Wawasan Open University witnessed the formal installation of Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik as Chancellor and celebrated the graduation of 150 students during the second Convocation ceremony at the main campus.
In installing Tun Dr Lim as Chancellor, Wawasan Education Foundation chairman Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap shared that their relationship was built on friendship, respect, trust, mutual regard and the vision to reach the less fortunate in society with education.
Meanwhile Parti Gerakan President and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, in his congratulatory address, described Tun Dr Lim as “outspoken and direct”, very humorous and hilarious, “shooting jokes, some of which are extremely spicy, but always with good intention, good ideas and some deep meaning” and also as “daring and yet very caring, often going to great extent to help those in trouble”.
Koh added, “He is also magnanimous in forgiving and even helping and promoting his adversaries, and often more than once. So, you have in the new Chancellor of WOU, a great leader with a good mind, a big heart and a sharp tongue.”
The convocation saw Tun Dr Lim conferring the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business (CeMBA) degree on 76 students and the inaugural Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CeMPA) on four students, during the morning session.
CeMBA graduate Gabriel Gim Chien Wei, presently a lecturer with WOU’s School of Business and Administration, received the inaugural Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Memorial award for best postgraduate student.
The afternoon ceremony saw the pioneer batch of 70 Bachelor’s degree students– 56 for Bachelor of Business (Hons) and 14 for Bachelor of Technology (Hons) – ranging in age from 24 to 63 years receiving their scrolls from WOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Wong Tat Meng.
The Chancellor’s Gold Medal for best undergraduate went to Jolene Anne Fernandez, a Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Management graduate who works at TempGirl (M) Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur.
Jolene, 29, a recruitment consultant, said that she could adapt what she learnt to any business, and that it has built her self-confidence when meeting her clients - employers or companies - and candidates, that is, the job-seekers. She looks upon her degree as ‘a stepping stone to go into HR’, and plans to set up her consultant agency in the future.
Lim Lee Loong, 35, an engineer in PCB design in Bayan Lepas, graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Electronics with distinction. “If I know more about electronics, I am able to better carry out printed circuit board design. This is the reason I took up this particular programme.”
Chong Kwai Yong, 50, married with three kids, manages a distributorship in Teluk Intan, Perak for a large food and beverage company, and has a team of about 15 people working for her. A Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Management graduate from WOU, she stated, “I have learned to be more rational, personally and professionally in the way I approach my staff. I feel more confident in handling issues arising at work.”