SUNWAY University College (SyUC), in collaboration with the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia, recently hosted the annual Oxbridge Essay Writing Competition.
A total of 57 Form Four and Five students from 22 schools in the Klang Valley, Seremban, Malacca and Ipoh took part in the competition.
SyUC executive director Elizabeth Lee, who is also a Cambridge graduate and president of the society said, “We are proud to work hand in hand with the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia, to raise the standard of the English language in Malaysia.”
Competitors were given an hour to compose a 1,000-word essay on a topic selected from a list of five questions on current issues.
The winner was Varsha Sivalingam from SMK Puteri, Seremban. Her essay responded to the question, “In our determination to be ahead of others, we have abandoned humanity, ethics and decency. How far do you think this is evident in our society?”
The Oxbridge judges – comprising Dr Chua Hui Yen, John Nicholson, Sharon Saw and Sue Wong – were clearly impressed by the standard of the competition.
The winning school bagged RM300. Other prizes included a trophy each for both the individual winner and the school, and a certificate of commendation for the winner.
The competition was also made into an Oxbridge English Language Event that included workshops conducted by a panel of distinguished speakers who are members of the society.
The workshop on “Effective Writing Skills” was conducted by Mark Disney and Datuk Dr M. Shanmughalingan, while that on “Effective Oral Communication Skills” was led by Walter Jones and Prof Dr Noraini Tamin.