NEW DELHI, India: President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy (Doctorate Honoris Causa) by Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi on Tuesday in recognition of her outstanding efforts in strengthening bilateral relations between Tanzania and India.
Jawaharlal Nehru, one of the leading universities in the world, has also recognised President Samia’s good track in the diplomatic sphere, specifically economic diplomacy and accelerating people-centered development in her country.
Also, the varsity decided to confer the honorary degree on the President due to her achievements in the promotion of regional integration, strengthening international relations and in the promotion of multilateralism at the United Nations.
Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University Prof Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit conferred the President.
In her acceptance speech, President Samia said she has received the award with great pride and humility, noting it as a privilege since it’s her first award given by a foreign country.
“My heart is brimming with gratitude and my soul is humbled by the profound recognition bestowed upon me by this great university…I have got one from the university of Dar es Salaam but this is the first one to be conferred by a foreign university, thank you for decorating and adding color to my history,” President Samia appreciated.
She added: “For a moment as the citation was being read, I posed, reminisced and appreciated the long liberal journey I have endured, the heavy weights I have lifted and the remarkable contributions I’ve made to my country so far.”
President Samia is the first woman to be awarded the Honorary Degree by the varsity.
Apart from President Samia, other leaders who have already been awarded the Honorary Degree by the Jawaharlal Nehru University include Russian President Vladmir Putin and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.