years, effective Nov 1. -- NSTP Archive

SERDANG: Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has named Professor Dr Jayum Anak Jawan as the first appointee of the Tan Sri Empiang Jabu Research Chair for Dayak Women Studies for the next three years, effective Nov 1.

A seasoned professor of Politics and Government at the Department Of Government and Civilization Studies at UPM's Faculty of Human Ecology, Jayum, 61, had a career spanning 36 years before officially retiring in October last year. He has since been signed up to the same post on a contract basis at the same faculty for two years.

The research chair which Jayum will preside over was established by UPM with the aim of empowering Dayak women in particular and Sarawak women in general through various scholarly and action-oriented activities which draw on the history and origins of the Sarawak Dayak Indigenous Census (SIDS).

It also intends to benchmark the development of Dayak women for future endeavours and organise courses and training based on the needs of SIDS members.

In its press statement, UPM said that the collaboration’s aim is to spearhead the development of SIDS and Dayak women.

Set up in May 1957 in Kuching, Sarawak, SIDS envisions a society of Dayak women who are educated, skilled, knowledgeable, progressive and economically empowered.

Jayum brings to the chair extensive experience in the field as well as local and overseas networks. He previously served as the 15th Tun Abdul Razak Chair at the School of Southeast Asia, and at the same time was the visiting professor of political science at the Department of Political Science at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA (2015-2017).

In addition, he has received short term appointments as an academic visitor to several overseas universities such as the University of Hull, UK (2004 & 2005); the University of Flinders (2008); the Northern Bangladesh University (2010); and the University of Leeds, UK (2011).

On the local front, he has had stints at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (1996/1997); Ikram College (Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University - 1997); Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2010); the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (2012); and the Asia E-University, Kuala Lumpur (2013-2017).