Catch­ing up with the alumni

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SUN­WAY TES Cen­tre for Ac­coun­tancy Ex­cel­lence ( Sun­way TES CAE) held its in­au­gu­ral Alumni Catch Up for grad­u­ates and af­fil­i­ates of pro­fes­sional ac­count­ing pro­grammes, namely ACCA ( As­so­ci­a­tion of Char­tered Cer­ti­fied Ac­coun­tants), CAT ( Cer­ti­fied Ac­count­ing Tech­ni­cian), CFAB ( Cer­tifi­cate in Fi­nance, Ac­count­ing and Busi­ness), ICAEW ( In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants in Eng­land and Wales) and MICPA ( The Malaysian In­sti­tute of Cer­ti­fied Pub­lic Ac­coun­tants).

Or­gan­ised by the Sun­way TES Ac­coun­tancy Grad­u­ates Club ( SAGC), the event gath­ered more than 30 alumni at Sun­way Univer­sity’s Art Gallery and in­cluded var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties such as net­work­ing ses­sions, cam­pus tours and a spe­cial per­for­mance.

Teo Ee Sing, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Sun­way Col­lege, warmly greeted the alumni by say­ing, “Wel­come back. We are glad to see you back here as we hope to stay in touch with you and ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties of you con­tribut­ing to Sun­way Col­lege. You are all wel­come to come back to teach and share your in­dus­try knowl­edge and suc­cess with our stu­dents.”

Stephen Lee How Hwang, as­sis­tant man­ager of Sun­way Group’s in­ter­nal au­dit, was one of the best ex­am­ples of those who have con­trib­uted to their alma mater.

Lee left Sun­way TES in 2007 with CAT and ACCA qual­i­fi­ca­tions but re­turned from time to time for the Sun­way Men­tor­ing Pro­gramme.

This pro­gramme pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for cur­rent Sun­way Col­lege stu­dents to learn from their men­tors, who are also Sun­way alumni.

The Stu­dent Ser­vices Depart­ment Alumni Of­fice pairs each stu­dent with a mem­ber of the alumni.

The men­tor pro­vides aca­demic guid­ance, in­dus­try in­sights, ca­reer ad­vice and as­sists in the per­sonal de­vel­op­ment of his or her mentee.

Lee also in­tro­duced the In­ter­na­tional En­ter­prise Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion to Sun­way TES, which is jointly or­gan­ised by Sun­way TES, Premier League, Premier Skills and the Bri­tish Coun­cil.

The com­pe­ti­tion in­volved Sun­way TES CAE stu­dent teams com­ing up with busi­ness plans that in­volved fig­ur­ing out how a lo­cal pro­fes­sional foot­ball club could in­crease its fan base and at­tract more live foot­ball match au­di­ence in sta­di­ums.

The In­ter­na­tional En­ter­prise Chal­lenge aims to en­gage, in­spire and un­lock the po­ten­tial of Sun­way TES CAE ac­count­ing stu­dents by de­vel­op­ing their busi­ness and en­ter­pris­ing skills through ex­am­ples drawn from the com­mer­cial foot­ball sec­tor.

In the se­cond run­ning of the com­pe­ti­tion, three teams from Sun­way TES emerged as na­tional cham­pi­ons and qual­i­fied for the in­ter­na­tional level.

Wong James Jack, who com­pleted his CAT and ACCA in 2013, is a bank credit con­troller at one of the lead­ing lo­cal in­vest­ment banks.

When asked about the dif­fer­ence he saw in Sun­way TES, he said, “The in­sti­tu­tion is def­i­nitely ex­pand­ing and I envy the stu­dents here as they get to en­joy the new fa­cil­i­ties such as the FIFA- cer­ti­fied foot­ball field that was not avail­able dur­ing my time here.”

The event also en­abled the alumni to catch up with their lec­tur­ers. More than half of the alumni who at­tended the event were once taught by Ki­ran Seth.

Be­ing a lec­turer with Sun­way TES for more than 12 years, Ki­ran is proud to have touched the lives of thou­sands of ac­count­ing stu­dents.

She re­cently be­came a Sun­way TES alumna upon com­plet­ing the Cer­ti­fied In­ter­nal Au­di­tor ( CIA) pro­gramme.

“I en­joy im­part­ing knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to stu­dents. Tak­ing the CIA pro­gramme has def­i­nitely kept me on my toes as it fills my teach­ing gaps and en­ables my teach­ing to be up to date,” she said.

The event was brought up a notch with a sur­prise stand- up com­edy per­for­mance by alumna Ju­liana Heng Hui Jing.

“My day job is an ex­ec­u­tive at a Malaysian prop­erty in­vest­ment com­pany, but by night I am a stand- up co­me­dian,” said Heng, who grad­u­ated from Sun­way TES in 2011 with CAT and ACCA qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

The Alumni Catch Up has got­ten off to a good start for the SAGC. Melissa Tan Hui Ying, pres­i­dent of SAGC, is hope­ful to con­nect with more Sun­way TES alumni via var­i­ous big- and small- scale ac­tiv­i­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Sun­way TES Ac­coun­tancy Grad­u­ates Club ( SAGC), e- mail stes_ alumni@ sun­way. edu. my. For Sun­way TES pro­grammes, call 03- 7491 8622 or visit sun­way. edu. my/ col­lege/ sun­waytes.

Sun­way TES alumni had a good time catch­ing up with lec­tur­ers and Teo Ee Sing ( front row, sev­enth from left), ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Sun­way Col­lege.

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