Graduates of the 2016 SME@HELP UNIVERSITY Graduation Ceremony at SIME DARBY CONVENTION CENTRE
Nineteen graduates of the SME @ HELP University celebrated their graduation ceremony at the SIME Darby Convention Centre on the 5th October, 2016. The ceremony was a culmination of the students’ three-month long training programme held at ELM Business School, HELP University. The graduation ceremony was officiated by the Programme Director of SME@ HELP University, Datin Dr. Wendy Liow, the Vice-Chancellor of HELP University, Datuk Dr. Paul Chan and the CEO of SME Corp Malaysia, Datuk Dr. Hafsah Hashim. Datin Dr. Wendy Low gave the Welcoming Speech, where she expressed her joy on how the SME@ HELP University Programme had provided graduates with the learning opportunities and networking capabilities in order to progress further and become a success in their own field. She also urged the graduates to continue to be determined in pursuing their business goals and to always be passionate about what they do. Following Datin Dr. Wendy Liow’s address, Datuk Dr. Paul Chan took to the podium to address the graduates with his speech, entitled, “LEADERSHIP EDUCATION – BEYOND THE OBVIOUS”. In his address, Dr. Paul spoked eloquently about how SMEs today are the new modern business and stressed that it is vital that SMEs business owners question everything and to not be afraid to see things in a different light. They must question everything and see the world, not just as one direction but to see how opportunities can come from all directions.
Datuk Dr. Hafsah Hashim, CEO OF SME Corp Malaysia, reiterated the sentiments of both Dr. Liow and Dr. Paul as she reminded the graduates about how SMEs are now THE world’s leading business global leaders and that they are the future of how people operate, think and shop. After Dr. Hafsah’s speech, a short video presentation was played whereby the SME@ HELP University’s students were interviewed and asked what did they learnt from their time spent studying in the programme. The video also highlighted the graduates’ study trip to China where they attended an SME exhibition.
The graduation ceremony continued with the presentation of Awards and Gifts of Appreciation to deserving graduates and invited guests. A luncheon followed thereafter, signaling the end of the SME@ HELP University Graduation Ceremony. The SME@ HELP University Programme was designed to equip and develop the entrepreneurial, leadership and management capabilities of SMEs to enable them to operate more effectively in a globalized environment.