Malaysian Uni awards Education Minister Honorary Doctorate

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OPEN University Malaysia, the country’s first open distance learning university, has awarded Brunei Darussalam’s Minister of Education with an honorary doctorate.

The award was presented to the minister at the 15th Convocation of the university at Merdeka Hall PWTC, Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong was conferred with a Honorary Doctorate in Education by the President and Vice-Chancellor of Open University Malaysia, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali.

“The conferment to the minister was a mark of respect and acknowledgement for his significant contribution in the field of education especially in leading the development of online distance learning in Malaysia from the university,” issued the Ministry of Education (MoE) Brunei Darussalam.

“The award also represents the university’s gratitude towards Brunei Darussalam in the education sector,” the ministry added.

Delivering his speech at the convocation, the minister said that the role of teachers is fundamental to improve the quality of education.

He also raised the question of how to produce quality teachers.

“An education officer must have a deep interest or passion towards the teaching profession,” he said.

“Becoming a teacher should not only be seen as a source to finance one’s life. In our community, teachers that taught Al-Quran in the past did not rely on financial remuneration or material things because they sincerely did it for Allah SWT,” he explained.

In order to prepare students to overcome any incoming challenges, he called for education systems now to provide students with professions that have not yet been created, provide them with knowledge of technology that have not yet been discovered and to provide them with skills to resolve problems that we do not expect to happen.

“The fundamentals for an educator is to own the attitude, knowledge and skills which further requires to be nurtured and developed as the platform for a culture of long-life learning,” said the minister.

Correspondingly the 15th convocation event featured a total of 2,129 graduates including from the United States of America, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Yemen.

The Open University of Malaysia is the seventh private owned university in Malaysia run by a consortium of 11 public universities.

For those interested in the university, the ministry of education said that the university offers educational options up front or interactive online distance learning in the form of Blended Pedagogy that is by combining face-to-face tutorial, self study and online.

“In this modern age where countries face various challenges to improve the human resource capacity, long distance education or online gives the opportunity for individuals to pursue their studies without leaving their workplace for too long,” said the Ministry of Education.

The Brunei Times