WOU bestows its first Chancellor's Medal

Wawasan Open University (WOU) recognised the academic excellence of its top Commonwealth Executive MBA (CeMBA) graduate with the award of the Chancellor’s Medal during a simple ceremony held at the Homestead.

WOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Wong Tat Meng presented the graduation certificate and the first Chancellor’s Medal to recipient Yeoh Swee Hoon, witnessed by a few WOU representatives in attendance. They were Deputy Vice Chancellors Dr Seah Soo Aun (Operations) and Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye (Academic), School of Business and Administration Dean Prof Chee Kim Loy, Registrar Yeong Sik Kheong and Assistant Registar Gomathi Chandrasekaran.

Yeoh receives the award from Prof Wong as Prof Ho (right) and Prof Chee (left) look on.

Yeoh receives the award from Prof Wong as Prof Ho (right) and Prof Chee (left) look on.

Yeoh, 38, had scored a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.75 to emerge tops among the graduating class of 38 CeMBA students. She could not join her classmates for the convocation at the main campus last October as she was overseas on work assignment.

She is currently the Manager of the Credit and Marketing division at ORIX Leasing Malaysia Bhd, Penang and has been attached to the company - which incidentally is her first employer - for 15 years. Besides her CeMBA qualifications, she holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of London (1995).

Yeoh shows her Chancellor's Medal - awarded to the top CeMBA graduate.

Yeoh shows her Chancellor's Medal - awarded to the top CeMBA graduate.


Wawasan Open University (WOU) recognised the academic excellence of its top Commonwealth Executive MBA (CeMBA) graduate with the award of the Chancellor’s Medal during a simple ceremony held at the Homestead.

WOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Wong Tat Meng presented the graduation certificate and the first Chancellor’s Medal to recipient Yeoh Swee Hoon, witnessed by a few WOU representatives in attendance. They were Deputy Vice Chancellors Dr Seah Soo Aun (Operations) and Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye (Academic), School of Business and Administration Dean Prof Chee Kim Loy, Registrar Yeong Sik Kheong and Assistant Registar Gomathi Chandrasekaran.

 

Yeoh, 38, had scored a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.75 to emerge tops among the graduating class of 38 CeMBA students. She could not join her classmates for the convocation at the main campus last October as she was overseas on work assignment.

She is currently the Manager of the Credit and Marketing division at ORIX Leasing Malaysia Bhd, Penang and has been attached to the company - which incidentally is her first employer - for 15 years. Besides her CeMBA qualifications, she holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of London (1995).

 

Yeoh was initially caught by surprise by the honour as she thought she was an average student since most of the fields were totally new to her, especially manufacturing and operations. She attributed the secret of her success to “consistency, persistence and determination” and the support of her course mates, tutors, course coordinators, and family.

She however prefers to keep her achievements low profile and is hesitant to explore promotions in her job right now due to her commitments to her aged parents with whom she resides. “For me, knowledge is what we acquire for our self, not for other people.”

As to how the CeMBA qualification is benefiting her in her current job, Yeoh quipped, “It helps me to look at the different perspectives when I meet up with customers, or when I have to analyse a case.”

Sharing a light moment - (from left), Dr Seah, Prof Wong, Yeoh, Prof Ho, Prof Chee and Registrar Yeong Sik Kheong.

Sharing a light moment - (from left), Dr Seah, Prof Wong, Yeoh, Prof Ho, Prof Chee and Registrar Yeong Sik Kheong.