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Oldest doctoral student graduates at 91 from Bandung university

Published on Feb 5, 2014 11:56 AM
 
 Sitting in his wheelchair, Mr Hermain Tjiknang, 91, smiled when he accepted his doctoral degree at Padjadjaran University (Unpad) in Bandung on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: THE JAKARTA POST/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BANDUNG (JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Sitting in his wheelchair, Mr Hermain Tjiknang, 91, smiled when he accepted his doctoral degree at Padjadjaran University (Unpad) in Bandung on Tuesday.

He was also bestowed the additional honour of being the oldest doctorate graduate ever.

But it was not all plain sailing: It took the man, who was born in Muntok, Bangka, on June 22, 1922, five years to finish his studies.

"I had to revise my dissertation seven times," said the father of five.

 
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