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Local University Awards Special Degree To Fulfil Cancer-Stricken Student's Dream Of Graduating

He was diagnosed with brain tumour.


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Local University Awards Special Degree To Fulfil Cancer-Stricken Student's Dream Of Graduating
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A dream come true for this student.


Guys, get your tissues ready because this story will bring tears to your eyes.

A student, who is terminally ill, has only one dream: to graduate from college.

And his local university has decided to grant him that wish.

Fulfiling a dying wish

It was the student's dream to graduate.
Malay Mail
 reported that Phu Joon Meng, a student from University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS), has been awarded with a special degree because he was unable to complete his exams due to cancer.

Due to the good deed, the 23-year-old was able to realise his dream of becoming a graduate when the institution awarded him with a Bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying under special provisions, also known as an aegrotat degree.

The Borneo Post reported that Phu joined the quantity surveying programme at UCTS’ Sibu campus in April 2017, and he was also a black belt instructor at the university’s taekwondo club.

According to the report, Phu felt very dizzy and weak after training.

“Initially, I thought that it was because I was overexerting myself until one day, I was not doing any exercise but I felt very dizzy and was vomiting, so I went to the hospital.

"That’s when I found out something was wrong," he was quoted as saying.

He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May 2019, which forced him to defer his studies to undergo treatment.

“At the time, I did the check-up in Sibu but the doctor advised me to get a second opinion in Kuching. That was when I found out I had a brain tumour so they advised me to go for surgery, which I did on 29 June last year,” Phu added.


While he was able to continue his studies in February, sadly, he was told that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body.

Doctors then advised him to stop treatment and live out the rest of his days to the fullest.

Phu told New Sarawak Tribune that he now wants to spend the rest of his life with his family, and stresses that the most important thing in this world is our health.

“Health is very important. Don’t take this blessing for granted. You don’t know how it feels when this blessing — our health — has been taken away.

“When your health has deteriorated, you can only rely on other people to take care of you," he was quoted as saying.

First time an aegrotat degree was awarded

It was the first time UCTS had ever conferred an aegrotat degree.
According to UCTS, this was the first time that they have awarded an aegrotat degree to a candidate who was unable to undertake their exams due to illness or death.

“The University conferred a Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons) degree under special provision (aegrotat) to Mr Phu Joon Meng yesterday.

“Despite his illness, he is a very determined and hardworking student who was so committed towards his studies,” UCTS wrote on its Facebook page.

Here’s wishing all the happiness to Phu!

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