Professor Ts. Dr. Sharifudin Md Shaarani was appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), effective from July 1, 2022, until June 30, 2025.
Professor Ts. Dr. Sharifudin Md Shaarani, 51, replaced Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Ridza Wahiddin, whose appointment expires on May 9, 2022. He graduated with a Bachelor of Food Science with Nutrition from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (1995), a Master of Science from the University of Reading (1997), and subsequently obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in 2007 in the field of Food Technology.
He is active in research and publication by producing high-impact journals. He is also active in consultancy activities in the field of the halal industry and has been heavily involved with halal industry projects internationally. Among his consultancy projects include halal certification of meat products from China for DJR Sdn. Bhd., halal certification of black fungus and black garlic for UMS-Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences, China, training for halal analysis in Machida, Japan, as well as being the Halal Auditor Chief for Training Halal auditors for the Halal Audit led by the Government of Kuwait.
A scholar with extensive experience in administration, with the last position as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at USIM, his expertise is highly valued and for that he has been appointed to hold various important roles in administration and academia. Among others, as a Committee Member of the Religious Council Islam Sabah (MUIS) Halal Hub (November 2021 to October 2024), Halal Lecturers at the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) from January 2022 to December 2023, MUIS Halal Auditor (January 2021–December 2023), Member of the University Academic Quality Assessment Panel Malaysia Sabah (2019-2021), Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Assessing Panel (2017-2020), and Malaysian Institute of Higher Education (IPT) Halal Institute Consortium Assessing Panel (2018-2019).
He is also an exclusive trainer for the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) training programme in addition to holding professional memberships such as Professional Member of the Malaysian Institute of Food Technology (MIFT), Professional Technologist of the Malaysian Institute of Technology (MBOT), Malaysian Member of the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM) and various affiliates.