Upon graduation with a B.Sc. (1st class) from the University of Warwick, and a Ph.D from the University of Wales, United Kingdom, he started his career with the Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1982, at the School of Mathematics. Since then he has Head of Department of Statistics and Operations Research (1982–1990), Department of Operations Management (1991–1997), Deputy Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (1998-2002), Director of Center for Policy Research (2003-2006), Research Dean for the Social Transformation Platform (2006-2008), Acting Director of IPPTN (National Higher Research Institute of Malaysia (March – August 2008); Director of Institutional Development Division (2009-2012), Acting Group Managing Director of USAINS Holding Sdn. Bhd. (2013) and is currently serving as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at the Universiti Sains Malaysia.
His current research interest lies in higher education policy with emphasis on pushing the national tertiary education to excellence. In this respect he has undertaken various projects for the Ministry of Higher education such as “Improving Faculty Quality in Public Institution of Higher Learning”, “Enhancing Quality of Faculty of Private Higher Education Institutions”, “Internationalization and International Linkages of Institutes of Higher Education in the country”, “Strategic Roadmap for Private Higher Education”. He chairs the SETARA and D-SETARA committee to evaluate quality of Institutions of Higher Learning for all Higher Education Institutes (public and private) in their teaching and learning for Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). He sits on the National Research University Evaluation Committee, Ministry Centers of Excellence, and various committees on Research grants schemes. In this capacity he is involved in the developing the various measuring instruments such as MyRA (Malaysian Research Assessment), the HiCOE (Higher Education Center of Excellence) and TBS (Top Business School).