Over 600 graduates at WOU's 7th convocation ceremony

  • Inaugural graduates from WOU's full-time programmes
  • Honorary Degree to be conferred on two distinguished women

PENANG: Wawasan Open University (WOU) will confer degrees, graduate diplomas and graduate certificates on 623 graduates at the seventh convocation ceremony to be held at the main campus from November 24th to 26th.

This includes the first-ever batch of 45 graduates from WOU’s full-time on-campus learning (OCL) Bachelor degree programmes in Management and Accounting. The University has expanded to offer full-time study to STPM school leavers and diploma holders since September 2013.

At the press conference today, Vice Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye said that of the total graduates, 154 shall come from the open distance learning (ODL) postgraduate programmes and 424 from the ODL undergraduate programmes. Among them are the inaugural batches of 7 graduates from the degree programmes in English Studies, Multimedia Design, and Networks & Data Communication.

WOU will award the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Memorial Prize for best ODL graduate at the postgraduate level to Irene Cheng Chiew Ping from Seberang Jaya, Penang. She is graduating from the MBA in Manufacturing and Production Management (MBA-MPM) programme.

The recipient of the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for top ODL graduate from the undergraduate programmes is Kalaiyalagan Karuppiah of Puchong, Selangor. He shall be graduating with a Bachelor of Business (Hons) degree in Accounting.

The winner of the inaugural Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik Memorial Gold Prize for top OCL graduate is Shirley Leong Yan Yan, 23, from Ayer Itam, Penang, who shall receive her Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Management degree.

According to Prof Ho, “The University has so far produced 1,787 graduates since our first convocation in 2010. WOU is expected to add another 623 graduates at this year’s convocation ceremony to bring the total to almost 2,500 graduates.”

WOU will also be conferring on two distinguished and internationally well-known women this year the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree.  The recipients are Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood, founding and former president of MERCY Malaysia, and Prof Asha Kanwar, the current President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an intergovernmental organisation of the Commonwealth of Nations which is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

In making the announcement, WOU Sdn Bhd Chairman Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap stated that the conferment of Dr Jemilah is in recognition of her “highest level of professional achievement, personal contributions and leadership in relation to humanitarian goals and actions”.

“Her outstanding efforts and sustained advocacy for volunteerism in medical rescue work to help those in need and affected by crises, irrespective of ethnicity and across borders have indeed captured and inspired the lives of all Malaysians and many other people across the globe,” he added.

He said the conferment of Prof Kanwar is to recognise her exceptional leadership and lifelong contributions in the field of higher education in general and in open and distance learning in the international arena specifically.

“She has promoted the development of national policies for open and distance learning (ODL) and Open Educational Resources (OER), and contributed significantly to enhancing the role of ODL not just for education and lifelong learning but as a means for achieving global development goals,” Dato’ Seri Stephen remarked.

He continued, “Through her leadership in COL, she actively promotes the role of education in empowering individuals so that they can be responsible for their own well-being and for the development of their nations.”