Biography and profile of Prof. Abdulkareem Muhammad Sabo—the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Dutse

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           Born in Gumel Jigawa state, He attended Science Secondary School, Dawakin Kudu Kano State (1981 – 1984). 

Heobtained his Bachelor Degree in Applied Biology from Bayero University, Kano in 1989, Master degree in Food Biotechnology from University of Strathclyde Glasgow, United Kingdom in 1995 and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Enzyme and Food Biotechnology from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2006. He was a Graduate Assistant at the department of Biological science, Bayero University Kano (1990 – 1992) and a lecturer (1990 to 1997), an Associate Professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia (2006 – 2017) and now a Professor of Enzyme and Food Biotechnology at the department of Microbiology and Biotechnology.


Currently he is the Vice-Chancellor Federal University Dutse, He was also the immediate fast Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Services Federal University Dutse, and at one time Deputy Director Academic Planning and Quality Assurance (Teaching, Learning and Research)

His academic career spun over 30 years with vast experience in Research and Teaching at the university and has authored over 90 publications in international journals and international conference proceedings with RG score of 31.6 and RG citations of 1700; Scopus H-index of 18 and 1289 citations; Google Scholar H index 28 and 2897 citations. He is a member of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS), Malaysian Institute of Food Technology (MIFT), International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), Nigerian Institute of Food Technology, Biotechnology society of Nigeria and former President of the Nigerians in the Diaspora organisation Malaysia (NIDOMY)(2008- 2011).

He is a recipient of many international excellence awards in both teaching and research namely:

    • Lence Service Award (University Putra Malaysia) 2013
    • Excellence Service Award (University Putra Malaysia) 2011
    • Excellence Service Award (University Putra Malaysia) 2008
    • Putra Teaching excellence award (University Putra Malaysia) 2010
    • Silver medal PRPI exhibition (University Putra Malaysia) 2012
    • Silver medal PRPI exhibition (University Putra Malaysia) 2008
    • Gold medal PRPI exhibition (University Putra Malaysia) 2007
    • Silver Medal PRPI exhibition (University Putra Malaysia) 2007
    • University fellowship award (Association of Commonwealth Universities London UK) 1994

He attended several international courses and training in Teaching and Research such as:

    • Africa-UniNet Network General Assembly and training on Research Collaboration ( BOKU –OeaD) University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna Austria (2020)
    • AFRICA-EUROPE Workshop on Higher Education Collaboration: Investing in People by investing in Higher Education and Skills in Africa (DAAD, British Council, Campus France, EU and AU). European Union HQ Brussels (2019)
    • Workshop on Open Distance Learning (ODL) : Planning, Development and Delivering ODL (Centre for Distance Education University of London) (2018)
    • Basic training in teaching and learning Current approach (Centre for Academic Development) Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (2014)
    • Strategic Management Thinking Process (Success Consulting) UNITEN (2011)
    • Courses in Teaching and learning (Centre for Academic Development) Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (2011)
    • Advance courses on Learning outcomes (LO3) in Student Centred Learning ((Centre for Academic Development) Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (2011)
  • Basic Courses in Learning Outcomes in Student Centred Learning (SCL) Case Study: (Centre for Academic Development) Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (2011)

His Current areas of expertise are:

BIOTECHNOLOGY: Food Biotechnology, Enzyme and Metabolic engineering

FOOD SCIENCES: Food Microbiology, Instrumental methods in food analysis, Food Chemistry, Nutrition changes in foods during processing, Fats and oils and Food safety


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