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UOWD gives recognition to employees at Staff Excellence and Service Awards

UOWD gives recognition to employees at Staff Excellence and Service Awards

Monday, 26 November, 2018

Employees of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) were recently recognised for their outstanding achievements during the institution’s Annual Staff Excellence and Service Awards, held at its campus in Dubai Knowledge Park.

UOWD staff recognition program is designed to recognise outstanding contributions of individual staff members or teams who have exhibited excellence at work and have exemplified our University’s values.

Attended by the UOWD Board members, several academic and professional staff were honoured for their efforts in various categories reflecting the University’s values.

Staff reaching five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service were also recognised for their loyalty and dedication towards the University.

Addressing the staff, Professor Paul Wellings CBE, Vice-Chancellor, UOW Australia said that a great university depends on the nature of its students and the quality of its staff, irrespective of the role they are playing in the organisation, to uphold its educational standards in order to deliver the next generation of industry professionals, and to produce new knowledge which is pivotal in driving research agendas, innovation courses and transformation. Based on global recognition of delivering academic excellence, he commended the University of Wollongong for being an example of such a university not only in Australia but also in Dubai.

Mr Peter Robson, Chairman of the Board said that despite the challenges the University face, it will continue to provide students with a quality education and that the board is fully committed to provide UOWD with all the resources necessary to ensure its prosperity and growth in the UAE.

Concluding the ceremony, Group CEO and Managing Director of UOW Global Enterprises, Ms Marisa Mastroianni, re-launched the organisational values and spoke about the importance of having these values in an organisation.

“When an organisation declares its values, it makes a statement of who they are, what they stand for and how they will behave. Our values, in essence, shape our organisational culture”.

“Values are absolute and not negotiable. In a world of constant change, they offer us touchstones that define our actions, influence the way we make decisions and the way we treat each other”, she said.

The award ceremony concluded with a lunch reception and cake cutting to celebrate the University’s 25th Anniversary in the UAE.

2018 Staff Excellence and Service Award Recipients

Excellence Award

Winner: Rajith Attupurath

Finalists: Joice Priya


Excellence Award

Winner:  Shirin ElChami

Finalists: Joice Priya


Team Collaboration Award

Winner:  The Happiness Centre Project Team (Felix Lanceley, Franky Barreto, Babu Lal, Candy Montecillo, Rajesh Prema, Lorain Manoj)


Passion Award

Winner: Dr Alastair Watson

Finalists: Hina Hussain, Sora Tacio


Integrity Award

Winner: Colleen Symss


Innovation Award

Winners: Masood Iqbal


Outstanding Professional Service Award

Winner: China Nicolas

Finalist: Emily Francis


Work Health & Safety Award

Winner: Majid Munawar


Diversity & Equity Award

Winner: Maryah Qureshi


Research Excellence Award

Winner: Dr Mai ElBarachi

Finalist: Dr Munyaradzi Nyadzayo


Teaching Excellence Award 2018

Winner: Dr Munyaradzi Nyadzayo


Long service staff awards

5 years

  • Dr Abdelghani Benharref
  • Dr Mohan Guruswamy

10 years

  • Abdu Chelakkal
  • Alajish Mohamed
  • China Nicolas
  • Hassain Chatheri
  • Mohamed Nazer
  • Dr Mohamed Watfa
  • Rajesh Prema
  • Rajith Attupurath
  • Sabiha Banu
  • Ruby Abraham
  • Teena Chandy
  • Vinu Abraham

15 years

  • Arpana Sharma
  • Franky Barreto
  • Dr Munir Lutfi
  • Dr Farhad Oroumchian

20 years

  • Colleen Symss

25 years

  • Talib Ahmed

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