By Luis Ong
Photos by John Brandon Michael
A total of 159 graduates have been conferred their Diplomas while another 12 students recognised for their academic excellence and achievements in Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) Graduation Ceremony, on Saturday.
They were from School of Communication and Media, School of Business and Management, School of Applied Creative Arts and Design and School of Chinese Studies.
HCUC Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor Dr Beh Kok Hooi congratulated all the graduates and reminded them that graduation means the beginning of another journey, of finding themselves and the talents within them.
“We like to think that our lives are linear, that the line on the graph would be an ascending one as we aspire to climb upwards and eventually surpass our expectations.
“But the truth is, you will be learning, relearning, or even unlearning over and over, what you thought mattered, or what you thought didn’t,” he said adding that this is also the first batch of graduates since Han Chiang College was upgraded to university college status.
Dr Beh also said HCUC is currently working on adding new programmes and in the process of acquiring dual award partnerships with foreign universities for its homegrown degrees.
“We have more new programmes in the pipeline and we are moving into postgraduate field, Master’s and PhD programmes and making available our programmes via MOOC.
“Not only that, all our degrees are also available in part time mode for those who aspire to work and study at the same time,” he said.
HCUC is currently offering eight degree and postgraduate programmes namely, Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) (Honours), Bachelor of Communication (Media Production) (Honours), Bachelor of Communication (New Media) (Honours), Bachelor of Public Relations (Honours), BA (Honours) Creative Multimedia, BA (Honours) Logistics and Supply Chain Management, BA (Honours) Chinese Studies, BA (Honours) Translation & Interpretation and Master of Management Science.
Meanwhile, the graduation ceremony also witnessed 12 students receiving special awards in various categories, as well as 10 recipients of the Annual Dean’s List Award.
In addition, three students who are currently pursuing their 3+0 Bachelor of Communication degree from University of Southern Queensland, Australia (USQ) at HCUC received the USQ International Partner Prize Award from the University’s Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts executive dean Professor Barbara de la Harpe during the ceremony.
It is a prestigious award that is given to outstanding international students of USQ studying with its partner institutions all over the world.
Let’s hear some comments from this year’s Best Students!
Teh Kean Hooi – Best Journalism Student Award
“Being awarded the Best Journalism Student is indeed a great honour for me. This award is not only a testament of my efforts, but it also shows that the investment of my dear lecturers in my time as a student has borne fruit.”
Choo Chia Pei – Best PR & Advertising Student Award
“I would like to thank my parents for the encouragement which has helped me at every stage of my life. I want to also thank my lecturers for helping and guiding me throughout my journey as a Diploma student.”
Doreen Sung Liang Ying – Best Business Management Student Award
“I have never expected that I would receive this award, and now, to be actually receiving it makes the hard work that I’ve put in throughout my journey as a Diploma student extremely worthwhile.”
Kung Sin Yee – Best Multimedia Communication Design Student Award
“Two and a half years is not a long period, but it has been such a colourful chapter of my life. I would like to share this quote with the current students ‘every great dream begins with a dreamer’. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”