- GST implementation to add up to RM27b to Malaysia's income
- ‘Opposition chaos agenda’ claim
- Youth slashed to death at karaoke centre
- Saiful, Nik Suryani to tie the knot
- Mourinho will win Chelsea the title
- TNB: Beware of imposters
- Cops refute Guan Eng's inaction claim
- Khairy set on 'breaking down walls'
- Flesh-eating disease victim gets prosthetic hands
- Mother of Delhi gang-rape victim pleads for justice: report
- Arsenal eye unsettled Rooney
- MCA: Unwise not to join cabinet
- Candice Glover wins 'American Idol'
- Police confirm sex videos seizure of Pas leader
- WEEKEND WATCH: Heartwarming teacher tales More
SINTOK: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah wishes to see more Malaysians with doctorate degrees (PhD).
He said that currently, most of the PhD holders were in public and private institutions of higher learning.
Towards this end, he said, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and political parties could play their part.
"...it would be more beneficial to the country if political parties and the NGOs were to make this their main agenda.
"Children should be instilled awareness on how education can change the life of the poor, as well as the importance of mastering English, and to be knowledgeable in science and mathematics," he said at the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) 25th convocation here today.
The King said, based on statistics from the higher education ministry, about 7,800 staff at public and private institutions in the country were PhD holders, and about 20,000 others, holders of masters degrees.
Earlier, he presented awards to excellent graduates. They included the Chancellor's Gold Medal Award to Mohamad Sabri Sinal @ Zainal, 25, who graduated with an honours degree in information technology. Bernama