493 graduates at WOU's 6th convocation ceremony

WOU to confer Honorary Degrees on two community leaders - Unveiling of Auditorium Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik

12 November 2015, PENANG:  Wawasan Open University (WOU) is set to roll out 493 graduates during the 6th convocation ceremony to be held at the main campus on November 28 and 29.

There will also be a symbolic unveiling of the plaque during the convocation to signify the renaming of Auditorium 1, at Level 5, Albukhary Building of the main campus to Auditorium Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik, in memory and recognition of the immense contributions of the late Chancellor.

Tun Lim is regarded as the founder of WOU who had the vision of setting up a virtual open university and through sheer determination brought in key people and the funds to translate that vision into reality. He was a former President of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia and second Chancellor of WOU from May 2011 until his passing on 22 December 2012.

WOU Chancellor Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah will preside over the first session and confer the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree on Dato’ Seri Dr T Devaraj in recognition of his contribution to the medical profession and to palliative care in the country, especially Penang.

The other Honorary Graduand is Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood, the Founder and former President of MERCY Malaysia, and currently Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat based in the United Nations headquarters in New York. She will be conferred at a separate occasion in the near future due to her busy overseas engagement.

Tun Dzaiddin will also award the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Memorial Prize for best graduate at the postgraduate level to Chan Kar Weng from Kuala Lumpur. Chan pursued his Master of Education degree at WOU.

The recipient of the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for emerging as top graduate from the undergraduate programmes is David Chin Toh Ming from Miri, Sarawak, who will be graduating in Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Liberal Studies.

The 6th convocation ceremony will witness the graduation of a total 493 students; out of which 116 are from the postgraduate programmes and 377 from the undergraduate programmes. They come from WOU’s Regional Centres in Penang (209), Kuala Lumpur (121), Johor Bahru (84), Ipoh (47), Kuching (26) and Kota Bharu (6). 

The graduands range in age from 23 to 67 years. They hold occupations like teachers, lecturers, engineers, accountants, account managers, finance managers, site supervisors, technicians and clerks.

Seven undergraduate programmes will be producing their first batch of graduates. They are the Graduate Diploma in Sales & Services Management (GDSM) programme specially customised for employees of Perodua, and the six Bachelor’s degree programmes in the field of corporate administration, management with psychology, entrepreneurship & small business management, database management, software engineering and telecommunications.

The convocation will be held over five sessions and two days. WOU Pro-Chancellor and Wawasan Education Foundation (WEF) Chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon will preside over the second session, while Vice Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye will preside over the remaining sessions.

Amongst those attending the first session are the late Tun Lim’s son Datuk Lim Si Pin and mother Toh Puan Wong Yoon Chuan, WOU Sdn Bhd (WOUSB) Board of Directors Chairman Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap, Members of WOU’s Board of Governors, the heads and representatives from institutions of higher learning, and senior management of the University.