By Foo Ming Li
Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) Deputy Vice Chancellor of Corporate Development, Professor Teng Tjoon Tow was recently conferred with the prestigious Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) title by the Penang governor for his exceptional contributions towards the society and country.
The DSPN titles are awarded annually by the Penang governor to 800 living individuals for their commendable commitments to the upliftment of the society and country. Datuk Lee Chong Wei is among the notable recipients of this title when he bagged the silver medal in the badminton singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Professor Teng, 74, a Klang born boy, graduated from Kwang Hua High School in Selangor. The Selangorian went ahead to Singapore Nanyang University to further his studies in Chemical Engineering. Upon finishing his undergraduate studies, he joined University of Montreal, Canada and received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 1974.
He came to Penang in 1975 to work at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as a lecturer for the chemical engineering and environmental technology courses. Then, he was promoted to an associate professor in 1988 and subsequently as a professor in 1997. Besides his teaching career, he had also assumed the role of chairman in four environmental technology international conferences he had organised from 2008 to 2015.
“Sometimes I conduct research studies and publish journals with students from the undergraduate course, Masters, and PhD. There are several PhD students I taught who have been promoted to associate professors in the institutions they are working in,” he said.
Professor Teng also participates in other associations such as Penang Basketball Association, Malaysia Basketball Association (MABA), Penang Kar Yin Kui Kon Association, Penang Kwangtung and Teochew Association and Nanyang University Alumni Association Penang.
He had received a few titles from the Penang governor including the Pingat Kelakuan Terpuji (PKT) title back in 2000. He was awarded another title namely Darjah Johan Negeri (DJN) from the Penang governor again in 2010. Recently he was awarded the DSPN title from the governor.
He is thankful to the Penang governor for the title as an appreciation for his hard work and contribution.
Professor Teng hopes the younger generation can be selfless to help and contribute towards Malaysia to make the country that every citizen is proud of.