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Academic excellence: (From left) Nurul Hidayah, Yeap and Chinn attending the awards ceremony in Adelaide. — Bernama
ADELAIDE: In the battle for academic excellence, female students have once again made a clean sweep, winning all three top prizes for Malaysian university students at the annual Merdeka gala dinner and awards night here.
Dana Jamie Chinn, 23, who received the International Student Transition award from Flinders University in 2011, showed her flying colours again by being named Malaysia’s most outstanding student in South Australia to win the Sir Eric Neal award this year.
Neal is a former state governor and a long-standing supporter of Malaysia. He presented the awards at the dinner organised by the Australia-Malaysia Business Council (AMBC) at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Chinn, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology this year, was presented with the award as well as an iPad and A$1,500 (about RM4,400).
Penang-born Yeap Yu Wen, 21, a Bachelor of Commerce student, who has scored distinction or above for every topic studied at the University of Adelaide, came second. She received a trophy and A$1,000 (RM3,000).
University of Adelaide law student Nurul Hidayah Puteri Abdul Rahim of Johor completed the awesome achievement by scooping the third prize of a trophy and A$750 (RM2,250).
A government scholarship holder, Nurul Hidayah, 23, is the national treasurer of the Malaysian Students Council of Australia.
Malaysia’s Talent Corporation Malaysia Bhd (TalentCorp) CEO Johan Mahmood Merican has agreed to fly to Melbourne and provide accommodation for the three winners for its jobs expo later this year.
The panel that judged the entries comprised South Australia vice-governor Hiue Vin Le, prominent barrister Frances Nelson, and James Bennett, curator of Asian Art at the State Art Gallery here.
Female academic power was first seen in 2011 when Fan Yee Mun (Petaling Jaya), Elysia Chin Low Pei (Kuching) and Lim Shu Yi (Penang) collected all the awards.
The dinner was attended by Malaysian High Commissioner Datuk Salman Ahmad, Neal, South Australia State Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Tony Piccolo, the state’s opposition leader Steven Marshall, South Australia Malaysian consul Datuk Hassan Salleh and Malaysian-born singer Kamahl.
AMBC president Sathish Dasan said the aim of the Merdeka awards was to encourage and help develop future leaders.
“Over the past 15 years, the awards have helped us unearth a fantastic bunch of young women and men who have displayed a capacity to be leaders both in Australia and Malaysia in business and government,” he said. — Bernama
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