Graduate Inspired to Repay Parents’ Time and Sacrifices


KUANTAN: His parents’ successes inspired Hussein Al-Faiz Mohamed Ahmed Hafez to work hard to achieve his goal.

Yesterday, the 26-year-old automotive engineering graduate received two prestigious awards at the convocation ceremony of the 16th Malaysia Pahang University (UMP).

He received the UMW Holdings Bhd Excellence Award and the Excellence Award for Dual Degree Program (Prix Verein Deutscher Ingenieure), sponsored by the German Association of Engineers, from UMP Pro-Chancellor Tan Sr Dr Abi Musa Asaari Mohammad Nor.

Hussein Al-Faiz is currently pursuing his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Universiti Tenaga Nasional.

He also started a business with his friend through Tunas Usahawan Belia Bumiputera by establishing GREST Engineering and Consultancy Services in Pekan, about 50 km from here.

Eldest son of Professor Mohamed Ahmed Hafez – a lecturer at a private higher education institution – and dentist Dr Sham Awab, Hussein Al-Faiz said his parents had high hopes for him to set a good example to his younger brother and sister.

“My parents are my idols. My father came from a poor family in Egypt, and acquired knowledge to change the fate of his family before he married my mother.

“Now it’s time for me to repay their time, money and sacrifice to uplift me,” he told Bernama.

Hussein Al-Faiz also shared his experience in overcoming the challenges he faced while studying at the University of Applied Sciences, Germany during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“During the lockdown, all lessons were held online and I would record them in German before translating them into English, which took a lot of time,” he said.

Meanwhile, UMP Deputy Chairman Datuk Dr Yuserrie Zainuddin said the four-day convocation, which started yesterday, would see 4,082 students graduate.

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