Teaching Awards

We take pride in the fact that our lecturers are enthusiastic and passionate about passing on their expertise to the next generation. We keep our finger on the pulse of the market and continually engage with our respective professional networks to craft industry-ready graduates.

To maintain high standards in our teaching, the Teaching Award seeks to recognise outstanding lecturers who have embodied these qualities in the past year.

Teaching Award Winners 2018


Aidora from School of Computing and Creative Media, UOW Malaysia KDU University College introduced gamification in teaching and learning. That sparked positive response from the students and they enjoyed her teaching style very much.


Hema was a former academic from School of Pre-University Studies, UOW Malaysia KDU College . She is now attached to Teaching & Learning Centre. She has introduced creative technology in her classroom. Her approach has garnered better understanding among her students and it is indeed an achievement in terms of teaching methodology.


Sumiko Cheng is from the Hospitality and Tourism Department and teaches subjects on tourism and personal development skills. She is very passionate about Blended Learning and uses different types of digital tools to enhance her teaching and to engage the students in their learning. She continually looks out for and tries new and better tools to incorporate into her teaching. Her knowledge and expertise in Blended Learning has enabled Sumiko to conduct various workshops for both lecturers and secondary school teacher on the use of technology in teaching & learning. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) and a Wakelet Ambassador in Malaysia. With such enthusiasm and passion in teaching, she is much loved by her students, and she consistently garners very good teaching evaluation from the students.

Teaching Award Winners 2017


Karen has been teaching in the KDU American Degree Program for more than 9 years and has endeared herself to her students through her innovative teaching methodology and personality. Leaning on her background in Business and English, she taught Critical Thinking and Reading Skills, Introduction to Business, Human Resource Management and Marketing; all the while preparing her students for the rigours and cultural expectations of living and studying in the US based on her extensive experience during her time stateside. She always strives to leave an impact on her students and inculcate independent learning skills to enrich their study experience.


Timothy has been a joy for Communication students in SCCA for the past five years and has had a major impact moulding students in his field of expertise. Utilizing his skills in Public Relations and Advertising, Timothy teaches a broad range of subjects at Bachelor and Diploma level, focusing on Principles of Advertising, Strategic Brand Management, Media Relations, and Photo Communication. An avid photographer and videographer, many students in SCCA lean on his experience to hone their own skills based on his tutelage. He always seeks to infuse his big personality into his teaching and build well rounded students who are ready for the challenges of the PR industry.


Song-Quan teaches GCE A-level Biology. With a strong interest in research and hands-on experience, he has published numerous conference papers and started a problem-based learning project – CPUS Research Symposium. In this project, students are able to apply and contextualize the topics they have learned from the syllabus, thereby inspiring them to seek the appropriate pathway that they intend to pursue. Song-Quan constantly promotes both explicit and implicit learning amongst his students, in which learning would not only be a conscious process – for example in the classroom – but may also be acquired from the unconscious processes, for example through daily activities such as using social networking.

Teaching Award Winners 2016


She started her teaching career in year 2002 with the School of Pre University Studies, UOW Malaysia KDU College. The subjects she have taught are Computing Studies, Introduction to IT, Information Systems and Applied IT across programmes such as Foundation Studies (Business), AUSMAT, UNSW Foundation Studies (Commerce & Science) & Foundation in Arts. She have completed her Master of Information Systems with University of Tunku Abdul Rahman in 2014. She always strive to implement new teaching methodology in her classroom to make the learning fun and exciting. She hope that these initiatives will bring her far and well in the education field.


Andrew has been teaching in UOW Malaysia KDU Penang since 2013 in Department of Mass Communication. He has taught various subjects related to Public Relations courses such Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Relations Campaign, Event Management, Social Entrepreneurship and Social, Legal and Ethical Issues. Andrew is very keen in teaching students based on community-based learning by integrating students’ learning in academic courses with community engagement. In relation to that, he has supervised students on various external projects and international competitions. Despite new and sophisticated pedagogical methods of teaching which have been taking place in this era, he is still a strong believer that teaching is a work of the heart.

Bui Bui has been teaching and helping students in Centre for Pre-University Studies for 18 years! She teaches economics and management subjects. A very meticulous worker, Bui Bui’s philosophy is to bring out the best of each student she teaches and coaches. In this regard, she initiated and manages the mentor-mentee system for the students. Bui Bui is a firm believer of Continual-Quality-Improvement. She strives to expand her pedagogical skills and content knowledge to continually improve her teaching to enhance student learning.

DR. LOW CHEE SOON (First Recipient of Teaching Award)

Renowned for his passion in helping students learn, Dr. Low from UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College is the first recipient of this prestigious award. A humble person, he constantly seeks new pedagogical knowledge and weaves them masterfully into his Mathematics lessons. He is the epitome of a reflective teacher.

In 2014, two of his Mathematics students achieved the highest marks in the world in the June and November Cambridge A Level examinations respectively. In 2015, Dr. Low went on to win the inaugural Private Education Excellence Award (National Outstanding Educator – College Category) presented by the Deputy Minister of Education, YB P. Kamalanathan in Cyberjaya.

One of his students once wrote about him, “In all my 12 years of receiving formal education, I have never met a more competent and passionate teacher.”