One of the Universiti Teknologi MARA MoU international partnerships, the Institute of Industry and Academic Research Incorporated, (IIARI) Philippines had organized the IIARI Luminary Awards (ILA) on December 4, 2021. The IIARI Luminary Award (ILA) is the organization’s recognition and celebration of inspirational success stories in teaching, research, leadership, and civic works. It embodies IIARI’s commitment to the formulation of the community of scholars driven by a passion for life-long learning and community service. The ILA aims to honor the contribution of individuals in various fields that would serve as inspiration and influence for other people. ILA is an annual recognition given to individuals from various parts of the world who have exemplary and inspiring contributions in the organization or the community through their profession, academic works, innovation and inventions, community service, and inspired behavior and action. It brings forth a venue for inspirational success stories to emulate and spread.
The objective of ILA is to acknowledge the inspirational success stories of individuals in teaching, research, leadership, and civic works. It is also to recognize the exemplary contribution of individuals in the organization and the community. Moreover, it is to provide a platform for the emulation of exemplary and inspiring works of individuals around the world. Furthermore, it fosters leadership and service among professionals, researchers, and civic individuals around the globe; and forms a community of scholars driven by a passion for life-long learning and community service. The four categories are being contested that is ILA in Teaching, ILA in Research, ILA in Civic Works, ILA in Leadership. Congratulations to IIARI that providing the opportunity and the platform of recognition for the educational and research endeavors. The awarding ceremony was held virtually with the participation from various backgrounds of IIARI members around the world. The event was hosted by Prof. Mary Jane S. Carandang, who is the Committee Members of IIARI.
Two senior lecturers from UiTM had been nominated as a finalist in the respective categories. Ts. Dr. Duratul Ain Tholibon, senior lecturer from School of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Mara Cawangan Pahang had been awarded of ILA in Research category. Another awardee Ts. Dr. Masyitah Md Nujid had been awarded ILA in the Teaching category. She is a senior lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering, UiTM Cawangan Pulau Pinang, Kampus Permatang Pauh, Malaysia.
All of the awardees were received a certificate and a plaque of recognition for their achievement. May this international award will encourage and motivate more lecturers to do more research and innovation in their careers. Besides may this event continuously develops strong research culture among industry and academic professionals, enhance free and accessible knowledge through sharing of best practices. This initiative may also foster collaboration among industry and academic professionals around the globe, develop camaraderie among fellows in the industry and the academic community as in line with Sustainable Development Goals No. 17 Partnership for the Goals.