NEW JERSEY: Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT), a premier private co-educational university focused on research and entrepreneurship, on Friday bestowed its highest award on Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
The university's president, Dr Nariman Farvardin, presented its "Distinguished Service Medal" to Rosmah in recognition of her public service, especially in the areas of empowering women and gender equality, and the important role she plays in enforcing early education among Malaysians.
Rosmah also plays an active role in non-governmental organisations, such as Children's Hope, the Malaysian Nature Society, Malaysian AIDS Council and the Heart Foundation. She played an important role in establishing the Permata Early Childhood Education and Care programme, which has more than 600 childcare centres in Malaysia.
Farvardin said the university would bestowed the award only on those who had made a significant impact in the welfare of society.
Rosmah, who was at the university to attend an evening with more than 200 Malaysian students, said in her speech that the award was very meaningful because SIT was noted for its distinctive educational research and commercialisation programmes.
SIT is recognised as one of the more successful American universities in bringing technology to the market, she said.
Rosmah said the university was currently collaborating with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to share its expertise in the creation of wealth, from research innovations through entrepreneurship.
"Many Malaysian universities have emulated SIT's model of launching start-up companies as a means of technology transfer.
"SIT is actively conducting online entrepreneurship with UKM's first-year students," she said. Bernama