Sunday, September 18, 2011

University applauds top graduates

Advisor to the Malaysian National Security Council and local graduate, Dato’ Ir Dr Abu Bakar Bin Jaafar, has been awarded the University of Newcastle Alumni Convocation Medal for professional excellence. The award was one of eight Alumni Awards presented to graduates from across the world recognising their outstanding achievements.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Saunders, said the annual Alumni Awards were an opportunity for the whole city to celebrate the success of its graduates. “The 2011 awards demonstrate once again that Newcastle graduates are leading in their fields globally.  It is always an honour to pay tribute to their achievements.”

University of Newcastle 2011 Alumni Award winners include:

• International Leadership – Peter Tay, President Singapore Food Industries Limited and Dr Andrew Mears, Principle Consultant, Majority World Technology Ltd
• National leadership – Denise Goldsworthy, Managing Director Rio Tinto and 2010 Telstra Business Woman of the Year
• Regional Leadership – Dr Anne Wakatama, General Manager Health Services the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Mohammed Faiz Kamaludin, Malaysian Airlines Captain and part of Malaysia’s Astronaut Program

Mohammed Faiz Kamaludin

• Newton John Award – Julie Squires, internationally recognised sculptor
• Exceptional Community Service – Associate Professor Pauline Chiarelli, Australia’s first Physiotherapist Continence Advisor
• Indigenous – Dr Sarah McEwan, rural general practitioner working in Indigenous health
• Young Alumni – Dr Nikola Bowden, University of Newcastle researcher into improved diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

President of Alumni, Brian Kennaugh, said each of the winners were an inspiration for students. “Each distinguished winner has had a major impact on the world and displayed the highest standard of professional excellence, creativity and innovation.”

Taken from: website
More info on finalists

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Space Talk at Merewether High School, Newcastle, Australia

After 20 years I returned to Newcastle, Australia but this time it was to give a talk to students of Merewether High School. The event was organized in conjunction with the University of Newcastle's Awards Night to be held at the Newcastle City Hall tomorrow. Two other nominated finalists, Dr. Andrew Mears and Ryan Andriessen supported the event with their own presentation related to their respective careers. I had fun interacting with the students and it was important that we broadened their horizons on the possibilities of choosing their future career path. All and all it was a great event, strengthening the association's continued effort on our outreach programmes abroad.

(More info on awards night: Alumni Awards 2011)

With some of the students of Merewether High School
together with Ryan Andriessen (L) and Dr. Andrew Mears (C)