Celebrating the achievements of alumni in Malaysia
When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards shine a light on the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions are making in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.
Meet this year's winners
Professional Achievement Award
Oon Chern Ein
University of Oxford
Oon Chern Ein is an award-winning Malaysian scientist working on drug discovery to treat cancer. With patents pending for her drug candidate, Oon Chern Ein has popularised the term ‘molecular targeted therapy’ in Malaysia (where traditional medicine is widely used) through her relentless efforts in science communication and public education, largely focusing on the underprivileged communities.
Oon Chern Ein believes that the University of Oxford, UK has empowered her with the confidence to disrupt stereotypes on traditional gender roles, advocate for inclusive education and challenge societal mindset on use of alternative medicine as a therapeutic strategy for cancer. Oon Chern Ein aspires to leverage on her international connections and use her skills and experience to build the next generation of ethical scientists, and encourage more participation of females and the underprivileged in STEM in the bid to promote science literacy in less developed parts of the nation and the world.
Social Impact Award
University of Leeds
Upon graduating with MEng from University of Leeds, Howe went back to his hometown in Sarawak and worked closely with government agencies to implement several rural electrification projects which have benefited over 30,000 households in the rural non-electrified region of Sarawak. The communities now no longer have to rely on costly fossil fuel generators and enjoy 24-hour electricity.
Achieving great things and making positive changes to the world is important to Howe, who has the urge to improve the lives and livelihoods of people in the state’s poorest communities. Howe is now working to improve and raise the income of the state’s rural communities by working on projects whose unique products can be marketed to the world.
Ai Ching Goh
University of Bristol
Ai Ching Goh started her professional career with a degree in Experimental Psychology and a media position at P&G. She quickly discovered her entrepreneurial spirit, and transitioned to a startup mindset. Ai Ching co-founded a web app, which turned into Piktochart, a visual communications tool that makes it easy to condense and consume information.
As a startup that operates from Penang, but serves over 18 million users globally, Ai Ching has taken an unconventional approach to growth. She goes against the grain of what the startup world teaches passionate entrepreneurs in areas including talent management, culture ”pruning" and bootstrapping.
Meet this year's finalists
Among stiff competition from a variety of strong applicants, these candidates stood out. Find out what makes their story unique.