15 DISTED College students currently studying DISTED’s degree programmes in collaboration with Staffordshire University, UK participate in the 2018 New Service Talent Programme to Taipei, Taiwan from 16 July – 28 August. The programme is sponsored by Sayling Wen cultural and educational foundation.
344 graduates took centre stage in DISTED College’s 27th Convocation Ceremony, which was held at a leading hotel in Penang on June 30. The event, which was splendidly celebrated, saw these students being conferred their diplomas and degrees in various disciplines.
The convocation ceremony witnessed 149 graduates receiving their degree from the college’s partner from the United Kingdom, Staffordshire University. This year’s cohort of Staffordshire University graduates produced its biggest group of First Class Honours graduates with 18 students receiving this prestigious accolade. It is the first time the DISTED – Staffordshire partnership achieved such an astounding feat and both graduates and lecturers are pleased with the achievement.
The ceremony also witnessed the 3rd batch of eight graduates from the college’s collaborative partnership with HELP University in conferring its renowned Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree.
This year also saw the graduation of 187 of DISTED’s very own diploma and certificate students in the area of business, accounting, hospitality management, creative multimedia, information technology, computer science and Intensive English. Of these diploma graduates, 159 of them also earned the coveted Dual-Award diploma from DISTED as well as the Higher National Diploma (HND) as awarded by the Business and Technology Educational Council (BTEC) of UK.
The convocation ceremony was officiated by the Chairperson of DISTED’s Board of Directors Dato Seri Stephen Yeap. He was joined by members of DISTEDs Board of Directors, Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Region representing Staffordshire University, UK and Dr Prihadi Kususanto representing HELP University.
Dr Seah Soo Aun, President & CEO of DISTED College began his opening speech by commending on the high quality of graduands at this year’s ceremony. “A graduation is a ceremony meant to celebrate every individual’s success over the many years of struggle and hard work,” he said. “I would like to salute and congratulate all 344 graduates that will be receiving their scrolls today”, Dr Seah continued.
Also present was Dato Seri Dr Kelvin Kiew, Chairman & President of Mini Circuits Technologies of Malaysia. He congratulated the graduands, and presented his words of wisdom and motivation from his academic and extensive industry experiences to the graduates.
Part of the ceremony’s proceedings include the awarding of the President’s Trophy to the Best Graduating Diploma Student and Valedictorian, Ms Elizabeth Khoo Woon Lynn who obtained her Diploma in Business Studies. Elizabeth said “DISTED is a great place to acquire and learn industry-related knowledge and skills. Moreover, the lecturers and staff here are very helpful and will not hesitate to lend you a hand under any circumstances,” she said.
Wong Shu Wen who obtained First Class Honours in the BA (Hons.) Marketing Management from Staffordshire University was the recipient of the Chairman’s Gold Medal for the Best Graduating Degree Student, and Valedictorian. “Being a diploma graduate of DISTED, I was given the opportunity to pursue my degree in the Staffordshire University Business program at DISTED without having to spend a lot of money in the UK. This is indeed a wonderful arrangement,” Wong said.
Other Outstanding Degree graduates include top achievers Ho Yu Heng for BA (Hons.) Accounting & Finance, Koh Hui Ling for BA (Hons.) Business Management, Chew Pei Ying for BA (Hons.) Events Management, Ooi Yun Lin for BA (Hons.) International Business Management, Shannon Benjamin Sim Shang Yue for BSc (Hons.) Business Information Systems Management and Sophiyanah A/P David Christopher for B. Psychology (Hons.).
Outstanding Diploma Graduates include Ch’ng Jay Min for Diploma in Accounting, Lim Fang Wei for Diploma in Business Information Technology, Lee Wen Jun for Diploma in Computer Science, Jonathan Chow Hoong Khun for Diploma in Creative Multimedia Production and Lee Huei Theng for Diploma in Hospitality Business Management. Lim Kai Kei was the recipient of Outstanding Certificate Graduate for Certificate in Intensive English.
It was a momentous day for all the graduates who will begin their career on a high note and who will make their family and the DISTED fraternity proud of them.
DISTED School of Hospitality Management is organising our annual Hospitality Night. This event is organised by students for students. The Objective of the event is to bid farewell to the seniors that will be graduating soon and to welcome the juniors to the school. This will also be another opportunity for us, colleague, to get together.
On behalf of DISTED School of Hospitality Management, it is with great pleasure that we extend the invitation to you. It will be held at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang on 1st July, 2018 from 7.00pm to 11.00pm. The ticket is priced at RM98.00 for DISTED staff and Alumni, RM110 for public. The attire for the night is elegant formal wear. It would be our honour to have your presence on this auspicious occasion.
Please confirm your attendance by 22nd June 2018, Friday. If you are attending, please register using the QR code below and my students will make an appointment to see you for the collection of ticket money.
I look forward to your favourable reply. Thanks you.
An invitation from Miss Nurul Nadia, the chairwoman of HM Night 2018 of School of Hospitality.
DISTED School of Pre-University (Pre-U) hosted its inaugural mathematical Olympiad (DMO) for secondary schools in Penang. The competition was well received with fourteen (14) schools confirming their participation. The purpose of the competition was to provide an important opportunity to encourage youth to solve challenging mathematical problems.
Team Champion SMJK Chung Ling of Elvis Yeap, Low Zhen Xuen, Brandon, Yeoh Zi Song and Tan Chin Peng won cash prize, trophies, certificate of participant and DISTED Scholarship worth RM20,000. First runner up of team category went to Wong Jer Ren, Lee Kuan Liang, Lai Wei Siang and Lim Swee Keong from SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth and walked away cash prize, trophies and certificate of participation. The third place went to Team SMJK Chung Hwa of Khaw lin Koon, Teoh Ming Wei, Lee Yi Xuan and Chew Shao Qian.
Next the Champion for individual category went to Yeoh Zi Song from SMJK Chung Ling. He won cash prize, a trophy, a certificate of participant and DISTED Scholarship worth RM10,000. Second place went to Tan Chin Peng from SMJK Chung Ling and walked away cash prize, a trophy, a certificate of participant and Koay Yi Ting from Han Chiang High School won third place and walked away cash prize, a trophy and a certificate of participant.
The Champion for Individual Category
The Champion for Team Category
The DISTED Science Olympiad (DSO) was organised by DISTED School of Pre-University (Pre-U). Open to secondary school students, the main purpose of the competition is to foster interest in the field of Science and Technology amongst secondary school students.
This year competition saw Leong Ji Chao from SMJK Chung Ling emerged as the champion in DSO individual category. He walked away cash prize, a trophy, a certificate of participant and DISTED Scholarship worth RM10,000. First runner up Azim Irfan B. Aidi Zulkarnain from SMK Bukit Jambul won cash prize, a trophy and a certificate of participation. Lee Yenn Wen of SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian won third prize and walked away cash prize, a trophy and a certificate of participation.
The champion of team category went to Han Chiang High School! The team members comprised of Lewis Chua Xian Zhen, Ooi Chun Keat, Lim Xue Pin and Ng Yee Thern walked away cash prize, trophies, certificate of participant and DISTED Scholarship worth RM20,000. Chung Ling Private High School and SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian were the runner ups. Ng Yong Jian, Lo Zhi Hao, Oong Jin and Pang Xihern of Chung Ling Private High School won cash prize, trophies and certificate of participant. Kuganie A/P Tannimalai, Ong Hui Chin, Neoh Shu Yen and Khaw Lin Koon from SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian walked away cash prize, trophies and certificate of participation.
The Champion of individual category
The Champion of Team Category
The grand finals of the 2018 DISTED Culinary Challenge brought the curtain down at DISTED School of Hospitality Management on 12th May which feature 20 talent young chefs representing 10 secondary school across Penang. The winner went to Nur Sini Syauqina Bt Yusoff and Nurul Syafiqa Bt Zainal Abidin from SMK (P) Methodist. The winning team walked away cash prize, trophies, certificate of participation, the coveted DISTED Culinary Challenge Trophy and DISTED Scholarship worth RM10,000.
Sean Cheah Nan Lin and Yvonne Lim Wei Xuan from Chung Ling Private High School and Khoo Guan Ghee and Yvonne Tan Xin Yan from Phor Tay Private High School were the runner ups. The second place won cash prize, trophies, certificate of participation. The third place walked away cash prize, trophies and certificate of participation.
Other highlights during the finale include the Fruits and Vegetables Artistry Challenge to showcase ones fruits and vegetables carving skills. Teo Chiew Chi and Florence Lim Mingxuan walked away the First prize and won cash prize, trophies and certificate of participation. The second prize went to Marina Bt Abdul Kadir and Liew Jun Hong with cash prize, trophies and certificate of participant and the third prize went to Ong Zi Jie and Thor Shao Hang with cash prize, trophies and certificate of participant.
First Runner Up
Second Runner Up
The inaugural DISTED Science Olympiad was held on 12th May at the DISTED YCE Heritage Campus. This Science Olympiad is an annual competition for secondary schools, it is organised by the DISTED School of Pre-University. Its main purpose is to foster interest in the field of Science and Technology amongst secondary school students. The competition was well received with seven (7) schools confirming their participation. Dr Jerry Koay, DISTED’s Director of Academic Affairs, officiated the Olympiad, with invited guests, Associate Professor Dr Pang Boey LIM, Director of Global Education and Mr S.K. Fong, Administrative Officer from TUT, Penang office.
A total of 60 participants took part in the competition with some of the students participating in both the individual and team event. There are a total of 12 teams consisting of 4 participants in a team which vied for the team championship while some 20 students competed in the individual category.
Dr Koay was delighted to see such strong support from the various schools and applauded the contestants in taking up the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) challenge which will help propel the nation into a developed country. “Our economy is headed towards the Industrial 4.0 revolution and it is no doubt that STEM is a major propelling force of the said revolution,” Dr Koay said. “Taking on the Industrial 4.0 challenge is crucial for the development of our nation’s economy,” Dr Koay continued.
As Penang’s first Not-For-Profit institution of higher learning, DISTED College is indeed ready to equip students with the latest skills, knowledge and values to tackle what the industrial revolution has to offer.
Winners from the individual and team event will stand a chance to win gift vouchers sponsored by MPH Bookstore, cash prizes and trophies. In addition, winners of the individual category will be awarded with a RM10,000 DISTED scholarship while the winners of the team category will be awarded with a RM20,000 DISTED scholarship. Both scholarships are valid for any programmes at DISTED College.
“We are delighted to receive strong support from the schools who have sent some 60 students to participate in the event,” Dr Loo Ai Yin, Head of DISTED School of Pre-University. The competition acts as a medium to showcase innovative STEM content and to increase student participant in STEM. “The competition allows students to participate in various challenging fields of science as well,” Dr Loo continued.
Event Highlight – Find Your Twin
Winners of Individual Category
Congratulations to the winners and all of the participation. Our heartfelt thanks go to the judges, guests of honour, school counselors, friends and family who made the weekend great fun!
2018 DISTED Fruits and Vegetable Artistry Challenge