Varsity bazaar for charity

  • Education
  • Sunday, 09 Mar 2003

THE Nottingham Graduates Association Malaysia (NGAM) held a charity bazaar last weekend to raise money for Universiti Malaya's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Women's Aid Organisation (WAO). 

Held at the University of Nottingam in Malaysia (UNIM) campus in Kuala Lumpur, the bazaar was opened by one of NGAM's patrons, Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen.  

The bazaar was the first event NGAM had organised for the community, said its president Prasad Abraham.''Previously, our events were mainly games and dinners for our members but when we read about PICU in a newspaper article last year, we resolved to hold a bazaar to raise funds for it and other deserving organisations,” he added. 

There were 44 stalls selling a variety of things, from food to handicraft. Abraham said 75% of the proceeds would go to PICU and the WAO. 

Abraham said it took the association six months to organise the charity bazaar which was held in conjunction with UNIM's Open Day. 

''This is what a typical British university is like. It's not unusual to have more than one event happening at the university. In fact, besides the Open Day and charity bazaar, we are also having postgraduate workshops,'' said UNIM director of administrative support services Paul Boardman. 

The UNIM campus is a full and integral part of Nottingham University in the United Kingdom, providing the genuine Nottingham experience from the first day through to graduation. 

According to Boardman, a unique feature of the Malaysia campus is the option for undergraduates to spend one or both semesters during the second year of study at Nottingham University in Britain but pay only the Malaysia campus tuition fee. 

''What we are planning to do is enable those studying at Nottingham in the UK to spend a semester here too.  

“Instead of the cold, grey and wet English weather, they can study here and get a tan at the same time!” he added. 

Programmes at the Malaysia campus are identical to those offered by Nottingham University's Business School, School of Computing and Information Systems, and Schoolof Electrical and Electronic Engi-neering. – BY KAREN CHAPMAN 

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