KUALA LUMPUR: Former International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz received her sixth honorary doctorate for her contributions to the country’s growth.
Rafidah was conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Economics yesterday at HELP University’s 28th convocation. A total of 1,046 students graduated at the event.
In her acceptance speech, Rafidah said she was honoured to receive the award.
“I feel blessed to be remembered seven years after retiring from public service,” she said.
Rafidah added that she was still in touch and aware of all that was happening and developing in the economic and social environment domestically as well as elsewhere.
“It is important to serve with high levels of integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, a high sense of responsibility and accountability,” she said.
She reminded graduates that a degree was not always a “passport to employment”, saying that employers now placed greater emphasis on “competency, soft skills and the ability to work as a team”.
Shanghai Modern Management Center director-general Chen Jiaying was conferred the degree of Doctor of Business Administration.
Chen said it was a proud moment for her, adding that HELP University had produced numerous highly talented students.
HELP University chancellor Datuk Paul Leong congratulated the graduates on their achievements.
Leong said the education provided would help guide its students to “think logically and act responsively”, helping them in their career paths to achieve greater success.
Vice-chancellor and president Datuk Dr Paul Chan congratulated graduates on their “first class work”.
“With the devotion and dedication to nurture students with the right knowledge and wisdom, I am confident they will soar to greater heights,” he said.
President Award recipient Pan Chee Wei was elated and surprised to have won the prestigious award.
Pan, a Bachelor of Psychology student, said she was appreciative of her parents, lecturers and friends who motivated her to achieve success.
“I’m glad all the sacrifices and efforts I’ve put in have not gone to waste,” added the first class honours student.
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