KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 — Wanting to prove his capability in the field of political science despite having left the era as a university student a long time ago made Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar decide to further his studies for a Masters degree.
The former Foreign Minister from 1999 to 2008 was among 577 graduands who received their Doctor of Philosophy and Masters degrees at the first session of the 35th Convocation Ceremony of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) today.
Syed Hamid, 75, received the scroll for Masters of Political Science, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences from the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, who is also the Head of Constitution (Chancellor) IIUM.
Asked why he chose IIUM, Syed Hamid said the university was noted for the diversification of languages and cultures, in fact the lecturers at the university were among his major reasons.
“Previously, I had pursued a course in economics at a university in Australia, but because of lack of interest, I withdrew. I later went to the Middle Temple, London to study law until I obtained a degree around the 1970s.
“While serving the Malaysian government for more than 10 years, I felt like continuing my studies. I registered with IIUM in October this year and succeeded in completing the course within a year,” he said when met after the first session of the convocation at IIUM here.
The IIUM convocation this time feted 5,445 graduands from 17 kulliyyah through eight sessions lasting four days beginning today.
The session was considered special following the announcement of Tunku Azizah yesterday as the first woman to hold the highest post in the IIUM administrative organisation structure.
Earlier at the convocation session, Tunku Azizah spent time to mingle with several women graduates who were pregnant while presenting the scroll to them.