Dedication and contribution pays off

Students awarded Pfizer Academic Excellence Award for outstanding performances in academia, co-curricular activities, community engagement as well as leadership.

It was a happy day for four recipients from the School of Pharmacy as they were applauded for their achievements at the Pfizer Awards Ceremony held recently.

Chai Chang Jian, Chong Shu Hui, Low Yi Xin and Nathiya Sivanandan were recognised for their achievements in academia, extra-curricular activities, community engagement as well as leadership, and were each awarded the Pfizer Academic Excellence Award, worth RM6000.

Receiving the ultimate dual award of the evening - the Best Graduate Award and the Best All-Round Award - carrying a total of RM4000, was alumna Ng Wei Ling. Through the course of her 4-year undergraduate degree, Wei Ling maintained a distinction average academically, while actively engaging in community work, supporting her fellow coursemates and guiding her juniors.

President and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett congratulated the students and commended their dedication, “The awards being presented today are not only about acknowledging your academic achievements, but also the graduate skills you possess, ones that we hope to develop in all Monash students. Well done to all award winners. We are very proud of you.”

Prof Bartlett also acknowledged Pfizer for being supportive in recognising students’ strengths through these awards, providing internship opportunities, as well as in funding contract-based research.

Dr Vicknesh Welluppillai, Medical Director Pfizer Malaysia/Singapore, mentioned Pfizer’s motto, “working together for a healthier world”. He said this motto did not only apply to a collaboration from a pharmaceutical or disease perspective, but from an education perspective as well.

“I would like to thank Monash for the partnership that we have because, while you see this collaboration as helping your students, we see it as an avenue to propagate education. Pfizer believes in supporting the future of medicine and the future of science, and you are that future,’ he said to the students.

The session concluded with a sharing session where two alumni - James Sia Wun Chiang and Eugene Goh, both established pharmacists in Klinik Kesihatan Lubok Antu, Sarawak and National Heart Institute, respectively, gave talks on their experiences in the pharmaceutical industry.