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Nottingham University Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Tengku Rithauddeen

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(from left to right): Molly Fong, Professor Christine Ennew, Professor David Greenaway and Dr. Ting Kang Nee

The University of Nottingham presented a Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 to YM Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen at an Alumni dinner hosted recently in Kuala Lumpur.

Tengku Rithauddeen, a graduate from The University of Nottingham in the 1950s is one of only 6 recipients of this award which has been presented by the university since 2007.

Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen has been the Chairman of The University of Nottingham in Malaysia Berhad since 1999 and has, from the very beginning, played a key role in the University’s move to establish the first campus of any British university in Malaysia. He led the ground breaking ceremony of the The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) on 29 January 2002.

“After graduating with a Law degree from The University of Nottingham he began a legal and political career which has spanned more than half a century. He joined the judicial and legal service in 1956 and rose to be Senior Federal Counsel before launching his political career by becoming Member of Parliament for Kota Bharu, Kelantan, in 1965,” said Professor David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham in his speech.

“Tengku held a variety of senior positions in the Malaysian Government including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Trade and Industry and Deputy Minister of Defence. He still enjoys an active role in political life and is currently chairman of the disciplinary board of UMNO,” said Professor Greenaway.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to recognise University of Nottingham alumni who have demonstrated special excellence over an extended period of time. 

“There have been a very small number of outstanding individuals who have received the Lifetime Achievement Awards, and it is very impressive that among the recipients are 2 Malaysians,” said Professor Christine Ennew, Provost and CEO of UNMC.

Two other alumni members, Molly Fong, CEO of Body Shop Malaysia and Dr.Ting Kang Nee, Head of School of Biomedical Sciences at UNMC were presented with awards from the University for their achievements.

Laureate Award for Alumnus of the Year 2013

Molly Fong was presented with Laureate Award for Alumnus of the Year 2013. An MBA graduate of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) in 2012, Fong was conferred the award for her exceptional business acumen and the championing of her company’s campaigning stance in Malaysia. 

Molly achieved her MBA while she was working with Rampai-Niaga Sdn Bhd, the franchise holder of The Body Shop in West Malaysia and Vietnam. In a career so far spanning more than 15 years with the company, Molly has risen from communications officer, when she joined in 1996, to her current post as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Body Shop International is a global manufacturer and retailer of naturally inspired, ethically produced beauty and cosmetic products. It’s no coincidence that Molly’s meteoric rise through the ranks has coincided with the company’s expansion from 16 stores when she started, to some 64 stores located strategically today in major urban centres throughout the peninsula,” said Professor Graham Kendall, Vice Provost of Research and Knowledge Transfer of UNMC during the awards presentation.

Fong has developed and managed the company’s values to bring about social and environmental change in Malaysia, including her promotion of the Stop Violence Against Women campaign, in conjunction with Women’s Aid Organisation, a campaign which raised awareness and funds on domestic violence.

Laureate Award for Special Excellence 

Dr. Ting Kang Nee, alumnus of the university was awarded Laureate Award for Special Excellence owing to her tireless contribution as a volunteer, initiator and leadership of UNMC’s campus cancer awareness campaign.

“Through her association with Rotary Club, Dr. Ting has sponsored a number of local and international projects helping, for instance, a community in Cambodia through a project to provide a deep bore well and in another instance when she ran a marathon to provide pharmaceutical goods for an orphanage,” said Professor Stephen Doughty, Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning of UNMC at the awards presentation ceremony.

“Earlier this year she raise more than RM 17,000 for the National Cancer Society of Malaysia and Penang Hospice with her Climb for Life campaign where she hiked 2,700 metres to reach the foot of Mount Everest,” Professor Doughty said.

The awards were presented by Professor David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham recently.

Among the attendees at the awards ceremony were Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham; Professor Sayed Azam Ali, CEO of Crops for the Future Research Centre; Goh Hoon Huar, President of University of Nottingham Graduates Association (Malaysia); Yang Ariff Prasad Abraham, High Court Judge and past president of University of Nottingham Graduates Association (Malaysia) and friends of Nottingham University from Malaysia and the UK. 

The University of Nottingham has more than 225,000 graduates in the alumni community, a global family originating from the foundation of the University in 1881. Approximately 5 percent of the alumni members are Malaysians. Famous alumni include DYMM Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah, Sultan of Perak;  Allahyarham DYMM Tuanku Ja’afar Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Former Agong and Yang Di Pertuan Negeri Sembilan; Sir Peter Mansfield , Honorary graduate and Nobel Laureate for discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging; DH Lawrence, Author; Dr Stewart Adams OBE, Pharmacologist and inventor of ibuprofen and Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK and Chancellor of University of Nottingham.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

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Posted on 22nd October 2013

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