DISTED maintains excellence in education with 5-star recognition

DISTED College has once again achieved an astounding 5-star excellent rating in an overall college-based ranking based on the latest MyQUEST 2014/2015 exercise, with results just released by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education.

MyQUEST is the Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for private colleges in Malaysia, which is carried out once in every two years since 2011. Private colleges are ranked by MyQUEST from one (poor) to six stars (excellent), depending on their performances in terms of quality students, resources, governance, programmes and graduates.

Separately, the College gained an outstanding 6-star rating in the ‘General Programmes’ and ‘Science, Mathematics and Computing’ clusters, for Pre-university and Computer Science programmes, respectively. DISTED’s Business and Hospitality programmes also received a boost with excellent 5-star rating under the ‘Social Science, Business and Law’ and ‘Services’ clusters respectively. It is for the third consecutive times that the College’s School of Hospitality Management have been able to achieve MyQUEST 5-star rating under the ‘Services’ cluster whilst being the only one in the northern region of Malaysia to have achieved such feat.
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SACE International Programme Coordinator Ms Geong Chooi Peng sharing a light moment with Programme Advisor Yeoh Hooi Sun and International Students Officer Angela Yeoh

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High achievers in the Cambridge A-Level 2015 examination (L-R) Nicholas Lim Xue Eu, Dominic Kay Shuen Wei, Ch’ng Le Hang, Bryan Tay Kah Yuan
High achievers in the Cambridge A-Level 2015 examination (L-R) Nicholas Lim Xue Eu, Dominic Kay Shuen Wei, Ch’ng Le Hang, Bryan Tay Kah Yuan

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DISTED Director of Academic Support and Continuing Professional Development, Mr Ahmad Taiff bin Isahak was quick to point out that the College’s recent achievements in the MyQUEST 2014/2015 exercise was attributed to the College’s commitment in delivery of quality education.

“With our MyQUEST 5-star rating, I’m proud that we are able to once more demonstrate our commitment to quality in delivering education. I am especially proud of the two 6-star ratings achieved under – the ‘Science, Mathematics and Computing’ and ‘General Programmes’ clusters. Parents can be assured of that their children are in good hands,” Taiff said.

DISTED Head of Pre-University Studies, Dr Loo Ai Yin, described it as “a great honour to be ranked 6-star for the ‘General Programmes’ cluster which covers pre-university programmes, as well as the ‘Science, Mathematics and Computing’ cluster” in addition to the overall 5-star MyQUEST ranking. She added that the accolade reflected the high standard of teaching excellence and outstanding results achieved by students in the Cambridge A-Level and SACE International examinations.

Director of Academic Affairs Dr. Liew Yueah Cin
Director of Academic Affairs Dr. Liew Yueah Cin

Speaking of the prestige of being rated a 5-star institution amongst the country’s higher education providers, DISTED Director of Academic Affairs Dr. Liew Yueah Cin said “The 5-star MyQUEST rating awarded by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education is a testament to the quality of education provided at DISTED College.

DISTED is best known for its offering of a wide range of pre-university, diploma and degree programmes across various fields of study. The College is a pioneer in providing pre-university programmes since 1987, and is the only college in North Malaysia fully endorsed by Edexcel to exclusively offer Business and Technology Education Council Higher National Diploma (BTEC HND) qualifications. It is currently the sole institution delivering the South Australian Certificate of Education International programme in northern Malaysia, and offers the fast-track 12-month programme for both the Cambridge A-Level and SACE International programmes.

 

Month-long stint in Taiwan gives students insight into service industry

by Tan Wen Chien – BA (Hons) Marketing Management.

18 Bachelor of Arts students from DISTED College were fortunate enough to join the top students of Dayeh University and Cheng Shiu University for a one-month Transnational Education Experience Programme’s New Era Service Talent Development in the charming city of Taichung in Taiwan.

The meaningful programme aimed to develop students’ talent and capacities, and at the same time inculcate reading habits in them. Throughout the month of August, students delved into different, fascinating aspects of the service industry through a series of interactive lecture sessions and educational study trips.

Other than a cancelled study trip due to the occurrence of a severe typhoon incident, the entire programme went on successfully without a hitch. As part of the programme, students were given assignments that were assessed by lecturers from both Malaysia and Taiwan as an added challenge.

Divided into groups of five to six members, students were required to give presentations on plausible business solutions for several different locations, which were the Taiwan Glass Gallery, BRAND’S Health Museum, and the Ribbon Museum. Seeing that the unique mix of students resulted in a wide range of undertaken degree programmes, the presentations allowed students to showcase and combine their individual strengths and competencies to gain marks.

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Overcoming obstacles together while fostering teamwork through team building activities

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Besides presentation skills and content, students were also given marks based on class attendance, punctuality, weekly reports, class performance, teamwork, as well as peer review. As a result of their hard work and determination, our very own students Cheah Hooi Chia, Sim Bin Lin, and Yap Ka Sheng won the honour of being among the programme’s top performing students.

For Hooi Chia, the transnational programme was akin to a journey of self-discovery and personal growth filled with unforgettable memories. She has gained an enormous amount of experience, confidence and self-dependence, which she admitted played a defining role in shaping part of her character and changing her outlook on life.

Ka Sheng, who came in 3rd place, said that the programme has helped him to improve his international communications skills and gain a deeper insight of current international business trends.

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From left Yap Ka Seng (DISTED), 3rd prize, LEE PIN CHAN, 1st prize, Cheng Shiu University, Taichung, Wen Hao Tsai, 6th prize, Cheng Shiu Unviversity, Cheah Hooi Chia, 2nd prize, Disted, Sim Bin Lin, 5th prize, Disted, He Yi Ting, 3rd price, Dayeh University, Chang Hua County

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Visiting the Ten Drum Culture Village

Besides academic enrichment, students were also exposed to the interesting Taiwanese culture in the form of food, places, and lifestyle. Through the weekly study trips, they were able to visit interesting hotspots such as the Lugang Matsu Temple, Lin Chin Sheng Hsiang Pastry Shop, Chun Shui Tang, TaiYi Ecological Leisure Farm, 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan, National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, and the Ten Drum Culture Village. The distinctive sights and sounds of Taiwan were sure to leave a mark on the minds of DISTED College students.

Her coursemate, Lim Meng Siew added, “The programme was an eye-opening experience and helped me enhance my entrepreneurial as well as problem-solving skills tremendously. Now that a committee board had been set up for the Malaysian alumni of this programme, I hope to pass this valuable knowledge to even more Malaysians in hopes of improving Malaysia’s service industry.”

“Being a part of this programme was an exceptionally enriching and rewarding experience for me. I was able to deepen my knowledge and improve my creative thinking skills. It was an unforgettable experience to join this programme together with the friendly Taiwanese students,” said BA (Hons) Business Management student, Cheng Hoi Yin.

Fellow participant, Sim Bin Lin, was grateful that the programme provided her the rare opportunity to share different issues and ideas during the many discussion sessions.

As the programme came to an end, students had nothing but praises for the once in a lifetime experience. BA (Hons) Marketing Management student, Ong May Xian, said, “I have never imagined that this one month would go by as quickly as it did. Other than attending interesting classes on the service industry, I made countless friends and gained many precious memories with them. The invaluable experiences and life lessons acquired in Taiwan would undoubtedly help me substantially in my future career path.”

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Closing ceremony held upon the successful completion of the programme

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Celebrating the birthdays of Taiwanese student Cheng Yu Ying and Malaysian student Goh Jia Ruey which fall on the same day.

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Clearly, the programme gave DISTED College students a memorable experience studying in Taiwan with people of different cultures. The lecture sessions had succeeded in supplementing and adding to students’ understanding of various concepts learnt in DISTED College. Quoting the ex American President John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

With the successful completion of this programme, it is now time for DISTED College students to say their thanks by contributing to Malaysia’s service industry with their newly gained skills and knowledge.

The programme was made possible with the generous support of the Sayling Wen Cultural Educational Foundation and the National Academy of Educational Research.

Understanding entrepreneurship in the real world

The School of Business recently organised an agro-based field trip for its Diploma in Business Studies and Staffordshire University business degree students as part of their learning initiatives on September 19.

Trip organiser and module leader for Entrepreneurship Development, Ms Elaine Chan expressed that the study trip aimed to expose students to actual agro-based businesses and to encourage them to explore the possibility of entrepreneurship endeavour in this area. The visit also served to enrich the students’ learning experiences in tandem with the associated modules offered under their respective programmes.

The trip took the students and lecturers on a three-hour journey down south to an organic farm, Refarm, in Kampar and a poultry farm focused on egg harvesting.

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According to Managing Director of the poultry farm, Mr Tan Kuang Liang, Kim Poh Sit Tatt Feedmill Sdn Bhd was established since 1988. The farm currently sitting on 188 acres of land is the proud result of the hard work, toil and determination of three generations.

The farm produces 400,000 eggs daily and covers the supply of eggs throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Besides harvesting eggs, the company also rears pigs and formulate their own organic animal feed.

The trip brought the visitors closer to the real working world and the challenges faced by entrepreneurs like Mr Tan.

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It was indeed an eye-opener for the accompanying lecturers, Ms Gwee Sai Ling and Ms Teoh Ming Fang, as well as for the participating students who often felt more at home and protected in their comfort zones. In fact, the entourage will never view eggs and meat presented on their dinner table the same way again!

A special heartfelt thanks to Mr Tan who not just welcomed us with his warm hospitality but spent his valuable time sharing the real life of an entrepreneur and the daunting challenges of the industry.

Refarm, an organic farm with vegetable plantation, fish farming and recreational activities

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DISTED introduces President’s Scholar Awards to reward top performing students

Four diploma students had their names written in the history books of DISTED as inaugural recipients of the newly introduced President’s Scholar Award. The award is presented every semester beginning August 2015 to students who excel in their programmes with the highest academic achievement in the previous semester.

The students – Luke Rohan David (Diploma in Creative Multimedia Production), Chew Poay Ling (Diploma in Accounting), Iver Tan Jia Chyuen (Diploma in Business Studies) and Nich Toh Chin Yuan (Diploma in Business IT) were honoured in a recent ceremony that saw President Dr Seah Soo Aun presenting them with their certificates of achievement.

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Dr Seah delivering his congratulatory speech at the award presentation ceremony

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The President’s Scholar award recipients (L-R: Iver Tan, Nich Toh Chin Yuan, Luke Rohan David, Chew Poay Ling) with Director of Academic Affairs Dr Liew Yueah Cin; President Dr Seah Soo Aun; and Director of Academic Support and Continuing Professional Development Ahmad Taiff Isahak
The President’s Scholar award recipients (L-R: Iver Tan, Nich Toh Chin Yuan, Luke Rohan David, Chew Poay Ling) with Director of Academic Affairs Dr Liew Yueah Cin; President Dr Seah Soo Aun; and Director of Academic Support and Continuing Professional Development Ahmad Taiff Isahak

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At the presentation ceremony, Dr Seah took the opportunity to congratulate and commend the four President’s Scholars on their accomplishments. He reminded them not to rest on their laurels just yet but to keep up their excellent performance throughout their academic journey and beyond.

“The President’s Scholar Award was created to recognise and reward outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence in their semester performance. We hope that this will encourage students to motivate and challenge one another in healthy competition, improve their own performance and vie for this award every semester,” he explained.

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Nich Toh Chin Yuan receiving his certificate of achievement from Dr Seah

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The award recipients with their Programme Coordinators – Lee Heng Wei (Diploma in Business Studies), Doris Tan (Diploma in Accounting), Luqman Aliff (Diploma in Creative Multimedia Production) and Ahmad Taiff Isahak

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Visually-impaired Nich Toh Chin Yuan was ecstatic to know that he was among the President’s Scholar Award recipients. The Diploma in Business IT student from Johor hopes to use his knowledge to help create a programme allowing visually impaired users better access to the computer. He attributes his enriching academic journey at DISTED, which is like a home away from home for him, to supportive and caring lecturers as well as helpful college mates.

For Chew Poay Ling, the award meant the world to her as it not only lightened her financial burden but also represented the recognition of her hard work and effort.

“Receiving this award has given me the added motivation to continue my academic journey,” said the Diploma in Accounting student who aims to achieve a 4.0 GPA in the August – November semester.

For their stellar efforts, the students were also rewarded with tuition fee rebates up to 50% in the August – November 2015 semester.

Gifts of toys bring cheer to paediatric patients

It was heartening to know that a group of Cambridge A-Level students chose to dedicate their free time aside from their studies to contribute to this year’s edition of Project Teddy.

19 scholarship holders from DISTED College’s Pre-University programme participated in the project which included visits to Hospital Seberang Jaya and Hospital Pulau Pinang during their recent semester break on August 5 & 6.

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Earlier, the team had painstakingly collected hundreds of soft toys, washed and refurbished them carefully before packing them as gifts for the paediatric patients of both hospitals.

Joy Chu, who participated in both visits, said that it was really touching to know that the hours devoted to cleaning, fluffing and packing the toys made the day of all the sick children, including their siblings.

“It’s really good to take time to stop and see how we can bless others; when you make a little kid smile, you will also feel their happiness,” she added.

For Elsa Chew, the project taught her to be more grateful for her life and the people around her. She vowed to give back to the community more often, as “it was all worth it at the end to see how little things in life can make a difference in the children’s lives”.

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Many other students who participated in Project Teddy also echoed the same sentiments on their involvement in the initiative. It was a good learning experience for Chan May Wen who picked up needlework skills while mending and decorating the toys and for Elizabeth Ong, who declared that it was one of the most productive semester breaks she had ever had.

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DISTED College president Dr Seah Soo Aun also lent his support to the long running community initiative by spending his Thursday morning distributing the toys and talking to some of the children at Hospital Pulau Pinang.

Tan Siew Ping and Angela Seow Yu Ean both expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to spread happiness to others in a meaningful way and brightening the lives of the children they met on the visits.

Student Nicole Ann agreed that the project was a meaningful one as it not only brought happiness to the children but also gave them hope and courage to fight against their illnesses.

Together with project advisor and founder, Datin Helen Lim Pin Lean, the students distributed the soft toys and packed goodies of foodstuff to the young patients in Hospital Seberang Jaya on August 5 and Hospital Pulau Pinang on August 6.

The students were also accompanied by DISTED staff and lecturers, Puan Norhiza Mohamed Noor, Mrs Siew Gaik Allen, Ms Diana Quah, Dr Low Khee Lam and Ms Lee Lei Yong on the visits.

Celebration of the Seasons

Story by Samir Lim Chun Ming, Diploma in Hospitality Business Management student

DISTED College’s School of Hospitality Management held its annual HM Night on June 28 with the theme ‘Seasons in Our Lives’ at Hotel Jen, Penang. The highlight of the night was to celebrate the achievements of the School throughout the years as well as its students’ success.

It was also a welcome of sorts for new students and a gathering to bid farewell to graduating students.

Susie Khoo + Mary Ann HarrisMany prestigious VIPs and partners of the DISTED School of Hospitality Management came together to celebrate this momentous occasion. One of the distinguished guests present was the President of Penang Centre of Education Tourism, Dr Mary Ann Harris, seen here with School of Hospitality Management Senior Lecturer Ms Susie Khoo.

The students gave great performances throughout the night, which was an opportunity for students to gather and enjoy each other’s company in a stress free and comfortable atmosphere.

 

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The collaborative performance of Miss Sarah Tan and Mr Farid Arsyad serenaded the night with her angel-like voice and his excellent guitar skills. It was the perfect opener that liven up the evening.

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Miss Michelle Yeoh, the Head of Events of the Organising Committee then went on to mesmerise the audience with her award-winning dance number.

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Mr Chin Ming Sung, a hidden talent undiscovered for many years until HM Night 2015, surprised those present with his rendition of currently popular song, Flashlight.
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Of course, the night would not have been made successful without a group of dedicated organisers as well as performers but who can forget the emcees, Mr Gabriel Lim, Miss Yong Nga Kuan and Mr G-shen Kumar Yeap who pumped up the crowd and made the night livelier with their own unique blend of humour.
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hm-014[/ezcol_1half_end]Kudos to the tireless men and women who made the night possible, the Organising Committee who sacrificed their time and effort in order to make this night a resounding success under the guidance of esteemed lecturers as well as Staffordshire University Degree Programe students.

Their effort and hard work is a legacy that will be carried on forward by the next HM Night committee as has always been with the passing of each baton. The spirit of DISTED School of Hospitality Management will live on, embodied by each and every one its students.

The event was graced by SHM academic staff, Ms Susie Khoo, Dr Sydney De Silva, Ms Fiona Ngoh, Ms Nurul Nadia, Mr Ravichandran Sellakanu, and Ms Asilah Gafoor.

Celebrating academic success

Some 300 students were conferred their diplomas and degrees in various disciplines at DISTED College’s 24th Graduation Ceremony on May 23.

The event, celebrated with much pomp and grandeur, marked another milestone of pride for DISTED, a premier private college in northern Malaysia with a MyQUEST 5-Star excellent rating accorded by the Ministry of Education.

 

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The joyful ceremony saw Dean of Faculty of Business, Law and Education, Professor Susan Foreman representing the Staffordshire University (United Kingdom) to present the scrolls to the sixth cohort of 75 graduates of the prestigious honours degree programmes of BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance, BA(Hons) Business Management, BA(Hons) International Business Management and BA(Hons) Marketing Management.

 

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214 students received their diplomas in accounting, business information technology, business studies, computer science, creative multimedia production, and hospitality business management. Three other students received their Certificate in Hotel Operations. This was the inaugural graduation for Diploma in Accounting and Diploma in Creative Multimedia Production Students.

Amongst those who graduated include 14 international students from Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and one each from France and Nepal.

Looi Kah Mei, who obtained the BA(Hons) International Business Management, was the degree programme valedictorian. She attributed her success to lecturers from the School of Business Studies, saying “They have played a vital role in ensuring my well-being and development, and for that I am grateful.”

Diploma programme valedictorian Wong Shu Wen, who received the Diploma in Business Studies, and H’ng Ying Shan, best graduating student with Diploma in Hospitality Business Management, were awarded Australia’s University of Tasmania academic prizes worth RM1,500 each.

For Shu Wen, DISTED provided her with a solid foundation in tertiary education where she had a great experience. It was an experience which not taught her lessons in the classroom, but also outside. “I was given many opportunities to organise events for the college, which although was a duty it was more of a privilege for me”

34 of the total graduands were recipients of DISTED’s scholastic and awards programme, which included the DISTED Sports Excellence Award and DISTED Special Scholarship award. To-date, DISTED has produced close to 4,000 graduates meeting the employment needs of the industry since its establishment in 1987. The college has also awarded over RM6 million in various awards and scholarships benefiting more than 2,000 students.

 

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In his congratulatory address, President and CEO of DISTED College, Dr Seah Soo Aun reminded the graduates to remember the sacrifices and contributions that others have made towards their success.

He also acknowledged the Yeap Chor Ee Charitable Trust and the Wawasan Education Foundation for their generosity and support in enabling the College to carry out its mission of delivering quality higher education.

Tan Sri Dr Chin Fook Weng, a member of DISTED’s Board of Directors, presided over the ceremony.

Congratulations to all graduates of 2015!

Mentoring the young

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This year marks the first time DISTED College is participating as a corporate sponsor in the Young Enterprise (YE) Programme organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Malaysia. The YE Programme was established in 1989 as an extra-curricular activity project to allow secondary school students to learn about running a real business and discover for themselves the basics of entrepreneurship.

Team DISTED comprises of lecturers Mr Lee Heng Wei, Dr Low Khee Lam, Ms Elaine Chan, Mr Luqman Aliff, Mr Mohammad Afif, Ms Ang Choo Ling, Ms Teh Seow Ling and from the Operations Ms Tan Chooi Wen (Marcomm), En Abdul Rashid Abdul Kadir (Library) and Mr Khoo Poh Jin (ASU), and acts as mentors to students of its paired school, SMK Abdullah Munshi.
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Through this year-long partnership, Team DISTED will guide the students (known as “Achievers”) in running their company, Altin Genofax, in a proper business cycle and managing their business in a profitable manner.

Mr Lee, who leads Team DISTED, is confident that the combined pool of capable DISTED advisors in their respective fields will contribute to the students’ understanding of the corporate world and success as budding entrepreneurs.

Through this year-long partnership, Team DISTED will guide the students (known as “Achievers”) in running their company, Altin Genofax, in a proper business cycle and managing their business in a profitable manner.

Mr Lee, who leads Team DISTED, is confident that the combined pool of capable DISTED advisors in their respective fields will contribute to the students’ understanding of the corporate world and success as budding entrepreneurs.

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Commenting on DISTED’s participation in the programme, President Dr Seah Soo Aun hopes that Team DISTED, through its long-term efforts in guiding, engaging and educating the students, will make a lasting and positive impact on the students’ lives.

In February, Team DISTED participated in two YE Workshops – the Advisors’ Workshop on February 13 and the Achievers’ Workshop on February 25. The Advisors’ Workshop brought together the corporate and teacher advisors while the Achievers’ Workshop saw the “Achievers” attending a day-long hands-on workshop that taught them the know-hows of managing the full life-cycle of a business. The 2015 YE Programme attracted participation from 16 sponsor companies and schools in Penang.
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Building bridges the DISTED way

It was a proud moment when two teams from DISTED’s Cambridge A-level programme emerged triumphant at the regional Bridge Building Competition organised by Monash University on April 12.

The students, led by their advisors Dr Low Khee Lam and Mr Teng Wei Jian, who competed in teams of four each were given the arduous challenge of constructing a firm and structurally-sound bridge using materials like newspaper, cellophane tape and glue.

Following a briefing given by Monash University’s civil engineering lecturer, the students proceeded to construct their bridges.

After five hours of meticulous planning and laborious building, the completed bridges were tested with the laws of physics.

The completed bridges were judged based on weight, symmetry and deformation of bridge after loading, as well as students’ presentation on their bridge design.

The winning team comprising of students Elizabeth Yeap Kye Lyn, Tan Chun Meng, Bryan Tay Kah Yuan and Chong Sze Yen, built the lightest bridge weighing 270g with a 6mm deflection withstanding a load of 1,800g.

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After five hours of meticulous planning and laborious building.
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The winning team comprising of students Elizabeth Yeap Kye Lyn, Tan Chun Meng, Bryan Tay Kah Yuan and Chong Sze Yen. It was a proud moment when two teams from DISTED’s Cambridge A-level programme emerged triumphant at the regional Bridge Building Competition organised by Monash University on April 12. The students, led by their advisors Dr Low Khee Lam and Mr Teng Wei Jian, who competed in teams of four each were given the arduous challenge of constructing a firm and structurally-sound bridge using materials like newspaper, cellophane tape and glue. Following a briefing given by Monash University’s civil engineering lecturer, the students proceeded to construct their bridges. After five hours of meticulous planning and laborious building, the completed bridges were tested with the laws of physics. The completed bridges were judged based on weight, symmetry and deformation of bridge after loading, as well as students’ presentation on their bridge design. The winning team comprising of students Elizabeth Yeap Kye Lyn, Tan Chun Meng, Bryan Tay Kah Yuan and Chong Sze Yen, built the lightest bridge weighing 270g with a 6mm deflection withstanding a load of 1,800g. The other team - Shahul Hameed bin Mujib Kamal, Ooi Wei Jie, Loh Kiang Oon and Ch’ng Le Hang, came in third with their bridge weighing 380g. The champions, from left Elizabeth Yeap Kye Lyn, Tan Chun Meng, Bryan Tay Kah Yuan, and Chong Sze Yen will be accompanied by their advisor Mr Teng for the grand finals to be held at Monash University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur on May 16. A-level physics lecturer Dr Low was ecstatic over the double-win; and said that he hoped the competition exposed the students to a different style of learning and widened their understanding about engineering. Student Chong Sze Yen, who aspires to be an engineer, said that good planning and team work contributed significantly to their win. Her teammate, Brian Tay, concurred, “All our meticulous hard work in building and experimenting with different prototypes over the weekend paid off and we’re excited to be competing in the grand finals with the regional winners.” Third placing, from left: Shahul Hameed bin Mujib Kamal, Ooi Wei Jie, Loh Kiang Oon, and Ch’ng Le Hang All the best, students!
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The other team – Shahul Hameed bin Mujib Kamal, Ooi Wei Jie, Loh Kiang Oon and Ch’ng Le Hang, came in third with their bridge weighing 380g.

A-level physics lecturer Dr Low was ecstatic over the double-win; and said that he hoped the competition exposed the students to a different style of learning and widened their understanding about engineering.

Student Chong Sze Yen, who aspires to be an engineer, said that good planning and team work contributed significantly to their win.

Her teammate, Brian Tay, concurred, “All our meticulous hard work in building and experimenting with different prototypes over the weekend paid off and we’re excited to be competing in the grand finals with the regional winners.”

All the best, students!
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The champions, from left Elizabeth Yeap Kye Lyn, Tan Chun Meng, Bryan Tay Kah Yuan, and Chong Sze Yen will be accompanied by their advisor Mr Teng for the grand finals to be held at Monash University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur on May 16.
The champions, from left Elizabeth Yeap Kye Lyn, Tan Chun Meng, Bryan Tay Kah Yuan, and Chong Sze Yen will be accompanied by their advisor Mr Teng for the grand finals to be held at Monash University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur on May 16.

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Third placing, from left: Shahul Hameed bin Mujib Kamal, Ooi Wei Jie, Loh Kiang Oon, and Ch’ng Le Hang.
Third placing, from left: Shahul Hameed bin Mujib Kamal, Ooi Wei Jie, Loh Kiang Oon, and Ch’ng Le Hang.

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Improved facilities on campus for cutting-edge college life

DISTED College, in the spirit of continuous improvement, has implemented some upgrades and infrastructural developments throughout the first quarter of 2015 towards an overall enhanced college life experience for students.

One of the significant upgrades is the increase the bandwidth for broadband access in both campuses. According to Ms Lak Hoong Ying, Head of IT Management and Services, students at the Yeap Chor Ee Heritage Campus now enjoy faster Internet speeds of 30Mbps, 12 Mbps and 4 Mbps while those at the Wawasan City Campus can surf at speeds of 12Mbps, 8Mbps and 4Mbps respectively.

To cater to more diverse taste buds, a new eatery, Dillie Deli, has started operations at the Yeap Chor Ee Heritage Campus since early March. The deli serves a variety of halal Malay and western food, desserts and cakes.

For all stationery needs, students can now patronise the new campus bookstore, aptly named Books ‘n Stuff. Reference books and exclusive DISTED paraphernalia are also available on sale at Books ‘n Stuff. Students have the option of using their 1Malaysia book vouchers for their purchases.

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Dillie Deli - Halal Malay and Western Food.
Dillie Deli – Halal Malay and Western Food.
Mind Maker Room
The Mind Maker Room

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Books n Stuff
Books n Stuff
Mind Maker Room
The Mind Maker Room

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This year also sees the college experimenting with a new concept and environment for lectures and meetings. For this purpose, a fully-carpeted room designated as The Mind Maker is furnished with lounge chairs, ambient lighting and necessary audio-visual facilities to create a laid back yet learning-conducive atmosphere. This departure from the traditional lecture room will hopefully spark a new form of learning style that encourages collaborations and interactions between the lecturer and students.

For a start, the Mind Maker is being utilised by students undertaking the Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) programme for lectures and psychological research purposes. The new concept, if proven effective, will be gradually implemented across the College.

Do look forward to more changes and innovations coming soon for a more cutting-edge college experience at DISTED!