It’s Dr Rosmah now

(FMT) – Curtin University confers honorary Doctor of Letters degree on prime minister’s wife Rosmah.

PERTH: Rosmah Mansor, wife of prime minister, was today conferred the honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Australia’s Curtin University in recognition of her efforts in the development of education, particularly children’s education through the Permata Negara programme.

Chancellor of Curtin University Dr Jim Gill presented the doctorate to Rosmah at the institution’s convocation here on Saturday.

Also present at the event were Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, Malaysia’s High Commissioner to Australia Salman Ahmad and Malaysia’s Consul General in Perth Hamidah Ashari.

More than 500 graduands of the university, a number of them Malaysians, also received their respective degrees at the convocation.

Rosmah, in her acceptance speech, expressed her deepest gratitude to the council members of Curtin University for the conferment.

Emphasising the importance of early education, Rosmah said many of the world’s social ills can be mitigated when education is made accessible to all, including rural people and the urban poor.

She also said that when the young are prepared from an early age, they would be mentally, emotionally and psychologically more adept in projecting the best of themselves by the time they reach tertiary education.

“It is proven that the formative years of a child, to at least five years of age, significantly determine his or her ability to succeed later in life. There could potentially be a lost opportunity if we do not invest in the right kind of early education for our children,” she added.

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