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Sultan Nazrin conferred with honorary degree

Sultan Nazrin graduation speech

DYMM Sultan Nazrin Shah was conferred with an honorary degree from The University of Nottingham at the graduation ceremony held on 14 July at the UK campus.

Son of the late Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, who was also an honorary graduate of The University of Nottingham, Sultan Nazrin became the Sultan of Perak on 29 May 2014 following the demise of his late father.

“Sultan Nazrin is an eminently worthy candidate who is known as an intellectual leader in the areas of political economy, current affairs and Islamic finance,” said Professor Christine Ennew, CEO and Provost of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus during the oration.

He is widely sought after as a speaker at conferences domestically and internationally where he talks with the authority of an accomplished researcher on the role of the constitutional monarchy in Malaysia, on education, on Islam, and on economic development.

Sultan Nazrin holds a doctorate in political economy and government and an MPA from Harvard University. He graduated with a bachelors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Worcester College, Oxford.

In academia, his contribution includes his service as Chancellor of the University of Malaya and he has also contributed widely to the University’s Asia Europe Institute, attending conferences and giving public lectures on a range of topical issues.

Sultan Nazrin’s contributions are not restricted to the intellectual. He has a long history of engagement and support for sporting activity. He was the first President of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation, President of the Malaysian Hockey Federation and President of the Perak Amateur Football Association. He is also the Chairman of Yayasan Hoki Malaysia, a scholarship fund for talented hockey players from 1992 to 2005.

He is the Chairman of the ‘MERDEKA AWARD’ Board of Trustees and Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

“This is one of those rare occasions in the University’s history, with honorary degrees having been awarded to father and son. His late father was always a good friend to the University as well as an ardent advocate for the establishment of the University’s Malaysia Campus,” Professor Ennew said.

(Article image caption: Sultan Nazrin presenting his speech at graduation ceremony, also seen is Professor Ennew(extreme right) and Professor Sir David Greenaway at the extreme right)

(Thumbnail image caption: Sultan Nazrin at the graduation ceremony)

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Notes to editorsThe University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016).

It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. More than 97% of research at The University of Nottingham is recognised internationally and it is 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future.

Posted on 15th July 2016

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