KUANTAN, Oct 12 – After having to put on hold her studies at Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) for almost two years, Mount Everest climber Myrza Fasha Md Hamyrudin finally made it to the convocation hall. Yesterday, she graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Myrza Fasha, who scaled the world’s highest mountain under the Felda Everest Expedition Project in May last year, was among the 2,493 graduates who received their respective scrolls at the convocation yesterday.
She said she never regretted her decision to postpone her studies to undergo intensive training for the expedition to scale the Everest. “In fact, I’m so proud to have been able to put UMP’s name on top of the world’s highest mountain,” she told reporters after the convocation here yesterday. Her contribution was recognised by UMP to the extent of being crowned the UMP Wirawati (Heroine) and enabling her to receive the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Special Award (Student Affairs and Alumni) in conjunction with the 2013 UMP Co-curriculum Day.
She is now an executive with the Gabungan Wawasan Generasi Felda Berhad, which manages the upgrading of water facilities in Felda Jengka. Meanwhile, the Chancellor Award this year was given to Mohd Saddam Hassan, 23, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health. The graduate from Segamat, Johor, is able to speak in five languages, namely Mandarin, Tamil, Malayalam, besides Malay and English. The presentation of scrolls and awards at the first session of the convocation today was graced by Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who is also UMP Chancellor.