UTAR lecturer wins international teaching contest


A LECTURER at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) has became the first person outside of North America to win the International Communication Division Teaching Contest, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Sharon Jacqueline Albert Wilson, from UTAR’s Faculty of Creative Industries, won the contest with her entry titled “Cross-cultural teaching and learning on virtual platforms: A case study for continuous collaborative learning”.

It was a cross-cultural course held for UTAR students and the University of Delaware, allowing students to share ideas and trends about global cultural influences.

Wilson said she did not expect to win and that it started as an idea to share something meaningful with her students and others.

Initiated in 2016, the contest aims to promote teaching excellence and recognises innovative and effective approaches to teaching international communication.

> The daily also reported that a member of popular Japanese idol group AKB48 has tested positive for Covid-19 and is receiving treatment at a hospital.

Kayoko Takita, 23, was reported to have come down with a fever on July 9 accompanied by a loss of her sense of smell.

Takita, who tested positive on July 18, had been working from home since April, but came in contact with another group member, Makiho Tatsuya, on July 2.

According to a statement by the group’s agency, Tatsuya had been told to self-quarantine at home.

AKB48 is one of Japan’s most famous idol groups, with over 100 members spread out over five teams.

It regularly performs at the AKB48 theatre in Akihabara, Tokyo, and performances are set to continue in spite of Takita’s test result.

It was also reported that neither Takita nor Tatsuya were at the theatre premises recently.

> The same daily reported that Covid-19 cases had emerged in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry after singer Zaina Sze Hong Kui tested positive on July 18, with the latest case being actor Lau Siu-Kuan.Lau became the fifth confirmed case after Sze’s manager Apple Leung, Leung’s boyfriend Robert Mak and one of Sze’s promoters tested positive.

Lau and Mak reportedly attended a music event at a bar in Tsim Sha Tsui on July 10. They also shared several meals and went swimming together in the past two months.Lau texted reporters confirming his status when the results came out on July 18, adding that among the symptoms was “feeling like a cold”.

He is now being kept in an isolated room at a hospital.

“The hospitals are under tremendous pressure at the moment. I hope everyone tries to stay at home and not add to their burden,” he said.

It was earlier reported that Sze had come in contact with more than 100 employees at broadcasting company TVB’s headquarters, forcing it to be shut down for two days to be cleaned and disinfected.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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