115 PhD graduates

  • Education
  • Sunday, 18 Sep 2005

Dr MOHD SALLEH: 'UKM is on theright path to becoming a research intensiveinstitution

FOR THE first time in its 35-year history, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia is graduating more than 100 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates. 

Describing this as a significant milestone, UKM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Salleh Mohd Yasin said this achievement showed that UKM was on the right path to becoming a research-intensive institution. 

“There are 115 PhD graduates, 19 of whom are UKM lecturers. Last year, there were only 96 PhD holders. We are also are awarding master’s programmes to 1,215 graduates.  

“The increase is due to the intensive promotion of our postgraduate programmes through roadshows and also an up-to-date website where the expertise of all our lecturers are clearly stated,’’ he said at a press conference at the university on Tuesday. 

At its 33rd convocation which began yesterday, UKM is awarding the prestigious professor emeritus title to the former head of its Environment and Development Institute (Lestari) Prof Dr Mohd Nordin Hasan. 

Prof Mohd Nordin graduated with an Agricultural Science degree from Universiti Malaya and received his doctorate from the University of London.  

He joined UKM as a tutor in 1973 and was head of Lestari from 1994 to 1999. UKM will also be bestowing honorary doctorates to 10 people including former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin. 

A total of 6,903 graduates will receive their scrolls at the convocation ceremony to be held over six days. UKM’s chancellor, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Ja'afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman presided at the first session yesterday. 

Prof Mohd Salleh expressed satisfaction with the number of foreign students at UKM – over 1,000. A total of 38 foreigners received PhDs. Indonesia made up the largest number (17) followed by Jordan (four), Libya (five), Afghanistan (two), Sudan (four) and one each from Korea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, India, Nigeria and Somalia.” 

The Royal Education Award will be shared by Darman Nordin, a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) graduate and Wong Jyh Eiin, a Bachelor of Food Science holder.  

Both are active in sports, Darman in taekwando and Jyhe Eiin in fencing as well as swimming  

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award went to Fouzia Hassan Abdullah, a Bachelor of Social Science graduate. UKM will be conferring a posthumous Master of Education degree to the family of Mohammad Suhaimi Mohamed Radzuan today.  

The criteria for an excellent grade has been increased from a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.67 last year to 3.7 this year.  

A total of 82 graduates achieved this mark, 28 males and 54 females. Of this number, 59 were non-bumiputras and 21 bumiputras.  

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