Curtin Malaysia academics recognised for teaching excellence

From second left: Kamaroizan, Sumaiya and Anita holding their awards flanked by Mienczakowski (left) and Giridharan.

MIRI, Jan 24: Three academic staff of Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) recently received awards for empowering students through a community and outreach programme and also for inspiring, motivating and influencing students to become independent problem-solvers.

The recipients are Mechanical Engineering senior lecturer Dr Sumaiya Islam, Culture and Language lecturer Dr Anita Jimmie and Foundation in Engineering and Science lecturer Kamaroizan Mohamad.

They were awarded Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Their achievements along with those of academics at Curtin’s main campus in Perth was acknowledged at the 2018 Curtin Awards for Excellence in Innovation and Teaching (CEIT), held in conjunction with the university’s annual Festival of Learning in Perth last November.

Three other Curtin Malaysia academics were acknowledged at the CEIT for being awarded Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowships from the United Kingdom-based Advance Higher Education (Advance HE). They are Mechanical Engineering lecturers Lai Zhenyue and Chew Ing Ming and Civil and Construction Engineering lecturer Dr Wong Shi Yee.


The awards for Sumaiya, Anita and Kamaroizan were presented by Curtin Malaysia’s pro vice-chancellor, president and chief executive Professor Jim Mienczakowski in a ceremony here last week. Also present was deputy pro vice-chancellor Professor Beena Giridharan.

Mienczakowski presented the awards on behalf of Curtin University’s deputy vice-chancellor Academic Professor Jill Downie.

In a press release, Mienczakowski thanked Sumaiya, Anita and Kamaroizan for their dedication to teaching and ensuring that their students have the most enriching learning experiences.

He said they and many of their colleagues do Curtin Malaysia proud by continually winning awards for teaching and research excellence, and this is especially significant as Curtin Malaysia celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

“Curtin has a tradition of recognising its excellent teachers and programmes that support student learning, and this is reflected in its success in the Awards for Australian University Teaching (AAUT) coordinated by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT),” said Mienczakowski.

In the last four years, Curtin has won nine Awards for Teaching Excellence, three awards for Programs that Enhance Learning, and 25 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, a number of which have been won by teaching staff of Curtin Malaysia.

The Curtin EIT Awards are awarded annually with the aim of providing recognition and reward for outstanding performances by both individuals and teams throughout the global Curtin community in teaching and in enhancing student learning.

Curtin University now spans its main campus and regional campuses in Western Australia and international campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.

For more information on Curtin Malaysia, go to its website www.curtin.edu.my, its Facebook page CurtinMalaysia, Twitter profile @curtinmalaysia), Google+ page Curtin Malaysia, Instagram @curtinmalaysia, YouTube channel Curtin Malaysia or LinkedIn page Curtin Malaysia. — DayakDaily