25 May 2011

Sunway Celebrates Teaching Appreciation Day

Very often, we are driven by the passion of teaching that we often forget to celebrate this very special day. Sunway University recently celebrated the “Teaching Appreciation Day” to commemorate the dedication of our lecturers who have guided many students along the way, contributing to their successful careers.

Elizabeth Lee with Jun during the Teacher's Appreciation Day. 

The celebration began with an opening gambit from the Department of Performance and Media students with their presentation of “Salam Benua / Greetings to the Continent” by Usman Awang. The students put 7 weeks of their heart, body and soul to this rendition and dedicated it to their lecturers.

Department of Performance and Media students with their presentation of "Salam Benua/Greetings to the Continent" by Usman Awang.

Professor Robert Bignall, Vice-Chancellor of Sunway University thanked our lecturers for shaping and inspiring the students with a passion while Ms Elizabeth Lee, Executive Director of Sunway Education Group thanked the lecturers for their perseverance and commitment throughout the years. She said, “Our success and milestones cannot be attained without you – you are the driving force behind education. It is through the dedication of our teaching staff that we are able to accomplish great achievements and our graduates are able to realize their dreams”.

Ms Jennifer Rathabai, SASA President invited Robert Murphy to the stage to share his experiences being a lecturer throughout his life. The lecturers were then entertained with a Singing performance by Azmil and Rajes from the Department of Performance and Media with original songs entitled, ‘In the Morning’ and ‘Lena’.

Azmil and Rajes performing during the event.

The lecturers who completed their Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP) were awarded with certificates for their successful completion of their modules. Farid Hussein then presented a rhythmic performance using his Daft, an Iranian instrument.

Professor Robert Bignall presenting Alice Joshua with her Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP).

The highlight of the day, the Award for Excellence in Teaching was granted to Woo Pei Jun, a lecturer from the Department of Psychology. Jun said, “I am very happy and honoured to be awarded the Award for Excellence in Teaching. I thank Sunway University and the selection committee for the award and my department for the nomination. I would also like to share this award with the Psychology department as we often exchange ideas and teaching practices with each other. We learn a lot from one another”.

Emily and Johan performing the Latin dance during the event.

The event ended with an energetic performance from Emily from ACCA and Johan from ADTP who put together a wonderful Latin Dance Performance.

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