Associate Professor (A/P) Hadijah bte Rahmat is the Covering Head / Deputy Head of the Asian Languages and Culture Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE).
Assoc Prof Hadijah received her Bachelor of Arts in Malay Studies and Geography and MA from National University of Singapore (1985) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Malay and Indonesian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1996). She obtained Postgraduate Diploma in Education from IE in 1981.
In the field of education, A/P Hadijah serves on numerous committees at the Ministry of Education (MOE). She was the Chairperson for the Malay Language Curriculum and Pedagogy Review (MLCPRC, 2005). She was also part of the Steering Committee of Malay Language Syllabuses and Instructional Materials, the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee.
A/P Hadijah is also actively involved in public service. She has served in the Malay Language Council Committee, MICA, since 2001; she is the Vice-Chairman of the Working Committee (Education), National Convention on Knowledge Based Economy for Malay Community (1999), Judge for Berita Harian-MacDonald's Achiever of the Year (1999-2004), and Member of Talent Advisory Panel (TAP), People's Association of Singapore (2006) and National Library Board Advisory Committee (since 200).
A/P Hadijah has made contributions to the development of arts, publication and broadcasting in Singapore. She serves as Arts Resource Member, National Arts Councils (since 1998), Drama Review Committee (1999-2002), Cultural Medallion Grant Panel (2001), Editorial Member for two NAC Special Millennium Projects (Rhythms,2000; Selves, 2002); Censorship Review Committee (2003), Program Advisory Committee, S'pore Broadcasting Authority (1995-1999), Vice-Chairman of the Publication Appeal Advisory Committee and the Broadcasting Appeals Advisory Committee, Ministry of Information, Communication & Arts and National Library Board Advisory Committee. Editorial Member for two NAC Special Millennium Projects (Rhythms,2000; Selves,2002); Censorship Review Committee (2003), Program Advisory Committee, S'pore Broadcasting Authority (1995-1999), Specialist Panel Member for Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award 2007; Vice-Chairman of the Publication Appeal Advisory Committee and the Broadcasting Appeals Advisory Committee, Ministry of Information, Communication & Arts.(2006-2009); National Arts Council Arts Advisory Panel (2010-2012).
She represented Singapore as Country Judge for the Literary Awards of Southeast Asia Literary Council. In 2001, she was selected by the SEA Council as a Prominent Scholar to deliver a series of lectures on Comparative Literature in Kuala Lumpur, Brunei and Jakarta. She sits in the Advisory Board, Journal of Malay and Indonesian World, SOAS, University of London and was a Visiting Scholar, Fulbright Program 2002, at University of California Berkeley, University of Harvard and Library of Congress, USA.
She has written 10 books, edited 12 books and published numerous academic papers in international journals. Samples of her works are:
- " The Concept of Modernity in Literature: the Western and Eastern Perspective" Tenggara, 1996, Vol.38, pp.105-133.
- " The Printing Press and the Changing Concepts of Literature and Authorship and Notions of Self in Malay Literature." JMBRAS, 1996, Vol.69, 1-21.
- Portraits of Nation – The British Legacy for the Malay Settlements in Singapore (Journal of Malay and Indonesian World, London, Nov 2008)