December 10, 2019, by Lisa Chin

Postgraduate Christmas and Year End Celebration

A tradition

It became somewhat of a tradition that we host a Christmas gathering for all our postgraduate students every year.

Our annual Christmas and Year End celebration was held on Wednesday 4 December 2019. As always, the celebration was very well attended and the postgraduate students seemed to appreciate the opportunity to have an early celebration before everyone is off for the holidays.

A very merry postgraduate Christmas

This particular month is when we all wind down where it’s time to reflect our experience for the year and set new goals for the new year,” said Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, Head of Graduate School.

In her welcome speech, Deepa congratulated the postgraduate students for getting through another year and left an encouraging message to them. “Remember, you’re one step closer towards the end of your postgraduate journey, so don’t give up,” added Deepa. “To be successful at the game, Einstein said your have to first, learn the rules of the game and then you have to play it better than anyone else,” advised Deepa.

The pictures below, we hope, show that everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves, as well as the fantastic spread that was provided.

An early Christmas luncheon for postgraduate students

Guess whose hand was up in the air

Prize-giving ceremony

The celebration included a presentation of certificates to the contestants of this year’s Images of Postgraduate Experience photography competition. The winners of the competition were also announced. Overall, the contestants were commended for their creativity and effort in showcasing the diversity and breadth of postgraduate experience at University of Nottingham Malaysia.

This photography competition gives us an exciting and interesting glimpse of postgraduate experience of our students at the University,” said Deepa.

Read more about the photography competition

Christmas in Malaysia…

~ according to the Graduate School Admin Team

While some celebrate Christmas by donning their homes with Christmas trees and lights, we have slightly different traditions compared to ang mohs (westerners) and we are sure most Malaysians all do and that is what makes us so unique!

Here are some of our uniquely Malaysian Christmas traditions you will definitely be able to relate to:


Nothing feels better than snuggling down on the sofa (or bed) at this time of the year to enjoy a festive movie. Rewatching Christmas and holiday classics is a must for us and at the top of that list is Home Alone. It certainly and instantly helps to boost our happiness and complete the Christmassy feel.

So, there is no need to feel weird for watching Home Alone for a hundredth and one time!

Curry for Christmas, anyone?

If there is one thing Malaysia is known for, it is our food, and during the festive season you are sure to get a banquet’s worth of it. Malaysia is filled with a rich mix of cultures, which means an equally rich mix of food and when we prepare Christmas feast, we do it the Malaysian style. So, do not be alarmed when we have spicy, pungent, savoury curry served alongside rendang and fried mee.

Well, who needs turkey when we have our delicious Malaysian dishes?

Deck the malls

Snowing in Malaysia? Yes although it is just foam and cotton but it still looks pretty magical. One of the highlights at this time of the year is the Christmas decorations put up by shopping malls. Most Malaysians, celebrating or not, flock to the shopping malls during the festive season. The malls put up their unique Christmas decorations and change their theme each year and even try to outdo one another. This benefits us as we get to enjoy the festive atmosphere while taking advantage of the Christmas and Year End Sale.

One thing for sure, you will surely be taken into a Christmas Wonderland as you walk into the malls!

Tell us

So, what is your ultimately unique Christmas tradition that you do every year? Share it with us in the comment section below!

Season’s Greetings

We at the Graduate School would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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