Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), has today received an honorary Doctor of Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
In their announcement, MMU state that the award is: “In recognition of his significant contribution to the arts and art education and his commitment to empowering students from all cultures and backgrounds to make a global contribution to their field.”
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After arriving in the UK as an international student with poor English, Professor Makhoul went on to earn an MA and PhD in Fine Art from MMU.
He was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of UCA in 2017, and immediately oversaw the launch of the Business School for the Creative Industries. Since his appointment UCA has improved its rankings in all UK league tables, being ranked 13th in the country by the Guardian and named the Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year.
On receiving his honorary Doctor of Arts, Professor Makhoul said: “I am delighted and honoured. I’m a passionate advocate for creativity that transcends borders and I am thrilled that my work in this area has received recognition.
“Manchester Metropolitan University played a key part in my journey from a tiny village in Palestine to become the first-ever Arab to become a Vice-Chancellor of a British university. I was fortunate enough to have teachers who recognised a genuine passion for creativity and a commitment to make art that transcends cultural boundaries. I will forever be grateful for all that the University has given me, and for the doors that were opened for me."
Professor Tim Brennon, Head of Art and Professor of Art at MMU, who introduced Prof Makhoul for the honorary degree said: “Bashir has been instrumental to the shaping of a 21st Century arts education that meets the internationalised expectations of students and disciplines. MMU is incredibly proud in featuring in Bashir’s academic journey."