Brother and Sister Admitted to Prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society
First-year Medical students, brother and sister Mr Mohamed Hoosen Suleman and Ms Naeema Suleman, have been admitted into the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society – the world’s largest collegiate honour organisation with membership by invitation only.
Membership, limited to the top 15% of degree students from all disciplines who have completed at least one year of study, is based solely on academic merit.
The sibling duo have a history of achieving excellence. Last year, Mohamed completed a Bachelor in Pharmacy degree summa cum laude. In the same year, he was awarded the UKZN 50th Anniversary Endowment Scholarship which is based on academic merit and awarded to one student in the College of Health Sciences.
‘I am very grateful for having my efforts recognised and rewarded by UKZN,’ said Mohamed. ‘Hard work and dedication pay off in the end and it is encouraging to note that students are rewarded for the effort they put in. I intend to work even harder through persistence and perseverance as a Medical student.’
Mohamed is passionate about health advocacy and has joined the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) as a research placement. ‘I hope to capitalise on the expertise of senior academics and facilitate my growth in research and maximise outcomes,’ he said. ‘Having completed an article on The Challenges Faced by HIV/AIDS Patients in the Management of their Condition, I believe I have a solid grasp of scientific rigour coupled with curiosity and passion. I want to exploit my potential to the full in order to make a contribution in the field of research and ultimately improve the health and well-being of our people.’
Naeema, also pursuing a Medical degree, is highly motivated to achieve. In 2018, she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for her achievement of being among the top five students in the College of Health Sciences. The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship is the highest-ranking scholarship offered at UKZN.
Mohamed and Naeema completed their secondary education at the Orient Islamic High School in Durban.
Golden Key is an internationally recognised, non-profit organisation affiliated to over 400 universities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, India and the United States.
Words: MaryAnn Francis