This prestigious awards ceremony was organised by the Student Affairs Department in recognition of outstanding students who had brought great honour to the university through their excellent and significant achievements at different levels. The awards ceremony was also imbued with the hope of inspiring the students to further improve themselves and reinforce their performance academically as well as developing their personal character and strengthening their leadership ability.
The opening ceremony of AKJ 2014 was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, the Honourable Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique.
In her opening speech, the Honourable Datuk Halimah pointed out the importance of students having the requisite attitude and culture of high performance in every field if they aspired to become outstanding, knowledgeable, proactive, and truly competent individuals.
She added that leadership was an important skill that should be cultivated in all students. Leadership skills, she said, could be enhanced through involvement in student activities related to scholarship, culture, society and entertainment.
According to her, as future leaders, students must have three criteria i.e. idealism, activism and intellectualism, in addition to equipping themselves with sound knowledge, skills, and availing themselves of every opportunity that arises at the University to gain as much experience as possible.
Early on, in his welcoming speech, the Vice-Chancellor of UUM, Prof. Dato' Wira Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, said that UUM placed great emphasis on student development with the aim of producing well-balanced and wholesome graduates.
"Student involvement in co-curricular activities is very important to the personality development of the students, which, in turn, will help in creating human capital who are balanced in a variety of aspects. If students concentrate only on studying and developing their mental faculty without making any effort to develop other aspects of human ability, then we will not be able to produce well-rounded graduates.
“Student involvement in soft skills activities is an added value that will certainly help them in the world of work. Moreover, participation in these activities will develop their sensitivity towards others in society and things happening around them, especially when the students are involved in community activities," he said.
Awards under a total of 35 categories were presented at this year’s ceremony, among which were the Best Student Award (Male and Female), Cultural Award (Male and Female), Al-Farabi Spirituality Award, Exemplary Character Award, Entrepreneurship Award, and also a new award introduced this year called the Special Outstanding Achievement Award.
The Best Student Award (Male) was presented to Choo Weng Loon andthe Best Student Award (Female) went to Nur Syafiqah Rozani. Each took home a full sponsorship for an international seminar, a certificate, a blazer, and a plaque. The TM Student Residential Hall (SRH) was conferred the Best SRH Award and Muhammad Wafiyuddin Abdul Manaf received the Special Outstanding Achievement Award.
The awards were presented by Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique and the Vice-Chancellor.
Also present at the awards ceremony were Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Malek Hj Abdul Karim; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Prof. Dr. Abdul Razak Saleh, and other senior officers of the University.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
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