Push yourself to the next level in academia: UiTM Pro-Chancellor
With the increasing number of diploma graduates every year, the diploma could lose its value as the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) did in the past.
With this in mind, graduates should keep pushing themselves academically, advised Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Abdul Rahman Arshad at the 83rd UiTM convocation ceremony.
“I call upon graduates today to invest in their academic development to equip themselves with sufficient knowledge and be able to contribute necessary resources and expertise to develop the country in the future,” he said.
UiTM which has 18 campuses across the country alone has produced more than 20, 000 diploma graduates who are now competing for jobs.
“We should not boost the number of diploma graduates out there who are mostly unemployed but need to improve our level of education not only for today but also for the future.
“Think on ways to progress academically as well as technically so that tomorrow we will be able to compete with the outside world and become the pride of the people around the world over the development that we have created together,” he added.
The convocation ceremony from Nov 17-18 had four sessions that included 1,045 graduates, with 14 graduating with a bachelor’s degree, and the rest with diplomas.
For Desdemona Mollon, 23, who just graduated in Sports Science with Honours and was awarded the Best Graduate Award (Bachelor’s Degree), a balanced lifestyle contributes to her success in education.
“My inspiration has always been my family and I have always dreamed of making them proud. Today, I have proved to them that I can excel in my studies as I do in sports. This means a lot to me and I am so happy and proud of myself,” said the 23-year old student from Tuaran, Sabah.
On of the greatest challenges in her studies, she added was time management. “I still can’t believe that I can balance my training sessions with completing assignments and study time.”
The youngest of three siblings plans to continue her Masters Degree abroad, “but before that I want to gain as much experience as I possibly can as a sports biomechanist at National Sports Institute at Bukit Jalil.”
On her advice for students out there who wish to excel in their studies, the vice president of EXER-SCI (Faculty of Sport Science and Recreation Club) said, “Put your heart and soul in whatever you do. If you love music, go for it and try to balance everything so that you feel less pressure focusing on one aspect of life.”
Desdemona was also awarded the Sarawak Foundation Special Best Graduate Award (Bachelor’s Degree).
Other awards given out were to Andrea Sese for Best Graduate Award (Diploma), Chealsea Yvonne Kat for Sarawak Foundation Special Best Graduate Award (Diploma) and Mohd Ir Iqbal Ishak for Best Leadership Award.