The International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) is a UNESCO Category 2 Centre the Malaysian Government has hosted since 2008. The Centre acts as an international platform offering sustainable programmes and services and augmenting sustainable development for South-South Cooperation. The Centre’s hosting is based on a six-year Agreement between the Malaysian Government represented by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and UNESCO. Its current Agreement is from February 2022 until January 2028.

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Dr Mohd Basyaruddin Abdul Rahman FASc is a Senior Professor of Chemistry (VK5) at Universiti Putra Malaysia and was appointed a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of California. He received his PhD in Catalysis Chemistry (Southampton) and was a post-doctoral fellow in Structural Biology (Edinburgh). He has secured over RM28 million worth of research grants worldwide, graduated over 80 postgraduates, developed multiple patents, and won numerous awards. He has received young scientist recognition from international bodies and was named the Faces of Science@Malaysia for his contribution to engaging youth in science.

Dr Mohd Basyaruddin was also the founding chairperson of the Young Scientists Network and has held administrative positions, including deanship and directorship at various institutions. Currently, he is the chair of the ISTIC-UNESCO Governing Board and the president of the Malaysian Analytical Sciences Society. He has been inaugurated as a fellow of ASM, the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the International Association of Advanced Materials. Actively participating in the development and evaluation of science-related national policies, he also takes on roles as a coordinator and mentor in professional academic training. His involvement extends to numerous STEM and sustainability outreach activities, domestically and internationally.

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Professor ChM Dr Mohd Basyaruddin Abdul Rahman FASc

ISTIC-UNESCO Governing Board of International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC) for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO


Integrated Chemical BioPhysics Research (iCheBP), Faculty of Science.
Foundry of Reticular Materials for Sustainability (FORMS), Institute of Advanced Technology.
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)