Graduates urged to think out of the box

Dr Vijay presenting Faculty Academic Award for Faculty of Business, Management & Social Sciences to Ng.

QUEST International University Perak (QIUP) held its second convocation ceremony, awarding degrees to 120 students from the Faculty of Business, Management and Social Sciences, and Faculty of Integrative Science and Technology earlier this week.

The convocation also saw the very first batch of Engineering, Master in Business Administration, Accountancy, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, and Teaching English as a Second Language students receiving their degrees.

The graduating students from the Faculty of Business, Management and Social Sciences received their scrolls from the Chairman of the University Council Datuk Seri Dr Vijay Eswaran.

Vijay, who is also the co-founder and executive chairman of QI Group of Companies also presented the outstanding scholastic achievement award to Racheal Har Ann Li, who was announced as the valedictorian.

Addressing students during the convocation, Vijay encouraged the new graduates to always think outside the box and be different.

“If there is one thing I would like our students to have, as they leave this campus and go out there into the real world, it is the ability to not to simply be able to answer every question they encounter but rather to have the ability to question every answer”, he added.

(From left) Goh, Dr Raman and Dr Vijay Eswaran observing the convocation.

Racheal, who gave a speech during the convocation, said that if God closes the door on something, he opens the window for something greater and if her case, he left it wide open.

“I’m forever grateful to the God almighty. I would like to dedicate this award to my mother, who has been an avid supporter during my studies.

“She is the anchor and fountain of common sense in my life. If my mother had not made the sacrifices, I definitely would not be standing here up today,” she told the crowd made up of QIUP Council members, faculty members, senior state government officials and students as well as their families.

Council member Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Khas presented the scrolls for the diploma programme graduates while council member Kuna Senathirajah presented the scrolls for the graduates of Faculty of Integrative Sciences and Technology.

Students from the foundation programme were also presented their certificates by vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Raman Narayanasamy.

This convocation also saw the inaugural Faculty Academic Award being presented to the best student for each faculty.

Valedictorian Har giving her speech during the convocation.
Valedictorian Har giving her speech during the convocation.

Wong Xing Yuan of the Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) programme received the Faculty Academic Award for the Faculty of Integrative Sciences & Technology while Angie Ng Yun Ni of the Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) programme received the Faculty Academic Award for Faculty of Business, Management & Social Sciences.

Chief Operating Officer of the university Nicholas Goh congratulated the graduating students and reminded them to set a good example for future graduates and uphold the good name of the university.

“I am confident that all of you will be a good ambassador of the University and good role model of the society.

“And most importantly, live and uphold a sense of high integrity and moral values. You will serve as the beacon of light of QIUP for future graduates, therefore you must stamp your mark in society and I know you will,” he said.

Raman urged graduates to be prepared to face the unknown in the workforce.

“As you enter the workforce, you may face unexpected situations. You may also end up in a job you were not trained for.

“You may need to use technologies you were not prepared for. You may be required to solve problems that you did not anticipate all of which you did not learn here in the University.

“You must be prepared for all these. Everyone faces this. Take small steps so that you do not fall. Bring the best out of you and be driven by a passion to be better,” he urged.

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