7 March 2011
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Right Honourable Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak visited Monash University on Friday, 4 March 2011, where he was presented with an honorary degree.
Following the conferment of the Doctor of Letters by Monash University Chancellor, Dr Alan Finkel AM, the Prime Minister delivered a keynote address to Monash University students and staff as well as government and business representatives at the Robert Blackwood Hall at the Clayton campus.
In his keynote address, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the Australian academia for guiding young Malaysians through education and noted Monash University's work in assisting to build Malaysia into an educational hub through the Sunway campus.
The Prime Minister praised the success of the Monash University campus in Malaysia and said the many graduates of campus are now assisting in building Malaysia's future.
The Prime Minister also used the speech to comment on the ongoing strength of relations between Australia and Malaysia, noting defence relations dating back to World War II and current trade, education and tourism relationships.
At the conclusion of the address, guests enjoyed refreshments at Robert Blackwood hall with the Prime Minister, his wife and Ministerial colleagues.
To complete his visit, the Prime Minister was escorted by the Chancellor to tour the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories (MISCL), where he heard updates on current research activities.
Monash University has strong links with Malaysia and was invited by the Malaysian government to open a campus in 1998. Through a long-standing partnership with the Sunway Group, the first foreign university campus in Malaysia was created at Bandar Sunway. Classes commenced in July 1998.
With more than 5,000 students and 500 staff, the Sunway campus continues to develop steadily and enjoys excellent facilities for world-class education and research.