UPI Promoter Team chairman Prof H Suryana said the honorary doctorate was awarded to Jusuf Kalla because the former vice president deserved it.
"From the academic and non academic aspects, brother Jusuf Kalla`s capability is undeniable. And he is also a figure with high discipline, loyalty, and personality in respect for the national identity," Sunaryo said.
He added that UPI awarded the honorary doctorate degree to the former vice president in the field of entrepreneurship education, linguistic and cultural education.
Besides Jusuf Kalla, a legislator from West Java, Popong Otje Djundjunan, was also awarded a similar degree by the same university on the same day.
Earlier on Thursday, March 10, 2011, Vice President Boediono also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Australia in Perth.
The university awarded Boediono with the degree because he had contributed a lot of meritorious services to the people during his career in the government.
The Vice President also gained a bachelor`s degree from the University of Western Australia under a Colombo Plan in the 1960s.