The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham has received one of the highest honours awarded in Malaysia.
Professor Sir David Greenaway’s contribution to education in Malaysia was recognised through the highly prestigious federal award in the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah’s birthday honours.
The title, Darjah Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak, was bestowed by Sultan himself at an official ceremony at The Istana Kenangan in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, on 5 November 2017.
Sir David said: “Receiving a public honour in Malaysia is very special indeed. Malaysia is a country I have spent a lot of time in, both working on behalf of the University of Nottingham, and as a visitor. Given my affection for the country and its people, this means a lot to me.
“But, this is not simply a personal award. It is recognition for the many dedicated colleagues in Nottingham and at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus who have done so much to make UNMC the fine institution it has become, in the process building enduring UK — Malaysia educational partnerships”.
Sir David is a renowned economist, researcher, teacher and academic leader with an international reputation. He was appointed to the University of Nottingham as a Professor of Economics in 1987 and was subsequently a Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and founding Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy. He became Vice-Chancellor in 2008 and retired in September 2017.
In 2014 he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours at an official ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus CEO and Provost Graham Kendall said the honour showed the important contribution Nottingham continued to make to education in Malaysia.
He said: “This is a significant milestone for us as we now have two past Vice Chancellors who have been conferred a prestigious Datukship award. This indicates that our contribution as a university in Malaysia is highly recognised by the Malaysian royalty.”
The Datukship title is considered a Malaysian equivalent to a knighthood. It allows Sir David to add the title ‘Dato’ to his name with his wife, Lady Susan, becoming a ‘Datin.’
Photo caption: DYMM Sultan Nazrin Shah and DYMM Raja Permaisuri Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim with Sir David, Lady Susan and Professor Kendall and Wendy Kendall.
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