SHAH ALAM: A desire to prove that bumiputra students too could do well drove Fahmi Abdul Rahim to work hard during his studies at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
“At that time, in 2001, it was reported that very few bumiputra students obtained a first class degree. I wanted to prove the sceptics wrong,” he said.
His determination paid off when Fahmi obtained a Bachelor of Administration degree with first class honours. He was one of six top students who received awards during UiTM's 58th convocation yesterday. He won the Vice-Chancellor's Gold Medal Award for his achievement.
The 23-year-old, who is now a lecturer at UiTM's campus in Segamat, is planning to further his studies abroad.
Another award winner was actress and director Norzizi Zulkifli. She obtained a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Film) degree with first class honours and received the Yayasan Budiman UiTM Gold Medal from the university's Chancellor, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin.
Former UiTM Student Representative Council president Muhammad Amyzaddin Raya was given an Award for Excellent Leadership in recognition of his academic and extra-curricular achievements.
Also honoured during the convocation was UiTM Pro-Chancellor Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Arshad, who received an honorary doctorate in educational administration for services to education and UiTM. He was chairman of UiTM's first board of directors from 1996-2002.
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