The Rector of Villa College, Dr. Ahmed Anwar, has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education by the Open University Malaysia (OUM), in recognition of his services to education and higher education in the Maldives. This event took place at OUM’s 19th Convocation ceremony that was held today, 31 October 2016, at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Dr. Ahmed Anwar was born in Meedhoo, Addu Atoll, in the Maldives on 2 April 1954. He completed his primary education in Meedhoo before moving to Male’ for his secondary education.
He obtained his Primary Teacher Training Certificate from the Regional College of Education in Mysore, India, before furthering his studies at the Moray House College of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
He pursued an Advanced Diploma in Education at the University of Bristol and later continued studying for his Master of Education in 1991. He then returned to Bristol University and obtained his Doctorate in Education in 2008.
Dr. Anwar played a major role in the establishment of the first private college in the Maldives, Villa College. He joined the college after 35 years of experience in public service. Before that, he headed the Maldivian Accreditation Board, now known as Maldivian Qualification Authority, where he was responsible for the development of the first regulatory framework to bolster the higher education system in the Maldives.
He was instrumental in implementing numerous educational projects, to achieve the objective of the Maldivian Government and the United Nations Development Program to nationalize primary and secondary education, to provide education to all parts of the Maldivian archipelago.
Dr. Anwar’s contributions extend beyond education. Besides having served the State Trading Organization, a Maldivian public company, he was also the Atoll Chief of Shaviyani Atoll, and a member of Parliament for North Nilandhe Atoll.
In 2007, he became the Rector of Villa College. Under his visionary leadership, the student population grew to over 5,000 within 10 years from its inaugural intake of 30 students. It has the largest number of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Maldives.
Dr. Anwar played a crucial role in enabling the offering of the Open University Malaysiaprogrammes in the Maldives through a strategic collaboration between the two institutions.
Dr. Anwar was bestowed the National Award of Excellence for Services in the Field of Education in 2011 by the Maldivian Government, in recognition of his immense contributions in the educational development of the country.
In 2014, he was honored with the Meritorious Award in Educational Leadership and Management by OUM.
Dr. Anwar is married to Ms. Ramla Hassan and is blessed with a son and two grandchildren.