AFTER five years of hard work, Tuen Tze Quan received her scroll during the Management & Science University’s (MSU) 21st convocation ceremony last weekend.
The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) graduate also received the Academic Award from MSU chancellor Sultanah of Kedah Tuanku Hajah Haminah.
She was one of the 1,871 graduates who received their scrolls during the convocation ceremony.
Tuen completed her MBBS in MSU’s offshore campus in Bangalore, India under its International Medical School.
“I had to learn how live on my own as well as get used to the culture and lifestyle in India.
“I experienced and witnessed many things within the medical field, such as having cases that came in at the very final stage as the accessibility to healthcare there is not like how it is here,” she said.
She said that seeing the plight of the poorer patients made her realise the importance of medicine, subsequently boosting her desire to become a good doctor.
“It gave meaning to my pursuit of becoming a doctor.
“The experience also makes you more aware and humble,” said the 25-year-old.
Tuen encouraged youngsters who wish to become doctors to be aware of what the course entails.
In congratulating the graduates, Tuanku Hajah Haminah urged them to take advantage of the knowledge from what they have learnt at MSU.
“The university has provided the best knowledge and skills for its graduates to contribute back to the development of the country,” she added.
A visibly emotional Danish Haikal Asman, who received the President Award, which comes with a scholarship, said it is a blessing.
“My parents went through various hardships to bring my sister and I up,” said the 19-year-old.
He shared how he often went to school with insufficient pocket money.
“Despite the hardships, my parents’ sole focus was to ensure my sister and I received the best education.
“My aim has always been to show my gratitude and appreciation to them by excelling in my studies.
“Be focused, have goals and always appreciate your parents. Find ways to pay them back for their sacrifices,” he added.
The Chancellor’s Gold Medal Award recipient Mohamad Azmirul Hazny Abd Hafiz was grateful for the award.
Mohamad Azmirul, 23, shared how he received an offer to work full time in an oilfield services company after working as an intern.
“We should take part in the various initiatives our university carries out as they help improve our soft skills and communication skills,” he said.
Students, he added, must be disciplined and learn how to manage their time properly to excel.
Academic Award recipient Jessveena Kaur, 21, said receiving the award was special as she had her parents by her side.
She worked while studying, and despite the challenges that came with balancing work and studies, Jessveena feels it enhanced her experience as a student.
“Although I was initially hesitant to take up part-time jobs as I did not want to be distracted from my studies, it moulded me into a more positive person.
“I feel my hard work has paid off,” she said, advising her peers to study smart.
MSU president Prof Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid hopes the culture of excellence and competitiveness will continue when graduates join the workforce.
“They must avoid the culture of instant success because when that happens, you will trade your values, integrity and miss out on your passion. It will break the real spirit of success within them.” he added.
The ceremony also saw MSU awarding Japan’s Josai International University (JIU) president Prof Dr Kenji Sugibayashi with an honorary doctorate in Pharmaceutical Science.
The award is in recognition of Prof Sugibayashi’s leadership and contribution in developing JIU in the field of education.
The convocation also awarded 59 deserving students for their achievements under five special categories, namely the Chancellor’s Gold Medal Award, President Award, Academic Award, the Mohd Shukri Yajid Outstanding Award and the Industry Award.