ISLAMABAD - President of Pakistan and Chancellor of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Mamnoon Hussain, awarded degrees to 4,306 male graduates at the 9th convocation of the university.The convocation also marked the conferment of an honorary doctorate degree to Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud by the university. The President conferred 44 PhD; 631 MS/MPhil; 1452 masters and 2179 bachelor degrees in various disciplines including engineering, information technology, business management, telecom, politics and international relations, Shariah and Law and Usuluddin. In addition, 91 students who earned their degrees with distinction were awarded gold medals. The bright minds were found excited on receiving gold medals and having photo session with President of Pakistan and university high ups. Pro Chancellor IIUI Dr Sulaiman Ibn Abdullah Aba Al-Khail, Rector IIUI Dr Masson Yasinzai, President IIUI Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, Vice President IIUI Dr Muhammad Bashir Khan, Director General AF&P Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja, ambassadors, high commissioners and dignitaries from various countries, students and their parents also attended the convocation proceedings.During the ceremony, while conferring the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Politics and International Relations Honoris Causa to King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan and Saudi Arab have exemplary bilateral relations and it was source of immense pleasure to confer the degree on King Abdullah being Chancellor of the university.He thanked the Muslim countries for extending cooperation to the IIU as well as Pakistan and said that the Muslim states would have to support one another amidst the prevailing challenges. He said the enrolment of students from over 45 countries made this university a multi-cultural seat of learning and the presence of nearly 10,000 female students on the roll of university was also heartening.The President urged the Muslim world to forge unity against the challenges confronting them, to achieve a dignified status for Muslims from across the world. He said, “Pakistan is an important part of the Muslim world and the cooperation of Muslim states to help the country meet prevailing challenges would be of utmost importance.”Pakistan’s role in the region would gain much importance as the country was going to set up economic corridor linking Gwadar with Kashghar to trigger economic activity in the region, he added. The ceremony was also addressed by the Pro Chancellor IIUI Dr Sulaiman Ibn Abdullah Aba Al-Khail who said receiving degree from Mamnoon Hussain on behalf of King Abdullah was an honour for him. He said IIUI is producing a generation which would pave the way to success of Muslim Ummah and cooperation at IIUI is the visible example of the bond of brotherly relations between KSA and Pakistan.King Abdullah, who is the custodian of the two holy mosques in Saudi Arabia, was awarded the degree in recognition of his contributions for welfare of people of Muslim Ummah. He is well known personality for his great interest education cultural aspects and commendable contribution in education, the humanity at large and international peace, harmony and tranquility.He lauded the role of all 9 IIUI faculties and also appreciated that being a higher seat of learning IIUI was producing valuable professionals in fields of IT, Engineering and other science in a pure academic and multi-cultural milieu for education. He said IIUI was not only serving Pakistan but also Muslim world and other foreign countries which made it a reputed and truly international institution. Addressing the gathering, Rector IIU Masoom Yasinzai said around 30,000 students had been enrolled in the university and the institution was mainly focusing on engineering, technology, social sciences, and Islamic economics. In his address IIUI President Prof Dr Ahmed Yousif Al Draweesh briefing the participants about the university said, “A prominent feature of this university is its international character, which is reflected in its faculty, students and international linkages.” He apprised that the university has signed nearly 50 MOUs with leading international organisations which reveal that this is in real sense an international seat of learning. And it is also mulling the establishment of new faculties including medicine, education and library sciences. The university is now recognised and considered a hub of academic excellence blending the traditional norms of education with technology driven modules. The degree awarding ceremony for female students would be held Sunday (today).