UTM Alumni Association’s Gala Fundraiser Bolsters Student Endowment Fund
KUALA LUMPUR: The Alumni Association of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (PAUTM) hosted an extravagant fundraising dinner on the night of December 16th, bringing together alumni, dignitaries, and prominent figures at the opulent banquet hall of the Kuala Lumpur UTM Hotel and Residences. The event, an epitome of unity and philanthropy, primarily aimed to raise funds for the association’s student endowment fund, a noble endeavor aimed at providing vital financial support to deserving students.
The evening was marked by a significant announcement that sent waves of hope and excitement through the gathered audience. Eligible students, the future torchbearers of knowledge, were informed that they would be granted scholarships worth RM30,000 per person, covering four years of their academic journey. This generous gesture was met with thunderous applause and heartfelt gratitude from all in attendance, underlining the unwavering commitment to education and empowerment that the UTM alumni community shares.
With nearly 500 UTM alumni in attendance, the atmosphere was nothing short of electric. The gala provided a unique platform for alumni to rekindle old friendships and reawaken cherished memories of their time at UTM. Laughter and heartfelt conversations echoed through the banquet hall as attendees reminisced about their shared experiences, both within the university’s hallowed halls and beyond.
The event was graced by the distinguished presence of UTM’s Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, who took the center stage to officiate the proceedings. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail not only served as a beacon of inspiration but also symbolized the university’s unwavering commitment to its alumni and their endeavors. In a moment of great prestige, he bestowed the prestigious PAUTM Honorary Figure Award 2023 upon a select group of distinguished guests. This recognition celebrated their outstanding contributions to society and their enduring support for UTM.
Among the notable recipients of this esteemed award were Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Kamarulzaman Mat Salleh, whose leadership has been pivotal in the city’s growth and development; Health Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Dr. Zaini Ujang, a stalwart in the healthcare sector; Tan Sri Dato’ Ir. Jamilus bin Hussein, a luminary in the field of engineering; Prof Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid bin Omar, a beacon of academic excellence; Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad, a tireless advocate for his state; and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MCMC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki, who has played a crucial role in combating corruption and upholding transparency.
In conclusion, the UTM Alumni Association’s Gala Fundraiser served as an extraordinary gathering of past and present, of memories and aspirations. It reaffirmed the enduring spirit of giving back to society and supporting the dreams of the next generation. As the night drew to a close, it left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all those present, inspiring them to continue their efforts in shaping a brighter future for students and society at large.