KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin has been awarded a Honorary Doctorate in Political Science by the newly-upgraded Jesselton University College (JUC) here.
Bung received the honorary PhD for his service to and contributions in the fields of politics, education, welfare and society in the state at JUC's first convocation, where 70 others received their scrolls for various degrees over the weekend.
He said that he was honoured by the recognition and would always be open to work with JUC in various fields, especially in developing education in Sabah.
"This is the first time I have received an award like this and I will see how I can use my experience in this field of politics to help the university in the future," said Bung.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies and Analysis) from the political science faculty of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
The honorary doctorate was presented by Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad, who officiated the convocation ceremony.
Apart from Bung, Senator Datuk Arman Azha Abu Hanifah was also honoured with a similar degree during the convocation.
At the ceremony, a total of 70 graduates received their scrolls presented by Senator Datuk Arman Azha Abu Bakar, in conjunction with the convocation ceremony.
In another update, Jesselton College's corporate advisor Prof Datin Dr Noor Hamizah Hanifah said the college got the upgrade to Jesselton University College (JUC) as the Higher Education Ministry approved the upgrade.
She added that the college was established in 1988.
Meanwhile, JUC president Prof Dr Datuk Chin Yuk Fong said that it is the first local college to be upgraded in Sabah.
"The people of Sabah can now enjoy greater opportunities to pursue higher education as a result of this," he said.