By Tan Yi Wern
KAMPAR, March 18 – Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman 24th convocation held at Tun Ling Liong Sik hall, UTAR Kampar is having more than 2,600 graduates. The two-days-four-sessions convocation which started on March 18, will be ended on the 19th.
The ceremony invited Minister of Transport Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai as the Guest of Honour, was represented by the Minister of International Trade and Industry II, Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan at the first session of the graduation ceremony.
The scroll receivers are graduated from 86 programmes, including 65 Bachelor (Honours) Degree, 16 Master’s Degree and five PhD programmes.
The arrival of Minister of International Trade and Industry II, Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, who represented the Guest of Honour Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai. (From left) UTAR Vice President Prof. Ir. Dr. Lee Sze Wei, Prof. Ir. Dr. Ewe Hong Tat together with UTAR President, YBhg. Ir. Prof. Academician Dato’ Dr. Chuah Hean Teik.
“We came all the way from Singapore to witness my niece’s graduation”, said Madam Siah, 53, who refused to be named in full.
“I am sure she is ready to join the workforce”, Siah continued.
“I am glad that my life as a student has ended after almost 20 years of education,” said Koh Wan Chee, 24, a graduate of Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Accounting.
“But it also means that there are harder things waiting for me to explore in the outside world,” added Koh who remains optimistic when asked about her future plans.
The arrival of UTAR Chancellor Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, accompanied by UTAR President and Vice President.
More than ten stalls were set up, selling light refreshments. There are Japanese cuisine, economic noodles, burgers and kuih-muih.
“We have been here since 10 a.m. to surprise our ex-housemate,” said Te Song Kee, 23, who is also a UTAR student. “Fortunately, there are stalls selling foods here to fill up our stomach,” Te said.
In the recent announcement of Asia University Rankings 2017 by Times Higher Education, UTAR is ranked top 120.
“I shared the good news on Facebook because it is worth mentioning”, said Te who claimed himself as a proud Utarian.
Other Malaysian universities to make it in the ranking are Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia (within 121-130 band), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (141-150 band), Universiti Sains Malaysia (151-160 band) as well as Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (161-170 band).