Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob is the first PhD graduates who received the prestigious award in conjunction with the 21st KUIM Convocation Ceremony held on September 30 and October 1, 2017.
He succeeded in focus his studies in history ranging from the Malay Sultanate of Malacca with the title "Melaka Government Policy" under the supervision of Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr. Abdullah Zakaria bin Ghazali as principal supervisor and Professor Datuk Dr. Haji Mohd Taib bin Haji Dora as co-supervisor. In order to strengthen the study, he conducted research into Turkey, China and Europe to obtain primary sources to establish his doctoral thesis.
During his studies as a graduate of KUIM's Doctorate Degree, he has undergone a process of pre-university education set by the university. In essence, he has gone through the procedure of presentation, proposal defense, candidature defense, pre-viva and oral examination (Viva Voce). More impressive, when he presented research results in Viva Voce, it was attended by the MQA (Malaysia Qualification Agency) panel as well as the ranks of wild and in-depth inspectors appointed by the university. He has successfully presented his research results so great and brilliant.
This proud achievement is a significant achievement to KUIM in general because committed to producing a first grader at the Doctor of Philosophy degree is even more importantly a member of the state.