SIM University (UniSIM) commemorated yet another joyous milestone as we held our 10th Convocation from 7 – 9 October 2015 over five sessions.
Themed “Game Changer”, Convocation 2015 reminded one and all that UniSIM, armed with our sound education philosophy and framework that support lifelong learning, has been a game changer in the education arena since our establishment in 2005. The event also marked the graduation of individuals who display the three key attributes of “challenge”, “change” and “contribute”. These graduates have demonstrated their preparedness to challenge the status quo to explore new frontiers, change mindsets and adopt new ways of thinking and doing in the new world order, and make the commitment to contribute their best towards the success of their missions.
Among the 2,248 to receive their degree scrolls were our pioneer batches of graduates from the Bachelor of Communication with Business, Bachelor of Communication with Psychology, Bachelor of Early Childhood and Chinese Language Education, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance, and Bachelor of Science in Human Factors in Safety with Military Studies programmes. All graduates were presented to UniSIM Chancellor, Professor Aline Wong, who assumed the position on 1 September 2015, becoming the first female chancellor in Singapore’s educational history.
Guests-of-honour for this year’s Convocation were Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower; Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Trade & Industry, and Mayor of South West District; Mr Stanley Lim, Chairman, Singapore Logistics Association; Mr Kon Yin Tong, Managing Partner, Foo Kon Tan LLP; and Ms Ho Peng, Advisor, Ministry of Education.
In his opening address at Session 1, Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of UniSIM, spoke of how UniSIM has changed the university landscape in Singapore, including pioneering many new programmes to meet the different needs of industry and society so that our graduates could serve meaningfully and effectively in the economy and community. He emphasised the need for all to develop a habit of lifelong learning that would see them through their careers and lives, and the steps UniSIM would be taking to enable learning and skills upgrading through a person’s work life and beyond. Towards this end and with UniSIM’s goal to be the university for lifelong learning in mind, Professor Cheong announced enhancement to UniSIM’s Alumni Continuing Education (ACE) programme, which was launched in 2008 to encourage alumni to return to UniSIM for new knowledge and to deepen or refresh their capabilities by providing course fee incentives. He shared that new alumni will be able to take two UniSIM-SkillsFuture modular courses for free within the first two years of graduation.
In his address, Minister Lim shared that Singapore is subject to growing uncertainty and keener competition in the global economy. He urged students to stay employable by seizing every chance to learn and deepen their knowledge and skills. He also assured all that the Government is committed to creating as many and as good employment and career opportunities as possible for all, regardless of age.
For some of the graduates, they had more than one reason to celebrate. Love for instance. Leslie Koh You Quan, a Facilities and Events Management programme graduate, proposed on campus to his girlfriend Serene Huang Siyun, who graduated from the Bachelor of Human Resource Management programme. The couple, who have been dating for 10 years, motivated each other to pursue their part-time degree programmes at UniSIM and studied together over weekends. Onlookers were touched when Leslie sang “A Thousand Years” by singer-songwriter Christina Perri and got down on his knee to ask the teary-eyed Serene to marry him. UniSIM wishes Leslie and Serene all the best as they look forward to beginning a new chapter of their lives together.
The mood at Session 3’s post-ceremony reception was further livened when graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (BLSCM) programme performed a flash-mob styled dance right in their midst. They were joined by faculty members and associates from UniSIM’s School of Business, including Associate Professor Tan Yan Weng, Head of the BLSCM programme; Dr Tony Halim, associate in the BLSCM programme; Dr Tay Huay Ling, lecturer in the BLSCM programme; and Dr Jenson Goh, lecturer in the Business programme.
UniSIM applauds the achievements of the Class of 2015’s game changers who have been empowered by the University to make a difference. Congratulations on your success!
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Video of the flash mob dance performance by the BLSCM graduates
Video of Leslie Koh’s marriage proposal to Serene Huang
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat delivering his welcome address.
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say addressing the audience.
Professor Aline Wong presenting a graduand with her degree scroll.
(From left) Associate Professor Yip Woon Kwong, UniSIM Registrar; Professor Tsui Kai Chong, UniSIM Provost; Professor Aline Wong, UniSIM Chancellor; Mr Richard Eu, Chairman of the UniSIM Board of Trustees; Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, UniSIM President; and Associate Professor Wong Yue Kee, UniSIM Vice President of Learning Services.
Ms Low Yen Ling posing for a photo with a graduate.
All eyes on the flash mob dance performers!
Mr Stanley Lim (2nd from left) with the lead flash mob dancers.
Mr Kon Yin Tong (2nd from left) with some of our award winners.
Ms Ho Peng presenting an award winner with his trophy.
An unforgettable moment for Serene as Leslie proposes on bended knee.