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Perseverance and hard work make everything possible

Raja Dato’ Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan
BTech Medical Sciences 1979

Raja Abdul Azziz Raja currently holds the role of Director General of the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) at the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia. As head of the department in the Ministry he is responsible for matters under the Atomic Energy Licensing Act. Raja is responsible for 150 members of staff, 20% of whom are graduates.

In 2011 Raja became the first Malaysian to be nominated to the position of Chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency’ Director General’s Advisory Group on Nuclear Security, which is an internationally eminent group of subject matter specialists in the area of nuclear security standards.

“University taught me how to quickly adapt and how to work with people from different backgrounds and nationalities.  This experience tremendously helped me in understanding people and analysing evolving situations in international settings which was vital as a Malaysian diplomat when I was the Minister Counsellor (Science) at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna and Embassy of Malaysia in Austria from 1995 - 2005.”

At the end of his second year at University, Raja took up a 12-month placement where he worked at the Biochemistry Department at St George’s Hospital in Lincoln from August 1977 – July 1978. “It was an excellent opportunity to gain valuable laboratory work experience, to make new friends and to gain a new perspective.”

Raja’s first job upon graduation was working for the Malaysia Nuclear Agency where he was responsible for the biological quality control procedures for the local production of radiopharmaceuticals.

Raja’s most memorable moment was arriving at Bradford Interchange and being greeted by friendly faces of senior students who were enquiring if he was a “new student” at the University of Bradford. “I was assisted until I finally settled in my room at the halls of residence; it was lovely to be looked after in this way.”

Raja’s recollection of Bradford in the ’70s is one of fondness. “For a Muslim, food was never a problem and as a foreigner everyone was friendly and sincere. Everyone had an accent and mine was no different. For those considering studying at the University of Bradford what you need to know is that Bradford is friendly, has a good University and you’ll never regret coming to study here.”