Monday, January 6, 2020

UoM Alumni Career Compass

Introducing Alumni Career Compass - UoM Alumni recently ran a series of free events especially designed to help you excel in your career, whether you're just starting out or looking to take on the next challenge. With panel discussions, live-streamed interviews and networking opportunities, they've gathered industry experts from around the world to bring you the insights you need. Whether you're planning an international career, running a business, or keen to future-proof your skills, there’s something for everyone.

More details can be found at the UoM website: UoM Alumni


Malaysian Australian Alumni Council Awards - Zuliana Zulkiflee Abbas

The Malaysian Australian Alumni Council (MAAC) successfully launched its 20th Anniversary Commemorative Coffee Table Book, ‘Of Wau & Boomerang: Nurturing Malaysian Talents Across Borders’ at the recent Australian Alumni Gala Dinner.

Our alumnus, Zuliana Zulkiflee Abbas, was honoured to be featured in the publication.

Read on about Zuliana's recollection of her experiences at the University of Melbourne and achievements post-graduation here.

Zuliana is the Founder and CEO of Before She Pops, Malaysia's very first pregnancy gift-box curator that delivers premium gift boxes filled with necessities for expecting and new mothers to make motherhood an even more enriching experience. Zuliana’s vision for Before She Pops is beautiful, hand-curated boxes filled with pregnancy must-have products that bring ultimate joy to recipients every trimester. Her company is committed to providing great customer service in addition to working with the best local producers remaining constantly on the look out for unique ways to surprise customers.


Zuliana, her partner and our UMAA committee in attendance at the 2019 MAAC Alumni Gala Dinner:

Monday, December 23, 2019

Vale - Ang Hean Leng

Dear Alumni Members

It is with great sadness that we share that Ang Hean Leng, UMAA President (2017-2019), has passed away on 22 December 2019.

We take this opportunity to record Hean Leng's contribution to the Association since joining UMAA as committee member in 2011. His commitment and passion to serve, and his relentless drive to connect and build a strong alumni community has been a hallmark across his two terms as UMAA President.

Despite his illness, Hean Leng continued to play an active role in building up UMAA, and was instrumental in laying a solid foundation for UMAA's 30th Anniversary celebration. His generosity in giving to his alma mater and to the association has left a deep impact, and he will be sorely missed.

Should any alumni wish to pay respects, details of the wake are as follows:

3, Jalan Tijani 1/B, Taman Tijani Ukay, Ampang 68000 Selangor

Prayers will be held on 22 and 23 December evening
Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday 24 December, 9.30am

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife, Wai Sum, children and family. 

May Hean Leng rest in eternal peace.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

University of Melbourne Alumni Association Malaysia (UMAA) Member Feedback Form

On behalf of the UMAA Committee, we would like to thank you for your ongoing participation in the University of Melbourne Alumni Association's events and activities during 2019.

To help us in our 2020 planning and better support your needs, we appreciate if you could spare 5 minutes to provide your thoughts on what you liked, and what you would like to see more from your alumni association in 2020.

This survey is anonymous. If you wish to provide your personal contact details, it would greatly help us to return contact to you should you wish.

For any other enquiries, please contact us at

Please complete the form at the link HERE.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Save The Date - Welcome...Kuala Lumpur (29th February 2020)

Welcome .. Kuala Lumpur returns next 29 February 2020!

Whether you graduated two months, two years or 20 years ago, we would love to see you at Welcome .. Kuala Lumpur 2020 as we meet our newest graduates and those recently relocated to Malaysia.

Please mark the date in your calendar! Details on venue and speakers will be unveiled in the coming weeks - watch this space!

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

University of Melbourne and Malaysian research collaboration: Trials promise good news for countries with dengue and Zika virus

"An international team of scientists have reported an effective and environmentally sustainable way to block the transmission of mosquito-borne dengue virus, in trials carried out in Malaysia.

Using a strain of the bacteria Wolbachia, which inhibit mosquitoes from transmitting viruses to humans, researchers at the Universities of Melbourne and Glasgow and the Institute for Medical Research in Malaysia were able to successfully reduce cases of dengue at sites in Kuala Lumpur.

Professor Hoffmann, from Melbourne University’s Bio21 Institute, said the findings could make a difference to a number of countries who have dengue.

“This study provides us with a new Wolbachia strain for field release and highlights disease impact within a complex urban setting where dengue incidence rates are high,” he said. “The intervention succeeded despite ongoing pesticide applications and other challenges that can make it hard for the Wolbachia to become established. The approach holds promise not only in Malaysia but also in other countries.”

Each year there are around 90 million symptomatic cases of dengue, with severe disease in around 1 per cent of cases, including life-threatening haemorrhage or shock syndrome. In Malaysia alone, over 100,000 dengue cases were reported in 2016, with an annual cost estimated at $US175 million."

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