THE University of Nottingham places high value in the arts.
University of Nottingham Malaysia Provost and CEO Prof Graham Kendall in his welcoming speech said: “The city of Nottingham in the United Kingdom is a Unesco City of Literature. It celebrates the power of words and so it is fitting that in Malaysia, the University of Nottingham Malaysia is organising this poetry writing competition.”
He was speaking at the prize giving ceremony for the Malaysian Universities Poetry Writing Competition (MUPWC) 2017.
The competition was sponsored by the Higher Education Ministry and organised by the university’s School of English.
Higher Education Malaysia deputy director-general Dr Mohd Nor Azman Hassan represented Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching at the event.
In Dr Yap’s speech text read by Dr Mohd Nor, she said the competition was well received by the university undergraduates.
More than 1,400 poems were submitted for the competition by local and international undergraduate students.
She congratulated all who took part, telling the winners that she hoped the competition would encourage them to continue writing poems in English.
The event was attended by the prize winners, family members and lovers of poetry from the different universities.
The winners of the competition were announced at the ceremony and all the short-listed writers read their poems.
Khadijah Osman from INTI International University won the first prize with “Jerry Can Stories” while University of Nottingham Malaysia students Abigail Lim Kah Yan and Ding Xue Er were placed second and third with “Harvey” and “Howl” respectively.
MUPWC organising committee chairman Prof Dr Malachi Edwin Vethamani said: “We hope the competition will become an annual event for the ministry.”