MIRI: A total of 82 students and recent graduates of Curtin University Malaysia received awards for excellence from a diverse range of industry sponsors at the 11th Curtin Malaysia Awards Ceremony.
It coincided with the university’s convocation ceremony on the same day which saw 682 students, its largest-ever cohort, graduating with Curtin undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
“The annual awards ceremony celebrates excellence in academia, leadership, service and personal character among students, and in so doing, celebrates the promise they represent of even greater accomplishments in the future.
“I hope all of you will remain enthusiastic always, continue aiming high and pursue excellence in all that you do.
“You should set high goals and persevere through adversity, and above all, be open to the wonderful, unexpected opportunities that await you,” said Curtin Malaysia’s pro-chancellor Tan Sri Dr George Chan in his official address during the ceremony.
Curtin Malaysia president and chief executive Professor Jim Mienczakowski thanked the award sponsors for their contributions, which was the highest ever this year.
He commended Samling Group of Companies, Sarawak Energy Bhd and Novakey Developers for being the three largest contributors, and welcomed new sponsors Ocean Vantage Engineering, the Board of Engineers Malaysia, Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club and Sarawak Oil Palms Bhd on board.
“I hope the sponsors would extend their support beyond awards sponsorship to other forms of philanthropy such as the funding of scholarships and bursaries, collaborative research, equipment and campus facilities,” he said during his speech.
This year’s award sponsors comprised both long-time industry partners of the university and a number of new sponsors, as well as professional bodies such as ACCA Malaysia, the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers, CPA Australia, Institution of Engineers Malaysia and Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
They also included accounting firms Crowe Horwath, Ernst & Young and KPMG, Shell Malaysia, Shin Yang Group of Companies, and Sarawak Information Systems.
Completing the list of sponsors were the Sarawak Higher Education Foundation, Yayasan Sarawak, Bintulu Development Authority, Miri Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Wan Ullok Jugah Chin & Co. Advocates, and Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Lee Kim Shin who is chair of Curtin Malaysia’s management board.
The awards were for academic merit in the university’s business, engineering, science and arts programmes, as well as for outstanding extra-curricular achievement and included the John Curtin Leadership Academy Graduate List Awards, Datuk Dr Lee Kim Shin Outstanding Student Community Contribution Awards, Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club Award for Outstanding Performance in a National Competition and Sarawak Higher Education Foundation Outstanding Leadership Award.
Guest of honour was Australian High Commissioner Andrew Goledzinowski
Among the award recipients were 46 students who were inducted into the Vice-Chancellor’s List created to recognise outstanding performance by undergraduate students and promote an intellectual culture among them.
Two students received awards for graduating from the John Curtin Leadership Academy while another two received Yayasan Sarawak’s Outstanding Graduate Awards for 2018.