Taylor’s University Honours Two Prominent Figures in its 14th Convocation

Taylor’s University recognises the impact its Honorary Doctorate recipients have had in their respective fields.
Taylor’s University awarded two honorary doctorates to two illustrious members of the legal and architecture fraternity over the weekend, in honour of their foresight and lasting impact to their respective industries.

Taylor’s University Vice Chancellor & President, Professor Michael Driscoll said that the Honorary Doctorate recipients, Dato’ Mahadev Shankar and Dato’ Dr. Ar. Ken Yeang, are heavyweights of their own accord not just locally but also internationally.

“We wanted to honour Dato’ Shankar’s contribution to society and the development of Malaysian jurisprudence and Dato’ Dr. Ar. Ken for his work on ecological architecture and ecomasterplanning.

“Aside from their stellar reputation in their fields among their peers, Dato’ Shankar and Dato’ Dr Ar. Ken are individuals who strongly believe in giving back to the field by sharing their experiences and expertise with aspiring students through various approaches,” said Professor Driscoll.

Dato’ Shankar and Dato’ Dr. Ar. Ken were awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Humanities and Honorary Doctorate in Science respectively during the 14th Taylor’s University convocation, which saw over 1,300 undergraduate and 43 postgraduate students from 33 countries graduating.

Dato’ Shankar has had extensive involvement in all aspects of civil and criminal litigation and specialised in Medico-legal issues. He was also the legal representative of the Medical Defence Union. He retired from active legal practice in 1983 when he was elevated as Judge of the High Court to serve first in in Johor and then in Kuala Lumpur, and  in 1989, as its first resident Judge in Shah Alam, Selangor until 1994 when he was elevated to the Court of Appeal. He retired from the judiciary in November 1997.

One of the founding members of SUHAKAM, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, Dato’ Shankar also hold an unparalleled record of serving on three Royal Commissions. A large number of his written judgments grace the pages of the law journals. In 2014, Dato’ Shankar was awarded the Malaysian Bar Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dato’ Dr. Ar. Ken has authored several key papers and over 12 books and monographs on ecological design and holds the Distinguished Plym Professorship at the University of Illinois. He is the principal of the architect and planning firm of T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd., in partnership with Tengku Datuk Robert Hamzah since 1976. The firm has received over 70 architectural awards in its 4 decades of practice with offices in Malaysia, UK and China. In 2008, the UK Guardian newspaper named him as one of 50 individuals who could save the planet.  His field of research in ‘ecomimesis’ brings together the science of ecology and environmental biology with architectural design and planning.

Taylor’s University aspires to recognise significant individuals who are impact makers and people who inspire change through the awarding of its Honorary Doctorates.