Kadazandusun Chair goes International

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AP Dr. Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan (Kadazandusun Chair)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan, holder of the UMS Kadazandusun Chair, was recently appointed Adjunct Research Fellow in Anthropology, from the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Australia. This is an honorary annual appointment.

According to the Monash University Council, adjunct appointments have been established as a means of giving recognition to the contribution made by those who are not themselves employees of Monash, but who nonetheless will have a valuable association with the Faculty. The category of adjunct appointments is in widespread use in eminent universities and is well recognized in most international jurisdictions and by international research funding agencies as a distinguished academic title.

Dr. Jacqueline holds the Kadazandusun Chair and lectures in Ethnomusicology and Borneo Ethnography in the UMS School of Social Sciences. Born in Melbourne, she obtained her B.A.Hons (First Class) from Monash and her Ph.D from the University of Queensland in Ethnomusicology. Her original research was undertaken among the Huli of Papua New Guinea. She first came to Sabah in 1977, and over the years has conducted ethnographic and ethnomusicological research in many local indigenous communities including the Kadazandusun, Lotud Dusun, Tatana, Timugon Murut, west and east coast Bajau, Iranun and others. She worked for many years as Music Director cum Cultural Research Officer in Sabah’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, as was a research affiliate of the Sabah Museum. She also headed the Cultural Research Section of the Sabah Cultural Board after its formation in 1997. She joined UMS as a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences in 2000, and was appointed to the Kadazandusun Chair in 2003. She is the Regional Vice President for Sabah of the Borneo Research Council, and is a member of the ICTM Study Group on Southeast Asian Performing Arts.

Of her appointment, Dr. Jacqueline says that she hopes it will open up potential areas of cooperation between UMS and Monash University, and will promote the Kadazandusun Chair in the international arena while further enhancing UMS as a world renowned centre for Borneo Studies.


6 Responses to Kadazandusun Chair goes International

  1. Observer says:

    Congratulations to Dr Jacky,

    It’s certainly an honour and an achievement. I hope it will pave the way for more collaborative works particularly in area of research.

  2. Marja says:

    Dear Dr Jacky,


  3. Dr Bala says:

    Prof Jackie,

    We proud about you and your achievement. May God bless you. Your achievement is our pride.

  4. Dr. Jacquie says:

    Thanks Guys. I love you all, and hope this helps to build SSS and UMS.

    God bless you all.

  5. Nanda Soon Lii-Chyi says:

    Dear Dr. Jacquie:

    Congratulations for the appointment. My apologies for the late wish.. Touch wood


  6. Ridzuan says:

    i wish to do master in etnomusicology under Dr. Jacqueline…i took etnomusicology in my 1st degree in SPSUMS..advices are needed…

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