JOHOR BARU: Kampung Padang Pak Amat in Pasir Puteh may be a little known village in Kelantan but it has produced two of Universiti Teknologi Malaysias (UTM) best students.
At the universitys 35th convocation ceremony, Mohammad Nasrol Mat Nasir, 22, received one of the two Royal Education Awards, while Mariyana Aida Abdul Kadir, 23, was conferred the Chancellors Award.
We have only just found out we're from the same village. We did not know each other before, said Mariyana, a civil engineering graduate who would be pursuing her Masters degree at the Pavia Rose School in Italy.
Her mother, Hasnah Che Din, 63, was unable to hold back tears as she watched her youngest daughter receive the prestigious award.
Nasrol, who studied human resources development, said he was keen to join the diplomatic service.
Im reporting for work as a general administrative officer on Monday at the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) in Kluang, said Nasrol who aims to be an ambassador for the country one day.
The other recipient of the Royal Education Award is national chess player Wong Zi Jing, 23, who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering (aeronautics).
Wong said he would fly off to Daejon in South Korea to pursue a Masters degree at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
Industrial mathematics graduate Deborah Lim Shin Fei, 22, another recipient of the Chancellors Award, said she had begun her Masters programme in mathematics in UTM.
A total of 5,232 students are receiving their scrolls during the three-day convocation which ends tomorrow.
Johor Sultanah Zanariah Almarhum Tunku Ahmad, who conferred the degrees and doctorates to 751 graduates yesterday, said the knowledge acquired by the students would empower them to be innovative and invent new technologies.
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