July 27, 2023, by Communications

SPM leavers, let your passion lead you inspiring Malaysians talk about finding your place in the world

Do you have a passion that you hope to nurture into a dream job or profession one day? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. The journey to carving a place for yourself and your ideas in the world begins with identifying your passion and the right environment to support you. 

Here is what four inspiring Malaysian alumni of the University of Nottingham Malaysia, who have found their place in the world, have to say about starting your journey. 

Vision For Sustainable Future 

Harith Ridzuan, Founder of the Green Factory, is a designer-maker of sustainable furniture and home and living products. “The University of Nottingham Malaysia’s 118-acre foothill campus and lush greenery provided an inspiring environment that ignited my passion for sustainability. Pursuing a degree in Management Studies, I gained valuable business knowledge that remains applicable today. Furthermore, the University’s commitment to environmental consciousness and its dedication to fostering innovation provided the perfect platform for me to explore and develop my ideas. My alma mater played a vital role in fuelling my creativity and drive to make a positive impact, which resulted in my purposeful journey towards success, with sustainability at its core,” says Harith, who graduated with a BA in Management Studies in 2008.

Harith Ridzuan, better known as the ‘Green Carpenter’ says that his time at University Nottingham of Malaysia fuelled his creativity and drive for making a positive impact with sustainability.

Vision To Develop Youth Towards Unity and Nation Building  

Ts Dr. K. Nagulendran’s heart for public service in Malaysia has led to a career spanning 28 years. Currently serving in the Ministry of Youth and Sports as its Secretary General, Dr. Nagulendran, believes the foundation for his passion to serve the community and nation was laid from a very young age. During his early days of service, he had the opportunity to continue postgraduate studies at the University of Nottingham UK for his Masters and later his doctorate at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. “As a proud alumnus of the University of Nottingham Malaysia, I can attest to the transformative power of an international and diverse student community. Interacting with students from over 70 countries further augmented my knowledge in public administration. Reflecting on my journey, I am grateful for the exceptional learning environment that combined the Malaysian ecosystem with the invaluable input of UK perspectives and exposure to different cultures and ideas. This was pivotal in shaping my vision for unity and nation-building, igniting my passion for developing the youth towards a brighter future. The University of Nottingham Malaysia truly prepares its graduates to thrive in a globally interconnected world,” Dr. Nagulendran, who was also the 2017 winner of the University of Nottingham Vice-Chancellor’s Medal.

Ts Dr K. Nagulendran attests that exposure to different cultures, perspectives, and ideas at University of Nottingham Malaysia shaped his vision for unity and nation-building.

Vision For a Mental Wellbeing Literate Society  

Genevieve Wong is a licensed and registered counsellor with the Malaysian Board of Counsellors and an accredited Mental Health First Aider. She finds joy in walking the journey with patients experiencing distress towards finding hope. “The best years of my life were at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. I found my passion which led me to pursue Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. It opened a whole new world to me. I met inspiring lecturers who guided me to become who I am now and achieve good counselling skills and cultivated my research skills,” said Genevieve who graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience in 2016. 

Genevieve Wong finds joy in journeying with patients experiencing distress towards finding hope as a licensed counsellor an accredited Mental Health First Aider.

Leading a new innovative era in agrifood 

Aiman Syed Jaafar, FarmByte CEO, has four key ingredients to success for SPM leavers to consider, “First, it does not matter what job you do, have something to do outside work. Be it a club or a society, joining them is the best way for you to expand your network. Second, stay connected with everyone. Once you graduate, you will quickly realise that you do not meet your classmates daily, so stay connected via social media. Third, read books. It is one of the things I learned and appreciated during my time at the University of Nottingham Malaysia: the need to continuously learn. There’s wisdom in reading books and it keeps you grounded. Finally, stay humble and be grateful. No matter how fast you achieve success in life, stay humble, because the moment you allow ego to get in the picture, you will be clouded in terms of how you move forward,” says the Computer Science and Management Studies BSc (Hons) graduate. 

Beyond formal education, these inspiring individuals have displayed the critical soft skills that every individual striving for success in their passion really needs; all of which are present in a good higher education environment. From passionate educators, and diverse student mobility to a stimulating extra-curricular environment, the University of Nottingham Malaysia offers it all to help students find their place in the world.

Aiman Syed Jaafar believes in the need to continuously learn, a lesson he credits the University of Nottingham Malaysia for instilling in him.

Follow in the footsteps of these Malaysian and carve your place in the world, starting with the right university. If you are looking to pursue a UK education in Malaysia, visit the University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Campus Open Day this 24-25 June 2023. Learn more at nottingham.edu.my. 

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