Alumni awards put UOW in spotlight
UOW’s international reputation has been bolstered by the notable achievements of its alumni.
UOW graduates Professor Jun Chen, Mr Simon Chung and Dr Budi Notowidjojo have been recognised by coveted international awards celebrating their valuable contribution to the business and research spheres.
UOW Director, Development and Engagement Monique Harper-Richardson said the University was proud to have such high achieving graduates who were excellent international ambassadors for UOW.
“Alumni who stay connected to UOW contribute greatly to the University’s vision through advisory groups to redesign degree programs. They can also partner with the University to help advance research or sponsor scholarships,” she said.
“The UOW Alumni Network also benefits graduates in other ways by recognising and celebrating their success through award nominations and offering networking opportunities.”
Professor Jun Chen was presented with the Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation at a gala event held in Shanghai recently.
The Australia China Alumni Awards are a high-profile initiative recognising the wide-ranging achievements of graduates of Australian universities that are currently based in China, and the deepening Australia-China relationship.
The prestigious award recognised Professor Chen’s immense contribution to the field of materials chemistry.
Professor Chen is Cheung Kong Scholar Professor at Nankai University in China as well as Director of the Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (Ministry of Education).
He completed his PhD through UOW’s Institute for Superconducting and Electronics Materials (ISEM).
Professor Chen’s success comes after another UOW graduate, Mr Simon Chung, received the Australia China Alumni of the Year Award in 2011.
Mr Chung, who graduated from UOW in 1989 with a Bachelor of Mathematics majoring in Computer Science, is Chief Operating Officer of IT consulting company ChinaSoft International.
At a recent visit to UOW, Mr Chung reflected on his time at the university.
“I am very proud to have studied at UOW. Its Information Communication Technology courses in particular are world-class,” he said.
“My time at UOW really expanded my vision and view of the world. I am pleased that my studies in Australia improved my cultural awareness, something that is very important when working in China.”
Another alumnus who has been recognised by an international award is Dr Budi Notowidjojo, CEO and Founder of Indonesia’s PT Bisma Bisalloy, a joint venture with Wollongong-based manufacturer of specialist hardened steel Bisalloy Steel Pty Ltd.
Dr Notowidjojo received the 2012 Australian Alumni Award for Business Leadership and Business Management.
The award honours Indonesian citizens who have studied at Australian universities.
Dr Notowidjojo graduated with a Bachelor of Metallurgy in 1987 and completed a PhD (Materials Engineering) at UOW in 1991. He came to study from Indonesia and lived in campus accommodation at International House, an experience which he said during a recent visit was the highlight of his time in Wollongong.