Perseverance pays off for college graduates
It WAS a momentous occasion for First City University College (First City UC) as graduates received their well-deserved scrolls at its graduation ceremony in 2021.
The 25th annual graduation ceremony held at a hotel in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, was shared with parents and guardians as well as other family and friends.
The ceremony celebrated the success of the graduates of the Faculty of Design and Built Environment; Faculty of Business, Hospitality and Communication; as well as the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science.
The graduation ceremony saw the awarding of prizes to graduates of diploma, bachelor’s and postgraduate levels in various disciplines, including business administration, mass communication, hospitality management and hospitality management. tourism, interior design, architecture and interior design, graphic design, electronic engineering, software engineering and information technology.
First City UC Board of Governors Chairman Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok, Director Tan Sri Teo Chiang Liang and Vice Chancellor Professor Saw Sor Heoh were among the attendees at the event.
In her welcome message, Professor Saw praised the graduates for their persistence and commitment to completing their studies despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the “Student of the Year and Excellence Awards”.
Among the recipients of the Excellence Awards was Tew Yong Siang, who graduated with High Honors in the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design program.
On behalf of the graduates, Tew expressed gratitude to all staff for their hard work, professional skills, commitment, dedication and outstanding contributions.
He added that the graduates had achieved one of the major milestones in their lives, one that should be recognized for its importance.
Teh Wei Jie, another recipient of an Honors BA in Interior Architecture and Design, was another recipient of the First Class Honors.
In addition to having excelled in his studies, Teh has also won numerous external awards such as the Gold Award at the International Design Awards 2019 and the Silver Award at the Johor Interior Design Award 2019.
“The program taught me to put theory into practice by applying the ideas and concepts I had learned through various site visits, workshops and tutorials with the speakers,” said Teh, who is currently working as an architect of inside.
“The critical thinking skills cultivated throughout the program have helped me in my work projects, as I am able to deliver ideas and concepts to my clients in a unique way.
“In addition, the communication skills and techniques that I acquired throughout my studies have helped me in my presentations to my manager and to my clients. “
Meanwhile, Liew Yew Jie, who graduated with high honors in the Interior Design and Architecture degree program, said the lecturers were always approachable and helpful.
Liew, design director of his own company, added that the program had helped him expand his knowledge and skills in the areas of design thinking, architecture and design software.
Soh Wei Wei, recipient of the Student of the Year award, who achieved excellent results for the Mass Communication degree program, said that she had learned many useful skills through the program, such as editing and communication skills, which proved to be beneficial for her degree in advertising.
Another recipient of the Student of the Year, Hotel and Tourism Management graduate was Wong Chian Hau.
Wong, who is currently working as a customer service agent, said he had acquired basic practical and theoretical knowledge in the hospitality industry, which made it easier for him to handle the responsibilities and tasks that come with him. entrusted to work.
“The knowledge I gained at First City UC helped me lay a solid foundation for my university studies,” said Mak Yu Wen, also recipient of the Student of the Year award.
She added that the teachers went to extra lengths to guide each student in class.
Mak, a final year student at an Australian university, also said the computer lab facilities and study spaces were excellent.
Amy Lo Lai Voon, a graduate of the Master of Design Management program, is embarking on her career as a lecturer in her alma mater.
Coming from a background in design, Lo said the unique marriage of design and management in the program was perfect as she had the opportunity to gain knowledge about how businesses operate, stakeholder management and the sustainability of a creative company.
She has also found the research modules to be valuable as a lecturer, as they allow her to better understand the topics when preparing for her lectures.
Likewise, Choo Han Lim, a graduate of a master’s degree in software engineering, said that soft skills such as soft skills and research skills are taught to diversify the skills of graduates to prepare them for higher education and professional life.
As a software engineer, Choo is currently managing and leading a project due to his knowledge of project management.
He said: “The project management module is indeed useful in the industry, while the entrepreneurship module puts me above the rest of my peers. “
In addition to praising the campus to provide a new, clean and conducive environment, he advised current students to choose research titles according to their interests in order to carry out their research projects with ease, and also to focus on soft skills, which are in demand in today’s job market.