KUCHING: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) was recognised as the best in Asia in the ‘Excellence and Innovation in the Arts’ category.
The varsity received the accolade during the second annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards Asia recently.
“We are proud and happy to share UNIMAS success at the Asia Awards 2020. UNIMAS is the best in Asia for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts category.
“The judging process by THE and their expert guest judges went through hundreds of applications to shortlist a diverse range of projects from universities across Asia,” UNIMAS vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said in a Facebook post today.
Kadim said the fact that UNIMAS having three shortlisted projects and one eventual winner is a reflection of the varsity’s strong commitment to knowledge excellence and the team effort.
“It was a challenging exercise for them to select examples of excellence from all the shortlisted projects and those selected as winners, which therefore are very worthy of the spotlight and recognition given by THE,” he said.
Among the categories were Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, International Strategy of the Year and Workplace of the Year.
The vice chancellor also thanked Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip for trusting the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts (FACA) in the recent Semarak PertiwiKu Project which brought the recognition.
He also quoted the remarks from THE which said: “Our judges praised the University of Malaysia Sarawak for its ‘daring and innovative approach to using theatre and performing arts to support the country’s anti-corruption efforts’.
“This fascinating work may help to ‘change norms and behaviour’ and develop university-to-industry links that draw on local cultural heritage”.
Source : New Sarawak Tribune
19 November 2020