The top Malaysian student from each of the three universities in the State of South Australia (SA) is a woman.
At a gala dinner here last night, the trio received awards from the Australia Malaysia Business Council, South Australia (AMBC, SA) chapter.
'Women power' comprised Fan Yee Mun, from the University of Adelaide, Elysia Chin Low Pei (Flinders University), and Lim Shu Yi (University of South Australia).
Fan, of Petaling Jaya, was adjudged overall best student. She received the Patron's Award, laptop computer and A$1,500 from former SA governor, Sri Eric Neal.
Chin, of Kuching, received a trophy and A$1,000 while Klang-born Lim received a trophy and A$750.
Fan, a former Sekolah Menengah Kebangsan Damansara Jaya student, is in the final year of a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering. She has an outstanding academic record gaining high distinctions in all subjects taken at the university.
Fan, who has won many accolades since coming here four years ago, is a member of Robogals, which aims to increase female enrolment in engineering.
Chin is studying for a bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics and will graduate this year. She is the secretary of the Malaysian Students Association here and has worked with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Outback Australia.
Lim, who is studying management (marketing), is a volunteer for the Oaktree Foundation which encourages young people to work together to end global poverty and has been an exchange student in Butan, South Korea for three weeks.
AMBC SA president Sathish Dasan said, in the 13-year history of the awards, it was the first time all three prizes went to woman.
The dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre was attended by 250 people, including Malaysian High Commissioner Datuk Salman Ahmad, SA Lieutenant Governor Hieu Van Le and the SA Minister for Industry and Trade, Tom Koutsantonis.