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Students awarded for exceptional achievement at graduation


Three graduates from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Arvind Jayaratnam, Ong Jin Hui and Ahmed Afrah Ismail received the Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award at their respective graduation ceremonies held in conjunction with the Summer Graduation 2017 at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC).

The three are graduating in Economics; Finance, Accounting and Management, and Mechanical Engineering respectively.

UNMC CEO and Provost Professor Graham Kendall said: “Congratulations to UNMC graduates Ahmed Afrah Ismail, Arvind Jayaratnam and Ong Jin Hui for their achievements and contributions to student life at the University. The Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award acknowledges outstanding students and I am proud to say that these three certainly deserve the recognition.”

“Graduation is a wonderful time to celebrate the achievements and the memories of our graduates and on this special occasion, I wish to congratulate all students and the family,” Professor Kendall said.

Ahmed Afrah Ismail

Ahmed Afrah Ismail is a student from the Maldives and is the outgoing Student Council Chairperson and the past Vice President of the Student Association. His achievements include having been awarded the Nottingham Jan Atkin Prize in 2015/2016 for creating an online news platform in Maldives to promote democracy and freedom of press in the Maldives; as well as preserve the historical record of the Maldives.

He was also involved in formulating the University’s 2025 Strategic Roadmap for the Student Association as well as creating a framework to ensure that the elections for Student Association leadership had no democratic pitfalls.

As the Student Association Vice President, he created a website and a social media platform which provided an insider’s look at student life on campus. He also managed the Nottingham Charity Run website which attracted 900 participants to sign up online.

Arvind Jayaratnam

Arvind Jayaratnam is a student who represented the University in regional and international events including the Malaysian Model United Nations. He was also the co-lead in the International Student Summit 2016, a tri campus initiative, where he designed a real-life international trade simulation that required participants to engage in a series of progressively challenging tasks. These tasks were in the fields of engineering, environmental sciences, economics, and diplomacy which were designed to incentivise cooperation between actors in order to create a more prosperous unit as a whole.

In 2015, he represented the University and country as part of Team Malaysia at the WorldMUN Conference 2015 organised by Harvard University in Seoul.

Ong Jin Hui

Ong Jin Hui is the outgoing Student Association Vice President. His key initiatives included the 30 hours famine campus which he organised in 2014 which has become a signature event since. Another initiative was the Sustainability Bonding Camp, which aimed to foster good relations across cultures and to increase student participation in community projects in the University. He has also been an active member of the Student Association for the past five years.

Summer Graduation 2017

About 800 students from Faculties of Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering and Science graduated at UNMC Summer 2017 Graduation. Each student graduates with a world class British qualification. The award was presented by Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham.


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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.

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Posted on 25th July 2017

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