Hadijah Bte RAHMAT

Associate Professor

Head, Asian Languages & Cultures

Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC)

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PhD (Malay-Indonesian Studies) (University of London)
MA (Malay Studies) (National University of Singapore)
BA (Major in Malay and Geography) (National University of Singapore)


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Research Interests
Colonial History in South East Asia; Malay and Indonesian literature; Malay Philosophy and culture; Children’s literature and History of Malay Kampung; Literature Pedagogy

  • A/P Hadijah Rahmat is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

    She is a leading scholar in the Malay-Indonesian Studies and prominent Malay language and culture educator or educational expert and highly recognized literary author. She was selected by the South East Literary Councils (MASTERA) as a Prominent Scholar to deliver a series of lectures on Comparative Literature in Kuala Lumpur, Brunei and Jakarta (2001). She was Chairperson for the Malay Language Curriculum and Pedagogy Review Committee (MLCPRC), MOE, 2005 that provided the vision of Ariff Budiman (the learned person who contributes to society) in the ML curriculum.

    She has achieved unique, outstanding achievements in multidisciplinary research-teaching-writing approaches – synthesizing literature, geography, history, sociology and arts. For almost 30 years of her professional career, she has been dedicatedly, consistently serving and providing very significant and impactful leadership in her dynamic, diversified areas of expertise at national, regional and international levels. She has received several awards and recognitions for her vision, relentless commitments, contributions and achievements to Singapore and international academic professionals and literary community. 

    She joined NIE on 1 Nov 1987 and has been serving NIE with dedication, sustained and impactful performances that enhanced NIE’s standing in national, regional and international arena.  She is a highly respected figure in the Malay-Indonesian Studies in South East Asia and Europe. Since appointed to her current administrative duties on 1 July 2014, she has stabilized ALC AG, building a strong management team with assistant heads of three language divisions (CL,ML,TL), restructuring its organization, refining the programme coordination at divisional and AG levels and improve collegiality and work culture. She has strengthened ALC collaboration and partnership with national, regional and international educational and professional institutions.

    Visiting Appointments

    • Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of California Berkeley, Library of Congress, Washington DC and University of Harvard, USA from Nov 2002 to May 2003;
    • Affiliated Fellow at IIAS (International Institute of Asian Studies), University Leiden, Netherland (Sept –Dec 2010)
    • Visiting Scholar at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (Jan- April 2011). 

    International Agencies/Organisations

    • Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society, of Great Britain and Ireland.
    • Fulbright Fellow, Fulbright Association, Singapore.
    • Affiliated Fellow, International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden University

    Hadijah has been serving in various high level national an international committees:-.  

    Service Appointments - International

    • Advisory Board Journal of Malay and Indonesian World, University of London
    • International Advisory Board, International Journal of Malay World, DBP (2015 to date)
    • Chairperson/Head  of MASTERA Singapore (the Councils of South East Asian Literature, Singapore) Since 2012
    • Head of the Malay Language Council of S’pore (MLCS) Delegation to South East Asia Literary Council Conference, at Brunei, 12 and 13 Mac 2006.
    • Chairperson, 21st Meeting of the Councils of South East Asian Literature, MASTERA, at Kuala Lumpur, Sept 2016.

     Service Appointments - National

    • Chairperson for the Malay Language Curriculum and Pedagogy Review Committee (MLCPRC), MOE, 2005.
    • Board Member of MOE LKY Bilingual Fund, chaired by Minister of Education & the Fund Evaluation Committee (PEC)
    • LKY Bilingual Fund chaired by Ms Ho Peng, DGE; Deputy Chair, Malay Language Councils, Singapore.
    • Deputy Chairperson,  Malay Language Councils of Singapore
    • Advisory Committee, National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore
    • Vice Chairperson of Broadcast, Publications and Arts Appeal Committee (BPAAC), Ministry of Communications and Information Singapore
    • NLB Library Consultative Panel (2015-2017)
    • NAC Arts Advisory Panel

     Research & Publications

    She has written 7 scholar books and edited 16 scholarly books in both English  and Malay language; 16 book chapters, 35 journal articles and 30 conference papers; 2 poetry books and two children books and numerous articles in professional books and newspapers.  Her publications are regarded as ground-breaking works, multidisciplinary and for creatively blending academic insights with artistic expressions.

  • 2017

    Selected as one of 8 Icons for ‘BUAL’ (Conversation) Project, by the Singapore Memory Project (SMP) team and the National Library Board (NLB), managed by Tweeq, launched on 17 Jan 2017, www.bual.com.sg.


    Infocomm Media Development Authority’s Long Service Award for her contributions to Broadcast, Publications and Arts Appeal Committee (BPAAC) for the past 10 years


    AURA HAWA - One of 25 icons of visions, resilience and commitment of Malay-Muslim of Singapore , launched Oct 2015. (http://www.ppis.sg/sg50/130-assoc-prof-dr-hadijah-rahmat)


    Received the NIE/NTU Long Service Award (25 years)


    Received the Friend of Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth (MCCY) Award for Relentless social/national commitment to Singapore (24 years of Service)


    Received the National Day Long Service Award 9 August 2013, Pingat Bakti Setia (PBS)


    Received the Tun Sri Lanang Literary Award 2011, Highest Malay Literary Award, Malay language Councils Singapore, 2011.


    Received several literary awards including : Hadiah Sastera (Literary Awards) by the Malay Language Council Singapore (MBMS) for her creative works. Her poems and short stories have also been selected as literature texts in Singapore schools.


    Received the NIE/NTU Long Service Award (20 years) on 17 Jan 2009


    Received the Public Administration Award (Bronze), by President Republic of S’pore, National Day 2007 for her leadership and contribution to Ministry of Education


    Featured as “Wanita intelek” (Intellectual Woman Personality) in MANJA Magazine, Mediacorps Magazine, Sept issue 2005.


    Received the NTU Excellence in Teaching Certificate of Commendation