UTAR Holds its 16th Convocation

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Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) held its 16th convocation recently at Dewan Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik at its Perak campus in Kampar.

There were 1508 students graduating from 55 programmes that comprised 45 Bachelor (Honours), nine Master and one PhD programmes. These included the pioneer batch of graduates from five programmes: Master of Philosophy (Business and Finance), Master of Science (Project Management), Bachelor of Science (Hons) Architecture, Bachelor of Corporate Communication (Hons), and Bachelor of Media and Creative Studies (Hons).

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There were two postgraduate students Koh Siong Lee and Mok Siew Ying receiving PhD in Engineering and 21 postgraduate students receiving Master degrees.

Invited as guests-of-honour in the three sessions of convocation held over the two days were: Dato’ Ir (Dr) Teo Chiang Kok, Director of See Hoy Chan Holdings Group, Yang Berhormat Mulia Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian, Chief Executive Officer of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad.

The convocation ceremonies were declared open by UTAR Council Chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik while UTAR President Ir Professor Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik presented the graduands for the award of their respective degrees and also the Book Prizes and Award Recipients.

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Dato’ Ir (Dr) Teo, advised the graduating students to always have faith in themselves. He said, “Life will not be smooth sailing all the time. When you are faced with challenges, you have to meet them head on and positively.”

“The learning process in life does not end with your graduation. There is a bounty of knowledge out there that you can acquire throughout your life. Life itself is a learning curve. So do not shy away from acquiring new knowledge and skills to better yourself and hopefully also benefit others in the process,” said Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, urging the students to be the driver in a knowledge-based society.

Tan Sri Lee motivated the graduating students to be determined persons by quoting the famous saying of the 16th US President, Abraham Lincoln, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other.”

With the addition of 1508 graduates from its 16th convocation, the University’s alumni now stands at 30,415 since the inaugural convocation in 2005.