Workshop by Ms Tan Kim See, founder & CEO of ACE Global Business Services Penang

The School of Business and Admin was pleased to invite Ms Tan Kim See, the founder and CEO of ACE Global Business Services Penang who has more than 20 years of experience in one of the largest MNC to share her thoughts and insights in the current challenging employment market with SU final year students. The workshop was attended by three alumni, Khor Zhi Yin, Ang Chu Shan and Lim Seok Hoon who have graduated from Accounting and Finance Award to share with students with regards to the values that contribute to the organisation.

   

Career Talk by DELL Financial Services

A student-initiated career talk hosted by speakers Ms Cindy Chow, the Accounting Director of DELL Financial Services and who is also an alumni of DISTED School of Pre-U, Ms Rena from Talent Acquisition and Mr Lau Kim Seah, an alumni of DISTED School of Business and Admin, SU business programme.

Ms Chow introduced the internship programme opportunity to our current SU students while Ms Rena provided useful tips on how to write a good resume and prepare for a job interview.

Mr Lau shared his experience on how DELL’s accounting development programme benefited him personally and professionally improving his skills and knowledge.

Two development programmes namely Financial Development Programme and Accounting Development Programme were shared during the career talk. These programmes provide extensive training on technical and soft skills that are needed in various departments.

 

SMART Beach Activity

The free and easy beach activity was held on Saturday morning, 15 September at Penang beach side. The committee members and the team members were having great time with fun beach games and delicious food prepared by SMART.  Special thanks to Ms Fairunizan and En Rashid for generosity to prepare & sponsor extra food for the activity.

If you’re interested to participate or rejoin the team, please register yourself at HR and Admin department.

 

A message from SMART Committee Members

AN OUTSTANIDNG SUCCESS: WORLD LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CONGRESS (WLIC) KUALA LUMPUR, 2018

Watch the 4 minute video that provides an overview of the congress highlights by clicking on the link  https://youtu.be/8A6TCIiI03s   

“It was an outstanding conference in K.L. The very best I have seen in my 25 years in IFLA.” That was how Madam Gloria Perez-Salmeron, President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) described the IFLA WLIC 2018 which was held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from 24 to 30 August. This was also the sentiment of many of participants. The congress was attended by 3500 delegates from over 112 countries and there were over 270 professional sessions and 600 speakers that contributed to the success of the conference.

The opening ceremony included a special message from The Hon. Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia via a 3-minute video. If you have an hour to spare check-out the video of the opening ceremony which was streamed live and watched by more than 100,000 librarians all over the world by clicking on the link https://youtu.be/YsVUVUW8B2s

“What a wonderful experience to attend the World Library and Information Congress especially for those who attend for the first time.” This was the comment of DISTED Library staff Nurul Anisah who was a first timer to attend this conference. She had an opportunity to attend the Newcomer’s session where all the newcomers met and introduced themselves and exchanged business cards. Anisah brought along some DISTED College souvenirs to distribute to participant as a way of promoting the college. Another session she attended was the IFLA presidents session, where six IFLA presidents, past and present talked about their journey to becoming an IFLA President. At many of the sessions attended, there would be a number of speakers giving brief presentations and then the session would be turned around to the audience and they would discuss the wider topics in small groups, and eventually present to the rest of the room.

IFLA WLIC is good platform to see what librarians around the world are achieving. You can connect and learn from others. Anisah said that the “knowledge and experience gained will be applied directly or disseminated to my colleagues at DISTED library to be implemented in the daily duties and responsibilities.” IFLA WLIC in 2019 will be held in Athens, Greece and IFLA WLIC in 2020 will be in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Opening Ceremony of IFLA WLIC 2018
The IFLA Governing Board and the Malaysia National Committee visiting the Bridge at level 42 of the Petronas Twin Towers.
Anisah & the speakers for the session of Resource Sharing Tips and Tricks-Document Delivery and Resource Sharing.
Participants attending session Librarian Fashion: What does the way we dress say about us?

 

The Closing Ceremony of IFLA WLIC 2018
Message from Nurul Anisah Binti Mohamed Sultan

Your Professional route to becoming a Barista

What makes a great barista? Ever wondered what it’s like to be a coffee connoisseur? The answer lies within the Professional Barista Course currently being offered by LiFE Academy in partnership with Forest Cloud Coffee Company.

A  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between the two companies took place at Forest Cloud Coffee Company’s premise on 23rd August 2018 with the highlight being the launching of LiFE Academy’s Professional Barista course to provide a platform for beginners and seasoned baristas to widen and refresh their skill and knowledge within the coffee industry.

Dr Seah Soo Aun, President and CEO of DISTED College, representing LiFE Academy and Mr Kaiho Aw, Managing Director of Forest Cloud Sdn Bhd initiated the agreement.

With this MoU, LiFE Academy and DISTED School of Hospitality Management stands in a good position to benefit from the professional insight Forest Cloud has to offer into the academic syllabus and other professional courses offered by LiFE Academy.

Forest Cloud Coffee Company is a multidisciplinary venture capital that specializes in the coffee industry and is one of the biggest coffee product and equipment wholesalers in Penang and currently supplies to over 330 cafés in and around the island.

While brewing a kappa with a fancy coffee machine may make one feel like a barista, the reality of it is much more complicated than that. The Professional Barista course is carefully designed to cater to a variety of needs from brewing skills, bean knowledge to operating commercial coffee machines.

The course comprises of three different categories mainly the City & Guilds Barista Skills Level 2, Barista Pro Course and Barista Essentials. The 10-day Barista Skills Level 2 by City & Guilds provides the craft, skills and knowledge required for a professional barista to excel in the field of coffee brewing. Next the 3-day Barista Pro Course is ideal for beginners with little to no experience to gain in-depth knowledge on the journey of becoming a certified barista. Last and certainly not least, the 1-day Barista Essentials, an express class specially designed for individuals who seek a basic understanding about coffee culture would be ideal for those keen to explore the world of coffee brewing.

In celebration of the partnership between LiFE Academy and Forest Cloud, a special introductory rebate up to RM600 is being offered to individuals who wish to register for these programmes.

 

Workshop on digital world at DISTED College, 28 Jul.

DISTED School of Computing and Engineering hosted its inaugural Creative Digital Workshop at DISTED College on 21 Jul 2018  which was open to all secondary schools student from the Northern Region and for free.

The workshop aims to equip secondary students with latest basic digital knowledge, skills and techniques and comprised of three different activities which allowed students to be exposed to different fields of the digital world.

Firstly students were introduced to The DSLR and smartphone photography activity which provided students with useful tips and skills on how to take the perfect photo for their social media post. They were also taught how to manage and store the photos as well as how to edit the shot.

After that, students were introduced to the world of digital drawing. This fun and interactive activity presented useful methods and techniques on how to construct drawings and to utilise cutaway effects with various software tools.

Finally students were introduced to the Internet of Things which provided students everything they need to know about big data such as collecting and sharing of data from Internet and where it goes next.

Students were invited to join in a friendly knock-out digital challenge at the end of the day. The champion team who scored the highest marks would stand a chance to walk away with hamper worth RM120 and VIP tickets to 3D Trick Art Museum. The 1st and 2nd runners up were also given hampers worth RM90 and RM70 together with VIP tickers to 3D Trick Art Museum to further encourage these students to utilize and promote STEM amongst many other things.

Champion – Uplands International School and PCGHS (Private) walked away a hamper worth RM 120 and 4 pcs of VIP tickets to 3D trick art museum.
1st Runner – SMJK Phor Tay walked away a hamper worth RM 90 and 4 pcs of VIP tickers to 3D trick art museum.
2nd Runner – Penang Free School walked away a hamper worth RM 70 +4 pcs of VIP tickets to 3D trick art museum.
Student Nur Sri Eliana from SMK Convent Pulau Tikus was the lucky draw winner and walked away a Mi-band worth RM 199.
Student Heavendran Thamil Selvan from Penang Free School emerged as the luckiest winner who walked away the grand prize, a camera which worth RM380.

National Olympiad Mathematics Competition (OMK) 2018

The Persatuan Sains Matematik Malaysia (PERSAMA) held its annual National Olympiad Mathematics Competition (OMK), with the competition format requiring all contestants to undergo the competition in the respective states.

The annual competition consists of 3 categories:

  1. Kategori Bongsu (for students from High School Form 1 and Form 2)
  2. Kategori Muda (for students from High School Form 3 and Form 4)
  3. Ketegori Sulong (for students from High School Form 5 & 6 / Matriculation / equivalent level of studies)

Up to 40 excellent OMK contestants will be shortlisted for selection to participate in the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad) intensive camps. The IMO is an international mathematic competition that has been organized since 1959.

As DISTED College (Pre- U students) have joined in for participation in the OMK competition.

The competition date as below.

Date    : 28 July 2018, Saturday
Time    : 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Venue  : Hamzah Sendut Library 2, Universiti Sains Malaysia
(E41, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Jalan Sasaran, 11800 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang)

The competition was held yesterday, please see the attached photos which are captured at outside of the competition venue before start of the competition.

Message from School of Pre-U

2018 The Young Enterprise (YE) Sales Fair

The Young Enterprise (YE) Sales Fair was held on 23 & 24 July, at 1st Avenue and was officiated by Penang Chief Minister YB Chow Kon Yeow.

This year DISTED College continues to act as the corporate sponsor to Chung Ling High School to provide insights in the area of capital development, product design, product manufacture, sales and marketing strategy and tactics.

The students focused on producing STEM based products such as LED reading partner, mini vacuum cleaner and other general products like leaf bookmarks and such. It was a total sold out on both days of the sales fair and the students managed to garner a total sales revenue of RM7,000.

DISTED Advertising Challenge 2018

DISTED College is proud to organise the DISTED Advertising Challenge 2018, which provides the centre stage for upper secondary school students to showcase their talents and creativity while pitting against one another in teams as the winning team shall stand with the chance of winning lucrative prizes and recognition.

Through the competition, DISTED College aims to increase the interests of marketing and advertising field of study among secondary school students.

DISTED Advertising Challenge 2018 competition will kick off on 11th August 2018, which would see all contestants contesting in an exciting and friendly atmosphere.

Participation in the Challenge is FREE OF CHARGE. DISTED College is pleased to invite students (Form 4 and above) of secondary schools in Penang state for participation and stand a chance to win the scholarship worth up to RM25,000.

The details of participation are as follow:

Event: DISTED Advertising Challenge 2018
Date: Saturday 11th August 2018
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Venue: DISTED YCE Campus (340 Macalister Road, Penang 10350)
Fee: FOC

For participation in DISTED Advertising Challenge 2018, each school is only allowed to send one team of five (5) students. All registration must be submitted to DISTED College before 1st August 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact Marketing Executive, Ms Ann Prasanna Raj (04-229 6579/prasanna@disted.edu.my) should you have any enquiry regarding the DISTED Advertising Challenge 2018.