Crown Prince of Perlis honoured

Crown Prince of Perlis honoured

03 Nov 2010

One of Australia’s most high-profile Malaysian graduates, HRH the Crown Prince of Perlis, was awarded an honorary doctorate from La Trobe University at a special ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, 1 November 2010.

The Crown of Perlis, Tuanku Syed FaizuddinTuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra graduated from the leading Melbourne-based University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Economics degree before pursuing a career with Malaysia Airlines, where he rose to the position of Area Manager.

He is also the inaugural Chancellor of the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), and is the Chairman of the Tuanku Syed Putra Foundation, a charitable organisation which is active in promoting education for the youth of Perlis.

La Trobe University Chancellor Mrs Sylvia Walton AO, who was in Malaysia to confer the honour, says that as catalyst and Royal Patron of La Trobe’s Alumni Association in Malaysia – Persatuan Alumni La Trobe University Malaysia (PALTUM) – the Crown Prince has shown great pride in his links with La Trobe.

‘His active involvement in the work of the Malaysian Alumni Chapter has ensured its continued vibrancy, a role he and his wife – also a La Trobe graduate – have carried out with personal enthusiasm.’

In 2002 HRH Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra became the first Malaysian to be presented with the La Trobe University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mrs Walton says the award also recognises the Crown Prince’s significant role in developing educational opportunities for Malaysia and the people of Perlis, in particular through the formation of the Universiti Malaysia Perlis.

‘In his role as Chancellor, he has forged and nourished co-operation between the Universiti Malaysia Perlis and La Trobe University which has resulted in an active collaborative relationship between the universities.’

The ceremony was also attended by the Chairperson of PALTUM, DYTM Raja Puan Muda Perlis, Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah, and another high profile distinguished alumni member, YAB Datuk Haji Ghani Othman, Chief Minister of Johor.

Additional biographical notes:

Born in 1967, HRH Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra received his early education from the Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Putra (Primary) and the Sekolah Menengah Derma (Secondary) in Kangar.  

He then furthered his studies at the Penang Free School before leaving for Carey Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia in 1984, and graduating with a Bachelor of Economics from La Trobe University in 1989.

He was appointed as the Regent of Perlis on 12 December 2001 for five years when his father, HRH Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, ascended to the high throne as His Majesty the King XII of Malaysia.  

He and his wife, Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah, have two daughters and a son.  


Ernest Raetz

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