HM Night 2018 – Floral Fantasy Let Us Bloom

The annual HM Night themed Floral Fantasy, Let Us Bloom which was held at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Penang on 1 July, didn’t fail to be a wonderful evening, showcasing the very best in talent from the DISTED School of Hospitality Management.

The gala event was held to bid farewell to the seniors and to welcome freshmen into the SHM family was developed jointly by the staff of the School of Hospitality Management and its students. The event also acted as a social networking platform to foster relations between alumni, students, lecturers, IAPs and the college.

Mr Thomas Ch’ng, HR Director of Hard Rock Hotel, Mr Steven Ang Cheng Liang, GM of Northern Region Hotel Sentral, Dr Koay Chew Chai, DOAA of DISTED College and Mr Andy Tai King Khoon, Head of Marcomm were among some of the invited guests to the event.

There was a great deal of variety in performance including guitar performances by Jake, Adam and Chin Yau, singing by Vinnie, piano performance by Danny and many more.

The highlight of the night was the crowning of Prom King and Queen. In a split decision by the VIPs, Wong Wen Sheng and Chung Yincheng were selected as Prom Kings and Lai Vinnie was voted as Prom Queen. Other awards include the New Bloomer Award which went to Lim Sok Wen while Jirawat Keeratitharakun emerged as the luckiest winner who walked away with an iPad mini 4.

The night ended with the dance floor opened for all and both students and staff of DISTED SHM danced the night away.

Special performance by DSHM lectures – https://bit.ly/2KzlMdY 

HM Night Committee 2018
L: Prom King – Wong wen Sheng, Prom Queen – Lai Vinnie and the New Bloomer Award winner – Lim Sok Wen.
Emcees of the night.
Speech by the President of HM Night 2018 – Chung Yincheng.
Speech by the Chairman of HM Night 2018 – Ms Nurul Nadia Mohamad.
Speech by Head of School of DISTED School of Hospitality Management, Ms Susie Khoo.
Speech by DISTED’s Director of Academic Affair, Dr Jerry Koay.
L: Mr Chan Wye, Ms Syarifah, Ms Nadia, Dr Jerry, Ms Susie Khoo, Mr Steven Ang – GM of Northern Region Sentral Hotel, Mt Thomas Ch’ng – Director of HR Hard Rock, Mr Andy, Mr Syafiq and Mr Andrew.
Performance by talent students.
Performance by talent student.
Performance by talent student.
Performance by talent student.
Performance by talent student.
Performance by talent student.
Performance by talent student.
Performance by talent students.

 

DISTED HOSTS ANNUAL CONVOCATION & APPRECIATION DINNER 2018

DISTED College hosted its annual Convocation and Appreciation Dinner in conjunction with its 27th Convocation Ceremony. The dinner, held at a leading hotel in Penang on 29th June was to celebrate the success of its graduates and high achievers in the Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes at DISTED. It was also to recognise the contribution and support by members of its Industrial Advisory Panel, academic partners, external examiners and various individuals for all their dedication to DISTED throughout the years.

In attendance for the annual event were Dr Seah Soo Aun, President and CEO of DISTED College, Chairman of DISTED’s Board of Directors Dato Seri Stephen Yeap, members of DISTED’s Board of Directors and Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Region representing Staffordshire University, UK.

Dr Seah officiated the event by acknowledging the support of those in attendance especially towards Staffordshire University and HELP University who has been long standing partners with DISTED. He thanked the many industry leaders, academic members, education partners as well as high school principals and teachers for their support to DISTED.

Dr Seah also congratulated the graduands and top achievers for this year’s convocation for displaying exceptional scholastic ability and great character. He mentioned that their achievements today will echo throughout their lives and will always be an inspiration to many other students in the future. He added that, however, the success of these students are never done alone and it is with the support of DISTED’s dedicated lecturers, support services and partners of DISTED which culminate in the success the students enjoy today.

“With all your support, DISTED has successfully groomed more than 10,000 alumni throughout its 31 years of existence, and has given them the foundation to become productive members of society,” Dr Seah said.

Other event highlights included the presentation of appreciation awards to DISTED education partners by Mr Andy Tai, Head of Marketing & Communications. Dr Jerry Koay, Director of Academic Affairs was also present to present the appreciation awards to DISTED’s industry advisors and academic panels. Last but not least, comes the highlight of the evening and the moment which everyone has been waiting for, the presentation of the top achievers award to the top graduating students of 2018 by Dr Seah.

It was a wonderful evening, with graduates looking forward to join the prestigious and exclusive group of DISTED alumni upon the completion of the DISTED 27th Convocation Ceremony the following day.

 

Top achievers with Dr Seah, President and CEO of DISTED College and Dato Seri Stephen Yeap, Chairman of BOD.
Dr Seah is giving his opening speech.
Dr Seah with VIPs include Dato Seri Dr Kelvin Kiew, Chairman of BOD, Dato Seri Stephen Yeap, member of board and academic partners.
Dr Seah with VIPs include President of Penang Chefs Association, Chef Audee Cheah and President of Malaysia Association of Hotels, Pg.
Top achievers and their proud parents with Ms Annie, Ms Lak and Ms Jesscia.
Top achievers and their proud parents with Ms Marian.
Mr Andy, Ms Ann, Mr Teoh and our valued partners include representative from AUG.
Dr Gwee, Dr Loo, Dr Ng and invited guests and member of IAP.
Ms Dawn and member of media, partners and invited guests.
Ms Susie and member of IAP from hotel industry.
Dr Jerry Koay, Mr Paul and member of IAP include Mr William from PCA.

2018 DISTED CULINARY CHALLENGE FINALS

Some 20 students from 10 secondary schools made it to the DISTED Culinary Challenge 2018 Grand Finale which was held on 12th May 2018 at the DISTED School of Hospitality Management.

“The purpose of this competition is to increase the interest in culinary arts, a field of study among the school students that offers a centre stage for students looking to showcase their culinary prowess and creativity,” said Ms Susie Khoo, Head of School of Hospitality Management.

Contestants were pitted against one another under intense situations and used only the ingredients’ list provided in the Magic Box to create their own specialty dish in 90 minutes.

Distinguished panel of judges for the final round include Chef Audee Cheah, President of Penang Chefs Association, Chef Eric Chuah from Penang Chefs Association, Chef Yew Seong Lip, a seasoned chef with over 22 years of work experience in the culinary field and Mr Warren Tan, an enterprising entrepreneur and is currently a Managing Consultant for several hospitality setup in Penang. The evaluation of the dishes is based on taste, creativity and presentation.

This year’s challenge will see the top team winning the DISTED Culinary Challenge Trophy and cash prizes worth of up to RM500.  On top of that, the “top chefs” will also be awarded a DISTED Scholarship totalling RM10,000. With this scholarship, the winning team may enrol into any of DISTED’s 5-Star Excellent rated programmes within a period of time.

Other highlights during the finale include the Fruits and Vegetables Artistry Challenge which is a mini competition to showcase ones fruit/vegetable carving skills. Winners stand a chance to bag a cash prize of RM300 and a medal.  Last but not least, the school is also organising a Fruits Carving workshop to introduce some basic knowledge of fruits carving to 40 students.

2018 DISTED Culinary Challenge

2018 DISTED Fruits Carving Workshop

 

2018 DISTED Fruits and Vegetables Artistry Challenge

Honourary Judges

Dr Seah presenting token of appreciation to honourary judge Chef Audee Cheah, the President of Penang Chef Association.
Dr Seah presenting token of appreciation to honourary judge, Mr C.F. Chong
Dr Seah presenting token of appreciation to honourary judge Chef Yew Seong Lip
Dr Seah presenting token of appreciation to honourary judge Chef Ong Hock Lye
Dr Seah presenting token of appreciation to honourary judge Chef Lim Hock Kooi
Dr Seah presenting token of appreciation to honourary judge Chef Eric Chuah
Dr Seah presenting token of appreciation to honourary judge Chef Warren Tan

70 high school students got “Psyched OUT” at DISTED’s Psychology Workshop

The DISTED School of Psychology kicked off its inaugural psychology outreach event aptly named “Your Brilliant Mind, Let it Shine!” on 28th April 2018. This practical workshop and exhibition offers, secondary school students, and their friends and family a front-seat to explore the world of psychology, career pathways, and to participate in many interactive activities utilising the many concepts of psychology.

The psychology outreach event took place at the DISTED YCE Heritage Campus, Penang, with some 70 students from various secondary schools in the Northern Region participating in this event. Participants will be enlightened by guest speakers Ms. Sherine Ann Selvarajah, Consultant Child Developmental Psychologist from Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang, Dr Prihadi Kususanto, Forensic Psychology lecturer from HELP University and Ms Silviana Bonadei, Special Educator from 2-way Centre Penang respectively.

“We have designed fun and interactive station games for students to participate in. These games act as a medium for them to understand how psychology touches on every aspect of their lives,” Ms Soo Hoo Pei Ying, programme coordinator of School of Psychology said.

The station games are designed based on 3 adolescent issues mainly Emotional Management, Self-Identification and Memory – Attention. Each station game is designed specifically to tap into the inner-self of each student and for them to understand certain psychological aspects of themselves. One such game which is the Memory-Attention game helps students to be aware of their own cognitive functioning and thus helps to increase their memory attention.  This workshop will definitely help to nurture young healthy minds amongst the community, further explained by Ms Soo Hoo Pei Ying.

An exhibition on various psychological topics was set up to further create an understanding on the talks that were presented earlier. This gives an opportunity for participants and patrons to understand how psychology affects our way of life in some aspects.

Mr. Andy Tai, Head of Marketing & Communications at DISTED, officiated and welcomed students and teachers to the outreach event.  He was encouraged by the high attendance and enthusiasm shown by students and their family members.  He believed that through this outreach event, students will be treated to an eye-opening experience that allows them to explore their personal psychological environment. This, he hoped, will lead students to take up further studies and career in the field of psychology.

DISTED’s Culinary Challenge “heats up” with 60 secondary school students participating

The 2nd DISTED Culinary Challenge, organised by the DISTED School of Hospitality Management, kicks off with its preliminary round of Burger Master Challenge on 28th April 2018.   With a total of 27 teams competing, the top 9 teams will see themselves advancing to the Grand Finale on 12th May, 2018 to compete in a black box challenge.

This year’s challenge will see the top team winning the DISTED Culinary Challenge Trophy and cash prizes worth of up to RM500.  On top of that, the “top chefs” will also be awarded a DISTED Scholarship totalling RM10,000.  With this scholarship, the winning team may enrol into any of DISTED’s 5-Star Excellent rated programmes.

No School
1 PCGHS Private
2 SMK (P) Methodist
3 SMK Air Itam
4 SMK Hamid Khan
5 SMJK Heng Ee
6 Chung Ling Private High School
7 SMJK Chung Ling
8 SMK Padang Polo
9 SMK Westlands
10 SMK Tun Hussein Onn
11 Gems International School, Pearl City
12 SMK Abdullah Munshi
13 SMK Valdor
14 SMK. St. Xavier
15 Phor Tay Private High School
16 SMK Convent BM
17 SMK Sungai Nibong
18 SMJK Heng Ee
19 SMK Taman Inderawasih

 

This year’s DISTED Culinary Challenge is supported by its collaborative partners,   the Penang Chefs Association (PCA) and the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Penang Chapter. The turnout for this year’s challenge has been most encouraging, with many of Penang’s most prestigious schools coming together to participate in this annual signature event from DISTED College. The list of participating schools is as appended below:

“This culinary challenge is an opportunity for young and talented student chefs to demonstrate their skills and culinary knowledge, pitting against each other to emerge as champions in an amateur culinary competition,” said Ms Susie Khoo, Head of DISTED School of Hospitality Management. “The long term objective is for us to generate interest amongst high school students in the area of culinary arts and hospitality.  Our lecturers are always here and ready to guide these students” she continued.

Chef Audee Cheah, President of the Penang Chefs Association said the DISTED Culinary Challenge serves as an excellent platform to attract more young and talented students to pursue their careers in the culinary field. Such an event is always an eye-opener to many youths of the nation, to showcase their skills and bring out their “inner chefs” in them.

Distinguished panel of judges for the preliminary round include Chef Eric Chuah from Penang Chefs Association, Chef Yew Seong Lip, a seasoned chef with over 22 years of work experience in the culinary field and Mr Warren Tan, the Founder of STACKS Burger.

DISTED College hosts its signature events for secondary school students

It’s Event Day at DISTED College. DISTED will be hosting three events concurrently on 28th April namely the 2nd DISTED Culinary Challenge 2018, Mathematical & Science Olympiad Contest and Fun Psychology Workshop. All events are Free of Charge and is open to secondary school students in the Northern Region.

The DISTED Culinary Challenge 2018 organised by the School of Hospitality Management will be kicking off with a preliminary round of Burger Master Challenge on 28th April 2018, which will see all participants contesting in a friendly knock-out system. Winners of the preliminary round shall qualify for the Grand Finale on 12th May 2018.

The contest will be held at DISTED School of Hospitality Management, located at 7 China Street Ghaut, 10300 Penang from 8am – 5pm.

“This is an opportunity for young and talented student chefs to demonstrate their skills and culinary knowledge, pitting against each other to win the grand prize,” said Ms Susie Khoo, Head of School of Hospitality Management.

More info please contact Ms Susie Khoo @ 604-262 5579 or Mr Kenneth Peh @ 604-229 6579

Please click Culinary Challenge 2018 Registration Form and Culinary Challenge 2018 Terms & Conditions

Next, calling all Mathematical geeks out there! The School of Pre-University is cordially inviting all secondary students aged 14 – 17 years old to join and unleashed one’s math ability and potential through the Mathematical Olympiad Contest. The contest will take place at DISTED Yeap Chor Ee Heritage Campus located at 340, Macalister Road, 10350, Penang from 8:30am – 1pm.

“We are delighted to announce this mathematical contest for secondary students in the region as it provides an important opportunity to encourage youth to solve challenging problems with mathematics and stand a chance to win great prizes,” said Dr Loo Ai Yin, Head of School of Pre-University.

More info please contact Dr Loo or Ms Yip Kah Yan @ 604-229 6579

Please click MATHMATICAL OLYMPIAD 2018_Registration Form and MATHMATICAL OLYMPIAD 2018_Terms & Conditions

Beside these two competitions, DISTED School of Psychology is pleased to organise an event called “Your Brilliant Mind, Let it Shine!”. It is a workshop for secondary students and their friends and family to explore the real psychology world and participate in the interactive activities which utilise the concepts of psychology. The event will take place at DISTED Yeap Chor Ee Heritage Campus located at 340, Macalister Road, 10350, Penang from 8:30am – 4pm.

“Besides station games, other event highlights include talks by invited guest speakers Ms. Sherine, Consultant Child Developmental Psychologist from Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang, Dr Prihadi Kususanto, Forensic Psychology lecturer from HELP University and Ms Silviana Bonadei, Special Educator from 2-way Centre Penang,” Ms Soo Hoo Pei Ying, programme coordinator of School of Psychology said.

More info please contact Ms Soo Hoo or Mr Lee Keh Jian @ 604-229 6579

Please click YOUR BRILLIANT MIND, LET IT SHINE!_Registration Form and YOUR BRILLIANT MIND, LET IT SHINE!_Programme

2018 Programme Briefing for March intake

Some 80 students attend the programme briefing of A-Level, SACE International and CIE (Certificate of Intensive English) today at #DISTEDCollege.

At the briefing, students get to meet respective head of school and programme coordinators. The briefing ended with campus walkabout to familiarise campus facilities.

The academic orientation for all programmes newcomers will be take place on April 3rd, Tuesday, 9am at DISTED Heritage Hall.

More info please contact 604-229 6579.

LiFE Academy Inks MoU With Malaysian Association of Hotels, PG

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between LiFE Academy and the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), Penang Chapter, took place on 9th March, 2018 at the Function Room M3 at VOUK Hotel Suites, Penang.

Dr Seah Soo Aun, President and CEO of DISTED College, representing LiFE Academy, and Mr Khoo Boo Lim, Chairman of the MAH, Penang Chapter initiated the agreement respectively.

Other distinguished guests witnessing the MoU signing included Mr Ahmad Taiff, DISTED’s Director of Academic Support and Continuing Professional Development and Mr Philip D. Theseira, General Manager of Royale Chulan.

With this MoU, the MAH, Penang Chapter will collaborate with LiFE Academy, the Continuing and Professional Development arm of DISTED College to endorse its professional short-courses in Hotel Supervisory & Management programme. With MAH’s extensive experience in the hotel industry, LiFE Academy and DISTED College stands in a good position to benefit from the professional insight into its existing School of Hospitality Management academic syllabus and other short courses offered by LiFE Academy.

In conjunction with the signing of the MOU, LiFE Academy is launching the Hotel Supervisory programme consisting of three different short courses: Certificate in Housekeeping, Certificate in Front Office and Certificate in Food Service respectively. Each professional short-course has been crafted to target those who wish to certify their skills and working experiences in the areas of Housekeeping, Front Office and Food Service.

“On behalf of the association, we are indeed delighted to collaborate and be a partner of LiFE Academy to provide such Hotel Supervisory courses. This will not only provide and benefit the employees of our members but to any other people who may be interested to pursue or enhance their career in the hotel and tourism industry. The expectations of the service industry has changed over the years just like our discerning guests, therefore we need to constantly improve ourselves by educating and acquiring knowledge so that we can deliver quality services.” Mr Khoo said.

Other professional short-courses conducted by LiFE Academy include Professional Culinary Courses. This will comprise of three different categories mainly patisserie, bakery and culinary which has been developed in partnership with the Penang Chefs Association. The course is ideal for beginners who wish to begin their career as a professional chef and working chefs who would like to refresh and upgrade their skills and knowledge within their respective culinary fields.

“We work with our industry partners to ensure that those in the hospitality and culinary industry meet high standards of professionalism,” Mr Paul Seah, LiFE Academy’s Head of Continuing Professional Development said. “Our aim is to support the tourism industry here in Penang by providing these professional development courses to those keen to join or are already employed in the various sectors of the tourism industry,” he continued. “We hope to design more courses in the near future,” Paul added.

Other professional development courses in the pipeline include Events Management, Professional Entrepreneurship and Barista Training. For more info, please contact Mr Paul Seah or Ms Elena Yeoh at 604- 229 6579 or email to enquiry@lifeacademy.com.my