In his speech, UPM vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi said: “The number of staff members who qualified for the excellent service awards exceeded the quota, which shows that many of you have demonstrated an excellent work performance.
“However, just like in any competition, only the best of the best would be selected for the award.”
The fellowship award recipients sharing a light moment after the ceremony.
Five academic staff members were also awarded the vice-chancellor’s fellowship award, receiving an academic grant of RM10,000 each.
Although the fellowship award is usually awarded to academicians and researchers, one of the five recipients this year was science assistant officer Shamsudin Bojang, from the Faculty of Agriculture, who received the award under the Support Services category.
His in-depth knowledge in the field of nematodes allowed him to present his research at an international level, and he has since made a name for himself as the “worm doctor”.
Shamsudin said, “Although I come from a social science background, my research on agricultural science is purely based on interest, and I really look forward to pursuing a PhD in this field at either Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, or the Imperial College London, because they have a very strong focus in agricultural sciences.”
Another recipient, Assoc Prof Dr Rozanah Rahman from the Economics and Management faculty, who received the award in the excellent teaching category, is known for her interesting lesson plans.
“A subject like Law can be quite dry. However, if we use innovative ideas to make the teaching and learning process fun, students would be more interested and motivated to learn.”
Dr Rozanah’s teaching and learning methods has since been documented as a teaching module and used as an example for effective teaching techniques.
The other three recipients of the fellowship award were Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Shariff Mohamed Din from the Veterinary Sciences Faculty, Prof Dr Md Nordin Lajis from the Science Faculty, and Assoc Prof Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabra from the Human Ecology Faculty. — By ALYCIA LIM
Source: The STAR Home Education SUnday August 21, 2011