" Make new friends as much as you can but at the same time stay focused and motivated in your studies. "
Rohaiza Binti Azemi proves that choosing Economics isn’t just about passion for analysis. Her decision to choose Economics was also a strategic decision. The field gave her career flexibility to join literally many different industries such as banking, finance, government and business.
Obviously on a trajectory for success, this International Trade major, has exhibited not just leadership skills but skills in strategic thinking, teamwork, communications and analytical thinking. Rohaiza has successfully organised events or delivered on her executive council roles in university clubs. She has volunteered at the Kechara Soup Kitchen Charity Event as their Director demonstrating that leadership goes beyond age and experience.
Currently working as a Protégé for Hong Leong Bank Berhad’s GALCO (Assets and Liabilities Management), Rohaiza has interned at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) writing research highlights and scoping reviews for researches conducted for the Ministry of Health.
Rohaiza graduates with a CGPA of 3.91 and receives her First Class Honours degree from the Tun Abdul Razak School of Governance.
It's beyond my expectation to be honoured with this award. I'm deeply grateful to receive this. All the hardwork and efforts that I put throughout my journey as an undergraduate finally paid off.
I couldn't thank my lecturers, family and friends enough for making my dream come true.
Attending online class during my final year is not as easy as I thought. Facing never ending assignments, projects and tests was really stressful.
Although I faced this most difficult condition in the past academic year, my lecturers and the support staff had made my transition to online learning smoother.
My favourite part about studying at UNIRAZAK would be its environment before the pandemic. UNIRAZAK, which is known as boutique university, makes me feel more connected with people in the campus at all levels.
A single building that is located in the central part of Kuala Lumpur made my degree journey become more interesting as I can hang out with my friends after class wherever we want.
The best part of my journey at UNIRAZAK is also that my beloved bestfriend, Mumtaz and I, are both being honoured with the highest awards. We made it!!
Honestly, from foundation until degree, all the lecturers that taught me are not just knowledgeable, but they also very supportive and concerned about their students.
If i want to choose which instructors that influenced me the most, I would definitely say Assistant Professor Dr. Anthony and Ms. Jenny. Dr. Anthony is not just an experienced lecturer, but he is also very dedicated in sharing his knowledge with his students. Because of him, my interest in economics grew stronger.
Besides being a dean, Ms. Jenny is also a supportive lecturer who always love to guide her students in every single thing.
As a Razakian, my only advice to new students is to enjoy your study journey as much as you can. You might not have the same experience again in the future.
So, make new friends as much as you can but at the same time stay focused and motivated in your studies.
" Be driven, but always remember to take a break, breathe and enjoy your journey as students too. "
Mumtaz binti Mohamad Nasir is not new to excellence and drive, having won various awards, a scholarship and excellent grades in her secondary school days.
Graduating with a 3.96 CGPA and a First Class Honours degree from the Bank Rakyat School of Business, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship under her belt, Mumtaz has been a Dean’s List recipient since her Foundation years.
Realising the potential Islamic Banking & Finance (IBF) has in the future with the rising demand and development in the field, Mumtaz decided she wanted to major in IBF once she completed her Foundation.
As she began setting her sights and navigating her path towards achieving her dreams, she came to realise that financial literacy is important for everyone, and understanding it from the Syari’ah perspective was crucial to her and the society she lives in. The positives in Syari’ah-compliant financial system is gaining greater traction in the banking system particularly in Malaysia.
Which is why this cheerful and driven young lady wishes to spend her time making sure that she contributes substantially in this area particularly in educating and creating a society with greater literacy in Islamic Banking.
All praises to Allah, I’m grateful, proud and happy for the acknowledgement. It’s like getting a pat on the back for the hard work and sleepless nights.
It’s truly a boost of confidence and a recognition I will always cherish. Thank you to everyone who plays a role in my success story.
I remember when Covid-19 hit us, it was around March 2020 when we were starting our new semester at UNIRAZAK. I was motivated and excited to start my second year, but everything changed when Malaysia announced to go into lockdown. Clueless, I had no idea how UNIRAZAK and myself would manage the new normal.
It was mainly difficult to find the motivation and keep my focus as I was not in a learning environment and faced many distractions. Plus, it’s easy to feel burnout when all we do is sit in front of the laptop all day.
Fast forward, I finished all semesters online, including internship where I fully worked from home. It was not an easy journey at the start, nonetheless, UNIRAZAK and its lecturers were quick to adapt and adopt to the new normal, guaranteeing quality education for students although it was done online.
Constant encouragement and support from lecturers, family, and friends helped me find determination till today. Also, owing to my online learning experience, I was able to manage working from home during internship.
I love the inclusive learning environment UNIRAZAK provides, where students and lecturers are able to interact closely in everyday class, making sure no one is left out and learning needs are always met. Be it physical or online class, the lecturers never fail to make students feel supported, heard and valued.
Another best part is, my friends and I had our fun while studying at UNIRAZAK and we were able to create lifetime memories as students. It’s the little things actually, like watching Netflix and playing table football at Level 10, sleeping on the bean bag in the library, short after-class catch up at Surau, and café lunches.
I certainly had fun outside university too. UNIRAZAK is near to many KL City attractions, and I wouldn’t want to miss experiencing them.
I remember every lecturer I have learnt with – throughout foundation and degree. I’d love for them to know that each has their own uniqueness and had some influence on my life.
If I can name a few, Professor Dr. Siri Roland Xavier, who taught me International Business, he may not know it but the way he conducted class was eye-opening. I love how a class can be very laid-back, but still able to provide a quality and effective learning experience for students. It made me learnt that when a process is enjoyable, it creates motivation and helps students remember what was taught better.
Associate Professor Dr. Omaima, who taught most of my programme’s core courses. Dr. Omaima has always believed in my potential, acting as the source of my confidence and determination. I aspire to be an amazing person as Prof - competent, experienced, and knowledgeable but always staying humble. Each class with Prof was engaging, meaningful and informative. The positive learning experience she provided has contributed so much to the person I am today, and who I will become in the future.
Be driven, but always remember to take a break, breathe and enjoy your journey as students too. Never be too hard on yourself, and if no one tells you this, you’re doing great!
Student Life Award
Best Student Award
Graduate School of Business (GSB)
Best Student Award
Bank Rakyat School of Business, Information, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BRSBITE)
Best Student Award
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Best Student Award
Tun Abdul Razak School of Government (TARSOG)
Best Student Award
School of Education and Humanities (SEH)