Over 221 scrolls and awards conferred by Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Yunus at the AIU 3rd convocation

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AIU 3rd convocation ceremony, Dec.16, 2023

ALOR SETAR: Albukhary International University (AIU) celebrated its 3rd convocation with 221 students from over 60 countries receiving their scrolls and awards, on Saturday (December 16).

The graduands were conferred with the awards by the AIU Chancellor, who is also the Nobel Laureate and Peace Prize winner, Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank and father of microcredit, an economic movement that has helped lift millions of families around the world out of poverty. In 2006, the Norwegian Nobel Committee jointly awarded the Nobel Peacr Prize to Professor Yunus for his efforts to create a social business platform for economic and and social development.”

Present at this historic convocation ceremony were also AIU Chairman of the Board of Governors, Yang Berbahagia Tuan Syed Mohamad bin Mohd Nursin; Vice-Chancellor and President, Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr. Abd. Aziz Tajuddin; Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr. Abdoulaye Barro; Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to Malaysia, His Excellency Ardasher Qodiri; Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe to Malaysia, Her Excellency Constance Chemwayi; Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan, His Excellency Hassan Abdelsalam Omer; AIU Members of the Board of Governors; Representatives from Albukhary Group of Companies, including Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad (PNMB), Padiberas Nasional Berhad (BERNAS), and Central Sugars Refinery (Padang Terap) Sdn Bhd.; Partners of Albukhary International University from local and international organizations; Members of the AIU Community; and Graduands families.

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Prof. Yunus giving best student award 

In his remarks, Abd. Aziz Tajuddin said, “This year, we celebrate 221 graduands, of whom 156 are from seven undergraduate programs. To illustrate, the School of Business and Social Sciences boasts 74 graduands, the School of Education and Human Sciences stands tall with 68 graduands, and 14 graduands from the School of Computing and Informatics. The remaining 65 graduands are from the Centre for Foundation and General Studies. Of these total graduands, 84 percent are international, while 16 percent are Malaysian, representing 29 nationalities and backgrounds.”

In addition to the scrolls and certificates, several honorable awards were also conferred on the best students, including the Sharifah Rokiah Special Award, the Vice Chancellor’s Award, and the Best Student for Basic Studies.

Abd. Aziz Tajuddin said, seven programs at AIU have already received full MQA accreditation, namely the Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours), Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) (Marketing), Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) (Human Resource Management), Bachelor of Elementary Education (Honours), Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (Honours) (Marketing), Bachelor of Media and Communication (Honours), and Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours). 

“Two newly introduced programs, Foundation in Arts and Bachelor in Data Science (Honours), have received provisional accreditation from the MQA, and these programs will kick off for enrolment in the October 2024 intake,” he added.

Meanwhile, while delivering his speech at the convocation, Yunus expressed his happiness to see that the number of graduates, staff, and lecturers has increased significantly at AIU this year.

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Graduands at the AIU 3rd convocation

“I am so overwhelmed to be here and see the number of graduates increasing. I have been here since the first convocation took place at AIU. It was a small convocation, but today, it has become a real convocation, with lots of young people here,” he said when addressing over 600 attendees at the convocation ceremony.

According to the Vice-Chancellor and President, Abd. Aziz Tajuddin, the total number of students enrolled at AIU has increased steadily since October 2022, from 1013 to 1411 students.

“The number of countries has also increased, from 51 to 58, with 83 percent being international students, while Malaysians make up 17 percent.

“This year alone, the number of international applicants has risen tremendously to 14,000, allowing us to select the most driven, passionate individuals to join our programmes,” he said.

“This shows the richness and diversity woven into the fabric of AIU and signifies the global reach of our academic family, embracing students from various continents and fostering a global exchange of ideas and cultures.”


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