MSU confers two honorary degrees at 22nd Convocation Ceremony
11 April 2018

Honorary doctorates in Finance and Investment, Education Management and Leadership, presented to prominent national and international figures by Management and Science University (MSU)

Management and Science University (MSU) 22nd Convocation Ceremony Honorary Doctorate in Finance and Investment Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman (standing), and sitting to his left, MSU Honorary Doctorate in Education Management and Leadership Professor Sultan Abu Orabi

Management and Science University (MSU) conferred two honorary degrees at its 22nd Convocation Ceremony held at the University’s main campus in Shah Alam.

An Honorary Doctorate in Finance and Investment was conferred to Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman in tribute of his contributions throughout a 37-year service building national investment company Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB). The corporate icon described as the consistent bearer of good news to over 12 million unit holders is the man behind the delivery of cumulative income and bonuses worth billions since 1998, with his steering of PNB leading to an almost seven-fold increase to the company coffers since he took to its helms at the height of the 1997/98 Asia Financial Crisis. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad is also the mind behind PNB’s assets growth and expanded operation to the world’s financial capitals. His managing of the organisation within its mandate for a more distributed sharing of the nation’s corporate wealth and bridging of the income disparity gaps between the social levels superseded a purely commercial aim to emerge a social entrepreneurship meeting its societal objectives.

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MSU President Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid with MSU Honorary Doctorate in Finance and Investment Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman

The current Group Chairman of UMW Holdings Berhad also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Economics and Muamalat Administration from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Universiti Tenaga Nasional. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad earned a Master of Philosophy from the University of Swansea, United Kingdom, and a Diploma in Statistics from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. 

The other honorary degree, an Honorary Doctorate in Education Management and Leadership, was awarded to Professor Sultan Abu Orabi. The former President of Yarmouk University (2009-2011), Jordan’s Tafila Technical University (2005-2009), and Irbid National University (2002-2005), who is also the current Secretary General to the Association of Arab Universities (AArU), was recognized for his organizational role in seeking and supporting internationalization of higher education across the Arab region. An international expert in the field of organic chemistry, Professor Sultan is also President of the Jordanian Chemical Society and of the Arab Union of Chemists, as well as Editor-in-Chief for the Jordanian Journal of Chemistry and Vice Editor-in-Chief for the Arab Journal of Chemistry.

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MSU President Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid with MSU Honorary Doctorate in Education Management and Leadership Professor Sultan Abu Orabi

Professor Sultan Abu Orabi obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA; his MSc in Chemistry from Western Michigan University, USA; and his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Jordan.