First Emirati astronaut receives honorary PhD from Khalifa University

Hazza Al Mansouri receives doctorate from Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed

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The UAE's first astronaut received an honorary doctoral degree from Khalifa University on Sunday.

Maj Hazza Al Mansouri was handed the first honorary PhD from the university during a graduation ceremony for more than 400 students in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed, chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court and member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, handed Maj Al Mansouri the degree, in a hall packed with students in Emirates Palace.

Maj Al Mansouri became the first Emirati astronaut to go to the International Space Station last month.

Sunday's graduation ceremony was also attended by Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and chief executive of Adnoc Group, and Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education.