FOR Darman Nordin, 23, the recipient of the Royal Education Award 2004-2005 at the 33rd Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Convocation recently, the hardship faced by his family gave him the determination to study hard.
“My father was a fisherman but my mother has always advised me that there is nothing more important than education in this world,” said the engineering graduate from Tawau, Sabah.
This, however, did not stop him from participating in co-curriculum activities.
Darman, the eldest of four, said he hoped to pursue his postgraduate studies and become an academic at the university.
The other winner of the academic award is Wong Jyh Eiin, also 23, who excels in fencing, badminton and basketball.
She said she owed her success to her friends and lecturers who helped her balance her studies with her sporting career.
“In my first year, they helped me to catch up with the lectures that I missed. Then, they encouraged me to pursue my sports activities and competitions.”
The ardent sportswoman has represented the country in fencing and the university in basketball, swimming and badminton.
Currently working with the National Sports Council as a youth and sports officer, Jyh Eiin is happy to have found a way to combine her love for sports with her studies.
A total of 6,903 graduates received their scrolls in UKM’s six-day convocation ceremony. Among them was Tun Daim Zainuddin who received an honorary doctorate in Economics.
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