Recog­nis­ing ex­cel­lence

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THE Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham con­ferred hon­orary de­grees on Emer­i­tus Prof Datuk Dr Has­san Said and Tan Sri Emer­i­tus Prof Datuk Dr Au­gus­tine Ong Soon Hock at grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies held on Fe­bru­ary 20 at The Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham Malaysia Cam­pus ( UNMC).

A to­tal of 263 un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate stu­dents grad­u­ated from the Fac­ulty of Arts and So­cial Sci­ences, Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and Fac­ulty of Sci­ence at an event hosted by Prof Sir David Green­away, vice- chan­cel­lor of The Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham, and Prof Chris­tine En­new, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and provost of UNMC.

“Prof Ong and Prof Has­san have demon­strated life­long com­mit­ment to higher learn­ing and their re­spec­tive ar­eas of re­search. Both have com­mit­ted them­selves to ad­vanc­ing knowl­edge for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers and in do­ing so, have had gen­uine and sub­stan­tial im­pact in Malaysia and be­yond,” said Prof En­new.

“I have had the plea­sure of know­ing Prof Ong for a num­ber of years. It is al­ways a plea­sure to meet with him and lis­ten to sto­ries from his dis­tin­guished ca­reer. I would inevitably learn some­thing new from him each time,” said Prof Gra­ham Ken­dall, vice provost ( re­search and knowl­edge trans­fer) dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony.

The achieve­ments of Prof Ong in­clude be­ing awarded the na­tion’s Merdeka Award in 2012 for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the re­search and de­vel­op­ment in palm oil and for his sig­nif­i­cant role in pro­mot­ing the Malaysian palm oil in­dus­try glob­ally.

Prof Ong holds a PhD in or­ganic chem­istry from King’s Col­lege Lon­don and a mas­ter’s of sci­ence and bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Univer­sity of Malaya.

He es­tab­lished the Malaysian In­ven­tion and De­sign So­ci­ety ( Minds) in 1987 to as­sist sci­en­tists and tech­nol­o­gists in de­vel­op­ing their in­ven­tions and com­mer­cialise their in­no­va­tions.

“Prof Has­san played a lead­ing role within the Education Min­istry, help­ing to steer the es­sen­tial reg­u­la­tory ap­provals for the es­tab­lish­ing of UNMC. Since then, he has been a great friend of the univer­sity and we have ben­e­fited from his ad­vice and guid­ance on many oc­ca­sions,” said Prof En­new.

Cur­rently the vice- chan­cel­lor of Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara, Prof Has­san has been con­ferred with the Cheva­lier de l’ Or­dre Na­tional du Merite Award from the govern­ment of France and DPMP ( Perlis), DMSM ( Malacca), DSPN ( Pe­nang) and PGBK ( Sarawak) from each of the lo­cal state govern­ment.

As a lead­ing math­e­ma­ti­cian in Malaysia, Prof Has­san’s con­tri­bu­tion goes be­yond academia with his ser­vices as a board mem­ber of Cap­i­tal Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment Fund ( CMDF) of Se­cu­rity Com­mis­sion, Malaysia.

The cer­e­mony also wit­nessed Janet Khoo Nee Jian grad­u­at­ing with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in fi­nance, ac­count­ing and man­age­ment, as well as Linda Teng May Yee grad­u­at­ing from psy­chol­ogy and cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science stud­ies, both re­ceiv­ing the Not­ting­ham Ad­van­tage Award.

The Not­ting­ham Ad­van­tage Award, which en­ables stu­dents to take ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar mod­ules along­side their aca­demic stud­ies, builds skills and ex­pe­ri­ence in ar­eas such as pub­lic re­la­tions, fi­nance and ca­reer plan­ning thor­ough ac­tiv­i­ties with the Univer­sity’s Ca­reer and Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Ser­vice, Widen­ing Par­tic­i­pa­tion and the Stu­dent’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

One of the world’s truly global univer­si­ties with cam­puses in Malaysia, the UK and China, this year marks the 16th year since The Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham set up its UK’s first full- fledged in­ter­na­tional cam­pus in Malaysia.

All three cam­puses con­tinue to en­rich the lives of stu­dents across the world through global education, ground- break­ing re­search and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. not­ting­ham. edu. my.

From left: Prof Sir David Green­away, Tan Sri Emer­i­tus Prof Datuk Dr Au­gus­tine Ong Soon Hock and Prof Chris­tine En­new at the re­cent UNMC grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony.

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