Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. R. Palan
Pro Chancellor of Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences
Tan Sri Dr. Palan is a passionate social entrepreneur who strongly believes that individual pursuits are important yet the pursuit of societal good should always take priority. He is presently the Chairman of SMRT Holdings Berhad, a Public Listed company on Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd that employs about 1000 talents from 25+ countries.
Tan Sri Dr. Palan grew up in Melaka and attended the La Salle brothers run primary school at St. Francis Institution, Malaysia and his secondary school in Jesuit run institution St. Campion High School, Trichy Tamilnadu, South India.
He completed his tertiary studies from the University of Madras (a pre university degree from Bishop Heber College, Bachelors in Science, Chemistry from New College) and a Master’s degree in Arts with a specialisation in Medical and Psychiatry Social Work from the Madras School of Social Work.
Later he completed his Masters in Psychology of Work from the University of Leicester, UK. He trained to become a trainer and human resources specialist with several outstanding mentors and institutions. He completed his Ph.D. in Management from California Coast University.
An alumnus of the Harvard Business School, he pursued and completed his human resources and management studies there. He is currently a Fellow with the Federation University (formerly University of Ballarat, Australia) pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on TVET (Technical Vocational Education Training).
The British Institute of Learning & Development, U.K. accorded him their highest level of membership by making him a Fellow of the Institute. As an entrepreneur he took his startup company public by listing SMRT Holdings Berhad on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, Malaysia. An author of over 15 books and several articles on Learning, Human Resources and Management subjects, he is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional award, the highest earned award from the National Speakers Association of the United States of America, He authored the book The Magic of Making Training FUN! and Competency Management: a practitioners guide to set the best practices in developing people.
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Palan is a recipient of the Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM), which carries the title ‘Tan Sri’ from the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. He is also a recipient of the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), which carries the title Dato’, awarded by the DYMM Paduka Seri Azlan Shah, Sultan of the State of Perak Darul Ridzuan and the Johan Bintang Kenyalang (JBK) from the Yang DiPertua Negeri (Governor) of the state of Sarawak.