24th April 2016, KL – HELP University organized its 19TH Annual Convocation Strategy Seminar 2016, themed “Rethinking Leadership for Asia”, with 23 local and international speakers from Singapore, UK, Hong Kong, Australia, US and Netherlands. Many are leaders and well-respected icons from the business and financial world, having carved a name for their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
The Keynote Speaker at the Strategy Seminar forum, Tun Dato’ Musa Hitam, who previously served as Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and also Minister of Home Affairs currently serves as Chairman of the Sime Darby Foundation, Chairman of the International Advisory Panel of CIMB Bank and other important portfolios in the financial sector.
“First, historical events do not unfold in vain. There are many valuable lessons to be drawn out as guides as we continue to shape leadership style that works for the common good of all peoples. Those who cannot learn history are doomed to repeat it.
Secondly, leadership is not an elite club, where you cherry-pick a few top scorers and train them to be leaders. This way, you are sure to end up being narrow-minded, introverted, intolerant personalities totally unsuited to succeed in this highly globalized high-tech modern world.
Thirdly, leaderships is not a profession, which you study and earn a degree for….
Fourthly, leadership is not dominance but relationship and collaboration. The role of a leader is not absolute and it must be shared among the parties concerned. ..,”
said Musa Hitam at the forum.
The other eminent speakers at this seminar, Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Vice-Chancellor and President of HELP University, Phng Li Kheng, outstanding entrepreneur and leader, who turned around an almost bankrupt Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf franchise in Shanghai, China and then later sold the 35 chain outlet in 2012.
With HELP celebrating its 30th anniversary, Dr Paul Chan said its 19th Strategy Seminar was important as it provided the speakers and the participants an opportunity to build a dialogue on leadership philosophy. Dr Chan said, “Leadership always matters, but never more so as in our present uncertain world”
In relation to HELP University’s 28th Convocation, Dr Chan said,
“Over the past 30 years, 21, 115 graduates have graduated from HELP and today they are all over Asia and the world, in the financial and banking sector, making contributions in their field of work. At HELP University, a solid education for our students is more than about facts and figures, methods and measures; it is about nurturing boldness in their search for insights that give them principles and purpose.”
“Today we are also honoured to confer Honorary Doctorates to two women leaders; Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, former Minister of International Trade and Industry and Madam Chen JiaYing, who currently serves as Director-General of Shanghai Modern Management Centre.”
In her acceptance speech, Rafidah said she was honoured to receive the award.
“I feel blessed to be remembered seven years after retiring from public service,” she said.
Chen said she it was a proud moment for her, adding that HELP University had produced numerous highly talented students.
This year, 1,046 graduates from various fields of study graduate, with 49 being awarded 1st Class Honours Degrees. In recognition of outstanding results, HELP awards the most outstanding student with the Tan Sri Datuk Paduka Dr Hajjah Saleha Outstanding Achievement Award and the recipient this year, Tham Pei Thing, who obtained 1st Class Honours in Psychology.
The other outstanding graduates receive the President’s Award and this year there are 10 recipients. Among the President’s award winners, Lim Jun Yong, Bachelor of Communication, Marketing Communications (Hons), Tan Yee Teng Bachelor Of Economics, (Hons), Mah Qin Yi, Bachelor of Information Technology, (Hons), Cecilia Hardajan, an international student from Indonesia with a Bachelor of Tourism Management (Hons) and Pan Chee Wei, a Bachelor of Psychology student.
Pan said she was appreciative of her parents, lecturers and friends who motivated her to achieve success.
Cecilia said that she enjoyed the classes at HELP as they were lively and the lecturers did engage with the students during the question and answer sessions.
Datuk Paul Leong, Chancellor of HELP University, in his message said,
“HELP is the leader in programmes including management, finance, accounting, economics, psychology and the behavioural sciences…..
HELP’s quality and reputation is also demonstrated by the fierce competition for scholarships and admissions won by HELP students to top universities such as London School of Economics, Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale, Princeton, Chicago, Melbourne, Queensland and the Australia National University.”
Dr Chan and Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke, co-founders of HELP University said when they set up HELP University, thirty years ago, they only had 30 students and two classrooms and today HELP is a thriving educational group and according to both, had gone beyond their expectations.
As an international institution, HELP University receives students from different ethnicities and background and keeping HELP’s vision and mission in mind, Chan said it is the institution’s duty to transform students and to prepare them to think globally.
Dr Chan also said in commemorating the 30th anniversary,
“The 30 years have been a wonderful and enriching experience for all of us at HELP. Many who witnessed our birth are still with us. Those who joined us recently are at the moment of birth for the next 30 years….
Tiara Jane Anchant, the mace bearer, leads the way into the hall, followed by Dr Khong Kim Hoong, the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor.