HM Night 2017 – ESOTERIC Night, Unveiling the Talents

The DISTED School of Hospitality Management organised its anniversary gala event the HM Night 2017 – ESOTERIC Night, Unveiling the Talents on July 2nd 2017 at Bayview Hotel Penang. The event was to bid farewell to the seniors and to welcome the juniors into the School of Hospitality Management.


Congratulations on a well-organised Convocation and Anniversary dinner

Dear Team DISTED,

I am happy to report that this past Convocation weekend went on very smoothly.  The feedback from our guests and Board members has been mostly positive.  On Friday evening, we welcomed our academic partners, education value partners, school partners, industry advisors, academia advisors, donors, vendors, friends and even the Founders of DISTED to the 30th Anniversary celebratory dinner.  On Saturday, the celebration continued with the witnessing of the 26th Convocation of DISTED, a ceremony with full of joy, happiness and anticipation for 330 of our graduates and their families.

All these would only be possible with the support that I had received from all of you, in particular the organising committee and sub-committee members, who have given your time, ideas and effort into the smooth running of these events.

Whilst I am unable to name all of you in my appreciation message, I believe in your heart you would know that your contributions, in whatever way, have made DISTED proud; and had certainly be an enormous effort towards this making this “Celebration of Success” a success.  With that I thank you.

Please allow me to single out a few of our colleagues who have given their utmost in the organising and smooth running of these events.  To  Khor Tze Ping and his committee members, including Paul and Diana as emcee of the evening, in organising the anniversary dinner, and to Marian and her committee members, including Jessica as emcee, in organising the convocation event.  Please allow me to thank the Marcomm team for putting the marketing and communication strategies into place at both events, in particular Dawn, for taking charge of event management.  I also thank Zaki and the students of our DCMP for putting together the 30th Anniversary video montage and celebratory messages.   And to Teoh, of IT, for putting on a good show, despite the non-cooperation of Sylvester “Rocky” Stallone.

I congratulate all of you on your success!


Seah Soo Aun

St Joseph School at Thailand visited DISTED College

A group of priests from the St Joseph School at Thailand visited DISTED College in search of a premier institution in Penang to help improve the level of English amongst their students and staff. They were escorted by Mr Nakarin of IEG Thailand whom is a partner of DISTED in introducing English Holiday Camps and short-term English courses to the Thai community.

26th Convocation and 30th Anniversary & Appreciation Dinner

DISTED College will be holding its 30th  Anniversary and Appreciation Dinner at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel on Friday, 16th June 2017. On the following day, some 330 graduates will be attending  DISTED’s 26th Graduation Ceremony at the Hotel Equatorial Penang, Grand Ballroom. Below are the details for both functions:

Dinner Programme

6.30pm            Arrival of guests and pre-dinner cocktail

7.30pm            Welcome Speech by Dr. Seah Soo Aun, President and CEO, DISTED College

7.40pm           Congratulatory Speech by Dato’ Seri  Stephen Yeap, Chairman, Board of Directors of DISTED College

7.50pm           Congratulatory Speech by Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon,  Chairman of Wawasan Education Foundation

8.00pm          Dinner begins

8.20pm          Presentation of Appreciation Awards to DISTED Education Partners

8.40pm          Presentation of Appreciation Awards to Top Agents

9.00pm          Cake cutting ceremony

9.20pm          Presentation of Awards to Top of Graduating Class achievers

10.00pm        Goodnight

Convocation Programme


9.30am Graduates to be seated
9.45am Arrival of VIPs and guests
10.05am Speech by Dr Seah Soo Aun, President & CEO, DISTED College
10.15am Speech by Prof Ieuan Ellis, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Staffordshire University
10.25am Speech by Dr Goh Chee Leong, Vice President and Dean of Faculty of Behavioural
Science, HELP University
10.35am Presentation of Diploma Awards
11.05am Presentation of President’s Trophy to Best Diploma Grad & Valedictorian
11.10am Valedictorian Speech – Diploma award
11.15am Presentation of Degree Awards
11.45am Presentation of Chairman’s Gold Medal to Best Degree Grad & Valedictorian
11.50am Valedictorian Speech – Degree award
12.15pm Group photo
12.20pm Light refreshment

Industry Advisory Panel 2017 – 2019 Signing Ceremony

DISTED School of Hospitality Management organised the Industry Advisory Panel Signing Ceremony on 1st June at #. The IAP is a valuable avenue for the School, providing strategic planning and unique industrial insight to achieve its mission equipping students with well-rounded skills and knowledge for their future success.

Dancing Dragon or Headless Chicken – Unleashing the Leader in You

A leadership talk was organised for Year 2 Staffordshire University students on 12th May 2017.The two hour power talk was delivered by Dr Robert Kirby, the founder of Kirby Leadership Academy.

The talk was based on Dr Kirby’s first leadership book entitled “Dancing Dragon or Headless Chicken – Unleashing the Leader in You”. He emphasised the need for good leaders in the ever changing environment and the first step in leadership is to lead oneself.

Based on the acronym of “Dancing Dragon” he shared with students on the characteristics of good leaders which encompass being decisive, authentic, never give up, continuous learner, influencer, neutral under pressure, great team builder and many more.

Dr Kirby with his charisma and humour disposition brought new insight and motivation to the students. Students who took the initiative to share on stage also walked away with his book that comes with his personalised signature.

The organiser of the talk, Ms Elaine Chan cited that breaking away from the normal classroom teaching and bringing guest speaker to her class is one way of challenging students to see things in a different perspective. It is important to inculcate both technical knowledge and soft skills in the development of a student.


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