TANJUNG MALIM – Out of the 5,582 Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) students who graduated this year, 646 obtained First Class bachelor degrees.
UPSI Vice Chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Zakaria Kasa said that the number of graduates who received Second Class (Upper) bachelor degrees was 4,310 while 626 obtained Second Class (Lower).
“What is more encouraging is that 90 per cent of the graduates have already secured jobs prior to the convocation and this achievement is among the best when it comes to public universities,” he said.
He was speaking at UPSI’s 18th Convocation Ceremony held at the Sultan Azlan Shah Campus in Proton City here today.
The ceremony was officiated by Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, who is also UPSI Chancellor.
During the ceremony, UPSI conferred degrees and diplomas to 9,304 students. It also conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Education Management to former Education Director-General Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom in recognition of his contributions during his 35 years of service.
Zakaria added that UPSI now had a total of 23,037 students with 16,757 studying at the undergraduate level and the rest at postgraduate level.
Meanwhile, Alimuddin, 64, expressed appreciation for the award given to him and described it as the highest honour.
“My late father would be very proud with this award if he is still here. He was a former headmaster and studied here at Sultan Idris Training College (before it was elevated to UPSI),” he said.
Born in Kampung Jawa, Batu 17, Air Tawar, Perak, Alimuddin started his career as a teacher after graduating from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1976 and moved up the ladder to Education Director-General before retiring in 2010. – BERNAMA