Beyond Outstanding

In true mettle, alumna goes on to win MyASEAN Youth Award post-winning Outstanding Award on her graduation day from Management and Science University

Taking leadership and transforming lives are encouraged of every student at Management and Science University (MSU). To alumna Nur Farhana Nadirah Hassan, her Tohor Revolution had begun as a simple act of kindness. She had been an undergraduate MSUrian, getting her first taste of community engagement work. She had thought the project sufficiently helping the indigenous people of Kampung Tohor, a small village between the states of Pahang and Negeri Sembilan. When she realized the transformations she and fellow MSUrians sought to make did not last, she pursued the desired long-term impact.

Nur Farhana graduated Management and Science University (MSU) with a Bachelor in Finance (Honours) from the Faculty of Business Management and Professional Studies (FBMP) determined to improve the socioeconomic status of the people of Tohor. Their access to education, as well as their hygiene and health levels, are three key areas she knew needed foremost address. The extent of social impact her project is set to accomplish won the judges over, one of whom described it as fundamentally adaptable to other rural or even post-disaster areas in ASEAN countries. Besides a pair of return air tickets to any ASEAN destination of her choice, Nur Farhana’s MyASEAN Youth Award (MAYA) prizes include a grant worth RM10,000 to ease her Tohor Revolution Project into its third phase.

MyASEAN Youth Award (MAYA) is a platform for change-makers among ASEAN youths, organized by Talent Corporation Malaysia Bhd with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN’s formation as a regional economic bloc and possibly to chart the next 50 years. MAYA seeks to acknowledge and reward contributing ASEAN youths for their outstanding social impact or innovations whilst encouraging ASEAN youth involvement and participation in building the ASEAN community through volunteerism.

Management and Science University (MSU) alumna Nur Farhana Nadirah Hassan is no newcomer to excellence. She won the Mohd Shukri Yajid Outstanding Award on her graduation day. The now Credit Analyst at a local investment bank attributes her successes in large parts to her learning experiences at Management and Science University (MSU), among which developed and grew her love of community engagement work. In her 2016 valedictory, she persuaded fellow graduands that nothing can be more fulfilling than inspiring others to become who they can be. Judging by one young resident of Tohor ready to sit the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination this year, it is one inspiration that has materialized into outstanding progress.