The Alumni Awards celebrate the UK's outstanding alumni and the impact that they are having on their professions, communities and countries around the world. © British Council Malaysia

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.

There are three award categories: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial and Social Impact. 

  • Professional Achievement Award recognising UK alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.
  • Entrepreneurial Award recognising UK alumni who are active in initiating or contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions or business opportunities that have the potential for strong growth.
  • Social Impact Award recognising UK alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

Some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award:

  • Gain international recognition through global press and digital coverage
  • Expand your professional networks and business connections
  • Reconnect with your old university, friends and colleagues
  • A chance to win a trip back to the UK
  • Inspire others to follow your footsteps 


3 July 2019 Applications open   
13 October 2019 Deadline for all nominations at 23.59 (GMT)
28 October 2019 Applications close at 23.59 (GMT)
October - November 2019 Shortlisting of applications
February 2020 Announcement of finalists and winners in Malaysia
April 2020 Global Alumni Awards winners announced    

Please note, this is not a scholarship opportunity.

Meet our ambassadors

Professional Achievement Award: Jalil Rasheed

Jalil Rasheed was appointed as President & Group Chief Executive of Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) on 1 October 2019. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Asia for Invesco Ltd, leading the firm’s business activities across the region and investment strategy in all asset classes across emerging markets. He was also a member of Invesco’s Global Investment Committee & Global Management Committee.

Prior to joining Invesco, Jalil spent 10 years with Aberdeen Asset Management in various investment leadership roles. His last position was CEO of Aberdeen Islamic Asset Management, based in Kuala Lumpur, where he established and managed the firm’s investment desk and developed the overall Malaysian and global shariah business. Jalil graduated with BSc (Honours) in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK.

Social Impact Award: Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin 

Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin is Founding President of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs; a Trustee of Yayasan Chow Kit, Yayasan Munarah, the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and the Genovasi Foundation; an Independent Non-Executive Director of Allianz Malaysia Berhad and Kian Joo Can Factory Berhad; an advisor or patron to numerous educational and musical organisations; a committee member of several societies; a columnist in three newspapers and a Royal Fellow of the National University of Malaysia.

He was educated at the Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School, Marlborough College and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he obtained his MSc in Comparative Politics.  He worked in the UK Houses of Parliament, the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, KRA Group and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy before permanently returning to Malaysia.

Entrepreneurial Award: Shea Pin Soo

Shea Pin Soo is a Managing Director and Franchise Owner of ANYA HINDMARCH and HALCYON DAYS in Malaysia. She was recently featured in Prestige magazine as one of Malaysia’s Five Power Women for International Women’s Day 2018, chosen to represent Malaysia in the video presentation of Trade for “The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting” and the video was posted on various platforms of CHOGM in London and commonwealth countries.

She was educated at SJKC Chong Hwa, SMJK Chong Hwa and Sheffield University in England. She practiced law in Malaysia as a corporate lawyer and managed a top legal firm for 20 years before she started her own luxury retail business.

Who is eligible?


The Study UK Alumni Awards are open to alumni living outside of the UK only.


Alumni must have studied:

  • within the last 15 years (i.e. 2004 - 2019)
  • enrolled at an officially recognised  (160 institutions) or listed  (650 institutions) UK higher education institution
  • at degree level* or above
  • either at a UK university in the UK, for a minimum of one term or semester, OR awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a recognised or listed UK HEI, outside the UK.

*Degree level is defined as band 9 and above on the UK NARIC band framework.  

Professional short courses: alumni are only eligible if the course they studied was at degree level (or above), offered by a recognised UK institution in the UK (and they fulfil the rest of the criteria). Post-doc researchers are ineligible.All applicants, except global award winners, from the Alumni Awards in previous years may re-apply if they meet this year’s eligibility criteria. Winners from previous national level awards will be considered for global awards only. 

Applicants must not be currently employed by the British Council or Gradcore. Applicant must disclose if they are an immediate family member of a British Council or Gradcore employee. (In this case immediate family member is defined as one's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings and immediate in-laws (mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law). Adopted children and stepchildren are also counted as immediate family members.

Judging criteria

All eligible applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the following five criteria:

  1. IMPACT: evidence of tangible impact, and scale of impact, of your work (inspired by your UK education) in your profession/community/society.
  2. UK INFLUENCE: evidence of how your UK education has played a key influence in your success and impact.
  3. MEDIA TRACTION: Extent to which your success story is likely to resonate with local/regional/national media in your country of entry, or beyond (global media).
  4. POTENTIAL TO INFLUENCE AND INSPIRE: Extent to which (including capacity and willingness) you and your story are likely to influence and inspire the next generation of prospective internationally mobile students in your country of entry to choose the UK as their study destination.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in February 2020. 

If you are an alumnus of a UK university and want the world to know how your work is making a difference, send us your story! Applications and nominations open from 3 July 2019. 

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