AFTER working as a coffee powder promoter two years ago, Chiam Jia How became fascinated by the thought of operating his own business one day.
Now after graduating with a Diploma in Science (Business Information Systems), the youth is one step closer to his dream.
“I have had a passion for business and information technology since my secondary school days.
“I hope to set up a company that helps other businesses to develop their own computer software one day,” he said.
Chiam, 20, was among 1,186 diploma graduates who received their scrolls at the convocation held at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (Penang campus) in Tanjung Bungah on Saturday.
Recalling his three-month stint as a promoter at a supermarket near his home in Bukit Mertajam, Chiam said it was a worthwhile experience.
“I found it challenging when I had to convince shoppers to buy the products.
“I was also keen on learning more about the company’s business strategies.”
Joel Wong Wen Chun, who graduated with a Diploma in Science (Internet Technology), said he hoped to create round-the-clock security solutions stopping hackers and malware.
“There are too many viruses and other advanced online threats which are harmful to computer users or their computing systems,” he said.
“There is also the ransomware that blocks access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
“I hope I can come up with a solution to all these threats.”
Both Chiam and Wong were among 28 recipients of the Book Prize for their outstanding results.
The university college president Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok urged the graduates to be grateful to those who have helped them.
“It is important to remember all those who helped to groom you into who you are today,” said Dr Tan.
“Appreciate your family members, lecturers, friends and those who believe in you.”
He said the university college had produced more than 180,000 graduates over the past 48 years.
He said 19,000 students had also benefitted from the university college’s Merit Scholarships with disbursement of about RM100mil since its inception in 1997.
He added that the university college also gave out scholarships through externally administrated education funds such as The Star Education Fund, Nanyang Tertiary Education Fund and Sin Chew Daily Education Fund annually.
Dr Tan said the student loan funds had benefitted about 12,000 students with loans amounting to RM30.7mil since 1979.