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Profesor Emeritus Datuk Dr Rahmah Bt Bujang

Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr. Nik Safiah Karim was born on December 17, 1939 in Kampong Banggol, Kota Bharu, Kelantan. She received her early education at Sekolah Rendah Inggeris Perempuan Kota Bahru(now known as Sekolah Rendah Zainab). Then, she went on to study at the Malay Women’s College, Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur (now known as Tunku Kurshiah College, Seremban). After that, she studied at St. Francis Institution, Malacca until she graduated from the Higher School Certificate in 1959. In 1965 she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Malaya. Later in 1975 she obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics from Ohio University, USA. Her academic career began with her appointment as a tutor in the Department of Malay Studies, University of Malaya in 1963. Throughout her career, she held the position of lecturer, Associate Professor and later was appointed Professor in the Department of Malay Studies.


  • Returning to Malaysia in 1978, Prof. Emeritus Datuk Dr Rahmah Bujang works as a lecturer in the Malay Studies Department, UM. She also served as the Principal of the Tuanku Kurshiah Hostel, UM and also served as the Director of the UM Cultural Center from January 1, 1997 – December 31, 1999 and began her Master of Arts degree in Music and Drama Arts.
  • In 1983 she was named Associate Professor and in 1994 she was promoted to Professor. She also took over as Head of the Malay Arts Department in 1995 when the Department of Malay Studies was transformed into the Academy of Malay Studies (APM) until her retirement.
  • After her retirement she served on the Lembaga Pengarah Institut Teknologi Seni Melaka and was awarded the Darjah Seri Melaka in 1998. She was appointed expert panel of the ‘Projek Pengumpulan Istilah Kesusasteraan’ MABBIM/DBP, Panel Penilai Hadiah Sastera Malaysia (1978-1986) and a panel of experts on the Encyclopedia project at DBP. She has also been appointed as advisor, assessor and chairman and speaker of theater activities organized by the Ministry of Arts and Culture.

Last Update: 11/04/2023