A milestone for varsity and grads

The graduates posing with Downes and Bell (eighth and ninth from left) after the ceremony.

IT was a proud moment for graduates who received their scrolls at the recent inaugural graduation ceremony held at the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) in Educity, Johor.

A total of 11 students were awarded the Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Management at Henley Business School Malaysia after completing the three-year programme at the UoRM campus, while the rest, all Malaysians, completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University’s campus in the United Kingdom (UK).

“I am extremely proud to be a part of UoRM and hope the varsity will maintain its track record of excellence and enable its students to contribute to society for generations to come,” said 22-year-old Ooi Dai Jing.

She was presented with the Educity Award for Outstanding Achievement, courtesy of Educity@Iskandar, for the best overall results from the cohort of Finance of Business Management at the event.

“The trading simulation sessions were especially compelling and have given me invaluable exposure to financial markets,” she said.

Ooi who studied at the university’s UK Campus in her second year, returned to complete her final year at UoRM.

She shared that her overseas experience had moulded her to be more mature and independent. It also gave her a better perspective of the world.

Graduate Yovindran Kanezin, who delivered a speech on behalf of his peers, expressed his gratitude to the lecturers for encouraging students to think critically.

They instilled in the students the need to be motivated and confident.

“Many of the lecturers have had industry experience prior to teaching, so they were able to give us an insight into the workings of the business world. That helped us face various challenges in the working environment,” he said.

The 22-year-old, who has already secured a job as a proprietary trader in Kuala Lumpur, said that it was the university’s ranking besides the Henley Business School holding triple-accredited status from leading accrediting bodies like the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting, and the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in the UK, Europe and the United States that attracted him to the institution.

“Its reputation and state-of-the-art facilities especially its Dealing Room, where live trading simulation sessions are carried out instantly attracted me to study at the university.”

“It is great to have a UoRM degree in my resume as it instantly gives me an edge when applying for jobs, since its is part of a globally renowned business school,” said Yovindran, adding that he had a better understanding of the finance and business sector.

He also said that he gained invaluable experience during his internship programme with Perdana Fellows, where he served as an executive intern to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. Yovindran was mainly involved in the aviation and logistics sector.

During the event, Iskandar Regional Authority Development chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim was also conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

The ceremony was presided by the University of Reading vice-chancellor Sir David Bell, who said that it was a significant day for UoRM and Henley Business School Malaysia, as they celebrated the inaugural cohort of graduates at Reading’s first multi-discipline overseas campus.

He said that 14% of its total student population received their education from countries across the world, away from the main campus in the UK.

“Malaysia forms a very important part of that, and we also have a Henley Business School campus in South Africa and major teaching partnerships in China.

“I believe that the global reach is good for every student in our university whether they are from the UK or elsewhere because there are benefits from the diversity of backgrounds, nationalities, cultures and interests.

“Whoever you are, whether you are being brought up in UK or Malaysia, your life will be influenced by things that are happening around the world. The more international we can make our education, the better it is for our students,” said Bell.

UoRM provost Prof Tony Downes also congratulated the graduates, adding that the university here had reached a milestone by awarding degrees to its first cohort.

“From the outset, the university has been committed to delivering first-class teaching with the aim of giving our students the experience, knowledge and skills to excel. We have shaped and produced a fine group of graduates who are well-equipped for successful and rewarding careers,” he added.

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