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.
Lam Shen Fei
Architectural Association School of Architecture
Shen has designed more than 70 projects, ranging from furniture to 42-storey buildings. Shen also lecures in Architectural Design to over 2,000 students at local universities.
Shen found his experience of living in the UK and studying at The Architectural Association School of Architecture to be invaluable. As well as benefitting from exposure to the UK’s heritage and modern architecture, studying at the Architectural Association allowed Shen rich education and networking opportunities which have helped him in his career since graduation.
Imperial College London, University of Sheffield
Zaid Omar is the Director of Student Development at the Ministry of Education, overlooking the welfare and campus activities of over 1.3 million students in universities nationwide. Zaid currently leads national efforts on student empowerment, foremost among which is establishing Students’ Unions in universities in Malaysia.
Aside from academic excellence and world-class researchers and facilities, Zaid believes the UK campus experience, which promotes vibrant activism and an open and democratic culture for students, played a major part in his career development. The campus ecosystem allows students to flourish in their chosen endeavours, and opens other doors of opportunity for them. Zaid attributes his career successes mainly to the vast experience gathered from his UK connection. Zaid believes students are the foundation of the nation’s future, and how they are nurtured today will bear an indelible impact on tomorrow. With this, he hopes to further establish Students’ Unions in more universities locally, and to continue playing a part in policy-making for the benefit of all students in Malaysia.