05 February 2013

High achievement in Sunway AUSMAT students

40 students from the Sunway Australian Matriculation Programme (AUSMAT) were awarded with Special Certificates of Achievement recently. Three students, Koay Fang Xuan, Tan Yun Ru and Joseph Daniel Luke emerged top 1% in the world while 37 students emerged top 5% in the world amongst all AUSMAT providers.

Karen Toh Hui Qi, President of the AUSMAT Student Council was the recipient of the Special Certificates of Achievement for top 5% in the world. Karen Toh, also a winner of the Harvard Prize Book award in 2012 addressed her course mates and the new batch of AUSMAT students, “Each and every one of you here, have a little something that is unique in you, you are the architect of your success. Play to your strengths, never forget integrity in your doings, go on and make a life for yourself. AUSMAT is a beginning, and a wonderful beginning.”

The recipients of the Special Certificates of Achievement with (seated from left to right) Vanitha, Deputy Director of AUSMAT; Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director of Sunway Education Group; Dr Khatijah Khalid, Registrar; Ruma Lopes, Programme Director of AUSMAT.

Koay Fang Xuan who achieved an ATAR of 99.15% said the Sunway AUSMAT programme shaped her into a well-rounded person. “We studied smart, socialised and never forgot to have fun,” shared Koay. Classmate, Tan Yun Ru, who also achieved an ATAR of 99.15%, said she was surprised with the results she had obtained in her examinations. “I owe it to my lecturers who are great and always willing to help and very welcoming when approached. They pay attention to you as a student and never neglect you. I remember failing my first test in Chemistry and realised I had to work harder and they were willing to teach me,” said Tan. Tan also praised the programme as a course that fosters thinking outside the box. “During SPM examinations, we regurgitated everything we studied. Whereas, with Sunway’s AUSMAT we understand what we learn,” she added.
Koay and Tan will be heading to The University of Melbourne where they will both be pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Koay will be majoring in Economics and Finance while Tan will be majoring in Accounting and Finance.

Joseph Daniel Luke, who achieved an ATAR of 99.1%, will be heading to The University of Auckland to read Medicine. “I remember being very nervous during examinations, so I was surprised to receive such great news about my results,” he said. Daniel shared that the Sunway AUSMAT programme is ultimately different as it is not just an education pathway but builds character in a person. “We are exposed to public speaking and group activities that help us hone our social skills as we work in different environments. These activities serve as a great exposure for us,” he shared.

The three students attributed the AUSMAT I CARE Day as their most memorable experience from the programme. “We were required to sell products or services and raise as much funds as we could for charity. It was fun as there was healthy competition amongst teachers and students from different classes,” shared the students.

22 students, who were also part of the AUSMAT Student Council received Special Certificates of Appreciation for their dedication and significant contribution in making AUSMAT a fun and exciting journey.

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