The desire to improve her family’s life was the motivating factor for Rohani Suardi, 22, to work hard at her studies from the first semester. Leaving Lahad Datu to pursue her education at Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO), she graduated with a Diploma in Finance and Banking, and took home two other special awards unexpectedly.
When met at PUO’s 43rd convocation, held at the polytechnic hall recently, she said she chose to study at the polytechnic because of it’s past record in producing top-notch graduates who are well-sought after by employers.
Rohani also received the ‘Anugerah Khas Presiden’ and ‘Anugerah Insentif Ketua Pengarah’ from Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (YaPEIM). She received a certificate, cash reward and a souvenir.
Khanthan Thera Kumaran, 22, received the ‘Anugerah Ungku Omar’ and ‘Anugerah Kecemerlangan Akademik dan Kokuri-kulum’.
The diploma holder in Electronics Communications said, “The awards I received today don’t only reflect the effort I have put into my studies but also the support I received. Besides my parents, lecturers of PUO also played a significant role in my academic success. My time studying at PUO helped me to be disciplined and independent.”
Khanthan Thera, who hails from Ipoh, is currently pursuing a degree at the Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak. “My ambition, initially, was to be a lawyer. However, after undergoing a technical course at PUO, my interest shifted. This is probably due to the good teaching methodology and the influence of a team of dedicated lecturers.”
The convocation, held over three consecutive days, celebrated the success of 2012 graduates from various disciplines.
Education Ministry’s Higher Education Director-General, Datuk Mohlis Jaafar and a number of distinguished guests, were given the honour to present diplomas to the successful graduates.