Graduating with flying colours


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 21 Oct 2019

(From left) Lim, Tan and Lee say an industry-relevant curriculum provided them with the necessary skills for the workplace.

BEAMING with pride, joy and satisfaction, graduates from First City University College’s Class of 2019 celebrated the completion of their studies at the 24th annual graduation ceremony in Petaling Jaya.

Among them were many First Class Honours recipients who demonstrated consistent excellence in their studies and extracurricular activities.

One of them, Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons) graduate Liem Shiaw Hong believes in “starting low and aiming higher” to keep himself motivated throughout his four-year long studies.

He said participating in the faculty’s Innovation Day showcase three years in a row helped boost his specialised skills.

His project this year, Commercial AI that helps small and medium-sized enterprises to automate their business workflow, won first prize in the computing category.

“This event has given me so many learning opportunities to create a marketable product. These are very precious experiences that can never be obtained from normal classes, ” he said.

Currently, he has one software application listed in the Google app store — Park+ which helps users search for locations with available parking spots.

“If you are a software engineering student and love playing video games, then try and learn some game programming. Never put a limit on your learning process, ” he said.

BEng Electronic Engineering graduate and First Class Honours recipient Tan Aik Sing advised students to always keep their goals and aspirations in mind in order to overcome unwanted distractions.

Tan said his interest in engineering started with solving puzzles and riddles. Those activities helped to develop his problem-solving skills, a trait crucial for any aspiring engineer.

He was able to demonstrate his impressive engineering skills during the recent Innovation Day graduation showcase with his project “Non-destructive Mechanical Defect Detection Using Holographic Technique.”

Meanwhile, BA Interior Design & Architecture graduate Samantha Lim Mei Ern attributed her First Class Honours achievement to two key traits — self-discipline and time management.

She also revealed that playing badminton every week was her secret to dealing with stress. The activity provided her a healthy distraction from the long hours of studying and completing assignments.

Family expectations motivated Lee Tuck Cheng to not only graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing but to do so with First Class Honours.

“While others may have a different perspective, I choose to view my position as the eldest child in the family as a call to excel in everything I do. The eldest child should serve as a pillar of strength, ” he opined.

Lee is passionate about chess. He had represented First City UC in an International Chess Open Tournament and also successfully organised a chess tournament for campus students. However, he counts the bronze medal that he won in an international taekwando tournament among his more significant achievements.

Pursuing a degree was not the only thing that occupied Lee. He is involved in charity work too, and has collaborated with a charitable organisation to hold an awareness event in conjunction with International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Besides bachelor degrees, the graduation ceremony also presented diplomas and postgraduate degrees as well as excellence awards.

First City UC is formerly known as KBU International College. Many of its academic programmes were offered in collaboration with four international partner universities —Anglia Ruskin University, Sheffield Hallam University and Nottingham Trent University in Britain as well as Hotel and Tourism Management Institute (HTMi) in Switzerland.


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