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Ed­u­cat­ing lead­ers of the world

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ASIA e Univer­sity (AeU) re­cently held its fourth con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre, Kuala Lumpur.

At­ten­dees in­cluded grad­u­ates from around the world as well as am­bas­sadors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from for­eign em­bassies, par­tic­u­larly from the 33 Asia Co­op­er­a­tion Di­a­logue (ACD) coun­tries.

More than 1,200 grad­u­ates from around the world re­ceived their scrolls and cel­e­brated their suc­cess with their fam­i­lies and friends.

Among AeU’s con­vo­ca­tion high­lights was the con­fer­ment of a doc­tor of phi­los­o­phy de­gree to the hon­or­able Dr David Richard Namwandi, min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion of the Repub­lic of Namibia.

A no­table fig­ure who has re­ceived many awards for his ef­forts in ad­vanc­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems in Namibia, Dr Namwandi be­lieves whole­heart­edly in equal­ity and qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all Namib­ians.

Born in Okapya vil­lage of the On­dan­gwa Dis­trict, Oshana Re­gion, Namibia, Dr Namwandi was elected as a mem­ber of na­tional assem­bly at the age of 60 and ap­pointed as the deputy min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion of the Repub­lic of Namibia in March 2010.

In ad­di­tion, he was a cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber of the rul­ing SWAPO (South West Africa Peo­ple’s Or­ga­ni­za­tion) Party in Namibia. He was of­fi­cially ap­pointed as the min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion last year.

Dr Namwandi has been a PhD stu­dent of AeU since 2007. His the­sis, Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity Pro­to­col on Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing and its Im­pact on Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment: A Case Study of Namibia and Zim­babwe, stud­ied the rea­sons be­hind the fail­ure to im­ple­ment the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity Pro­to­col on Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (SADC-PET).

The study re­vealed the sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors that ham­pered the im­ple­men­ta­tion of SADC-PET de­spite its clear goals of de­vel­op­ing com­pa­ra­ble and har­monised ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing poli­cies across all SADC coun­tries.

Dr Namwandi is con­vinced that AeU’s PhD pro­gramme has en­hanced his learn­ing ap­ti­tude and knowl­edge about Asia, the north­ern and Sub-Sa­hara African re­gions and beyond.

“The pro­gramme has changed my out­look in life. I have learned a great deal about the re­search in ed­u­ca­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion that I find very use­ful.

“In a PhD course, al­ways give your­self a chance to pur­sue a life­long learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and find a bal­ance be­tween your work, stud­ies and fam­ily,” says Dr Namwandi.

Another dis­tin­guished PhD re­cip­i­ent at the event was Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Syed Hamid Syed Jaa­far Al­bar.

Dr Syed has been a stu­dent of AeU since 2011 and strongly be­lieves that the PhD de­gree has given him a bet­ter in­tel­lec­tual in­sight and is an achieve­ment that he did not ex­pect to gain at the age of 70.

His the­sis en­ti­tled Na­tional In­ter­est in the For­eign Pol­icy of Malaysia: The Mahathir Era (1981-2003) showed how Malaysia was al­lowed to play a lead­er­ship role among the coun­tries in the South-South Co­op­er­a­tion, Is­lamic Ummah and East Asia (in­clud­ing Asean).

His re­search find­ings in­di­cate that do­mes­tic fac­tors had in­flu­enced the for­eign pol­icy of Malaysia.

As a lead­ing provider of open and dis­tance learn­ing univer­si­ties in Asia, AeU pro­vides work­ing adults with the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther their stud­ies at dif­fer­ent lev­els from diploma to post­grad­u­ate through a flex­i­ble mode of learn­ing.

The pro­gramme has changed my out­look in life. I have learned a great deal about the re­search in ed­u­ca­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion that I find very use­ful. In a PhD course, al­ways give your­self a chance to pur­sue a life­long learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and find a bal­ance be­tween your work, stud­ies and fam­ily.

— Dr Richard Namwandi

Rais­ing ex­cel­lent grad­u­ates

Es­tab­lished in 2007, AeU has grown to be­come one of the lead­ing providers of open and dis­tance learn­ing (ODL) in Asia. As an ODL in­sti­tu­tion, AeU’s fo­cus is to pro­vide ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able higher ed­u­ca­tion for all.

AeU has gar­nered sev­eral awards such as the Brand­Lau­re­ate Award 2010 for Best Brand in Ed­u­ca­tion – e-Ed­u­ca­tion and the Asia Pa­cific En­trepreneur­ship Award 2010 in the Most Promis­ing En­tre­pre­neur cat­e­gory.

Ad­di­tion­ally, in 2012, the univer­sity was an­nounced as the best ACD Project dur­ing the ACD Meet­ing in Kuwait.

It of­fers more than 40 aca­demic pro­grammes at all lev­els through five schools – the School of Man­age­ment, School of Ed­u­ca­tion & Cog­ni­tive Sci­ence, School of In­for­ma­tion & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy, School of Arts, Hu­man­i­ties & So­cial Sciences and School of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies.

All aca­demic pro­grammes are in­ter­na­tion­ally bench­marked, ap­proved by the Malaysian Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and ac­cred­ited by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency.

In ad­di­tion, AeU’s aca­demic pro­grammes are recog­nised by sev­eral ACD coun­tries as well as non-ACD coun­tries.

The univer­sity also of­fers more than 200 ex­ec­u­tive and pro­fes­sional pro­grammes through the School of Pro­fes­sional & Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­u­ca­tion and School of Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, En­gi­neer­ing & Re-skilling.

AeU is one of the first few in­sti­tu­tions in Malaysia to im­ple­ment an open en­try sys­tem that al­lows en­try for in­di­vid­u­als who wish to pur­sue their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion with min­i­mal for­mal cre­den­tials. This is done by as­sess­ing their prior learn­ing ac­quired through for­mal and in­for­mal train­ing as well as work ex­pe­ri­ences that can com­pen­sate for the lack of ba­sic pa­per qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Apart from its main cam­pus, AeU has es­tab­lished a strong net­work of learn­ing cen­tres, which are strate­gi­cally lo­cated in ma­jor ci­ties, towns and ru­ral ar­eas through­out Malaysia.

AeU be­lieves that col­lab­o­ra­tion with renowned part­ner in­sti­tu­tions abroad is the best strat­egy in pro­pel­ling its pro­grammes into the global arena.

In line with its mis­sion, the univer­sity col­lab­o­rates with nu­mer­ous univer­si­ties, in­sti­tu­tions and cor­po­ra­tions lo­cated in ACD coun­tries and non-ACD coun­tries.

 ??  ?? AeU PhD de­gree re­cip­i­ents Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Al­bar (left) and Dr David Richard Namwandi at AeU’s fourth con­vo­ca­tion.
AeU PhD de­gree re­cip­i­ents Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Al­bar (left) and Dr David Richard Namwandi at AeU’s fourth con­vo­ca­tion.

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