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Role Models Take Centre Stage At UniSIM Convocation 2016

SIM University (UniSIM) celebrated its eleventh Convocation from 12 – 14 October 2016, with five sessions held over the three days. Taking place on campus, Convocation 2016 saw 2,134 graduands receive their degree scrolls from Professor Aline Wong, Chancellor of UniSIM. Among them were the pioneer batches from the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Security Studies, Bachelor of Communication with English Language, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Security Studies programmes. 

As the graduates carve their niche with the upgraded skills and knowledge they had acquired during their time at UniSIM, the university looks forward to them extending a positive influence beyond themselves to impact others, and be role models at their workplace, at home and in the community – hence, the Convocation theme of "Role Modelling The Future". UniSIM encourages them to demonstrate their passion and drive in all that they do, and have the perseverance and strength in overcoming obstacles, so that they can go on to inspire others. As they embark on the next chapter of their journey, armed with new skills and confidence, UniSIM also awaits them continuing their eager pursuit of lifelong learning to navigate and adapt in the ever-changing world. 

In his opening address at this year's Convocation, Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of UniSIM, shared that many of the new programmes and research done by the university over the last year had been directed at supporting social development and increasing social resilience – areas identified to be of increasing concern in Singapore due to demographic, economic and social shifts. The strides made by UniSIM in the provision of applied and lifelong learning for adult learners included its introduction of the Master of Non-Profit Management and full-time undergraduate programmes in Social Work and Supply Chain Management.

In his speech as Guest-of-Honour at Session 1, Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), and Senior Minister of State for Defence, reminded all of how UniSIM now occupies a unique space in Singapore's education and skills training landscape; from the time the University came into being in 2005 to provide opportunities for working adults to develop and update their skills at the degree-level, to how it has grown and expanded its offerings, including full- and part-time applied degree programmes, and host Singapore’s third law school, which will receive its first intake in January 2017.

Acting Minister Ong then announced that the Government has proposed for UniSIM to become Singapore's sixth autonomous university, which will come under the ambit of the Ministry of Education (MOE). He also revealed that this autonomous university will focus on applied education – targeted at both students and adult learners, in the domain of social sciences, thus preparing them for socially-related careers, including social work, human resource, psychology, early childhood education, and law (focusing on family and criminal law). The university will retain limited offerings in other areas such as accountancy, business and engineering. 

Acting Minister Ong explained that, while MOE, the UniSIM Board of Trustees and SIM Governing Council have all agreed that becoming an autonomous university is a positive and logical next step in UniSIM’s development, the proposal needs to be presented at a general meeting of SIM members before a final decision is taken, and that the SIM Governing Council will be taking the necessary steps to do so. 

The Guests-of-Honour for Sessions 2 to 5 were Mr Sim Gim Guan, Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Social Service; Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, & Trade and Industry; Mr Tony Khoo, Chief Executive Officer of EM Services Pte Ltd, and President of the International Facility Management Association Singapore Chapter; and Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore, respectively. 

The celebrations culminated in the Convocation Dinner on 14 October 2016, with Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State for Health, as the special guest. 

Our heartiest congratulations to the Class of 2016 – role models who will be tomorrow’s change-makers!

Click here for:

  • Professor Cheong Hee Kiat's speech at SIM University Convocation 2016 (Session 1)
  • Acting Minister Ong Ye Kung's speech at SIM University Convocation 2016 (Session 1)
  • Mr Sim Gim Guan's speech at SIM University Convocation 2016 (Session 2)
  • Ms Sim Ann's speech at SIM University Convocation 2016 (Session 3)
  • Mr Tony Khoo's speech at SIM University Convocation 2016 (Session 4)
  • Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng's speech at SIM University Convocation 2016 (Session 5)

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Professor Aline Wong declaring the opening of Convocation 2016.

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Professor Cheong Hee Kiat delivering his welcome address.

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Acting Minister Ong Ye Kung addressing the audience.

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Professor Aline Wong presenting a graduand with her degree scroll.

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Mr Sim Gim Guan presenting a graduand with her award.

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Ms Sim Ann making her speech, during which she spoke of the importance of being nimble, resilient and innovative.

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Ms Sim Ann chatting with an award winner at the post-ceremony reception.

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Mr Tony Khoo striking a pose with the graduates post-ceremony.

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Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng (front row, 4th from right), in a group shot with the award winners and UniSIM representatives.

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Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng mingling with the graduates.

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Convocation – a multi-generation celebration!

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One for the photo album to remember the great times spent together as schoolmates.

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A photo hotspot where many captured memories of this special occasion.

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