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A Malaysian educator received international acclaim for her cross-cultural research.
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) lecturer Dr. Sharon Jacqueline Albert Wilson received the first prize in the International Communication Division (ICD) Teaching Contest 2020, becoming the first person outside of North America to do so.
The contest celebrates teaching and innovations in international communication and learning.
Sharon, who is an assistant professor at UTAR’s Faculty of Creative Industries, will be recognized during 2020’s ICD Business Meeting at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications’ (AEJMC) conference in San Francisco which honours excellence in journalism and mass communication.
Sharon’s research explored the cross-cultural exchange between students across nations in a virtual setting, where participants engaged in the sharing of ideas, beliefs, ethics, tradition, culture and identity.
The study was done during a collaborative semester in participation with educators and students from the University of Delaware, United States, and UTAR.
Sharon explained that she had submitted her paper on a whim and was surprised at grabbing the first prize.
She shared that throughout her work, she had formed long-lasting bonds with a number of participants with many still keeping in touch and even migrating to Malaysia to further their studies.
For her achievement, Sharon even received a shout out from former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
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