Dr. Shafiz’s research interests focuses on the social impact of Information Technology - Information behaviour, Virtual/e-community, e-Government, Teleworking, Community networks, Rural ICT, Technopreneurship and Open source.
Qualifications: BSc in Information Technology (Hons), Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia; MSc (Telecommunications and Network Management), Syracuse University, USA; MPhil, Syracuse University, USA; PhD, Syracuse University, USA
Telephone: +971 4 278 1956
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Dr Shafiz is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai.
Dr Shafiz has 18 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He currently teaches Information Technology Strategic Planning and Organisational Issues in Information Technology at the postgraduate level and Information Systems at the Undergraduate level.
His teaching philosophy is based on the humanistic approach which is based on exploring the self and instilling ‘fun’ to the students in his classes. He feels that when students have fun, they tend to be comfortable and the information that is taught to them tends to remain in their long term memory.
Dr Shafiz was previously a faculty member of Computer Science and Engineering at UOWD as an Assistant Professor and then as Associate Professor from 2009 to 2012. During that period, he was the Director of the Master of Information Technology Management (MITM), and BSc Information Technology in MIS. He has also worked as a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the School of Computing, Universiti Utara Malaysia. He held various other senior roles including Deputy Director of Cooperative and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (CEDI) and Director of International Telecommunication Union - Universiti Utara Malaysia Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence (ITU-UUM ASP CoE) for Rural Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Development. He is a certified professional trainer (Train of Trainers’ Programme) under the Ministry of Human Resource, Malaysia and has conducted several workshops on computers and ICT.
Before joining UOWD, Dr Shafiz was awarded the “Excellence Service Award 2008” for his teaching, research and administrative contributions to his university. He was also awarded several research grants under several national and international bodies such as the Windows on Science (WOS) Program from the Asian Office of Aerospace Research & Development (AOARD) Japan; Ministry of Energy, Water and Communication (MEWC), Ministry of Higher Education (MED), Malaysia; and Malaysian Commission of Multimedia and Communications (MCMC). He was chosen to represent Malaysia to the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Workshop on Embedding Entrepreneurship at University Curriculum in Hanoi, Vietnam (2008) to present a paper on Malaysia’s initiatives on developing entrepreneurship programmes at institutes of higher learning.
Dr Shafiz’s research interests focuses on the social impact of Information Technology -- information behaviour, virtual/e-community, e-government, teleworking, community networks, rural ICT, technopreneurship and open source. He has published his works in refereed journals, conference papers, encyclopaedias, and book chapters. He has supervised the completion of 6 PhDs and over 70 MSc Students. Currently, he is supervising five PhD students in Malaysia examining various Information Systems and ICT issues.