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.

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.



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


Chinese New Year Celebration at SPACE

After a week of the festival break, #hostel students are welcomed with warmth and delicious steamboat spread at #SPACE and the #YeeSangtossing ceremony bring good luck to their studies.

The 5-storey student residence at King Street, SPACE provides students with modern self-catering accommodation just minutes away from banks, eateries and public transport links.

Fully furnished room with attached bathroom, air-con, stationary desk and chair, water heater and internet connection.

For more information, please contact 04-229 6579 ext 224 or email to jessciaang@disted.edu.my  

DISTED CNY Open House Celebration to Welcome The Year of The Dog

Staff and students gather at DISTED College for the firecrackers, drums and lion dance performance to usher in the Year of The Dog.

The DISTED Annual Chinese New Year Open House began with a lion dance performance blessing the campus and the lighting of firecrackers to signify prosperity, good luck and strong wealth to the college and staff.

After the lion dance performance, staff gathered at the newly refurbished Heritage Hall for lunch and some fun activities such as Kahoot and the all traditionall Yee Sang toss. There were a total of 9 teams participating in the games and the top 3 teams that emerge as winners are “Hot”, “Walaoeh” and “Muhibbah” with the highest scores. It was indeed a time for togetherness and celebration.

Dr Seah Soo Aun, President and CEO of DISTED College shared the story of The Myth of the 12 Zodiacs and welcomed all to revel in the festivities during his opening speech. Tan Sri Dr Chin Fook Weng, DISTED’s Board of Directors and Puan Sri Mrs Chin were also present to grace the occasion. Professor Nagao and Mrs Nagao were amongst the VIP invited to join in the festivities together with other TUT staff.

Besides Kahoot, staff were also invited to shoot a video of the Yee Sang tossing ceremony and the most creative video with the most auspicious cheer wins a prize as well.

Other fun and interesting game sessions included Best Dressed and Chinese New Year sing-along session. All participants happily walked away with ang-pow prizes and gifts.

Till next year………

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.