Y.A.B. Tan Sri Dato’ HJ Muhyiddin HJ Mohd Yassin, who serves both as Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, is being honored by the United States Sports Academy with a 2012 International Honorary Doctorate for his effort to build his nation’s sports programs for its youth.

Muhyiddin is scheduled to receive the Honorary Doctorate during a ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Main Gallery at the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., and a reception will follow.

Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (right) welcomes Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich (center) and KH Sports World Board of Directors Chairwoman Hisham Suhaily Othman (left). Muhyiddin is scheduled to receive his International Honorary Doctorate at 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Academy's Daphne, Ala., campus.

Muhyiddin, who has served in his current roles since 2009, is being recognized for supporting efforts to enhance physical education to help in the building of a nation. He did this by creating the “One Student – One Sport” initiative. It aims to foster a vigorous sports program for the nation’s youth.

Muhyiddin directed the implementation of his initiative in the schools. Although the “One Student – One Sport” initiative is geared toward the students, he saw a need to provide more physical education and sports training to the nation’s physical education teachers and coaches who are in the schools.

This endeavor is seen as important for the benefits that it brings the nation’s youth and for the way that scholastic sports can build a national feeder system for sports, yielding the most talent to compete on the world stage.

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE), which Muhyiddin heads, approved the United States Sports Academy’s latest sports education program for Malaysia—the International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS). The diploma program offered to nearly 1,000 Malaysian educators from June to December, imparts the latest in teaching techniques and skills to them.

This effort is but one part of a program to enhance the country’s physical education programs as the nation’s leaders, including Muhyiddin, look to develop a new comprehensive physical education and scholastic sports program in the nation’s schools.

Muhyiddin was educated in his native Malaysia, earning his bachelor’s degree with honors in Economics and Malay Studies in 1971 at the Universitiy of Malaya, one of the country’s renowned schools.

In an effort to serve his beloved country, Muhyiddin has served in a number of government roles since becoming a member of the Parliament of Malaysia in 1978. Some of his recent posts include Minister of Youth and Sports (1995-1999), Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (1999-2004), and Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (2004-2008).