KAJANG: Penang Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas was named Universiti Tenaga Nasionals (Uniten's) first chancellor in a special ceremony before its convocation yesterday.
Uniten vice-chancellor Prof Dr Zainul Abidin Md Sharrif also announced the appointment of National Electricity Board former general manager Tan Sri Abu Zarim Omar and Tenaga Nasional Bhd chairman Datuk Amar Leo Moggie as the universitys pro-chancellors.
Speaking after receiving his appointment letter, Abdul Rahman said it was an honour to be chosen as the universitys first chancellor.
In fact, not many people knew I was a teacher for 24 years before my involvement in politics, he said in his speech.
Having been trained at the Sultan Idris Teachers College, he taught at both Bukit Mertajam High School and SM Seri Muda Penaga.
Congratulating the 445 graduates who received their diplomas and degrees from him later, he said they would now face more challenges as they began their careers.
Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Mohd Rafiz Samsuddin said he wanted to thank his family and friends for their support during his studies.
On behalf of my fellow graduates, I also want to thank the lecturers for their consistent encouragement, he said.
Also present at the ceremony were Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh, Uniten staff as well as graduates family members and friends.
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