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.