A young 20-year-old which is ready to face a future that holds much promise; that is how University College Sedaya International (UCSI) president and vice-chancellor Peter Ng described the institution. Speaking at UCSIs 20th anniversary gala dinner, Ng expressed pride at the university colleges achievements in the last twenty years.
From a small institute of computer studies back in 1986, UCSI has become a university college with 6,000 students. We are committed to expanding further to make UCSI a reputable institution, he said.
Held on the sprawling premises of UCSI itself, the dinner was a glittering affair, with everyone dressed to the nines. Not only were the guests served a sumptuous meal, they were also treated to enchanting performances as well.
UCSI chancellor Tan Sri Dr Abdul Rahman Arshad, who was also guest of honour, said he would like to see UCSI benchmarked against some of the worlds top universities in order to achieve greater heights.
We should be humble enough to admit that there is always someone else out there who is better at something. If we want to see progress, we have to be wise enough to try and learn how to match and even surpass them at it.
Ng said that UCSI practises five ways to make the university college memorable to all who study there.
The first is a commitment to and passion for deep learning.
The second is to provide lifelong employability, which he said they achieve by ensuring that their degree programmes had at least six months of work experience incorporated into them.
The third emphasis is on teaching its students to communicate clearly.
The next method is an emphasis on multimedia. The medium of instruction has shifted, and we need to take education to where it reaches the youth best, said Ng. Finally, UCSI emphasises a campus experience for all its students.
Hosted by performer Douglas Lim, the night was definitely one to remember, and adding to the excitement was the presence of entertainer and pop artist Elaine Kang. UCSIs talent was also present in abundance, in the form of performances by its students, such as a violin solo by Joanne Yeoh, who had performed with Hong Kong pop star Jacky Cheung during his tour.
Guests were even given a gift that was made in UCSI: the Easy Infra Red Lighting System gadget, which had been invented by four electrical and electronics engineering students.
Also present at the event were former Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ruslin Hasan and UCSI university council chairman Datuk Mohd Karim Abdullah Omar.
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