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UOWD gives recognition to employees at Staff Excellence and Service Awards

Wednesday, 8 November, 2017

The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) recently recognised the outstanding achievements of its employees during its annual Staff Excellence and Service Awards, held at its campus in Dubai Knowledge Park.
The event, attended by UOWD Board members, saw a number of academic and professional staff being honoured for their efforts in various categories including research, teaching, innovation and commitment to diversity and equality. 
Staff reaching five, 10, and 15 years of service were also recognised for their loyalty and dedication towards the University.
Speaking during the ceremony, Professor Paul Wellings CBE, Vice-Chancellor, UOW Australia commended the staff for their dedication and loyalty, contributing to the success of the University. He also highlighted the global achievements of UOW, which has been named as one of the leading universities in the world, due to its specific focus on teaching quality and the overall students experience, and commented that its success is due to the continuous efforts of both academic and professional staff.
Mr Peter Robson, Chairman of the Board, took the opportunity to praise Professor Mohamed Salem, President of UOWD and his team, in leading the university through some challenging times and to build the university to the premium education institution it is today.
The award ceremony concluded with a lunch reception and networking opportunities among the staff.

2017 Staff Excellence and Service Award Recipients

Excellence Award

  • Anne-Marie Amato
  • Shirin El Chami
  • Vanessa Almeida

Quality Award

  • Veronika Loessl
  • Mai El Barachi
  • Saad Hilal

Integrity, Respect and Collegiality   

  • Achuthan Palasseri
  • Farhad Orouchian
  • Nidhal Abdulaziz
  • Saad Hilal

Exceptional Leadership in Diversity & Equity Award

  • Dr Payyazhi Jayashree

Teaching Excellence Award 2016


  • Dr. Osama Al Harees
Highly commended:
  • Dr. Munyar Nyadzayo 

Research Excellence Award 2016

  • Dr Mohd Fareq Malek  
Highly commended:
  • Dr Munyar Nyadzayo 
  • Dr Vijay Pereira

Partnership Award

  • Mathalon Core Committee (Dr Zeenath Khan, Dr Assane Lo, Rajesh Prema, Mohd Shafi, Vinu Abrahim, Salma Rakhman) 

Exceptional ratings for 2016 performance

  • Achuthan Palasseri
  • Dr Munyaradzi Nyadzayo
  • Joice Priya
  • Rahul Bijlani
  • Saad Hilal


  • Dr Swapna Koshy

Staff Service Awards

5 years
  • Ali Bhayani 
  • Alison Thirlwall 
  • Amer Abou Daoud 
  • Dawood Abdul Rawoof 
  • Feras  Hamza 
  • HemNath Chhatkuli
  • Julieta Paderon 
  • Lamia Obay 
  • Munivenkataiah Ramaiah 
  • Nidhal Abdulaziz 
  • Rahul Bijlani 
  • Rina  Curammeng  
  • Seyedu Uduman
10 years
  • Ahmad Hayat Ullah
  • Jawahitha Sarabdeen 
  • Kamal Jaafar 
  • Maria Pereira 
  • Mary Ann Tamayo 
  • Mohd Shafi Ur Rahman 
  • Payyazhi Jayashree 
  • Soly Biju
15 years
  • Achuthan Palasseri 
  • Ashok Kondana 
  • Glen D'sa 
  • Halim Khelalfa 
  • Nandini Kaul 
  • Saba Gaffar