Wired for electronics

  • Education
  • Sunday, 11 May 2003

HE had a strong interest in biotechnology and biomedical engineering after SPM, but 20-year-old Lim Wee Han now has his mind set on technology communication. 

“After leaving school, I thought my speciality area was Biology, but after attending counselling sessions, I discovered my strengths in Physics and opted for the Electrical and Electronics programme,” said the Prime College engineering student. 

Wee Han was granted the college’s High Achiever Scholarship, a community scholarship programme given to SPM school-leavers with excellent results. He has completed foundation studies and the Diploma in Electronic & Electrical Engineering programme at Prime College. 

A recipient of last year’s coveted Golden Jubilee Scholarship Awards, he is now doing his third year at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). 

ZAPPED: Wee Han, seen here standing outside UNSW's landmark building The Scientia, has a keen interest in electronics.

The full tuition scholarship is offered annually by the university for distinguished academic achievement by undergraduate students in Architecture & Built Environment, Biotechnology, Business, Engineering, IT, Mass Communications and Pure Science.  

“I was truly fascinated by the subject (technology communication). I wanted to discover more about things like minimising complicated circuits, voltage calculation, current and resistance. I started getting really interested in telecommunications and wireless technology,” said Batu Pahat-born Wee Han in an interview from Kensington, Sydney. 

UNSW is renowned for research developments in the fields of Quantum Computing, Photovoltaic, Interactive Cinema and Chemistry. 

Said Wee Han: “My parents supported me wholeheartedly by allowing me to further my studies in Australia. Though not rich, they have told me not to worry unduly as my tuition fees are being taken care of. I promised them I’d concentrate on doing my best academically.” 

Former vice president of Prime College’s Student Board and president of the Mandarin Society, Wee Han had this to say about his former lecturers and tutors: “They understood our weaknesses and strengths. I appreciated their seriousness and clarity in teaching, especially the subjects at pre-university level.  

“They challenged us to go beyond absorbing facts; to use our imagination when solving real-life problems.” 

As for his thoughts on the future of Malaysia’s technological advancements, Wee Han said: “In many areas we are still lagging behind. I hope that greater advancements will have been made in telecommunications locally and globally by the time I graduate.” 

“I will try my best to be at the forefront of innovation in the field of electrical engineering, to enhance our standard of living,” he added. 

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