UKM Has Demonstrated Its Indigenous Foundation Is No Hinderence To Success
By Saiful Bahri Kamaruddin
Pix PKK and UKM Press Photo Unit
BANGI, 20 Oct 2012 – Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Munawir today praised The National University of Malaysia (UKM) for demonstrating that its indigenous foundation and identity is no hinderence to raising its profile to the level of other more established institutions worldwide.
The UKM Chancellor congratulated the university’s leadership and staff for their success in raising the university to world-class standards through its various achievements and world class expertise.
Addressing the university’s 40th Convocation here today he said: “If the university rankings done by international agencies, such as the QS World University Rankings, can be used as an indication of the quality of a university, we can be proud of its latest ranking at 31 out of thousands of universities below 50 years of age. “
Tuanku Muhriz who is also the Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan said it ranked even better in some of its academic disciplines.
He also congratulated Vice Chancellor, Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin for being selected to lead the 200 member Association of Universities of Asia Pacific come this December.
The Chancellor advised graduates receiving their scrolls at the convocation being held from today until Tuesday not to turn their backs on the university when they had successfully joined the various professions.
“UKM has given the best education to you. Thus, walk with confidence and be aware that you are the UKM alumni. No matter how far you go remember your Alma Mater and return to contribute something meaningful to the university. Preserve your honour and that of your parents, teachers, university and nation.”
Tuanku Muhriz said they should sincerely contribute to the university whenever they are asked.
He also reminded them that learning is a life-long process and with knowledge being dynamic and constantly changing they should be eager to continue the quest for it and explore new endeavors according to their abilities.
He also congratulated Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Zawawi Ismail, on his appointment as Chairman of the Board of Directors (LPU) of the university saying his experience as an academic leader and in the corporate world can motivate UKM to continue moving forward to become a centre of excellence and contribute to national progress.”
Tuanku Muhriz also expressed gratitude to the previous Chairman of LPU, Tan Sri Dr Zulkifli A. Hassan, for his contributions to UKM.