Law student Shugan Raman of INTI International University (INTI IU) has been presented the Leo of the Year Award by Lions Club International. He was one of 36 recipients of the award in the world for 2011-2012, one of 10 in Asia and the only one in South-East Asia.
As the Immediate Past President of INTI IU’s Leo Club, Shugan was also presented the Leo Club Excellence Award for 2011-2012, the highest recognition bestowed on Leo clubs across nations by the world’s largest service organization with a presence in 202 countries. Today, INTI IU’s Leo Club is one of the largest clubs on campus with more than 240 members.
During his tenure Shugan had demonstrated outstanding leadership skills; achieved a superior record as a Leo in implementing successful service projects; made an identifiable contribution to the development and growth of the Leo Club Program; achieved distinction in community or school activities outside of Leo club commitments; and demonstrated high ethical standards and personal integrity.
“I was appointed to the club’s Board of Directors when I had only been a member for two months. Since then, I’ve organized and assisted in many projects that would uplift community life in Malaysia and abroad. One of the most memorable is the Segamat Flood Relief Fund to help high school students affected by the natural disaster. My international projects involved multiple countries and included forums and conventions on drug and alcohol abuse awareness and other pressing issues,” said Shugan.
From a young age, Shugan has been active in extra-curricular activities. Leadership has always been his passion and he believes in making positive contributions to society.
“I would like to thank the management of INTI IU for its support through the years. The Student Services Department in particular has always supported us through the provision of resources and other forms of assistance. Without them, our achievements would not have been possible,” he said.
Leo Club’s efforts to help those in need are continuous and include Charity Night to raise funds for selected charities or beneficiaries. This year’s focus was on promoting education among children living in rural areas in the country. Talents from among INTI’s students and staff as well as invited artistes gave rousing performances in song, dance, comedy and even poetry recital to successfully raise RM6,000 for Living Hope Malaysia which will channel the sum to a toy and book library for Orang Asli children of Kg. Gebok and Kg. Kedat in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan.
Chief among the sources of inspiration for INTI’s students and staff for community service and social responsibility is President William J. Clinton, who serves as The Honorary Chancellor of the Laureate International Universities network, a role in which he offers advice on social responsibility, youth leadership and increasing access to higher education. In his 2010 visit to INTI IU, he addressed more than 1,000 students and invited guests and inspired many others. Since then, INTI’s students have participated in global events such as the Clinton Global Initiative University, which brings together students from all over the world to serve the community.
Students are also able to learn from top global leaders discussing issues affecting the world today through cutting edge events such as the World Business Forum and Clinton Global Initiative. In addition, they have access to international faculty, overseas guest lecturers and study tours to INTI’s partner universities in other countries. These and more provide students access to an international learning experience beyond Malaysia as part of their studies and as part of their world class education at local prices.