UTAR held its 16th convocation on 16 and 17 March 2013 at Dewan Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik at its Perak Campus in Kampar.
A total of 1,508 graduands from one PhD, nine Master and 45 Bachelor (Hons) programmes received their scrolls during the convocation. These included the graduands from the pioneer batch of five programmes: Master of Philosophy (Business and Finance), Master of Science (Project Management), Bachelor of Science (Hons) Architecture, Bachelor of Corporate Communication (Hons), and Bachelor of Media and Creative Studies (Hons).
Out of the 1,508 graduands, two received their PhD degrees, 21 received their Masters and the rest Bachelors (Hons). Fifty-five graduands received the First Class Honours awards in their respective Bachelor’s degree programmes.
The two postgraduate students who received their PhD in Engineering were Koh Siong Lee and Mok Siew Ying. The 21 postgraduate students receiving Master degrees were Amirtha Sangeetha Ganesan, Cha Xin Yi, Chin Ken Thin, Gan Suk Ching, Lim Li Yur, Shew Yee Siang, Woon Kong Yik, Yoong Chong Yin, Choong Yuen Onn, Marilyn Sharon A/P Peter Gerard, Julian Tan Kok Ping, Lim Wei Xiang, Khoo Eng Cheong, Von Sze Tin, Chin Wui Keat, Jonathan Sim Yek Siong, Low Chen Aun, Low Chen Syen, Ong Suk Lian, Chee Chin Hoong and Chong Yew Weng.
Invited as guests-of-honour for the three sessions of convocation held over the two days were, for session 1 (16 March, 9.00am), Dato’ Ir (Dr) Teo Chiang Kok, Director of See Hoy Chan Holdings Group; session 2 (16 March, 2.00pm), Yang Berhormat Mulia Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah; and session 3 (17 March, 9.00am), Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian, Chief Executive Officer of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad.
UTAR Council Chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik declared open the convocation sessions. The convocation ceremonies were also presided by the Chairman of Board of Trustees, UTAR Education Foundation, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Sak Cheng Lum, UTAR President Ir Professor Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik and other UTAR Council and Board of Trustees members.
Dato’ Ir (Dr) Teo advised the graduating students to always have faith in themselves. He said, “Life will not be smooth sailing all the time. When you are faced with challenges, you have to meet them head on and positively.”
“The learning process in life does not end with your graduation. There is bounty of knowledge out there that you can acquire throughout your life. Life itself is a learning curve. So do not shy away from acquiring new knowledge and skills to better yourself and hopefully also benefit others in the process,” said Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, urging the students to be the driver in a knowledge-based society.
Tan Sri Lee motivated the graduating students to be determined people by quoting the famous saying of the 16th US President, Abraham Lincoln, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other.”
With the addition of 1,508 graduates from its 16th convocation, the number of the University’s alumni now stands at 30,415 since its inaugural convocation in 2005.