PA 152/09 The former Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham has received one of the highest honours awarded by the Government of Malaysia.
Sir Colin Campbell, who was Vice-Chancellor for 20 years before his retirement in September 2008, was presented with the highly prestigious Federal Award for his contribution to education in Malaysia.
The award is bestowed by the King of Malaysia and was presented by His Excellency the High Commissioner of Malaysia, at a special ceremony at The University of Nottingham’s Sir Colin Campbell Building, on June 1st.
As Vice-Chancellor from 1988 to 2008, Sir Colin’s leadership saw the University break new ground with the opening of two overseas campuses in Asia. The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, established in 2000, is now home to over 3,000 students from more than 60 countries, studying in English for University of Nottingham degrees. Like its counterpart in China, it is a full and integral part of The University of Nottingham. The commendation for the Federal Award notes Sir Colin’s ‘invaluable contribution to Malaysia’s education’. The award carries the honorific title ’Professor Datuk Sir Colin Campbell’. His Excellency Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohammed, the High Commissioner of Malaysia to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, visited Nottingham on June 1st to present Sir Colin with a medal and scroll, before announcing a message from the King of Malaysia. The number of recipients to be awarded this honour is limited to 200 — excluding foreign citizens who receive it as an honorary award. After the presentation of the award, His Excellency visited the University’s Sutton Bonington campus, meeting senior members of the School of Biosciences to discuss ‘Crops for the Future’ — a new international organisation dedicated to neglected and underutilised crops. It is being hosted in Malaysia by Bioversity International in a joint venture with The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. Sir Colin was born in December 1944 and graduated from the University of Aberdeen with First Class Honours in Law in 1967. He was knighted in 1994 and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in 1996. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws by Aberdeen University in 2001. On his retirement in 2008 he was the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in UK higher education.