CV Talk by SU Alumni Mr Jason Ong

On 17 April 2018, SU alumni, Mr Jason Ong of class 2015 was invited to share with his junior, tips on how to build a powerful CV. Jason who has 3 years of working experience in talent acquisition for Asia Pacific region for multinational companies shared his insight on the do’s and don’ts of CV writing and interview techniques. The session was organised to benefit SU Year 2 students who are currently undertaking the Professional Development module under the guidance of Ms Elaine Chan.

DISTED Annual Clubs and Societies Recruitment Week

DISTED College held its Clubs and Societies Recruitment Week for students to join clubs or societies. The event saw many clubs’ and societies’ representatives and advisors trying to attract new students from Jan/March intakes.

Some clubs and societies went extra mile decorating their booths and displaying photos of various activities throughout the past year.

The college encourages students to join a club or society as it helps students enhance their learning experience and expand their resume in a positive way.

Student Teoh Pei Hooi from the Psychology Club said “We’ve put in a lot of effort to decorate our booth and showcase past activities to capture the attention of the new students,” The club suggested that the college would allowed the clubs and societies representatives to do pre-promotion before the recruitment.

March ’18 Orientation

Some 200 freshmen came and attend the DISTED New Students Orientation (NSO) which took place today, from 9am at DISTED Yeap Chor Ee Heritage Campus. The NSO acts as a platform for new students to mingle with other students, academic staff and the college management team, and to become familiar with the college’s facilities and services.

DISTED CEO and President Dr Seah Soo Aun welcomes the students while delivering his opening remarks. Also in attendance was Mr Paul Dobson, Senior Lecturer in Digital and Strategy Marketing of Staffordshire University UK, a long-standing DISTED academic partner.

The orientation kicked off with Dr Seah introducing  DISTED’s Head of Schools, lecturers and management team together with their roles and responsibilities.  The college is a place to develop, gain knowledge and to build a healthy social network. Students need both knowledge, effective communication and strong social skills to be successful in their future, Dr Seah Soo Aun, the CEO and President of DISTED College emphasised during his opening remarks.

Student Hanvit Kim from Korea who is currently pursuing the A-Level programme shares her orientation experience. “It’s fun and very informative,” Kim said. “I was a little nervous until I participated in the orientation, it has been very helpful,” Kim continued.

“The food here is delicious,” students Roland Choong and student Timothy Soe shared. “Not only are the lecturers here friendly, the staff and the cafeteria uncle are also very helpful,” they said. Choong and Soe are best friends and both of them are currently enrolled in the Diploma in Business Studies.

Student Samuel Soon shares that the orientation really helps him get accustomed to campus life. “I’ve learned so much about the campus resources and facilities,” Soon said. Apart from the operational information, he’s also educated on the college’s history. Soon is currently pursuing the Diploma in Business Studies.

The event ended successfully with some ice breaking activity and last but not least, a new college T-Shirt for everyone to start their new chapter in life at DISTED College.

Staffs Uni ‘Most Improved’ in THE Student Experience Survey 2018

Staffordshire University’s improvement in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey is about understanding students’ individual needs and providing wrap around support, according to Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes.

Published with the THE, the survey shows a rise of 4.1 per cent on last year’s score, winning Staffordshire University the ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ at the THE Awards in December.

The University ranked highly for good relationships with teachers, providing fair workloads and small tuition groups and also showed a marked improvement for its links with industry and high quality facilities.

Professor Liz Barnes said: “We’re delighted that the improvements we are making are being recognised by students. Understanding their behaviours and motivations is important as is recognising the challenges they face – a large percentage of our student community are mature and live at home and access the University’s learning facilities in the evenings and weekends.”

“However, we still have a lot to do and must continue to enhance our student experience and their opportunities. Ultimately though our improved performance in the THE Student Experience Survey shows that our brilliant and connected staff are positively impacting on the experience of our students and that gives us reason to feel proud.”

Rankings from the Student Experience Survey are in their 11th year, with research by YouthSight. Find out how scores were allocated, copy and paste the https://goo.gl/UAStSH

Staffs Uni ‘Most Improved’ in THE Student Experience Survey 2018

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Librarians Association of Malaysia Launches The Standard for Academic Libraries at AGM

The 63rd Annual General meeting  of  the Librarians Association  of Malaysia (PPM)  was  held on 26 March 2018 at the Great Hall of Universiti  Putra Malaysia. Three staff from DISTED Library, Fairunizan Akbar Malik, Nurul Anisah bt. Mohamed Sultan  and Rashidah Begum Fazal Mohamed are professional members of the Association.

The  meeting  was attended  by more than 300 members from throughout Malaysia. In her opening remarks the President of the Association,  Dato  Nafisah Ahmad, who is also the Director General of the National Library of Malaysia, spoke about the need for Librarians to make themselves even more visible in the various environments they operate in. The high level of Library services that are being currently provided by the various kinds of Libraries was one of the reasons that Malaysia was chosen to host the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, 24-30 August 2018.

During the  meeting,  several publications were launched.  These included the 2018 edition of University Library Standards which can be used as a reference source for academic libraries in the public and  private sector  in Malaysia, Handbook of Librarians Association of Malaysia and the PPM journal 2017.

Another very important initiative was also launched. This was the  National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS) document for jobs in the Library and information sector. NOSS is established by the Department of Skills Development under the purview of the Malaysia Ministry of Human Resources. It is a document that underlines and specifies competencies needed by a skilled worker who is gainfully employed in Malaysia for an occupational area and level, and pathway to achieve the competencies. NOSS  for the Library and information sector is being developed by Librarians Association of Malaysia together with the National Library of Malaysia for industry practitioners and skilled workers based on occupational needs and career structure in the Library and information sector.

Message from Library and Educational Services

 

Activity Based Learning – Let’s Get Out From The Classroom!

The students of Entrepreneurship Development planned a series of activity based learning as part of their coursework project. Breaking the routine of traditional classroom learning, the coursework was designed to engage students to be more participative and take ownership of their learning progress. The students are divided into 5 groups and were put in charge to organise activities linked to the spirit of entrepreneurship.

On 29 January, the group has an up-close and personal session with a local entrepreneur, Miss Choo who founded Medix Lab in 1993. The session started with Miss Choo sharing her ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. In the Q&A session, she also provided insights on how she sustained her business in the midst of tight competition from well established labs like Path Lab. In addition she also emphasised the need of providing differentiated and quality service to customers. A tour to the lab facility was conducted and the session was wrapped up with a group photo.

Next, a Heritage Hunt was organised on the 5th February. The students went about selecting a local business at Penang Heritage area and were given the task of producing a video promoting the unique features of the business.

The third group organised a business pitching session. Each group was given 1.5 hours to come up with a new service offering and pitch their idea to the rest of their friends who acted as the role of “customers”. During the session, their idea was being challenged and the best group with the best idea won.

 

On 1 March, the group went for a Perseverance Hike, the hike started from Youth Park and ended at Point 3. The purpose of the hike is to emphasize the spirit of “perseverance and team work” in the journey of entrepreneurship. The mission of the hike is “No one was to be left behind, even one has to be carried up to the destination”. Overall the hike was a great success as everyone made it to the destination and some even went an extra mile to reach Point 5.

Last but not least, to wrap the activity based learning session, Group 5 organised a series of challenges that emphasised on the value of team work, attention to details, execution intelligence and effective resource allocation which are essentials ingredients of a successful entrepreneurial endeavor.

 

 

Visit to Bank Negara Malaysia, Penang Branch

A total of 39 students comprise of 23 students from Diploma of Business Studies and 16 students from Diploma of Accounting visit Bank Negara Malaysia Penang Branch.

The visit provides students the opportunity to understand our central bank of Malaysia’s role and responsibilities especially the function to stabilise the national economy and currencies supply.

Students were briefed about the differences of functions and roles between BNM and other commercial banks as well as development banks by exemplifying the real time issues.

In addition, students were thoroughly explained how independent of #BNM towards stabilising the growth of our national economy by manipulating the interest rate to sterilise stock market and to stabilise the value of currency.

The Taiwan Exchange Programme and CNY Dinner

A total of 26 Students from School of Business Administration were selected to attend the Taiwan Exchange Programme 2018 themed “New Service Talent” on 28 Jan at DISTED College. The exchange programme is fully sponsored by Sayling Wen Cultural and Education Foundation.  The programm is open to tertiary students from Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan. Successful applicants of this programme will travel to Taiwan for a month long programme to experience different sights and sounds to gain further understanding of the Taiwanese working culture.

Meanwhile, some 50 DISTED students include alumni were invited to attend the Chinese New Year Gathering dinner at Sea Queen Restaurant which organised by Sayling Wen Cultural and Education Foundation.

 

DISTED’s A-Level Achievers Share Secrets to Success!

The School of Pre-U invited Mr Tan Wei Jun, a DISTED’s alumni who had obtained Three straight As comprising Two High Distinctions (A*) in Psychology and Economics in the May/June 2017 examination to the A-Level Top Achievers Talk.

A2 students were invited and given the opportunity to acquire Tan’s secrets to his academic success. One of the crucial factor that contributed to his academic success was DISTED’s dedicated and selfless lecturers. “They’re always here to assist whenever students have problems in their studies,” Tan shared during the talk. It was indeed a rewarding experience for both the students and Tan.

 

Mr Tan Chin Huan, an alumni and also DISTED’s Top Achiever who had obtained FOUR straight As include Three High Distinction (A*) in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics in the recent November ’17 examination, was invited to The A-Level High Achievers Talk on 2 February to share his secrets to his academic success to DISTED’s current Pre-U students.

“The learning environment here at DISTED was fun and the lecturers and staff are so friendly and helpful,” Tan shared. “Never once turn down my request whenever I need help,” he continued.

 

DISTED’s Top achiever and Mr Ho Wen Hao, Kelvin who obtained Three straight As in Chemistry (a), Biology (a) and Mathematics (a) in the recent AS Level November ’17 examination was invited to share his motivation towards achieving success with the students on 2 February.

“Work hard and do as many past year paper as possible, don’t afraid to ask questions.” He summerised his recipe for success. “The lecturers are always here to help,” Ho continued.