Kumon Advanced Student Forum 2019 - Over 700 Kumon Students Recognised For Exceptional Performance

Kumon Advanced Student Forum 2019 - Over 700 Kumon Students Recognised For Exceptional Performance


My kid, Martin has been taking lessons at Kumon, you can read more about his experience here. Just last week or so, I was invited to the Kumon Advanced Student Forum 2019 where over 700 Kumon students were recognised for their exceptional performance. Dato’ Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, Malaysia's First Astronaut was there too as a guest figure and Kumon Parent. As an inspiring figure,  Dato' Dr Sheikh shared his very own inspiring story to success during the event. Read on below. 

Kumon Advanced Student Forum 2019 - Over 700 Kumon Students Recognised
L-R Dato' Dr Sheikh Muszaphar (Kumon Parent and Guest Speaker), Ms Dana Lekshmi,
 Kumon Instructor and Mr Yosuke Sugawa, General Manager, Kumon Malaysia. 

Kumon Advanced Student Forum (ASF)


Just a quick background info to bring you up to speed about the Advanced Student Forum (ASF). Held annually, the ASF is a platform aimed at recognising students who have successfully advanced 5 years ahead of their school grade as well as programme completers who have completed the Kumon Mathematics or English programme up to level O and L respectively. 

ASF2019 was held at Putrajaya Marriot Hotel
Kumon ASF2019 was held at Putrajaya Marriot Hotel

This year, the forum was held at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, attended by over 2,400 students, parents as well as Kumon instructors. This very interesting event isn’t just confined to Malaysia, but is held in other countries as well, including Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, New Zealand to Australia across the Asia and Oceania region. 

How advanced are the students at ASF 2019?


The ASF is a platform that recognises Kumon students who have successfully advanced a minimum of 5 years beyond their actual school grade as well as students who have completed the Kumon programme. I repeat, a minimum of 5 years (some more!) beyond their school grade! That literally means a standard 2 student is doing form 1 and above learning materials! The ASF is held globally and was first introduced in 2011 in Malaysia. Since then, Kumon Malaysia has witnessed over 5,000 students achieve the ‘Advanced Student’ recognition.

Over 700 Kumon Students Recognised at ASF2019
Over 700 Kumon Students Recognised for exceptional performance at the Kumon ASF2019.
The youngest recipient of the award was just 5 years old! Wow! 

Dato’ Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysia’s First Astronaut


The event saw a special guest appearance Dato’ Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysia’s First Astronaut at this year’s Kumon Advanced Student Forum 2019. Did you know that his daughters attends Kumon as well? Anyway, back to the man himself, he shared his real-life journey to success having fulfilled his lifelong ambition to be an astronaut. It was indeed an inspiring story, where he recalled the challenges he faced to excel in his academics and graduated as an orthopaedic surgeon, and eventually represented Malaysia as our first Astronaut. 

Dato’ Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysia’s First Astronaut and Mr Sugawa, General Manager of Kumon Malaysia
Dato’ Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysia’s First Astronaut, Guest Speaker and Kumon Parent and Mr Sugawa, General Manager of Kumon Malaysia

It's all about self-learning at Kumon, an effective way that guides students to develop the ability to self-learn and eventually be equipped with critical skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking, preparing them to be disciplined, independent and gain positive traits such as confidence and perseverance.

Mr Sugawa, General Manager of Kumon Malaysia was present at the Kumon ASF where he presented certificates to the deserving students. Mr Sugawa further shared that there is a strong need for parents and educators to shift from over emphasising academic excellence but to also focus on character building and critical life skills to further shape students to be resilient. 

Mr Sugawa, General Manager of Kumon Malaysia
Mr Sugawa, General Manager of Kumon Malaysia


He said, “The 60-year old Kumon Method has stood the test of time, and has helped children in over 50 countries around the world build not only a stronger foundation towards achieving academic excellence, but also positive character building required to develop a more resilient mind that prepares them for their future.” 

The hall was filled to the brim with students and parents
The hall was filled to the brim with students and parents


Since its inception in 1997, Kumon Malaysia has over 200 centres nationwide with a student database of over 33,000. In line with Kumon’s mission in identifying potential in children, Kumon Malaysia targets to unveil 20 new centres over the next two years, bringing to a total of more than 220 centres by 2020.  For more information on Kumon, do check out their website at www.kumonmalaysia.com 


1 comment :


  1. Dato’ Dr Sheikh looks older but then again, it has been quite a number of years. Still very handsome though! :D

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