ELIZAVETA Vetluzhskikh left Russia five years ago when she was 16 to pursue an education in creative design.
Her determination paid off and the 21-year-old graduated with a degree in Arts in Animation from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.
The independent lass who also obtained a Diploma in Interactive and Multimedia Design from the university in 2013, credited her supportive parents who encouraged her to follow her dreams.
“Not all parents support their children in terms of interest, especially when it involves art and design. They are the reason I’m here today,” said the graduate who has a knack for 3D art.
Vetluzhskikh also credited her friends and lecturers for a memorable time at the institution.
“The people here are helpful and friendly. I never felt sidelined because of my age or my lack of fluency in English back then. They helped developed me as a person.
“There are so many cultures here, allowing me to learn about the world,” she said, adding that she has “fallen in love” with Malaysia.
Vetluzhskikh, who plans to find a job related to animation here, is one of the 1,000 students from 70 countries who received their scrolls at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre earlier this month.
More than 62 awards were given to graduates for their outstanding performance and active participation during the university’s July 2018 convocation ceremony, themed “Innovation Leadership”.
Ronny Tyler Charles Lyimo, 25, from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, said he was sad to leave his friends when he heads home, but “can’t wait” to see what the future holds.
The student ambassador of the university who graduated with a degree in Construction Management said: “Graduating means I’ve accomplished a lot, but it also means I have a lot more to learn and accomplish.”
He chose to further his studies at Limkokwing University to be “out of my comfort zone”.
“I didn’t want to stay in a familiar place as I wanted to be pushed to learn new things. And Malaysia is a place where I can get quality education as well as experience different things,” he said, noting that studying here allowed him to establish strong friendships.
Aftab Alam, 28, was the recipient of the Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Limkokwing Award for Excellence. The Pakistani native who graduated with a Master’s in Digital Film and Television, said he made the right choice to enrol in the university.
“This university is creative and innovative. Even though my home country offers such courses, I wanted to come here to gain international experience,” said the graduate who also obtained a degree in Digital Film and Television from the varsity.
Aftab said his most memorable experience was climbing Mount Kinabalu to film a documentary.
Abigail Asrina Amiruddin, 23, from Kuching, also received the Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Limkokwing Award for Excellence.
The student ambassador from Limkokwing’s Borneo campus, said she was glad to have met people from different backgrounds and creative mindsets during her time at the university.
The Diploma in Animation and Multimedia Design graduate who scored a 4.0 CGPA, dreams of working for Pixar or the Disney studios in the future. She will be attending the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom to pursue a degree in Animation.
Sultanah of Pahang Sultanah Kalsom, who is the chancellor, congratulated the graduates and wished them “bright and brilliant futures”.
“Graduation is a milestone in your life. From this day onwards, you are finally the true masters of your own destiny,” she said.
She urged graduates to venture out into the world and make use of the knowledge and skills they acquired during their study to make a difference.
“Believe in yourselves and your dreams. I urge you to find yourself through hard work and adventures in life,” she said.
University president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing congratulated the graduates and called them “role models”.
His speech text was read by the university’s vice-president (content) Datin Nikki Lugun at the convocation.
“Willingness to accept change can provide limitless opportunities. Turn every challenge into an opportunity,” he noted.
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