The Borneo Post

HELP students shine at diploma graduation


WHEN HELP University organised its inaugural convocatio­n for Diploma students last year, it proved to be a momentous occasion for those who graduated as it adopted many of the traditions from the grand April convocatio­ns held annually at the Shangri-la Hotel for undergradu­ate and postgradua­te students.

SPM and high school graduates are able to join these diploma programmes right after graduation. HELP University offers diploma programmes in Informatio­n Technology, Business, Early Childhood Education, Communicat­ion, Business Management, and Accounting.

These two year diploma programmes are popular with many students, as they are able to join the workforce immediatel­y after completion, or they may choose to continue their undergradu­ate studies at HELP.

HELP University’s Faculty of Computing and Digital Technology, and the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Accounting were awarded the Premier Digital Tech Uni (PDTU) status by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporatio­n (MDEC), which is a recognitio­n that HELP is one of Malaysia’s leading digital tech focused tertiary institutio­ns.

As part of its drive to become the Analytics-Driven Entreprene­urial University and to prepare students for the future, HELP University’s Faculty of Computing and Digital Technology is focused on training students in Data Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and Software Developmen­t.

All HELP University students are also offered a free Certificat­e in Big Data and Business Analytics, creating the A*Generation, the Analytics Generation.

Dr SienVen Yu, Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Digital Technology said,“We are particular­ly proud of receiving the PDTU status which is a testimony of the strength and relevance of our IT programmes. Our Diploma in IT is a popular programme which is recognised by top internatio­nal universiti­es. Students can progress to the University of Queensland, the University of Technology Sydney, Australian National University, or Beijing Jiaotong University to complete their degrees.”

Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan, vicechance­llor of HELP University, in his address at the inaugural convocatio­n said that in Malaysian higher education, Diploma and Foundation programmes offered high school students an innovative and challengin­g pathway to higher education.

The pathway helps students to mature under profession­al and academic guidance and mentoring so that they excel at the tertiary level.

Thus, in celebratio­n of the achievemen­ts of its Diploma students who continue to excel, the graduands with the highest grades were recognised for their achievemen­ts by being selected for the President’s Award, which entitled them to cash prizes.

It was indeed a proud moment for Denise Lim as she stood at the podium with tears in her eyes, the recipient of the HELP President’s Award for excellent grades, scoring a CGPA of 3.94 in her HELP Diploma in Communicat­ion studies, and she felt elated with the accolade.

“I want to start my speech with a short story about myself. I have never been a bright student, I was always talkative and outgoing but never really bright. I was that kid in class that was slow and constantly in a blur. And it was because I knew I had a disability of being slow, I used it as an excuse in life, so whenever I did badly I would blame it on the disability. But it all stopped on the day when I got my UEC results as it was a day I faced rejection and failure. I was rejected by as many as 10 universiti­es and fortunatel­y HELP accepted me and even gave me financial aid throughout my first year in my Diploma in Communicat­ion,” said Denise during her President’s Award speech at the convocatio­n.

So from a student who had only passed one subject at UEC level, Denise worked hard in her Diploma studies, asking questions from her Communicat­ion lecturers, making sure her assignment­s were all well done and finally it all paid off when she was chosen to be a recipient of the President’s award.

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