(7-8 December 2013)
The fourth convocation of Wawasan Open University saw a total of 341 graduates receiving their scrolls over four sessions at the main campus.
Altogether 81 graduates received their postgraduate degrees and 260 their undergraduate qualifications from WOU.
At the postgraduate level, 59 were conferred the Commonwealth Executive MBA (CeMBA), one the Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CeMPA), and 21 the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education degree.
Meanwhile from the School of Business and Administration (SBA), 159 graduates received their business degrees in six fields of study and another 14 their Graduate Diplomas (12) and Graduate Certificates (2). The convocation also witnessed 87 graduates from the School of Technology, with 85 being conferred degrees and two bestowed Graduate Diplomas.
The University this year registered a first in producing the pioneer batch of 16 graduates – from SBA and SST - in Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate.
WOU Chancellor Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin presented CeMBA graduate Cheng Chi Lyn with the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Memorial Prize for emerging best performing student from the postgraduate programmes, during the first session.
Cheng, who turns 37 a week from graduation day, has been a finance manager at Coraza Systems (M) Sdn Bhd, a manufacturing company in Penang, for over five years. She said the MBA helps her to “understand and manage the various areas operations of the company”. On her award, she said she owed her success to the good guidance of all her tutors.
The second session was presided by Pro-Chancellor Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon. Vice Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye did the honours on the second day, and presented the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for top undergraduate to Leow Voon Haw.
Leow, 30, who graduated in Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Sales and Marketing, has been self-employed for the past two years, running his own stationery products company in Ipoh. His main customers are schools in the northern region, but he has high hopes to “grow my business with the knowledge I have” to reach the whole of Malaysia. Prior to this, he was a sales executive at CIMB Bank for four years.
On his degree, he said, “I can learn marketing skills for the benefit of my business, like how can we improve our market share and understand the customers better. Understanding my customers well enables me to strategise my business decisions and respond faster to suit the customer needs.”