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MBA graduate wins Alumnus of the Year Award

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Siti Maslinda Sheikh Othman, a MBA graduate from the University of Nottingham Malaysia, was awarded with Almunus of the Year Award 2017 from the University at the Alumni Laureate Awards Dinner held on 23 September 2017 in Kuala Lumpur for her contribution towards the successful implementation of CSR campaigns in the organisations which she has worked for.

According to University of Nottingham Malaysia CEO and Provost Professor Graham Kendall:“One of the markers of a great university is the quality of its graduates. We have a global community of graduates who are playing key roles in their chosen fields and ours is a genuinely multinational community. At the recent graduation at the Malaysia campus, we hosted the graduation of the 10,000th student and we have been growing internationally yet maintaining the same standards.

Today we are proud to have with us an alumnus who has been contributing towards successful community engagement in her professional capacity to improve lives.”

Siti Maslinda who graduated in the 2004 graduation ceremony at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, introduced Air Asia’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program; the ‘Donate Loose Change’ which was donated to the IJN foundation to fund the cost of heart surgery for eight patients. She worked with Air Asia as the Special Assistant to the Group CEO and a Government Relations Specialist.

She was also instrumental in KENANGA KARES, a CSR programme in education, community and environment and Was part of the transformation team.

In November 2012, Siti Maslinda established an accredited early development center Jelly Babies Early Childhood Center which adopted the concept of ‘Learning Through Play’.

Throughout her role in different establishments and industries, she created Government Relations strategies and plans for key Ministries and relevant agencies in Malaysia and overseas because she believes in the importance of strong inter-relations between the organisation and the relevant government ministries and agents.

Currently she is Heading the Corporate Communications Department at Parkway Pantai, Malaysia Operations Division.

The Alumnus of the Year award was presented at the Alumni Laureate Awards, an annual event to recognise outstanding alumni that also provide a networking platform for graduates of The University of Nottingham.

The awards dinner was hosted by Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham Professor Sir David Greenaway and Professor Graham Kendall. The University’s incoming Vice Chancellor, Professor Shearer West was also in attendance at the event.

Attendees at the event included  University of Nottingham in Malaysia Sdn Bhd (UNiM) Board Chairman of YM Tengku Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ahmad Rithauddeen Bin Tengku Ismail, , Federal Court Judge The Honourable Datuk Dr Prasad Sandosham Abraham, President of Malaysia Nottingham Graduates Association Goh Hoon Huar, UNiM Board Member Datuk Zainal Abidin Haji Ahmad and East Asian Education Limited Trust Officer Neil Pickering.

Siti Maslinda said during her acceptance speech: “To be able to obtain a good education and contribute to the society – it is a privilege. Being in that position means we have the ability to extend a helping hand to others who may not be as fortunate as us. Therefore I strive to find ways, big or small, personally or through my working capacity, to give back to society through any means.”

The University of Nottingham has more than 270,000 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 Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Former Sultan of Perak Allahyarham DYMM Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah, Former Agong and Yang Di Pertuan Negeri Sembilan Allahyarham DYMM Tuanku Ja’afar Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, honorary graduate and Nobel Laureate for discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging Sir Peter Mansfield, author DH Lawrence, pharmacologist and inventor of ibuprofen Dr Stewart Adams OBE, and CEO of GSK and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham Sir Andrew Witty.

The University of Nottingham was named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

(Image caption: Siti Maslinda receiving the award from Professor Sir David Greenaway)


More information is available from Amaravathy Sivalingam, Alumni and Donor Relations Manager or Josephine Dionisappu, PR & Communications Manager on +603 8924 8746,

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future.

Posted on 25th September 2017

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