Associate Professor at the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Gurcharan has worked for more than 25 years with the Ministry of Education Malaysia as a teacher and then Senior Lecturer at Institut Aminuddin Baki (The National Institute of Educational Management and Leadership), Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. Conducted various training and lectures in the field of Educational Leadership and Management, Communication and other soft skills, including staff development for Protocol and Social Etiquette for the staff of various public schools and educational institutions. Gurcharan has also gained experience in the training of educational officers from countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia. He led the formulation of National Professional Qualification for Educational Leaders (NPQEL) new mode programme which was previously known as NPQH for aspiring public school heads in Malaysia. This is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Education Malaysia and a mandatory requisite for the post of public school headteacher in Malaysia. After his tenure with MOE Malaysia, Gurcharan held the post of Director of OUM Graduate Centre and Programme Coordinator for Master of Education (MEd) programme at Cluster of Education and Social Sciences, Open University Malaysia Kuala Lumpur for nearly five years.
Attained the B.A.(Hons) from University Malaya, majoring in Malay Studies/Geography. This was followed by the Diploma in Education at Language Institute, in the Teaching of Malay Language. After teaching in secondary schools, Gurcharan went on to study his M.Sc. (Management) at the Northern University of Malaysia. Upon completion he worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Institut Aminuddin Baki, Ministry of Education Malaysia for about 10 years before pursuing his Doctor of Education at the University of Birmingham, UK, specialising in Educational Leadership. Gurcharan is also at the moment completing a degree in law, B.Jurisprudence at University Malaya.
Educational Leadership and Management
Educational Change and Innovation
Teaching and Learning Strategies