OUM 19th Con­vo­ca­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ - BY BERNARD CHEAH

SOME 6,470 grad­u­ates were all smiles when they re­ceived their scrolls at the Open Uni­ver­sity Malaysia (OUM) 19th Con­vo­ca­tion re­cently.

Held at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre (PTWC) from Oct 31 to Nov 3, the grad­u­ates of var­i­ous dis­ci­plines were con­ferred their scrolls, from Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy to Bach­e­lor with Hon­ours.

Among th­ese grad­u­ates, Lee Shan Ling and Choo Min Wey, who earned the Mas­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Bach­e­lor of Teach­ing (Pri­mary Ed­u­ca­tion) with Hon­ours de­grees, were given the Pres­i­dent's Award. While the Life­long Learn­ing Award was given to 71-year old Harry P Isaacs, who grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion (Teach­ing English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage) with Hon­ours.

Choo, 48, who is a teacher in SJK(C) Ber­cham, was ex­cited to grad­u­ate from the uni­ver­sity, adding that she worked hard for her de­gree.

“I had to man­age my time jug­gling fam­ily, teach­ing and study­ing ... and I am very ex­cited to see this day,” said the teacher with 26 years ex­pe­ri­ence.

Another grad­u­ate who turned up at the con­vo­ca­tion was for­mer beauty pageant Soo Wincci, who earned her Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy (Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion) af­ter study­ing in OUM for six years.

“Be­ing from the en­ter­tain­ment line, I want to con­trib­ute to our own in­dus­try, and help other artists out.

“And ed­u­ca­tion is the way to go ... this is some­thing I have dreamed about,” the Miss Malaysia World 2008 told a press con­fer­ence re­cently.

Soo also made her mark in the Malaysia Book of Records by be­ing the first Miss Malaysia to re­ceive a PhD.

OUM Vice-Chan­cel­lor Prof Datuk Dr Man­sor Fadzil, who was present at the press con­fer­ence, was proud to have Soo as one its grad­u­ates in the uni­ver­sity's 19th con­vo­ca­tion.

“We are happy, that even celebri­ties are able to take our flex­i­ble ap­proach to work and study at the same time, with­out ne­glect­ing their fam­ily, work, and com­mu­nity. “It is not im­pos­si­ble to do it,” he said. Mean­while, OUM Board of Di­rec­tors chair­man Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye con­curs with Man­sor’s view, say­ing that OUM is con­cerned about pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion for Malaysians, re­gard­less of age.

“OUM is an ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion which can of­fer a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to those who were not given the chance to study when they were younger,” he added.

To date, OUM has a cu­mu­la­tive stu­dent en­rol­ment of about 150,000. Over 70,000 have grad­u­ated since it was es­tab­lished in 2001.

Grad­u­ates from OUM's 19th Con­vo­ca­tion ... (from left) Lee, Isaacs, Dr ST Push­pavalli and Choo.

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