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Speech by Professor Chong Chi Tat At The Diploma Graduation Ceremony

Speech By Professor Chong Chi Tat, Member Of The SIM University Board Of Trustees At The Diploma Graduation Ceremony, 3.00pm On 20 November 2007 At SIM University


Mr Seah Chiong Tian, Vice President and Registrar of UniSIM;
Graduands, parents and families;
Distinguished guests;
Ladies and gentlemen;

 

  1. Good afternoon.

UniSIM Graduates, Life-Long Learners


  1. I am very happy to be able to celebrate this joyous occasion with you.

  1. Today, 530 graduands from eight diploma programmes have made their first mark to academic excellence. You join an earlier batch of 500 graduands in June this year in achieving this. To all of you, I offer my heartiest congratulations.

  1. Since the 1970s, SIM has played a key role in the history of management development in Singapore. Responding to the urgent need for executive training in modern management, SIM launched the Diploma in Management Studies, or the DMS, back in 1973. It was the first of its kind in Singapore. Then, 500 applicants jostled for the only 70 places available.

  1. Over the years, our diploma programmes have grown from strength to strength. It now attracts international students from across Asia, as well as from faraway countries like Russia and the United States. Especially for the international students, our diploma programmes offer a useful path to students keen to pursue a management or specialised degree programme at SIM or its university, UniSIM.

The Fireworks Begin Today


  1. The former Mayor of New York City, Mr Edward Koch, once told graduates at a ceremony, and I quote, "The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse."

  1. Today, you have lighted the fuse to unleash the beauty, intensity of the fireworks---bright and limitless against a booming economy. More importantly, the fireworks spark a fresh beginning for all of you.

  1. I’m sure the rigour and relevance of SIM’s diploma/graduate diploma programmes have equipped you with valuable skills and insights to take on new challenges with confidence. You will move on with more successes in your endeavours and in life.

A Lifelong Journey of Learning


  1. But I would like to put this challenge to you: Adopt a mindset of lifelong learning. The journey of learning does not end at the moment of graduation. Learning goes beyond earning a passport to a job. We now live in a global world that is connected through trade and telecommunications. There is competition for resources and for talent. Change is taking place all the time and one needs to be up-to-date in knowledge and skills in order to stay ahead.

  1. Precisely for this reason, the SIM world is set up to facilitate the continued journey of learning. Some of you may take the next step to embark on tertiary education full-time at SIM. Some of you may be entering or rejoining the workforce. If you are a lifelong learner, the desire to learn will bring you back. You may pursue our short professional development courses. Or you may elect to do a degree or an advanced degree programme at UniSIM, where flexible and practice-focused learning is the theme. Even as an UniSIM alumni, you will find yourself plugged into a world of learning opportunities, and be invited to contribute towards educating others.

  1. Precisely for this reason, the SIM world is set up to facilitate the continued journey of learning. Some of you may take the next step to embark on tertiary education full-time at SIM. Some of you may be entering or rejoining the workforce. If you are a lifelong learner, the desire to learn will bring you back. You may pursue our short professional development courses. Or you may elect to do a degree or an advanced degree programme at UniSIM, where flexible and practice-focused learning is the theme. Even as an UniSIM alumni, you will find yourself plugged into a world of learning opportunities, and be invited to contribute towards educating others.

  1. Lastly, may I extend my sincere congratulations to the families and friends of our graduands here. Your support and encouragement have definitely helped them succeed and reach where they are. It is an opportune time to celebrate the fruits of your labour.

  1. Thank you.
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