Celebrating academic achievements

121 undergraduate and postgraduate students were recognised for their academic achievements at the Scholarships and Awards Ceremony 2016.

121 undergraduate and postgraduate students were recognised for their academic achievements at the Scholarships and Awards Ceremony 2016, held on 17 May 2016.

The awards which are for students who commenced in Semester 1, 2016, had six categories - the Higher Degree by Research Pathway Scholarship, Jeffrey Cheah Foundation - Monash Equity Scholarship, Monash High Achiever Awards for both continuing and new students, Monash Pharmacy Excellence Scholarship,  and the Monash University Malaysia Merit Scholarship.

“This is a very special occasion for us, as we recognise the effort and talents of our scholarship recipients. You have demonstrated an aptitude for study and the potential to succeed. You are indeed deserving of this award,” said Professor Helen Bartlett, President and Pro-Vice Chancellor,  congratulating the students and their parents.

Students were also regaled with stories about the unique Monash student experience, by past award recipients - Chen Shi Qi, second year Pharmacy Student; Fung Jia Jun, final year Medical Bioscience student; and Delhousie Daniel Jambun, second year PhD student at the School of Science.

“I’ve lived the Monash student life probably longer than any one of us here. My advice to all of you is don’t study hard, but learn to study smart. Don’t be a shut in. Make friends, hang out and experience the world around you. I truly believe that when you’re happy, you  perform better in what you do. For me, I always go by my three main principles; be disciplined, manage time well, and chill. Balance your studies with social and leisure activities,” said Delhousie, who has been a Monash student since 2009. The second year PhD student who completed his undergraduate  degree with honours in 2014 also shared that one of his biggest motivating factors to do well are his parents.

Mohamad Rahman and his proud parents, alongside Prof Bartlett and Ong Pang Yen

For Chen, the 2015 recipient of the Monash Pharmacy Excellence Scholarship, she shared that she was really grateful for the opportunity and hopes to pay it back by giving to the community after graduation. “I believe that with the knowledge and skills acquired here, I would be able to contribute,  whether significantly or just a little bit, back to the community. I’m very much looking forward to that,” she said.

The Awards Ceremony was also an especially meaningful one for 21-year old Mohamad Rahman bin Iman Hussein and his parents. With parents who are Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, life has never been easy for Penang-born Rahman, who comes from a family of 5 children. The first year School of Business student  has come a long way since, as he received no formal education and barely spoke a word of English, until he enrolled in Harvest Centre (now known as Dignity for Children) at 11. Rahman received the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation-Monash Equity Scholarship, which covers full tuition fees, accommodation and a  stipend of RM700 per month.

To date, Monash Malaysia has awarded RM78 million in scholarships to deserving students. The Monash Malaysia Scholarship and Awards Ceremony is held two times every year, and is attended by award recipients, their parents, and senior academics and professional staff of Monash University Malaysia.