Cambridge: Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban has been honoured as Harvard University's humanitarian of the year.

Malala Yousafzai is an outspoken proponent for girls' education. She was at Harvard on Friday to accept the 2013 Peter J Gomes Humanitarian Award. Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said that she is pleased to welcome Malala because of their shared interest in education.

The 16-year-old Malala said that she's hoping to become a politician because politicians can have influence on a broad scale. She spoke nostalgically about her home region, the Swat Valley and expressed hopes of returning there someday.

Malala was shot at her head in October 2012 and militants said that she was attacked because she was critical of the Taliban, not because of her views on education.

(Agencies)

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