MH17 victim gets her Master's

KUALA LUMPUR - Elisabeth Ng Lye Ti, a victim of the MH17 tragedy, was conferred her Masters in Management based on the Aegrotat system at Universiti Malaya yesterday.

Her elder sister Shi Yan received the scroll on her behalf at the university's convocation ceremony.

Faculty of Business and Accountancy dean Prof Mohd Nazari Ismail said Elisabeth had completed more than 80 per cent of her masters programme and deserved to be conferred her degree.

"This shows that we think she was a very good student and it was unfortunate that she could not finish her programme," said Prof Mohd Nazari, who chaired the discussion on Elisabeth's case.

He said Elisabeth had a year left with one subject and one research project to go before graduating.

He also explained that the Aegrotat system was a university tradition that would confer a degree when a student passed away for any reason.

"The university normally will confer the degree even if the person is no longer around," he said.

Shi Yan, meanwhile, declined to speak to the press.

Elisabeth, her older sister Shi Ing and nephew Benjamin Jian Han Lee were among the 43 Malaysians who perished when the plane was shot down over Ukraine en route to Kuala Lumpur.

A total of 5,273 graduates will receive their scrolls over five days at this year's convocation ceremony.