KULAI: Despite his busy schedule as a policeman, Asst Supt Muhamad Rizal Ahmad Kepol managed to complete his degree at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UTMSpace).
The father-of-two said pursuing a degree with his wife was a strong motivation for him to complete it.
“I met my wife during our first year of study in 2011 and our love blossomed within three years and we tied the knot in 2014,” he said when met at UTMSpace’s 59th convocation ceremony held at Impiana Hotel Senai.
During the programme, 87 graduates received their diplomas and degrees for completing their part-time courses at UTMSpace.
ASP Muhamad Rizal, who is from Bukit Aman Strategic Resources and Technology Department, said it was a challenge to manage his time between studies, work and family.
“Despite my time constraints, I managed to achieve a 3.29 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA),” he said.
Meanwhile, his wife, Nur Eleena Ab Ahad, 28, said she was not planning to pursue a Masters programme anytime soon as she wanted to focus on her family and career as an engineer.
“However, my husband is keen to get a Masters in Management as he believes education is very important in life,” said Nur Eleena.
ASP Muhamad Rizal and his wife were among the five married couples who received their diplomas and degrees during the convocation ceremony.
For Information Technology assistant officer Zainuddin Juppri, 34, dividing his time between study and work was a struggle.
“Sometimes it was hard for me to handle many tasks at one time but I managed to make it through the years and scored a CGPA of 3.74 for my degree in Computer Science (computer networks and security),” he said.
Zainuddin said he did not plan to study for his Masters as he wanted to focus on his career and family.