Synthomer Best Chemistry Graduate Award 2016

Once again rewarding a UTAR student’s achievements in the field of Chemistry, the Synthomer Best Chemistry Graduate Award Presentation Ceremony 2016 was held on 26 August 2016 at the Kampar Campus.

Present to grace the event were UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Faculty of Science Dean Assoc Prof Dr Lim Tuck Meng, Synthomer Asia Human Resources Director Dato’ Norashikin binti Ismail, along with Synthomer Staffing & Hiring HR Manager Hajar Hanim Ridzuan, Synthomer Organisational Development & Training Senior Manager Ng Yat Seng, UTAR staff and students.

Warmly welcoming the Synthomer Asia guests, Prof Chuah said, “This event is like an annual gathering where we come together to celebrate the success of our best student from the Department of Chemistry. With the strong support from Synthomer Asia, we have been able to host this award for yet another year.”

Prof Chuah continued by expressing his thanks to Synthomer Asia for their support and recognition of the university’s ability to provide affordable education to many people and congratulated the award recipient, Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chemistry graduate Lee Ta Hong for his outstanding achievement.

Dato’ Norashikin expressed her heartfelt gratitude to UTAR for organising the event and mentioned, “This award is part of giving back to the community to support education in the nation and to motivate students to excel in the field. As we believe in the right people being the right asset, I trust that UTAR is able to produce the right graduates to be part of the team that will contribute to the nation. I hope this award will inspire other students to excel as well.”

Prof Chuah and Dato’ Norashikin delivering their speeches

“Lee’s outstanding achievements have made UTAR proud and he truly deserves this award. I hope Lee will use this award as a motivation to expand his horizon in science and perhaps bring about innovation in the field of Chemistry for the betterment of the industry, nation, and for the world at large. I hope Lee will remember UTAR’s philosophy of giving back to society,” said Prof Chuah.

The highlight of the event saw Dato’ Norashikin congratulating Lee and later presenting him with a plaque and cheque for RM3,000, witnessed by Prof Chuah and Dr Lim.

“Receiving this award has truly inspired me to work harder for my future and to contribute to society. I thank UTAR for presenting me with opportunities to discover, explore and acquire new knowledge in the field of Chemistry. I also thank my family for their constant encouragement and motivation throughout my studies,” enthused Lee.

He added that the excellent evaluation in assignments and examinations have nurtured him to be disciplined, well-behaved, productive, and to have good time management. He also advised juniors to pay attention in class, to share their knowledge with those around them, and to have a balanced life.

Prof Chuah then later presented a memento to Dato’ Norashikin towards the end of the event.

Dato’ Norashikin presenting the award to Lee while Dr Lim and Prof Chuah look on

Prof Chuah presenting a memento to Dato’ Norashikin

From left: Ng, Hajar, Dato’ Norashikin, Lee, Prof Chuah and Dr Lim

Synthomer is one of the world’s major suppliers of lattices and specialty emulsion polymers supporting many market segments including coatings, construction, textiles, paper and synthetic latex gloves. Headquartered in London and with its Asia Regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Synthomer Asia’s collaboration with UTAR was officially initiated in December 2010 with a formal partnership in R&D, which culminated in the presentation of the Synthomer Best Chemistry Graduate Award to top UTAR Chemistry graduates in the following years. This is the seventh consecutive time the award presentation ceremony was held at Kampar Campus.

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