Students voted for their favourite Curtin Sarawak academics
MIRI: Over 1,000 students voted for their favourite lecturers in the Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak campus’ annual Student Choice Awards, recognising 10 academics for their teaching excellence and commitment to providing students with the best academic support.
The winners were from the university’s School of Engineering and Science, School of Business and School of Continuing Studies.
The respective winners of the grand prize and first runner-up prize from the School of Engineering and Science were lecturers Lai Zhenyue and Foad Motabeli while the joint winners of the second runner-up prize were senior lecturer, Dr Tang Fu Ee and lecturer Dr Garenth Lim King Hann.
From the School of Business, associate lecturer Delon Chai Wei How won the grand prize, while senior lecturer Dr Abey P Philips and lecturer Chan Kwok Mow won second and third place respectively.
Grand prize winner for the School of Continuing Studies was associate lecturer Winnifred Winston Manggie while associate lecturer Kathy Pang Kai Chin and associate lecturer Esther Liong Lalo came in second and third.
The annual awards were presented by the Curtin Sarawak Student Council and the winners were chosen by students of the university during a week of voting.
In his speech during the recent award ceremony, Curtin Sarawak Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Jim Mienczakowski said that it was good for Curtin Sarawak students to be able to nominate and vote for academics they considered outstanding and exemplary models for their peers to follow.
“Who better than our own students, who are the direct beneficiaries of their teaching and commitment to the enhancement of the learning experience, among other criteria, to judge just how effective they have been as academics,” he remarked.
He added Curtin Sarawak’s academics are frequently recognised for their teaching excellence, often at international level, and they consistently keep up with the latest developments in their subject areas and integrate the newest advancements in educational technology into their classes.
He said the academics who come from some 15 countries and with a high number of them holding doctorates in their fields enabled Curtin Sarawak to adopt a truly global focus.