QIU Celebrates International Valedictorian At 5th Convocation Ceremony
Nov 27, 2019

Journalism graduate receives Dato’Sri Dr Vijay Eswaran award as 370 students get their scrolls

IPOH, November 26, 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Reflecting its status as a truly global educational institution, Quest International University (QIU) honoured its first international valedictorian at its 5th Convocation Ceremony recently.

Bachelor of Mass Communication (Hons) Journalism graduate Sahibzada Mubashir Noor, who hails from Pakistan, received the Dato’ Sri Dr Vijay Eswaran award for outstanding scholastic achievement. The 37-year-old stood out from his competition by combining a near perfect academic performance with a stellar co-curricular resume.

Moby, as he is known to friends, was one of 370 students who graduated at this year’s convocation, which was presided over by University Council Chairman Dato’ Sri Dr Vijay Eswaran.

Besides graduating with First Class honours, the valedictorian has also represented QIU with distinction in several competitions. He won a gold medal at the 2017 National English Olympics (NEO17) and was a key member of the university’s debate team which placed in the top 16 of the World Universities Peace Invitational Debate (WUPID) 2017.

He was also Head of Production of the University’s student-run advertising agency Ad.U and student editor of the University’s news portal e-Q.online

QIU believes in creating graduates who can immediately make an impact in their respective fields, and Moby embodies this perfectly. Already, he has more than 250 published articles in international and local news outlets, including the Huffington Post, the New Straits Times, South Asia Magazine, Iran Daily News, the Saudi Gazette and many more.

QIU Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Goh said: “Education and talent knows no race, skin colour or nationality, and we are extremely proud of how we are a university that leaves no one behind.

“From the ground up, inclusivity has always been one of our council chairman Dato’Sri Dr Vijay Eswaran’s driving principles and our first international valedictorian is proof of that.”

“Our commitment to inclusivity has also manifested in the excellent academic achievements of our students with disabilities. We are the only private university in Malaysia to offer a Bachelor’s in Special Needs Education degree, and we are working with the Perak Association for the Intellectually Disabled (PAFID) to offer special needs education training for educators, caregivers, parents and members of the public.”

Degrees were conferred to students from five faculties at today’s convocation, namely the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Business and Management, the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The certificates were handed out by Dato’ Sri Dr Vijay Eswaran, and University Council members Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Megat Najmuddin Datuk Seri Dr. Hj. Megat Khas and Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri S. Veerasingam

Over 1,200 attendees were present at the event, including QIU Council members, academics, staff, students and their families.

About QIU

Quest International University Perak (QIU) is a private and comprehensive research-led university established under the Higher Educational Institutions Act 555 in the state of Perak, Malaysia on June 12th 2008. It is owned by Global Integrated Training Associates Sdn Bhd, and the State Government of Perak has equity participation along with the QI Group.

At QIU, we believe that planting the seeds of curiosity in students from the beginning will inspire them to make ‘knowledge-seeking’ their quest in life. As a private comprehensive university, students are our top priority. To engage the students and instill the hunger for knowledge in them, we believe in blending theory and practice in education. We ensure that our programmes are industry-relevant using motivational teaching methods which are highly effective.

At QIU, we focus not just on academics but also on instilling students with the “green” concept of loving the environment and the community. All QIU graduates will grow to become well-rounded citizens with an excellent education and a caring heart--not just for their fellow man but for the environment and Earth as well.

There are five Faculties and one Centre at QIU – the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Business and Management, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Centre for Research and Innovation. QIU offers programmes at Foundation, Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate levels. Further information can be obtained at www.qiup.edu.my