KUCHING: UCSI University here, a leading private university in the region for Hospitality and Tourism Management, honoured 43 students during its Annual Awards Day Ceremony recently.
The event was held at UCSI University Sarawak Campus to recognise high-achieving students in academics, sports and extracurricular activities.
Among those present were Centre for Pre-U Studies programme coordinator Mukvinder Sandhu, Hospitality & Tourism Management dean Dr Li Jianyao, chief operating officer (COO) Dr Lu Huong Ying and Academic Affairs deputy vice-chancellor Professor Dr Teoh Kok Soo.
In a publicity release, Lu highlighted that UCSI University is truly aware that higher education plays a critical role in bringing out the best potential of youths, be it in science, technology, engineering, medicine, art performance or hospitality and tourism.
“Education is about empowering the minds, and the great minds shaped through systematic education are the core ingredients in ensuring the economic competitiveness of a country and the world alike,” he said.
“It is our conscious calling that UCSI University will deliver the highest level education experience to our students, through our innovative pedagogy, that challenges our students to be technology savvy and employable,” he added.
Meanwhile, Teoh congratulated all the award recipients as he invited them to stand up and give a bow to express their appreciation for the support given by their family members.
“Annual academic award ceremony today marks the commitment we have in ensuring that our students performed in the highest level of their academic achievements not only in class but also in the industry,” he said.
“Some of the pioneer students have really done us proud, especially their parents in their early achievements in Singapore, Japan, New Zealand and Macau,” he added.
“The university has already set out a clear and loud vision and mission to propel forward as a young and dynamic university. We aim ‘to be an intellectually resilient praxis university renowned for its leadership in academic pursuits and engagement with the industry and the community’,” he emphasised.
“I feel so blessed for all my achievements both in results and for the Japan internship opportunity, giving all the glory and thanks to my parents for all their support. And of course, the lecturers did their best to help me in my achievement as well,” Dean’s List and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Award recipient Rowena Lu Pei Jia said.
She will be going to Hokkaido Tracks Holiday Japan for a 6-month co-operative placement soon.
Among the awards given were 43 Dean’s Lists to students who earned more than 70 per cent marks respectively in four subjects with a CGPA of 3.50 and above.
The university also gave out four Deputy Vice-Chancellor Awards to the recipients who scored a mark above 70 per cent or more in all four subjects and obtained a GPA of 3.70 and above, in addition to participation in extracurricular activities, sports, cultural events and performances.