Honorary Doctorate for Malaysian Royalty

January 9, 2013

The Chancellor of The National University of Malaysia (UKM), His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir will be conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Glamorgan in a special ceremony in Malaysia this week, 11th January.

Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of Glamorgan will present the award to Tuanku Muhriz who is also the Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilanis making him Malaysian royalty.

The University of Glamorgan awards honorary degrees to recognise a distinguished person’s contributions to a specific field, or to a whole society. The degree of Doctor of Laws of the University it is awarded to the most distinguished jurists in the world of the law and government.

Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan said, “It gives me the utmost pleasure and pride to present His Royal Highness with this honorary award from Glamorgan. He becomes part of a university with a 100 year history and one which is a key international partner of major public and private sector businesses.

“I hope that our relationship with both the Universiti Kebangsaan and the wider business community in Malaysia will continue to flourish.”

His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz was born in Kuala Pilah in 1948. In 1960 he was awarded the hereditary title of Tunku Laxamana and in the following year received the hereditary title of Tunku Besar Seri Menanti. He received his early education in Kuala Pilah, and later at King George V School in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and at the Aldenham School in Elstree, the United Kingdom. His Royal Highness obtained a degree in law (LLB) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

The granting of honorary doctorates and degrees is among the oldest and most revered traditions of the Universities of the United Kingdom. An honorary degree is conferred honoris causa, which in latin means “for the sake of the honour.”

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