Yang Teramat Mulia Dato' Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, Tunku Panglima Besar Kedah (Member of the Kedah Council of Regency) and also UUM Tunku Chancellor expressed her utmost gratitude that Malaysia is peaceful and harmonious.
“Malaysia is peaceful and harmonious because the government and the people are aware that our primary task is to make the nation prosperous. The National Principles (Rukun Negara), a national philosophy and ideology launched in 1970 aims to form and affirm the solidarity, peace and prosperity in the country. Hence, I would like to draw attention to the fifth pillar in Rukun Negara which highlighted on the observance of Decencyor decorum and morality”.
Speaking at the first session at Mu’adzam Shah Hall, UUM, Her Highness Tunku Chancellor draw the graduates’ attention to the National Education Philosophy.
“Education in Malaysia is an on-going effort towards further developing the potential of individuals in a holistic and integrated manner, in order to produce individuals who are intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically, balanced and harmonious”. And so, the aim of education in Malaysia is to produce individuals who are virtuous and full of integrity and these individuals will then play their role to the betterment of their family, society and the nation.
Her Highness added that in the global context, education is seen as an attempt to meet the four demands of life, i.e. 'learn to know, learn to do, learn to be, and learn to live together', as outlined by UNESCO. These four pillars of learning play a significant role in producing well-rounded individuals who can contribute to the prosperity and well-being of the country.
“The role of education as the best agent or instrument of positive social change for the benefits of human being has been proven. Each year, we witnessed the graduation of thousands of students from the public and private universities in the country. We are incredibly proud of being part of this success. We hope all graduates will become useful and respected membersof oursociety”, added Tunku Chancellor.
Meanwhile, UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak in his speech said that, the country is faced with a crisis of ethics and morality in many forms and this situation could tarnish the moral integrity of the society.
"The university is committed to shoulder the responsibility of its existence as an institution of excellence that uphold the highest ethical value and integrity”.
The convocation ceremony commenced with the rendition of the state anthem 'Allah Selamat Sultan', recitation of verses from the Al-Quran, followed by the conferment of the Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (Business Management) degree to Yang Mulia Datuk Syed Ali Mohamed Alattas and Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (International Political Economy) degree to Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Mohd Munir Abdul Majid.
Her Highness Tunku Chancellor has also graciously conferred the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Management (D.Mgt), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and Master’s degrees to 281 graduates during the first session.
In addition, Her Highness also presented the Royal Education Award, Chancellor's Gold Medal award and 19 other major awards to 602 university graduates.
The convocation ceremony will be held across nine (9) sessions and will end on 28 October 2015. A total of 6,709 graduates will be conferred with their degrees including 381international graduates from 33 countries.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
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