About the Awards
UCSI University’s Alumni Achievement Awards recognises the achievements of individuals who have completed their studies at UCSI University and have moved on to achieve great success in their life.
Suzzane Ling, Lim Yuet Kim, Lee Swee Lin (PichaEats)
PichaEats is a Kuala Lumpur-based social enterprise, which partners with refugees in Malaysia in a food catering and delivery business.
The main objective of PichaEats is to provide financial empowerment to marginalised groups in Malaysia in order to build sustainable livelihoods, especially those from Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Pakistan. This social enterprise is founded by three of UCSI University alumni in 2016. The founders are Lim Yuet Kim, who graduated with the Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons) in 2016, Suzanne Ling Sook Shian, who graduated with the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology in 2017, and Lee Swee Lin, who graduated with the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting and Finance in 2015.
Cynthia was the Valedictorian of Class 2007 and graduated from UCSI University with the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Mass Communication. Cynthia is an anchor, editor and journalist for Astro Awani, the country’s leading 24-hour news channel, covering national and international news stories. She is also an anchor for Hari Ini 8, the channel’s prime time news programme.
Cynthia has vast experience in the industry and has in-depth knowledge on various sociopolitical and socioeconomic issues. In fact, in November 2014, she earned an award by the Health Ministry for her report entitled, “Drugs and HIV among fishermen in Kuantan” which zoomed in on HIV-prevalent drug addiction among fishermen.
Among the most notable interviews she has conducted are with American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and political donor, Sheldon Gary Adelson and the 18th President of Portugal, Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio. On July 30, 2019, Cynthia interviewed the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah during his coronation.
Mr. San Weng Onn
Onn San is a Malaysian composer for film, television and various stage productions. He graduated with the Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) from UCSI’s Institute of Music in 2005 and later on, he went on to complete the Master of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater from the prestigious New York University, TISCH School of the Arts in 2010.
Onn San has won several awards including
- “Best Original Music” and “Best Musical Director” for the musical, Everworld;
- “Best Musical Director”for Marrying Me the Musical
- “Audience Choice Award” for The Secret Life of Nora
- “Best Original Score” award for the critically-acclaimed Malaysian film, Ola Bola.
In fact in 2017, Onn San was chosen to compose the music for the official ceremony of the 9th ASEAN Paralympic Games. His inspiring scores for Ola Bola was also performed by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) making it the first of its kind in Malaysia.
Awards Criteria & Area
- Have graduated or completed the requirements for any UCSI University undergraduate/postgraduate programme.
- Must not have any sort of scholastic dishonesty or discipline record during their studies at UCSI University.
- Achievement reflects and recognises the importance of their education and brings honour to UCSI University.
- If there are no nominees considered of sufficient merit in any year, the Selection Committee may choose not to give an award.
|Entrepreneurship||Entrepreneurship Excellence in initiating or contributing to job creation, innovative, creative ideas, solutions or business opportunities.|
|Social Impact||Excellence in improving and enriching the lives of those in need in the communities through activities such as volunteering, philanthropy and service to the community|
|Sports||Excellence in sports as an individual or as part of a team and has positively promoted and supported the sports development in the community.|
|Professional Achievement||Excellence in the individual’s profession, industry or research sectors and has positively promoted the development in the area of the individual’s profession.|
|Cultural Contribution||Excellence in arts, creativity and the cultural sector and in promoting the understanding and value of harmony and cultural diversity.|