On the Occasion of its 50th anniversary, the University of Stirling in Scotland confers an honorary doctorate upon the poet Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain
June 28, 2017
The University of Stirling in Scotland has awarded the poet Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, the Chairman of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation, an honorary doctoral degree, thus welcoming him as a member of the university.
This announcement came during the university's celebration of the graduation of over 750 students from the faculties of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, commemorating the institution's 50th anniversary.
According to the official website of the University of Stirling, Albabtain was honored in recognition of his charitable efforts, creative poetry writing, and his leadership in various programs aimed at promoting peace.
The university also discussed Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain's poetic works and highlighted his role in establishing the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation, which has been dedicated to supporting numerous charitable initiatives striving for peace and dialogue, while enhancing culturally significant projects.
In his address to the graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, poet Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain expressed his gratitude, saying: "I am pleased to extend my heartfelt thanks and profound appreciation to the University of Stirling, its president, academic council, professors, administration, and students, for granting me the opportunity to speak to you at this ceremony and to convey my gratitude and recognition for being awarded an honorary doctoral degree."
Albabtain emphasized that this recognition on this day, from the esteemed University of Stirling in a venerable nation, should not be viewed merely as a decoration for an office, but rather as a profound message with a noble purpose. It urges all of us to harness our intellectual and financial capacities, or a portion thereof, to bring happiness to humanity and enhance human values. It calls for redoubling efforts and dedication in the realms of culture, education, and upbringing.
Albabtain urged the students to dedicate themselves, give back, and engage in acts of kindness for the betterment of humanity. He pointed out that the driving force behind humanitarian work and goodness is belief in the work itself. He cited the wisdom of sages, saying, "No one throws a stone at a tree that doesn't bear fruit... And I prefer to be like a fruitful tree, even if people throw stones at me."