A FORMER banker and a retired Unesco senior officer will be conferred honorary doctorates at Wawasan Open University’s (WOU) inaugural convocation on Oct 23.
Datuk Seri Goh Eng Toon ,who was a banker for 54 years, will be conferred the honorary Doctorate of Law.
WOU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Wong Tat Meng said Goh will be honoured for his contributions to the banking and financial sectors as well as charitable organisations.
Goh started his banking career with Midland Bank in Britain in the early 1950s.
On returning to Malaysia, he took up positions in Malayan Banking Bhd (1960-1973) before being appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of Ban Hin Lee (BHL) Bank Bhd in 1973 and later its chairman and CEO from 1990 until the merger of the bank with Southern Bank in July 2000.
During his 27 years with the BHL Bank, he steered the growth of the institution from a two-branch bank in 1973 to a network of 49 branches throughout the country by 2000.
“He has contributed much to the community such as being a trustee of the Texchem Scholarship Fund and a board member of the Tun Sardon Foundation,” Wong said.
The other recipient is Dr Abdul Waheed Khan, 61, who had served in Unesco as assistant director-general for communication and information for nine years before retiring in last July.
The Indian national will be conferred the honorary Doctorate of Letters of Laws.
“This is in recognition of his contributions in the field of communication, information and education over the past 35 years,” Wong told a press conference last Saturday.
Dr Abdul Waheed has served as the Indira Gandhi National Open University vice-chancellor where his duties included management of the Knowledge Network that covers a consortium of 72 universities in India.
He currently holds the post of president of Talal Abu Ghazaleh Business University, Bahrain, and senior advisor to the Arab Open University.
Apart from the honorary doctorates, 38 students from the Commonwealth Executive Masters of Business Administration programme will also received their scrolls.
Wawasan Education Foundation (WEF) chairman Datuk Seri Stephen Yeap Leong Huat said WEF had come a long way since its establishment in 2002.
“We continue to offer scholarships to deserving students so that they can pursue higher education that they would otherwise miss,” he said.
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