7,021 UKM stu­dents grad­u­at­ing

Grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony held from yes­ter­day to Tues­day

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UNIVER­SITI Ke­bangsaan Malaysia’s 46th con­vo­ca­tion will see 7,021 stu­dents re­ceiv­ing their scrolls at De­wan Canselor Tun Ab­dul Razak in its cam­pus here.

The grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony will be held for four days, from yes­ter­day to Tues­day. Of the to­tal, 1,120 stu­dents have re­ceived their scrolls.

Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan Yang di-Per­tuan Be­sar Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Mu­nawir and his wife, Tuanku Am­puan Be­sar Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan Tuanku Aishah Ro­hani Tengku Be­sar Mah­mud, were among the spe­cial guests at the cer­e­mony yes­ter­day.

Tuanku Muhriz, who is the univer­sity’s chan­cel­lor, said he was proud that the univer­sity was ranked 184 among the top 200 uni­ver­si­ties world­wide, ac­cord­ing to the QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings, and ranked No. 4 for the best uni­ver­si­ties in South­east Asia.

“I am con­fi­dent that this achieve­ment and suc­cess will con­tinue to drive the suc­cess of this univer­sity and de­ter­mine the aca­demic fu­ture of its stu­dents,” he said.

“Be­fit­ting its role as the na­tional univer­sity, I would like to re­mind schol­ars to al­ways think about and re­alise the pur­pose of knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion.

“I hope ev­ery­one at the univer­sity will pro­mote the cam­pus’ achieve­ments, which is cham­pi­oning the na­tional as­pi­ra­tions and fos­ter­ing na­tion­al­ism in Malaysians.

“There is also a need to strengthen hon­esty in aca­demics, as well as in­tegrity.”

UKM vice-chan­cel­lor Tan Sri Dr Noor Azlan Ghaz­ali said UKM, be­ing one of the top ranked uni­ver­si­ties in the world, pro­vided knowl­edge and skills to stu­dents in var­i­ous fac­ul­ties, and th­ese ef­forts and achieve­ments would shape the na­tion to be­come more har­mo­nious.

“We have nur­tured a lot of aca­demics, schol­ars and alumni through­out the years.

“We are proud that a lot of our alumni are serv­ing the coun­try in pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors.

“Some of them have be­come min­is­ters and we also have a few alumni who are in the new govern­ment.”

Present was UKM pro-chan­cel­lor Tun Ahmad Sarji Ab­dul Hamid, who was awarded an hon­orary doc­tor­ate in lead­er­ship and pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Two top stu­dents, Shar­i­fah Fatimah Syed Mahusin, 24, from the Islamic Fac­ulty, and Ja­son Cheong Kah Lok, 24, from the Law Fac­ulty, re­ceived the Anugerah Pe­la­jaran DiRaja.

PIX BY EIZAIRI SHAM­SUDIN

Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan Yang di-Per­tuan Be­sar and Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia chan­cel­lor Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Mu­nawir (cen­tre), Tuanku Am­puan Be­sar Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan Tuanku Aishah Ro­hani Tengku Be­sar Mah­mud (sec­ond from right) and UKM vice-chan­cel­lor Tan Sri Dr Noor Azlan Ghaz­ali (left) with Anugerah Pe­la­jaran DiRaja re­cip­i­ents Ja­son Cheong Kah Lok (sec­ond from left) and Shar­i­fah Fatimah Syed Mahusin at the univer­sity’s con­vo­ca­tion in Bangi yes­ter­day.

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