Prince Mohamed attends Graduation ceremony

His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Hjh Zariah on Thursday attended the graduation ceremony of their daughter Princess Mansurah Izzul Bolkiah in the United Kingdom.

She was awarded a BA Honours Degree in International Relations at a degree ceremony at Keele University in Staffordshire.

The degree for Princess Mansurah was conferred by the Vice Chancellor of Keele University, Professor Janet Finch, CBS, DL, AcSS.

The members of the royal family were greeted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, Professor Maggie Pearson, The Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Sue Scott, Head of the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, Professor John Horton, and the Director of Academic Affairs, Dr Allan Howells.

Following the degree ceremony at the University Chapel where Princess Mansurah Izzul Bolkiah received her degree from the University's Vice-Chancellor, a special reception was held in the Raven Mason Suite at Keele Hall, in the centre of the picturesque University grounds, a press release from the university said.

The reception was hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and attended by senior officers of the University, including Professor Pearson, Professor Scott, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Staff and Students), Professor Ray Cocks, and the University Secretary and Registrar, Mr Simon Morris.

Professor Horton, Head of the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, said: "Princess Mansurah Izzul Bolkiah joined the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy (SPIRE) at Keele University in September 2003 and has now graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in International Relations.

"Throughout her time at SPIRE, Princess Mansurah's tutors were impressed by her serious approach to her studies reflected in her exemplary record on attendance at classes and punctual submission of coursework.

"In her third year, Princess Mansurah took advantage of several opportunities to engage in her own independent research - for example, examining the nuclear disarmament movement in the UK and exploring the debate over aboriginal whaling in the Arctic.

"She also built her own website to communicate the findings of her work on indigenous whaling. Moreover, especially in her final year, Princess Mansurah became an increasing contributor to class discussions and proved to be a good 'team worker', besides developing a very effective style of public speaking," Professor Horton said.

Her tutors in SPIRE wished Princess Mansurah, every success as she goes on to apply in Brunei and the wider world the abilities and skills which began to blossom during her brief time at the university.

"We hope, too, that she has enjoyed her time at Keele and that she will take any future opportunity to visit us," the press release quoted them as saying. - Borneo Bulletin (8th July 2006)