Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Communication from Thailand’s Krirk University for his achievements in liberating and rebuilding Cambodia.
University president Krasae Chanawongse conferred the degree to Mr Hun Sen during a ceremony at the Peace Palace.
“Krirk University has determined that Samdech Hun Sen is a knowledgeable and capable leader who utilised political communication in his many achievements in Cambodia,” he said, noting the CPP leader’s struggle to overthrow the Khmer Rouge and rebuild a country that had been plagued by civil war.
“Samdech Techo Hun Sen united his people under one banner, and led his party to a landslide victory in the 2018 election,” Mr Krasae noted. “This confirms that his Excellency is well-versed in the principle of political communication, in addition to his campaign victory.”
Speaking at the event, Mr Hun Sen expressed his thanks to the university for recognising his struggles to free the nation and end decades of civil war.
“Today I am proud to receive a great honour from the board of directors of the prestigious Krirk University of the Kingdom of Thailand which awarded me the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Communication,” he said.
“Actually, this award also honours all Cambodian people who supported my efforts and that of the CPP towards national reconciliation,” Mr Hun Sen added. “My honour today also reflects the strong ties between the governments and people of both countries.”
Over the past decades, Mr Hun Sen has received numerous awards and honorary degrees from universities and institutions.
In 1991, he received a PhD in Political Science from the National Political Academy in Vietnam, followed by two Honorary Doctorates in Politics from the Southern California University for Professional Studies in 1995 and a PhD in Law from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1996.
Kin Phea, director-general of the Institute of International Relations at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the award from Krirk University reflects Mr Hun Sen’s many achievements.
“It shows value for his leadership, as he is a capable leader,” he said.