Graduate Deepti Manuja, a dental surgeon from India, said, “Initially I found the CeMBA programme very hard as I have a science background. Learning about business was something completely new to me. WOU academics and staff were very cooperative and always there for me, which helped me to improve.”
Ang May Fong, a customer service manager from Penang, quipped, “My parents actually influenced me to choose WOU due to its flexible approach to learning and affordable fees. Looking back, I’m so glad they did! The CeMBA programme has taught me good communication and leadership skills which have been a real stepping stone for my career – I was promoted half way through.”
Meanwhile graduate Lum Siew Cheong, an open entry student from Kuala Lumpur, stated, “I have been working in the banking field since 1993 but because I didn’t have a degree I always felt there was a ‘void’ in my life. Without a first degree it was impossible to do an MBA, until I found out about WOU and its open entry system. WOU gave me the opportunity to fulfil my dreams.”
S. Soundra Rajan, a validation manager from Johor Bahru, said: “I wanted to set a good example for my four daughters by completing the CeMBA programme in 2 1/2 years. Now that I’ve done it and am among the first batch of WOU graduates there’s no excuse for my kids not to excel in their studies!”
WOU Vice Chancellor Prof Wong, in his official address, noted that “the appearance of the first batch of ‘Made in WOU’ graduates” signals the arrival of the university as a serious provider of quality postgraduates. He added that “their presence will offer industry the opportunity to measure the performance of our graduates against those from other sources”.
Among the 400 people who attended the convocation ceremony were Wawasan Education Foundation (WEF) chairman Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap and wife Datin Seri Irene, Penang Gerakan chairman Dato’ Dr Teng Hock Nan, WOU Council members, Consul-Generals from Indonesia and Japan, Vice Chancellors and representatives from universities and colleges, WOU staff, and not forgetting the family members of the CeMBA graduates and honorary degree recipients.