Agong: Malaysia must strive to produce high-quality defense and security graduates

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Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said that all strategic partners of the UPNM, especially the Ministry of Defence, the Malaysian Armed Forces and the defense industry, continue to strengthen the synergies that have been established to elevate UPNM to a higher level. ― Photo by Ahmad Zamzahuri

Saturday, June 18, 2022 12:39 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 ― Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said the country should continue to strive to produce local graduates to take up high-value professions in the field of increasingly dynamic defense and security strategy.

Therefore, Her Majesty said that relevant parties such as Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) must continue to explore the latest areas of knowledge to ensure that the country always has a lineage of thinkers and thinkers. scholars capable of formulating long-term plans to protect the strategic interests of the country.

“All UPNM’s strategic partners, especially the Ministry of Defence, the Malaysian Armed Forces and the defense industry, continue to enhance the synergies that have been established to elevate UPNM to the next level,” said Her Majesty in conjunction with the first UPNM Convocation Ceremony. Session at the World Trade Center Kuala Lumpur here today.

Also present was Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad and UPNM Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. Datuk Hasagaya Abdullah were also present.

Her Majesty said it was about addressing challenges in the security landscape which have undergone various evolutions and are increasingly complex as they involve new forms of cyber and electronic threats.

“Therefore, an integrated strategy should be formulated to ensure that Malaysia has a strong digital ecosystem to stay competitive in the face of digital transformation,” he said.

Congratulating the graduates, Al-Sultan Abdullah also expressed his pride in the achievements of UPNM, which continues to excel in dominating the graduate marketing chart among public universities.

“It clearly proves that this university has produced quality graduates with ideal personalities,” he said.

In the meantime, Her Majesty also said that students in all public and private institutions of higher learning should be instilled in the spirit of caring and love across racial and religious boundaries.

“Such a spirit should be nurtured in an effort to form a caring and united society to create a distinguished nation,” he said.

During this call, a total of 2,229 students have successfully completed their studies for 2020 and 2021.

They include 32 recipients who have obtained their doctoral degrees; Masters (118); baccalaureate (1,518) and diploma (561).

The UPNM also awarded the honorary doctorate in philosophy to three national defense personalities.

One of the recipients is the UPNM Pro-Chancellor, Admiral (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor, who is also the 13th Chief of Defense Force, who was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Maritime Technology .

General (Rtd) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal, who is also the 14th Chief of Defense Force, was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Strategy and International Relations.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Board of UPNM and Managing Director of Weststar Group, Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical Engineering.

The ceremony also saw a total of 83 Baccalaureate graduates receive the 2020 and 2021 Academic Awards. ― Bernama

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