JOHOR BARU, Nov 1 – All eyes were on Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) graduate Hazzirah Izzaati Mat Hassim as she accepted her doctorate honorary as the youngest PhD holder in the country during the university 53rd convocation today. The 24-year-old from Kelantan become the youngest university student to earn a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematics subsequently placing her name enlisted in the Malaysia Book of Records for the achievement. “I had to come out of my comfort zone and be bold in taking risk in the field study that I am taking here in the university,” she said.
Hazzirah’s success was shared with her parents and husband Mohd Najib Zakaria after the first session of the convocation ceremony ended at noon. She will pursue her passion to be an academician and continue with doing research for the university on Mathematical group theories based on the works of Arab mathematician Al-Jabbar. Hazzirah was among the 5,590 graduates in various disciplined graduated during the three day convocations ceremony which ends Monday.