Dr Sotheeswari A/P A Somasundram

Dr. Sothees has extensive experience in academic management and leadership which includes her current role as the Head of Department for the School of Management & Marketing at Taylor's University. Prior to that, she was the Dean of the Business School at INTI International College Subang. Some of her key achievements include:

Contributed to the increase of student enrollment numbers for postgraduate programmes in Taylor's University in 2020.

Led the team at School of Management & Marketing, Taylor's University in curriculum design for post graduate programmes in 2020

Doubled the student enrollment numbers to 2000+ as the Dean of the Business School at INTI International College Subang

Co leader in the design of a strategic Graduate Talent Programme which propelled the Business School at INTI International College Subang to achieve the graduate employability rates of 96% within 2 years from a low of 70%. 

Led the Business School at INTI International College Subang to become the leading school in the execution of real projects from the industry and various strategic immersion programmes with over 30 Employers for the business school.

Led the team at the Business School at INTI International College Subang in the design work of number of new curriculum initiatives including new programmes that contributed towards the growth of student enrolment numbers.

Dr. Sothees also actively undertakes research and scholarly activities. In addition to presenting papers at national and international conferences, she has also published papers in peer-reviewed journals. She has worked on many research grants, worth more than half a million ringgit, related to urbanization, ageing society and economics

Dr. Sothees is a dedicated and passionate individual who believes that good quality higher education transforms people's lives and benefit society and businesses at large. She has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education with extensive experience in curriculum design, new programme creation and academic management.

Academic Qualification

  • Master of Economics, UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA, Malaysia
  • Bachelor of Economics (Hons) Economic Statistics, UNIVERSITI KEBANGSAAN MALAYSIA, Malaysia

Professional Qualification

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Areas of Expertise

  • Economics, Business And Management, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Economics, Business And Management, Economics/Applied Economic, Urban And Regional Economics
  • Economics, Business And Management, Economics/Applied Economic, Economics of Religion

Research Interest

  • Entrepreneurial Education
  • Urban Liveability
  • Economics of Religion


  • Teach less, learn more: Transforming students learning experience and enhancing graduate work readiness through innovative learning curriculum., International Journal of Curriculum Development and Learning Measurement (IJCDLM) 2(1) - Article in Journals
  • Antecedents of Religious Tolerance in Southeast Asia - Book Chapter
  • Unveiling the non-linear impact of sectoral output on environmental pollution in Malaysia. (ISI-Indexed), Environmental Science and Pollution Research - Article in Journals
  • A Structural Equation Modelling Study of the Determinants of Retirement Preparedness (ISI-Indexed), International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change - Article in Journals
  • Impact of E-Commerce on the Urban Landscape - Book Chapter
  • Economics of Religion: A Theoretical Review - Book Chapter
  • Entrepreneurship in Education: Innovations in Higher Education to Promote Experiential Learning and Develop Future Ready Entrepreneurial Graduates (ISI-Indexed), Journal of Engineering Science and Technology. - Article in Journals
  • The Macroeconomic Determinants of Environmental Degradation: A Dynamic Panel Estimation Study of the Environmental Kuznets Curve for Carbon Emissions (ISI-Indexed), Mining of Mineral Deposits - Article in Journals
  • A Multivariate Cointegration Analysis of the Macroeconomic Determinants of Carbon Emissions in Malaysia (SCOPUS-Indexed), International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy. In Print. (Q1, SCOPUS-indexed). - Article in Journals
  • Ranking the Challenges of the Urban Community in Malaysia (SCOPUS-Indexed), Institutions And Economies - Article in Journals
  • Social Hostility toward Religion: Politicization of Religion? An expression of nationalism? A combination of both?, The Religious Studies Project Website - Online Article
  • Religious Oppression: Government Regulations and Social Hostilities (SCOPUS-Indexed), The Journal of Asian Finance, Economics and Business - Article in Journals
  • Motives for Demand for Religion: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis - Article in Proceeding


  • An Assessment on Attachment to World Heritage Site: A Case Study of Lenggong Valley, Hulu Perak, Malaysia,  Project Leader2020 to 2022, National
  • A fundamental study on the environmental impacts of the agricultural, industrial and financial sectors in Malaysia,  Co-researcher2020 to 2022, National
  • Detailed design of Perak integrated river basin phase 1 - Lenggong flood mitigation plan phase 1, Hulu district,  Project Leader2020, Private
  • Investigating the antecedents of happiness among university students in Malaysia: A structural equation modeling approach,  Co-researcher2018 to 2019, Taylor's University
  • The macroeconomic determinants of environmental degradation: A dynamic panel estimation study of the environmental Kuznet's curve for carbon emissions,  Co-researcher2018 to 2019, Taylor's University
  • The antecedents of retirement preparedness: Are Malaysians personally and financially prepared for their Golden Years?,  Co-researcher2017 to 2021, Taylor's University
  • The Economics of Liveable and Sustainable Cities in the Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley ,  Project Leader2017 to 2020, Taylor's University

Awards and Stewardship

  • Best Presenter for the Seminar FEP 2018, Conference, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Best Presentation , 2018

Paper Presented

  • A Multivariate Cointegration Analysis of the Macroeconomic Determinants of Carbon Emissions in Malaysia, Terengganu Multidisciplinary International Conference (TEMIC) 2018 (CONFERENCE), Co-author , 31/03/2018 to 01/04/2018
  • Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Religious Unaffiliation Using the Economics of Religion Approach, Seminar FEP 2018 (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 10/07/2018 to 10/07/2018
  • Entrepreneurship in Education: Re-designing Higher Education to Develop Future Ready Entrepreneurial Graduates , Taylor's 10th Teaching and Learning Conference 2017 (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 30/09/2017 to 01/10/2017
  • Motives for Demand for Religion: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Proceedings of Second International Conference on Contemporary Economic Issues (CONFERENCE), ORAL PRESENTER , 02/11/2016