Workshop by Ms Tan Kim See, founder & CEO of ACE Global Business Services Penang

The School of Business and Admin was pleased to invite Ms Tan Kim See, the founder and CEO of ACE Global Business Services Penang who has more than 20 years of experience in one of the largest MNC to share her thoughts and insights in the current challenging employment market with SU final year students. The workshop was attended by three alumni, Khor Zhi Yin, Ang Chu Shan and Lim Seok Hoon who have graduated from Accounting and Finance Award to share with students with regards to the values that contribute to the organisation.



Watch the 4 minute video that provides an overview of the congress highlights by clicking on the link   

“It was an outstanding conference in K.L. The very best I have seen in my 25 years in IFLA.” That was how Madam Gloria Perez-Salmeron, President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) described the IFLA WLIC 2018 which was held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from 24 to 30 August. This was also the sentiment of many of participants. The congress was attended by 3500 delegates from over 112 countries and there were over 270 professional sessions and 600 speakers that contributed to the success of the conference.

The opening ceremony included a special message from The Hon. Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia via a 3-minute video. If you have an hour to spare check-out the video of the opening ceremony which was streamed live and watched by more than 100,000 librarians all over the world by clicking on the link

“What a wonderful experience to attend the World Library and Information Congress especially for those who attend for the first time.” This was the comment of DISTED Library staff Nurul Anisah who was a first timer to attend this conference. She had an opportunity to attend the Newcomer’s session where all the newcomers met and introduced themselves and exchanged business cards. Anisah brought along some DISTED College souvenirs to distribute to participant as a way of promoting the college. Another session she attended was the IFLA presidents session, where six IFLA presidents, past and present talked about their journey to becoming an IFLA President. At many of the sessions attended, there would be a number of speakers giving brief presentations and then the session would be turned around to the audience and they would discuss the wider topics in small groups, and eventually present to the rest of the room.

IFLA WLIC is good platform to see what librarians around the world are achieving. You can connect and learn from others. Anisah said that the “knowledge and experience gained will be applied directly or disseminated to my colleagues at DISTED library to be implemented in the daily duties and responsibilities.” IFLA WLIC in 2019 will be held in Athens, Greece and IFLA WLIC in 2020 will be in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Opening Ceremony of IFLA WLIC 2018
The IFLA Governing Board and the Malaysia National Committee visiting the Bridge at level 42 of the Petronas Twin Towers.
Anisah & the speakers for the session of Resource Sharing Tips and Tricks-Document Delivery and Resource Sharing.
Participants attending session Librarian Fashion: What does the way we dress say about us?


The Closing Ceremony of IFLA WLIC 2018
Message from Nurul Anisah Binti Mohamed Sultan

Your Professional route to becoming a Barista

What makes a great barista? Ever wondered what it’s like to be a coffee connoisseur? The answer lies within the Professional Barista Course currently being offered by LiFE Academy in partnership with Forest Cloud Coffee Company.

A  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between the two companies took place at Forest Cloud Coffee Company’s premise on 23rd August 2018 with the highlight being the launching of LiFE Academy’s Professional Barista course to provide a platform for beginners and seasoned baristas to widen and refresh their skill and knowledge within the coffee industry.

Dr Seah Soo Aun, President and CEO of DISTED College, representing LiFE Academy and Mr Kaiho Aw, Managing Director of Forest Cloud Sdn Bhd initiated the agreement.

With this MoU, LiFE Academy and DISTED School of Hospitality Management stands in a good position to benefit from the professional insight Forest Cloud has to offer into the academic syllabus and other professional courses offered by LiFE Academy.

Forest Cloud Coffee Company is a multidisciplinary venture capital that specializes in the coffee industry and is one of the biggest coffee product and equipment wholesalers in Penang and currently supplies to over 330 cafés in and around the island.

While brewing a kappa with a fancy coffee machine may make one feel like a barista, the reality of it is much more complicated than that. The Professional Barista course is carefully designed to cater to a variety of needs from brewing skills, bean knowledge to operating commercial coffee machines.

The course comprises of three different categories mainly the City & Guilds Barista Skills Level 2, Barista Pro Course and Barista Essentials. The 10-day Barista Skills Level 2 by City & Guilds provides the craft, skills and knowledge required for a professional barista to excel in the field of coffee brewing. Next the 3-day Barista Pro Course is ideal for beginners with little to no experience to gain in-depth knowledge on the journey of becoming a certified barista. Last and certainly not least, the 1-day Barista Essentials, an express class specially designed for individuals who seek a basic understanding about coffee culture would be ideal for those keen to explore the world of coffee brewing.

In celebration of the partnership between LiFE Academy and Forest Cloud, a special introductory rebate up to RM600 is being offered to individuals who wish to register for these programmes.


National Olympiad Mathematics Competition (OMK) 2018

The Persatuan Sains Matematik Malaysia (PERSAMA) held its annual National Olympiad Mathematics Competition (OMK), with the competition format requiring all contestants to undergo the competition in the respective states.

The annual competition consists of 3 categories:

  1. Kategori Bongsu (for students from High School Form 1 and Form 2)
  2. Kategori Muda (for students from High School Form 3 and Form 4)
  3. Ketegori Sulong (for students from High School Form 5 & 6 / Matriculation / equivalent level of studies)

Up to 40 excellent OMK contestants will be shortlisted for selection to participate in the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad) intensive camps. The IMO is an international mathematic competition that has been organized since 1959.

As DISTED College (Pre- U students) have joined in for participation in the OMK competition.

The competition date as below.

Date    : 28 July 2018, Saturday
Time    : 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Venue  : Hamzah Sendut Library 2, Universiti Sains Malaysia
(E41, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Jalan Sasaran, 11800 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang)

The competition was held yesterday, please see the attached photos which are captured at outside of the competition venue before start of the competition.

Message from School of Pre-U

2018 The Young Enterprise (YE) Sales Fair

The Young Enterprise (YE) Sales Fair was held on 23 & 24 July, at 1st Avenue and was officiated by Penang Chief Minister YB Chow Kon Yeow.

This year DISTED College continues to act as the corporate sponsor to Chung Ling High School to provide insights in the area of capital development, product design, product manufacture, sales and marketing strategy and tactics.

The students focused on producing STEM based products such as LED reading partner, mini vacuum cleaner and other general products like leaf bookmarks and such. It was a total sold out on both days of the sales fair and the students managed to garner a total sales revenue of RM7,000.


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.

Ms Susie Khoo, Head of DISTED School of Hospitality Management and her diploma graduates
Tossing the mortaboards high and far.
344 proud and happy graduates attending the 27th Convocation which took place at Eastin Hotel, Penang on 30 June.
Graduates from School of Psychology. A 3+0 degree programme in collaboration with HELP University.
Dr Gwee, Head of School of Business and Admin and the degree graduates.
(L) Dr Prihadi Kususanto from HELP University, Dr Seah Soo Aun, DISTED President and CEO, guest speaker Dato Seri Dr Kelvin Kiew, Chairman & President of Mini Circuits Technologies of Malaysia, Chairperson of DISTED’s Board of Directors Dato Seri Stephen Yeap, Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Region representing Staffordshire University, UK and Dr Jerry Koay, DISTED’s Director of Academic Affair.
Dr Seah is giving his welcoming speech.
Guest speaker Dato Seri Dr Kelvin Kiew is giving his words of wisdom and motivation to the graduates.
Dato Seri Stephen Yeap presenting the graduation scroll to Outstanding Diploma Graduate, Jonathan Chow Hoong Khun from Diploma in Creative Multimedia Production.
Dr Seah presenting the President’s Trophy to the Best Graduating Diploma Student and Valedictorian, Elizabeth Khoo Woon Lynn who obtained her Diploma in Business Studies.
Professor Ieuan Ellis presenting the graduation scroll to the recipient of the Chairman’s Gold Medal for the Best Graduating Degree Student, and Valedictorian to Wong Shu Wen who obtained First Class Honours in the BA (Hons.) Marketing Management
Dr Prihadi Kususanto from HELP University presenting graduation scroll to Outstanding Degree Graduate for B. Psychology (Hons), Sophiyanah A/P David Christopher.