HWU Celebration Week in Malaysia



Celebration Week at HWUM 2023

We will always look forward for this annual event where the Heriot-Watt University (HWU) community rejoices our ‘Celebration Week’ which offers the unique opportunity for colleagues across all five campuses to engage, network and celebrate our global community.

The Malaysia campus conducted three activities – the step challenge from 12 – 18 June, Global People Award presentation and cycling around the lake on 15 June. 

Step Challenge

The Step Challenge gathered individuals and teams to take account of their own steps on a daily basis and everyone keyed in their daily results on the link provided. Around 14 individuals and 6 teams joined this activity to see who the highest step scorer was! Even our Provost and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi participated with his team. 

Our EPS academic, Ayman William, won the individual category with 149,257 steps, followed by MRAC's Christine Wong with 137,744 steps and Nur Rasyiqah from Student Accommodation with 94,705 steps.

Ayman said, “I definitely would join this challenge again. Having it during the consolidation week was very helpful as I sit in front of my computer all day when there are no classes. This challenge made me want to get up when my watch tells me I have been sitting too long.”

'Group Key' (Wu Ken, Edina, Siow Yen) won the team category with a total of 261,593 steps, followed by 'Tri-Steppers' team (Jasmine Low, Andrew Lee, and Ling Hong) with 239,669 steps and 'Move It, Move It' team (Rick Low, Elyas Budiman and Heri Roziana) with 230,873 steps.

Global People Award – Malaysia 

The Malaysia team proudly won some of the categories under the Global People Award.

Under the “Globally Connected Professional Services Award” our Head of Human Resources, Ms Chu Shet Vui presented the award to the “Highly Commended Team” category which was won by the Global Information Services led by Fraser Muir and our Information Services colleagues in Malaysia. Besides that, the Global Hub Admissions team led by Grace Lee received the “Winner” category. And lastly, under the “Individual” category, the winner is Nur Liyana Abdul Kahar Kamal from the Finance Department. 

Under the “Pioneering in Education Award” Deputy Chief Operating Officer & Head of Finance, Ms Hiew Kwee Sen presented the award to the following “Shortlisted” staff for the team category:

  1. The C30FM Case Studies in Financial Management Global Teaching Team led by Ricky Wong and team
  2. The C98CO Cognitive Psychology Global Teaching Team led by Poh Wei Lin and team
  3. EPS Engineering Course Teaching Team (Malaysia) led by Shieela Kalib and team
  4. Heriot-Watt Global College Team led by Jasmine, Anna and Raj
  5. Psychology Department Teaching Team (Malaysia) led by Ron Salden and team

Under the “Individual” category, Steven Hoo Choon Lih was shortlisted, and Angus Wong Voon Loong was “Highly Commended”. 

Under the “Living Our Values in Action Award”, Deputy Provost, Professor Dennis Wong presented the awards to the “Shortlisted” teams:

  1. Engineering Accreditation Working Group led by Go Yun Ii and team
  2. Heriot-Watt Global College led by Anna Fenge as well as our Heriot-Watt Global College Malaysia Team – Jasmine and team 
  3. MRAC and Alumni Global led by Claire Roper-Browning and Gary Fernandez supported by Jason Chan and team
  4. Student Representative Bodies led by Genna Nesbitt and Nicolla Michell and Malaysia Team members – Sandy Tan, Lim Siow Yen and Ilya Dali.

And the “Winner” of this category is won by none other than The EmPOWER 2023 Crowdfunding Project Team led by Peter Lee and team. 

Under the “Demonstrated Excellence in Living our Values Award”, Provost and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi presented the award to the winners – Adeline Tan from Registry and Academic Support, Lydia Rusli from Executive Office, Norjuhaida Amran from Registry and Academic Support, Peter Lee from Heriot-Watt Global College, Siti Sarah Abd Salam from Human Resources, Tan Hai Chen from School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) and Tharvindren Jegadhesan from Campus Services. 

During the ceremony, Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Provost and CEO of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your hard work; this award is not only to celebrate the winners but to celebrate the efforts and dedication that all of you have given.” 

Cycling Around the Lake 

The cycling around the lake activity was joined by a number of staff and students to enjoy the scenic view while having the opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle. Taking a break is vital for our mental health and wellbeing and this was one of the most fun activities that our community could do together. Some were even reminiscing the simple joys of riding a bicycle since they haven’t done so in such a long time. 

Mazaya Mazli Mohan, an Undergraduate Student said, “This cycling event is truly relaxing, and I hope that this activity will be organised more in the future.”