Sir Colin Campbell honoured by Malaysian Government

03 Jun 2009 16:03:00.000

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The former Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham has received one of the highest honours awarded by the Government of Malaysia.


Sir Colin Campbell, who was Vice-Chancellor for 20 years before his retirement in September 2008, was presented with the highly prestigious Federal Award for his contribution to education in Malaysia.


The award is bestowed by the King of Malaysia and was presented by His Excellency the High Commissioner of Malaysia, at a special ceremony at The University of Nottingham’s Sir Colin Campbell Building, on June 1st.

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As Vice-Chancellor from 1988 to 2008, Sir Colin’s leadership saw the University break new ground with the opening of two overseas campuses in Asia. The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, established in 2000, is now home to over 3,000 students from more than 60 countries, studying in English for University of Nottingham degrees. Like its counterpart in China, it is a full and integral part of The University of Nottingham.

The commendation for the Federal Award notes Sir Colin’s ‘invaluable contribution to Malaysia’s education’. The award carries the honorific title 'Professor Datuk Sir Colin Campbell'.

His Excellency Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohammed, the High Commissioner of Malaysia to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, visited Nottingham on June 1st to present Sir Colin with a medal and scroll, before announcing a message from the King of Malaysia. The number of recipients to be awarded this honour is limited to 200 — excluding foreign citizens who receive it as an honorary award.

After the presentation of the award, His Excellency visited the University’s Sutton Bonington campus, meeting senior members of the School of Biosciences to discuss ‘Crops for the Future’ — a new international organisation dedicated to neglected and underutilised crops. It is being hosted in Malaysia by Bioversity International in a joint venture with The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus.

Sir Colin was born in December 1944 and graduated from the University of Aberdeen with First Class Honours in Law in 1967. He was knighted in 1994 and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in 1996. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws by Aberdeen University in 2001. On his retirement in 2008 he was the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in UK higher education.

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PICTURED above are (left to right): Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham; Sir Colin Campbell, former Vice-Chancellor; His Excellency Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohammed, High Commissioner of Malaysia to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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