The Sunway University College 4th Graduation Ceremony 2010 was held at the Grand Lagoon Ballroom of Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa recently. The inspiring and dignified ceremony saw the conferment of degrees and granting of diplomas to those who qualified. There were a total of 378 graduates and diplomates at this graduation.
The Chancellor of Lancaster University, Sir Chris Bonington and the Chancellor of Sunway University College, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, were present to give away the scrolls. Lancaster University validates Sunway’s honours degrees in the School of Business, School of Computer Technology, School of Health and Natural Sciences and the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management. The graduates received two scrolls each, one from Sunway and one from Lancaster University for their degree.
This graduation saw the first cohorts of 16 B.Sc (Hons) International Hospitality Management and 4 B.Sc (Hons) International Tourism Management graduates. These graduates did well as there were 4 First Class honours degree recipients among them. Noornadia Binti Mohd Yasin, who achieved a First Class (Hons) in International Tourism Management and currently employed as a Business Development Executive in corporate travel said “The course prepared me well for my career. Researching and assignments boosted my communication skills and confidence level. The syllabus was interesting and there was a variety of learning material in addition to textbooks. The lecturers were very open in sharing opinions, helpful, creative and experienced”
The ceremony also saw the first cohort of graduates with a B.Sc (Hons) Accounting & Finance. Valedictorian, Jet Chan Yung Mun who achieved a first class honours in this degree, was a Chancellors Scholar, President of the Sunway University College Student Council, an initiator of the Sunway Accounting Society and an active member of the Sunway Toastmasters Club.
In his valedictory speech he said “Today is the day we have been waiting for since the first day of our course. This is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new journey, a new journey that will be much longer. I believe in lifelong learning. Just because we are graduating today, it does not mean that we shall stop learning. We must always have the right attitude to keep on correcting things that we do wrong and improve on things that we do correctly”
There were 3 other Chancellors Scholars who graduated with first class honours at the ceremony namely Joyce Oo (Accounting & Finance), Chan Jinn Yep (Business Management) and Tay Ee Lin (Psychology). During the graduation, 12 academically outstanding graduates also received the Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Scholastic Awards for their outstanding academic results. Each award was valued at RM2,000.
A Tun Dato’ Seri Omar Ong Community scholarship holder Tommy Chong Jun Hean graduated with a Diploma in Computer Studies. This scholarship is for students who are residing in Homes or from financially challenged backgrounds. Chong is from Rumah Ozanam. The funding for Chong’s scholarship, the Chancellors Scholarship and the Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Scholastic Awards was disbursed from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation which has provided around 60 million worth of scholarships since 1997, including scholarships given out from its predecessor entity, the Sunway Education Trust Fund.
Sir Chris Bonington who is also a reknowned mountaineer said he was impressed with the number of first class honours graduates which reflected the quality of Sunway University College as a provider of higher education. He said “Lancaster values its partnership with Sunway University College as Lancaster aspires to become an internationally known university. The relationship between Lancaster and Sunway is growing from strength to strength and we regard Sunway as our equal in the partnership”