IT WAS indeed a meeting of old friends! When Stamford College (Stamford) held its inaugural alumni meeting at the Royal Selangor Club recently as part of its 55th anniversary celebrations, more than 100 former students turned up.
Stamford's executive chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Samad said that the alumni meeting was an avenue for fostering close relationships among Stamford’s graduates.
“It is also vehicle for promoting lifelong learning,” he added.
“As lifelong learning is the cornerstone of the alumni, it will be called 'Stamford Lifelearn’. It will serve the students who pass through the college over the years,” he said.
Stamford's senior director and protem alumni committee president UK Menon said: ”The alumni will create and structure opportunities for people to network in an informal environment. ‘Stamford Lifelearn’ will provide a platform for graduates to elicit and share practical know-how.”
“It will also create learning, training and personal development opportunities for graduates on a continuing basis,” he added.
The alumni will also introduce a special programme called “Stamford Jobstart” to assist Stamford graduates looking for employment. The programme, to be run over three weeks, will be offered free to Stamford alumni.
Stamford business and marketing graduate Ida Faranina Othman, currently working with an events management organisation, lauded the idea of the setting up of the alumni association.
Lansbridge MBA graduate and valedictorian for Stamford's convocation ceremony last year Wong Kee Poh also voiced his support.
“We have a lot of work to do to make the alumni association a success,” he said.
The function ended with a complimentary high tea for members who received lapel pins as commemorative gifts.
Stamford graduates may register as alumni members at the college website www.stamford.edu.my There is no charge for membership.
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