Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Haji Yahaya bin Ibrahim

Ikon Pendidikan Negara (Icon of National Education)

Y. Bhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Haji Yahaya bin Ibrahim

 Pro- Chancellor University Pendidikan Sultan Idris


        Chancellor First City University College


Y. Bhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Haji Yahaya bin Ibrahim, is known as a creditable Consummate and Dedicated Educationist,  Tokoh Pendidikan. It is a description that befits his 63 years of devotion to the education industry, both public and private in Malaysia, regionally and internationally. He started out as a Kirkby College – trained teacher, followed by the position as a State Organizer of Schools in Malacca and later culminated the post of a Federal Inspector School, Ministry of Education, Malaysia.

He was involved in the development and promotion of education and training at all levels starting from England,Norway, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand (Open Polytechnic), Japan, Brunei, Singapore,Uzbekistan and Germany.

For his involvement and commitment to national and international education, Tan Sri Yahaya bin Ibrahim has been accepted as a member of the National Association of Foreign Students Advisors (NAFSA) in the United States and the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) in Canada. In recognition of his efforts, he was conferred as ‘Tokoh Guru’ for private colleges in 1991, Bapa NAPEI in 1994, and ‘ Tokoh Guru Kebangsaan’ (National level – Teacher of the Year) in 1998. For his effort in promoting the Malaysian-German relations in the field of professional academic co-operation since 1990, he was bestowed the prestigious award of Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the then Federal President, H.E. Johanas Rau.

For his selfless sacrifices and dedicated, illustrious service, Tan Sri Yahaya has been conferred numerous honours and awards, namely Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M.), Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (P.S.M.), Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (D.P.M.P.), Darjah S. Azlani (D.S.A.), Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri (D.P.P.N.) Pulau Pinang, Johan Setia Mahkota (J.S.M.), Ahli Mangku Negara (A.M.N.), Darjah Johan Negeri (D.J.N.) Pulau Pinang and Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (P.J.K.) Melaka. In June 2005, he was the sole educationist to be conferred Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M.) which carries the title “Tan Sri” by D.Y.M.M. Yang Di Pertuan Agong.

Since his retirement from Government Service in 1984, he has vigorously continued to serve Malaysia in the cause f Education and Training, providing the impetus to the Educational movement to ensure hat students are given the best professional advice and counselling in the pursuit of higher both locally and abroad. His unflinching love for education and the desire to see that Malaysians are properly guided and not short-changed when pursuing their tertiary studies at both local and foreign institutions of higher learning has thrust upon him the enviable task  of becoming the first President of National Association of Private and Independent Educational Institutions (NAPIEI) Malaysia from 1987-1994.

To respond specifically to the challenges, spirit and intent of the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996, Tan Sri Yahaya formed a new professional association called the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges (MAPCO later MAPCU) together with a group of dedicates leaders of Malaysian Private educational institutions in 1977.

When both these professional associations were well developed, recognized and respected both locally and abroad, he stepped down and since been actively involved in the development of early childhood education (under the banner of Krista Group) which has been placed under the Malaysian national system of education in 2003.

Since 2000, Tan Sri Yahaya has served as Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). He was appointed Chancellor First City University College  on 1st December 2015. He is also an executive council member of the Malaysian Association for Education (MAE), the first Chairman of German Alumni Association Kuala Lumpur (GAAKL), President Persatuan Alumni Maktb Kirkby Malaysia, director for three private colleges and international school, Hibiscus International School.

Tan Sri Yahaya has the rare distinction of serving under all the six Malaysian Prime Ministers (five of whom were former minister of education) and all the eighteen ministers of education. Forthis reason he is widely known as an ‘ulamak’ which stands for ‘usia lanjut masih aktif’ (old but still active!) A distinguish role model for those passionately involved and committed to develop and promote educaton and training in Malaysia to emulate.