Abdul holds a PhD in Human Resource Management from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, in addition to an MBA and MSc in Business. He was actively involved in Human Resource Management and business consultancy and with his family business before starting his current teaching and academic research career.
His main focus in research is on issues related to Human Resource Management. Currently, he is interested in research on HR competencies for future industries, such as competency profiles required for the smart industry (industry 4.0). He teaches and supervises graduate and postgraduate students for their graduation assignment/final projects. He contributes actively to Wittenborg's HRM department in the screening and hiring process of academic staff for the various schools of Wittenborg, where he has developed and implemented various HR strategies and procedures. He has presented many research papers at several international conferences in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is conversant with the standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education system, and sits also on different assessment panels for educational programmes and institutional accreditation assessments.
Rauf has developed innovative methods of teaching that reflect the latest research in the area of management and business. He has been actively involved in the role of supporting students formally and informally as a study advisor. His research and educational contributions were an immense help in designing new programmes and in building the institution’s profile. As part of his research, he developed some very valuable links outside the university, including but not limited to universities, industrial, commercial, and public firms.