FORMER Klang Convent student Santhni Subramaniam was named Malaysia’s most distinguished university student in the state of South Australia (SA), Australia at a gala dinner in Adelaide recently.
Santhni, who is pursuing a degree in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of South Australia, received the prestigious Sir Eric Neal Award for her outstanding academic record and is among the varsity’s high achieving students.
She received her award, which included an iPad and A$1,500 (RM4,970) from the Vietnamese-born Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le.
Also present was then Acting Malaysian High Commissioner in Australia, Zamani Ismail, at a glittering dinner organised by the Australia Malaysia Business Council, SA chapter, at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
A winner of several awards for academic excellence, including the International Undergraduate Scholarship and the Chancellor’s letter of Commendation, Santhni, was presented with the High Achiever Research Vacation Scholarship in 2016, after spending eight weeks in a laboratory working on formulating antimicrobials.
The second prize went to former Penang Free School student Arthur Yeow Eng Lip, who is studying a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biotechnology at the University of Adelaide.
He received A$1,000 (RM3,300). Arthur also has an outstanding academic record. He secured a scholarship to undertake a research placement on virology and vaccination. He is now helping to develop strategies to attract Malaysian students to pursue their studies in Adelaide.
Chua Su Jen, also from the University of Adelaide, was placed third and received A$750 (RM2,480). A former student of St George’s Girls’ School, Penang, Su Jen is is pursuing Medicine and is rated in the top five percent of her peer group.
She is involved in a research project focusing on the identification of a novel biomarker as a potential diagnostic tool targeting heart failure, hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. She is looking at pursuing a career in obstetric medicine.
She attended the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Rome, last year which attracted hundreds of cardiovascular experts in the world.
SA State Member of Parliament Jing Lee, formerly from Malaysia, has offered to take the prize winners on a tour of Parliament House.
In his welcome speech, Australia Malaysia Business Council, SA Chapter, John Kweh said Malaysians studying in Adelaide should help promote trade and good relations between Australia and Malayaia.
Kweh, a local businessman, said the visits to Adelaide by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed last year and in 2014, had alerted Australian companies to the great potential Malaysia had to offer in trade and investment.
He said the free trade agreement between the two countries provided ‘’immense opportunities’’ to a number of industries that was driving growth in Malaysia.
Kweh, the Sir Eric Neal Award winner in 2002, said the council planned to contact South Australian businesses to encourage and help them invest in Malaysia.