Five score firsts

  • Education
  • Sunday, 05 Jun 2005

Four years have passed since they started on their higher education journey. Their hard work was rewarded when 22 graduates walked proudly with their degrees in engineering and business conferred by James Cook University (JCU) of Australia.  

The convocation was led by Vice-Chancellor and President of JCU Prof Bernard Moulden. In his welcoming address, Prof Moulden said that it was the first convocation ceremony in Malaysia.  

“Although the group of graduates is small, what they lack in quantity is made up by quality. It is simply brilliant that out of 22 students from Malaysia, five have the highest award of First Class Honours,” he said. 

The five First Class Honour students - Margaret Wong Jia Yi, Ang Hui Chia, Tay E-Jen, Lai Ying San and Liew Wai Kuan - were all Engineering graduates and studied at PRIME College . 

The five first class graduates were among 15 students who received PRIME’s High Achievers Scholarship (HAS) and were sent to JCU in Australia by the college. 

“I am particularly proud that Margaret scooped up two other awards; the JCU Academic Medal and the Zonta Award for Best Women in Engineering Thesis,” added Moulden. 

The Zonta award is an annual prize of AUD250 (RM750) to the Best Women in Engineering Thesis Prize. Margaret’s thesis was on the evaluation of sugar dusting in a fluidised bed dryer. 

“The chemical engineering programme was both challenging and interesting. Although the programme incorporated both theory and practice, I would say a lot was learned during industrial training sessions,” said Margaret, 

She is currently working as a process development engineer with a local electronic company in her hometown Penang. 

Speaking on her experiences in James Cook University in Australia, Margaret has fond memories of her year there.  

She shared that university life was not only about books but also life, people, culture and communication.  

JCU was recently named as Queensland’s hub for the national centre in science and mathematics education.

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