His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz honoured as Fellow

10 November 2014

Conferment of His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, the eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, as Fellow of Aberystwyth University
Conferment of His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, the eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, as Fellow of Aberystwyth University

His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, the eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, has been honoured as a Fellow of Aberystwyth University at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday 8 November.

His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz graduated with a LLB (Hons) degree from Aberystwyth University in 1970 and is Royal Patron of the Aberystwyth University Alumni Club of Malaysia.

His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz was presented as Fellow by Professor John Grattan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of International and Student Experience at Aberystwyth University.

The title of Fellow is awarded to individuals who have a close association with Aberystwyth and the University, or who have made an outstanding contribution to professional or public life in Wales.

Welcoming His Royal Highness as Fellow, Professor April McMahon, Vice-Chancellor of  Aberystwyth University said; “It is an honour to confer a Fellowship of Aberystwyth University on His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz.

“Aberystwyth University has close relationship with Malaysia that extends back to the early 1950s, and one that continues to thrive to this day. Generations of young Malaysians have studied at Aberystwyth, many returning to Malaysia to take leading roles in Malaysian society in business, government and the judiciary, and in forming the modern state of Malaysia.

“Fellowships are usually conferred in Aberystwyth during Graduation. The conferral of the Fellowship on His Royal Highness in Malaysia is a mark of our respect, and our recognition of the importance of our longstanding relationship with Malaysia.”

An alumnus of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, His Royal Highness, graduated from the Department of Law in 1970. During his time at Aberystwyth, the then prince from Negeri Sembilan was a keen sportsman and squash player and a member of the University College of Wales team.

Upon his return to Malaysia after graduation, he made an important contribution to the commercial and business life of Malaysia. His success in the business world was widely acknowledged in Malaysia and beyond.

In addition to his professional interests, His Royal Highness has also contributed greatly to charitable causes and is an active supporter of the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur.  A lover of music, and jazz in particular, His Royal Highness is a talented guitarist, and is well known for his collection of guitars.

He is a notable advocate for Aberystwyth University, and has supported the Aberystwyth University Alumni Club of Malaysia since its inception.  Such is the level of his support that he is the Royal Patron of the Club. The University and its alumni, particularly the Alumni Club of Malaysia, were extremely pleased to note and celebrate His Royal Highness’ installation as the 11th Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, and congratulate him on his successes to date.

The Aberystwyth University Alumni Club of Malaysia celebrated His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz’s Fellowship by hosting a black tie dinner for alumni, the visiting Aberystwyth University delegation, and other distinguished guests, on Saturday 8 November.

His Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz joins a community of seven Malaysian Fellows of Aberystwyth University, including Tun Salleh Abas (Law 1954), Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad Ayub (Economics and Statistics 1954-1958), Dato Zawiyah Baba (Librarianship MLib 1983 / PhD Library Studies 1994-98), Tan Sri Ahmad Don  (Economics and Business 1969), HRH Tunku Ja'afar (International Politics 1966-69), and Datin Mariam Kadir (Librarianship 1969).

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