30 November 2007

Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, Ghost, Clay...

Remember that scene in Ghost, with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze behind the potter's wheel? Yup, that famous scene.

Last Saturday, a few staff gathered at the Art & Design Department hoping to be able to re-enact that scene. Our dreams of Patrick Swayze shattered when we were told that we had to undergo at least a year of basic pottery training before we are even allowed near the equipment.

Everyone arrived at the Ceramics class organised by A&D Dept eager to get our hands dirty. I even cut all my nails short for the occasion. It's not often that you can see the staff acting like kids.

L-R : Jeannie(Psychology), Yoke Yap(Nursing), Karen(Directorate), Betty(HR) and Irma(ALevels)

Clay is a more complicated material than I thought. I kept treating it like plasticine, until Cindy, our teacher, told us that if any air bubbles are formed in the clay, the whole thing will explode when baked in the kiln (oops).

L-R: Wan(Art&Design), Yati(HR) Neda and Susan(Art&Design), and Cindy(our teacher)

Most of us didn't end up with what we had in mind. Our spirits were willing, but our hands were less-than-skillful. Few of us did though - Betty (HR) managed to make the pot she wanted for her office plants with pretty butterflies surrounding it. Watch out to see if she actually decides to use it in her office.

Our MASTERPIECES before it is dried and sent to the kiln (we think they're beautiful and no one can convince us otherwise):

The Department are organising part-time courses for Basic Drawing & Painting and Basic Pottery. For enquiries, contact Tel: 7491 8622 HELENA (ext. 3500, Email: helenac@sunway.edu.my) or WAN NOORAZILA (ext. 3501, Email: noorazilaw@sunway.edu.my)

15 November 2007

15 Grandparents Stories - A Devised Theatre Piece


Yay! Another performance by our Performance+Media students was staged yesterday.

I've always enjoyed their shows and never ceased to be amazed at how talented some of these students are.

I've caught a few of their previous productions, like Three Fat Virgins and The Coffin is Too Big For the Hole, and I loved...

1) how each student play multiple roles yet carry it off without confusing the audience.

2) the full use of the most minimal of props - simple and 'un-distracting'.

For 15 Grandparents Stories, these 15 students dug for stories from their grandparents to tell to the audience. The stories mostly dwelled on the Japanese Occupation, superstition, a tale or two from Africa (there was an African student in the cast), etc.

When the audience entered the Uni's Roof Top Theatre, the cast was already sitted along the back of the 'stage'.

I like the concept of having no 'backstage' and the actors have to remain in character from beginning till end.

You have to be willing to get physical if you wanna take up this course. I mean, you have to do things like this:

Hiding from the Japanese soldiers in a 'temple'

My favourite story out of the 15 had to be Under The Umbrella. It explained why our grandmothers scolded us for bringing an open umbrella into the house. Apparently, as I found out yesterday, ghosts can 'hide' under our umbrellas and we risk bringing them home with us if we do not close it before entering the house. Interesting...

Not only was it enlightening, but the student who acted as grandmother, ghost and boy-who-brought-open-umbrella-into-house-and-got-a-spanking switched between the roles effortlessly from one to the other and back again all within 5 minutes (see what I mean about the multiple roles?) as another student became the narrator.

They also used bottles filled with water and sand, leaves, and simple musical instruments to create the sound effects. Who knew that blowing unto the mouth of an empty mineral bottle can make a sound unbelievably similar to a ship's horn (see what I mean about making the full use of minimal props?)

They are going to stage the show one more time at SMK Methodish, Ipoh. Break both legs!

7 November 2007

Terry Fox Run KL (continued)

So the Terry Fox Run was an immense success! We sent two bus-loads of students who volunteered as marshalls or simply just to run (many thanks to the Student Services Dept for sponsoring the transport).

There were more staff and student who went there with their own transportation.

You gotta love this guy:


Well, firstly he's a SunU student as you can tell from the 20th Anniversary badge he was wearing:

Second, and most interestingly, while he's busy directing the runners and cheering them on, he can bring a book to study!

Does it say 'Advanced Functions & Introductory Calculus'? Gosh!

SunU students were everywhere! Here they are!

Turn a corner...There they are again!

No prizes for guessing which SunU Admin staff this is:

A final cheer by SunU staff and students along with others from Sunway Group - SUPPORT CANCER RESEARCH!

30 October 2007

Gala Dinner: Surpass Like Stars

Ah, the Gala Dinner was a blast! Everyone dressed to the nines and some barely recognisable out of their usual working garb.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The only pictures I have on hand now are these:


Female Category: Nancy "Shake-It" Litman - CIMP

Male Category: Alykusno "I'm Sexy" Aziz @Aly - Student Admin

Couple Category: Stephen Hall sweeps Julie Tang off her feet - Language and Compulsory Subjects Centre

Group Category: The FOUR Musketeers - Jeremy, Kean Sing, Terence & Max - Student Services

I must point out the people who made it all happen:
  • Elisa (SSD) - Chairperson
  • Mahesh (MUFY) - Performances, sound & lighting
  • Natalie (HR) - Registration, table seating
  • Judith, Ee Sarn, & Adelene (SSD) and Ms Chew (Purchasing) - Lucky Draw prizes
  • And of course me and my wonderful PR Dept colleagues - publicity, commemorative Blaze
  • Faith (Marketing), Ken & Seng Choy (SCT), and I worked on the video which everyone seemed to enjoy very much.
  • Bee Fong - LED Ice Cubes Souvenier
  • The Performers
  • Did I leave anyone out? Sorry!

I'll find a way to distribute pictures and the video to everyone.

Meanwhile, let us know what YOU think of the dinner by leaving comments below. Did you like/dislike the venue, performances, souvenier, etc. (constructive critisms, please!)

24 October 2007

A Glimpse Of Students' Lifestyle In America @ Sunway University College

In conjunction with Sunway University College’s two decade long partnership with Western Michigan University (WMU), Sunway held ‘The American Week’ to offer students a taste of life as a student in the United States of America.

Dr. Timothy Greene, Dean of College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Mr Bill Woods, Associate Dean, Diether H. Hanicke, Institute for Global Education, both from WMU came specially to launch the event. The launch saw a WMU alumnus, Brian John Yim performing a song and a dance performance by the students of Western Michigan University.

Professor Jarlath Ronayne, Vice Chancellor of Sunway University College shared his thoughts on Sunway University College and Western Michigan University partnership.

“The partnership between Sunway University College and Western Michigan University has been an enduring one as together we’ve surpassed many challenges and milestones in the last 20 years. We are very proud and honoured to be a partner of WMU” shared Professor Jarlath.

Mr. Bill Woods reciprocated Sunway University College’s appreciation of the partnership and said “WMU has always welcomed and looked forward to receiving Sunway students as they have usually been great students and were regularly on the Dean’s List. Sunway has prepared their students well for WMU”.

The much anticipated American Week will see a host of programmes held between 22nd – 27th October providing students the opportunity to learn more about an American students’ lifestyle.

Among the programmes organized are 3 on 3 basketball tournaments, American book display, Halloween Costume Night, Theatre Performance, Exhibition by Lincoln Center, an Academic Forums, talks by established individuals from Western Michigan University, General Electric Aviation Services and the American Embassy.

At the launch, American Degree Transfer Program alumni shared their experiences with the students. Testimonies of a students’ life in the United States of America was much appreciated by the students as it helped them manage their expectations and assisted them in preparing for studying and living in America.

Students who are enrolled in the American Degree Transfer Program are also allowed to apply to other universities in the US other than Western Michigan University.

11 October 2007

Terry Fox Run KL


This is Terry Fox's story...
Terry Fox knew personally, the importance of the need for cancer research. At the age of 18, he was told that his right leg had to be amputated above the knee as a result of bone cancer. During this crucial period, Terry saw the intense pain and despair of other cancer victims and was deeply moved. In order to raise funds for cancer research, he decided to run across Canada asking for donations. This became “The Marathon of Hope”. Terry Fox died before he could complete his crusade, but his legacy is carried in the hearts of all who participate or donate to the Terry Fox Run each year around the world.

It's here again! Terry Fox Run KL 2007!

4 Nov 07

Lake Gardens

T-shirts can be purchased at SunU from me, EeLing, PR Dept, ext8130, elchoy@sunway.edu.my or Steven, CIMP, ext8112, steven@sunway.edu.my

All proceeds will go to CARIF in support of cancer research.

27 September 2007

Stimulating Minds with the YOUTH@RESEARCH 2007 Competition

The School of Computer Technology, Sunway University College organised its second run of the highly successful Youth@Research 2007. It was held on 5th September and culminated with the awards presentation on the 6th September. The event was in line with the Government’s effort to position Malaysia as a competitive knowledge-based economy with e-information and communications technology (e-ICT) as the enabler towards globalisation of ICT and multimedia hub to enhance competitiveness.

The main objective of the event, themed “Research Towards Excellence in ICT 2007” was to highlight the importance to youth and to inculcate research culture among youth as part of their life long learning. Students from secondary schools and graduates from Institutions of Higher Learning were given the opportunity to participate by presenting their very own research and development in any areas of ICT.

There were a total of 73 entries of research papers from the tertiary level and 23 research papers submitted by secondary students nation wide. All short listed participants were provided with presentation skill training to prepare them for the Youth@Research 2007 presentation. The tertiary level was organised jointly with MDEC in conjunction with the University-Industry Commercialisation Collaboration Forum.

The judges applauded all participants for their creative and efforts in research and awarded three winners each in the tertiary as well as the secondary school level.

SMJK Kwang Hua, Klang was the 2nd runner up as the team presented their research in showcasing how Form 4 chemistry lessons will be more effective through micro-scale experimental techniques as compared to the traditional use of chemical equipments. The enlightening research project was titled “Quantitative Analysis Made Easy”.

SMJK Yu Hua, Kajang walked away with the 1st runner up title with its project titled “Effectiveness Of A Cyber Hub In A Secondary School”. The research project displayed how cyber hubs are beneficial to students in secondary schools in improving their performance in their education.

The winning team for the secondary school category from SMK Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya presented its impressive and comprehensive research project, investigating the public’s level of familiarity with video games and their gaming habits.

Merit awards were given to SMK Seafield, Subang Jaya and Air Merah, Kulim, Kedah in the secondary school category.

For the tertiary category however, the competition was much more steep and comprehensive.

The second runner up in the tertiary category were led by a group of international students from Bangladesh and Yemen with its project titled “Like Deelers”.

The first runner up in the tertiary category are from Sunway University College, researching in Hologram Keyboard and Monitor.

Multimedia University clinched the winning champion title with its intricate research project entitled “A Secure Touchless Authentication via RFID and Revocable Biometrics”.

“I’m really excited about winning this award. It was an idea that came to my head but I put it into words to suit the theme of the competition. I’m glad that it has already been implemented successfully at my university,” exclaimed Tong Kin Foo, Multimedia University, champions in the tertiary category.

Wilson Chong Wei Shen from Sunway University College shared that “It was a good experience for us in the 4 months that we took to prepare for this and we learnt – No pain, no gain”

The winners proudly walk away with RM 3000, RM 2000 and RM 1000 prize money, certificates and medals for the first, second and third placing respectively under the two categories for schools and tertiary level participation. The event organizers were grateful for the full sponsorship from EMC Global Sdn Bhd, SC-PNP Edaran Sdn Bhd, The STAR, PC.COM, EC-Council, Asia Chain Management, Sun Microsystems Sdn Bhd, and Oracle Corporation Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

For further information, please visit http://sctnet.sunway.edu.my/youth.

25 September 2007

Lessons in the Art of a Good Argument

Developing rational thoughts and constructing arguments to better our lives may be one of the most refined facets of human interaction. Two teams did just that as they went head to head recently at Sunway University College in the celebrated Oxford vs. Cambridge Debate 2007. Organized by the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia, it featured current Oxford and Cambridge students and members of the English Speaking Union (ESU) Malaysia World Student Debate Team 2007.

The motions this year were “This House Believes that the Medium of Instruction in Schools Should be English” and “The House Believes that Security Measures are Justified at the Expense of Civil Liberties”. The latter motion was chosen by a coin toss, less than an hour before the debate commenced. The Cambridge team was the Government and the Oxford team the Proposition.

The Debate was an impromptu one so that bright speakers will have to think on their feet. The motion generated the right level of heat, lightness and controversy as the speakers put their ultimate test brandishing word against word with wit and intellect. The compelling topic brought forth the winning team with the most mettle, from Cambridge, who supported the motion.

The afternoon, as promised, was a deft and healthy exchange of ideas which would attest to the words of George Bernard Shaw “The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it”

Participation from the floor, also regarded as the members of the “house” was encouraged. They were also allowed to interrupt on points of information.

A former A-Level student from Sunway University College, Qu Hsueh Ming who is pursuing Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University represented the Oxford team. The Chief Judge for the event was Mrs. Margaret Kaloo. Principal of ELC International School and Elizabeth Lee, Executive Director of Sunway University College and past President of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia, was the Mistress of Ceremonies.

The Debate was sponsored by Sunway University College, Deloitte Malaysia and the ESU with the cooperation of JobStreet.com.

About the Oxbridge Society of Malaysia

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia was registered on 11 January 1960, at the initiative of the late Tun Sir Henry H.S Lee. The Society was founded to promote and facilitate social, recreational and cultural activities between past and present members of the Universities, to further causes and projects in the interests of the members, and to hold an annual Boat Race Dinner on the eve of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

True to the objects of the Society, the Society has organized annual Boat Race Dinners, debates, dinner and luncheon talks and numerous other events. The Society has played host to many distinguished guests and dignitaries, including our Prime Minister and the Vice-Chancellors of the Universities.

30 August 2007

William and Haziq Serve up Life Lessons at Culinary Classes

The culinary students of the Sunway University College School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management (SHTLM) were pleasantly surprised when two special students joined them in class. They soon realized that there was more to life than studying.

William Lim, 20 and Mohd Haziq Mohd Izmi, 19, are special students at the SMK Bandar Sunway. The Sunway Group adopted SMK Bandar Sunway as part of its corporate social responsibility programme (CSR). William and Haziq were given the privilege to join the four month practical culinary and kitchen operations classes of the first year of the Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management programme at Sunway.

Both William and Haziq enjoy a tailored curriculum with a more vocational bent at their school which has a programme for students with learning disabilities. They are usually given work at the GOLD Street Café, a signature project by SMK Bandar Sunway which provides skills training for the learning disabled community.

William and Haziq were all eyes as chef instructor /lecturer Choong Siew Lee began to show the class how to make a selection of fettuccini, tagliatalle and angel hair pasta from flour. “William and Haziq had no problems picking up skills and they had a great sense of teamwork” said Choong.

“I really felt a glow of pride when I saw my students becoming more sensitive and attuned to William and Haziq in class” said Choong. “It is a part of their humanitarian education and encourages them to be more mature when they are given the opportunity to interact with the less able” she added. The two became well assimilated as the other students socialised with them during lunch and after class.

Asked how they found the classes, William replied “They were interesting and we made a lot of friends” to which Haziq concurred “We learnt a lot in class”

This initiative was part of the 6-month Job Placement Programme under the 3R Corporate Social Responsibility by the Sunway Group. Sunway University College took in the students for training before they were attached with the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa. Elizabeth Lee, Executive Director of Sunway University College said “We fully support the Group’s objective to equip intellectually challenged students with skills that they can use in the real world. This training experience is invaluable as it teaches them independence and self-confidence”.

28 August 2007

Two Aussie Students Spend a Semester in Malaysia

Two students who blended right in at Sunway University College and who could not get enough of our Malaysian culture were Victoria University, Melbourne students Tristan Knowles and Nikolai Popov. They elected to be exchange students to spend a semester of their final year at the twin VU Bachelor of Business degree programme at Sunway University College. The course has a student exchange programme that allows its students to spend one semester in any VU campus worldwide during the course of their studies.

Before Malaysia, Tristan had already spent a semester in Beijing, China. He shared, “As a student at Sunway it was very similar to studying in Australia, so in that way it was not a huge change or learning process. Everyone spoke English and being run by Victoria University, course content and teaching was the same in Australia. However it made me develop as an individual through my experiences settling into a new country and meeting new people”.

Tristan liked the closer relationships with fellow students and even lecturers here, “Because of the smaller class size and the degree structure, most people knew each other and the lecturers knew the students well. I liked the diversity of study at Sunway too with students from many different programmes studying many different specialisations”.

“Being at Sunway was an invaluable experience as I was able to meet many bright students from all over the world and learnt a lot about the many different cultures” said Nikolay. He added, “The level of teaching is very high and the academic staff extremely helpful and friendly. The same applies to my fellow students who helped me in my adaptation process in a new environment”. He recalled that he had many memorable moments with good friends he met at Sunway.

What Tristan found very different was the lively cafeteria with students being busy everywhere and lots of different activities. This was a new experience for him coming from the Melbourne campus where it is much quieter. Both agreed they liked all the socializing after class at the nearby ‘mamak’ stalls.

The Victoria University (VU), Melbourne, Bachelor of Business was first introduced in Sunway University College in 1994. 1+2, 2+1 and 3+0 arrangements are available at Sunway University College. Students may transfer to VU Australia at any designated time as the programme in Sunway is identical to that in VU in Australia.

In its quest for world class education, Sunway has a two-month internship programme for its high achieving second or third year students for internship into one of the following prestigious accounting firms; KPMG, Deloitte KassimChan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and BDO Binder. Top students, particularly graduates who majored in accounting are also assisted with job placements into the “Big Four” accounting firms.

10 August 2007

Soup Kitchen Fairies Feed Almost One Hundred Homeless

Thirty-five ‘fairies’ from Sekolah Sri Bestari cooked nasi lemak for almost 100 homeless people at the Community Services Centre recently. They were led by schoolmates, Lim Seng Rong, Stephanie Yeow and Goh Yuen Zhuang, who initiated this project as part of the Youth Leadership Programme organised by Sunway University College (Sunway).

The self-named ‘Soup Kitchen Fairies’ started out collecting dry food items from their schoolmates. However, response was poor due to the inconvenience of bringing the bulky food packages. Young as they were, Seng Rong, Stephanie and Yuen Zhuang were undeterred. Time was against them, but they devised a new solution to conduct a monetary donation drive instead.

“Contingency plans are very important because problems can easily be encountered,” they reported to the organisers, wise beyond their years.

To rally support for their project, Seng Rong, Stephanie and Yuen Zhuang gave speeches during morning assemblies about their campaign. After three weeks and with RM2335 in their hands, the ‘fairies’ bought various fresh ingredients to cook a complete meal. They felt that it was a blessing in disguise, as they were providing a more wholesome meal now instead of the initial plan of canned and dry-packed food which was less nutritious. Surpluses were used to procure gifts and toiletries to be donated to the Centre.

For their efforts, Seng Rong, Stephanie and Yuen Zhuang received scholarships worth RM8,000 each to any pre-university, diploma or American Degree Transfer Programmes at Sunway University College, RM1,500 in prize money and a trophy for the school as first place winners in the challenge. They intend to use the prize money to upgrade their school facilities.

When asked what they would have done differently in retrospect, Seng Rong replied, “We would have widened our scope to include students from the lower forms. It is a good experience for them in helping the needy and they can continue our project for the coming years after we have left the school.”

The Youth Leadership Programme organised by Sunway is a competitive award programme that aims to nurture and develop future leaders of our nation. The Form 4 and 5 school students, in teams of three, had to submit proposals on a chosen community project. Sunway University College, a Trust Fund institution, has always placed Corporate Social Responsibility high on its priority. Accordingly, the Youth Leadership Programme which spanned from February to June this year specified that all proposals have to focus on making meaningful contributions to the society.

The participants had to attend leadership and project management workshops at Sunway and a special community exposure session where the organisers brought them to visit residents of Petros Residential, Rumah Kepercayaan, and Double Blessings Disabled Independent Living Association. Finally, the teams channeled their newfound knowledge into the execution of their proposals on specific dates with seed money of RM250 provided by Sunway.

The implementation stage was judged by the participants’ organisational and decision-making skills, teamwork, communication within and outside the team, creativity in problem solving, conflict management, and public relations skills. The judges moderated their viewpoints with 360 degree feedback from the teams’ peers, principals, counsellors, teachers, parents and external people whom they interacted with when running the project.

“I am surprised to see that some of them can do so much, even surpassing what an ordinary adult would be committed to do,” commented Dr Liew Yoke Ying, Chief Judge and Head of American Degree Transfer Programme at Sunway “They are prospective leaders and they discovered their own potential while executing the project. Many of them want to come back next year as coaches to their juniors and some schools are committed to go for the champion position in the next competition.”

97 proposals were received from 32 schools and 24 teams were short listed to execute their projects. Besides the Soup Kitchen Fairies Campaign, other notable first and second runners-up winning projects were in the aid of the flood victims of Kampung Maju Jaya in Johor Baru and the Indian community helping Pure Life in Skudai, respectively.

Popiah, Oh Popiah!

18 July 2007. The usual suspects - Meng Wai, Jacq, Christina, Steven and me. New additions - Joelin, our new Counsellor, and Lawrence Law, IT Department's new henchman. Scene of the crime - Student Admin Meeting Room

Popiahs only cost RM1.20 per piece. But we decided we wanted to go through ALL the trouble of making our own.

Meng Wai specially bought the Popiah 'skins' from Penang, and the rest of us contributed various fillings: jiu hu char, boiled egg, fried shallots, lettuce, sauces, etc.

We discovered that folding a popiah is much harder than it looks. Half of us were eating popiah with 'torn' skins or with fillings falling out one end while we were desparately cramming the other end into our mouths.
Lawrence proudly showed off his almost perfect popiah.
Oh, do let me tell you all a bit about our new colleagues. Lawrence - has been with Sunway Group for a number of years - has two children - perceived as quiet (riiiiiiight) - is Superman in disguise - loves Transformers - is fairer than Snow White - loves chocolates.
Oh woe is me! I don't have a picture of Joelin. She is a graduate of UM and VERY TALL.

31 July 2007


Students pursuing their Diploma in Conventions and Events Management at Sunway University College recently organised a Japanese-themed charitable event called the ‘Sakura’ charity fashion show and buffet luncheon.

Proceeds from the sale of tickets were channeled to SMK Bandar Sunway’s programme for students with learning disabilities called G.O.L.D. (Generating Opportunities for Learning Disables), which aims to provide vocational and life training for such students.

Sunway University College students also managed to raise funds for the G.O.L.D. programme throughout the semester (prior to the event) through sales from a food bazaar as well as selling Japanese knick-knacks and games. Sourcing for sponsors and producing programme booklets, raised a total of RM5,888.

Held at the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management’s (SHTLM) fine dining restaurant, the event saw guests enjoying a hair and fashion show inspired by trends from Tokyo whilst sampling a spread of delightful Japanese delicacies.

The hair show, which kicked off the event, had student models showing off the latest hair-dos inspired by trend-setters in Tokyo. The fashion show which followed presented a range of beautiful kimono-inspired creations, with celebrity model Amber Chia, a special guest at the event, also participating.

“This is the first time I’ve attended an event organized by students. I am very impressed at how professional these Sunway students are at getting the event together, and with zero budget! I could see the sincerity in their hearts at wanting to make the event successful for the benefit of the disabled children, and I was delighted to be apart of it” said Amber at the event.

The students’ efforts in the event were assessed as it fulfilled part of their course requisites. The course provided a real event organising experience and stimulated more interest in the subject for the students.

“Initiated by Sunway University College’s Founder and Chairman Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah with its Trust, the institution has always been committed to giving something back to the community. Even though the event is part of the student’s course requirements, we always encourage them to remember the less fortunate and so they came up with this interesting Japanese-inspired charitable luncheon,” said the Head Trainer of SHTLM, Mr. Busky Mathews Baskaran.

Prior to the event, the students interacted with the students from the G.O.L.D. programme, teaching them how to make festive cards and playing games with them. This was part of the students’ all round education to create awareness for the less fortunate and stimulate positive values for themselves.

“The knowledge and skills we learned through this project will not only enhance our experience but make us better equipped to work in the conventions and events industry,” said second-year student Clarise Ching who is also project manager of the event.

13 July 2007

Sunway Cricket Players ‘Bowled Over’ by Legend Aravinda Da Silva

Sunway University College cricket players were given cricketing tips by legendary Sri Lankan cricketer, Aravinda Da Silva during his visit to Sunway University College.

Aravinda Da Silva, the man credited with winning Sri Lanka the Cricket World Cup in 1996, bowled over the students of Sunway University College, with his encouragements and words of support.

While he signed autographs for the students, he exhorted them to practice and work harder and to make their country proud in all their endeavours. The students, which include international students from Sri Lanka, couldn’t believe their luck when they found out that they will be joined by the star during their game this morning.

“As a fan I felt most honoured to have Aravinda to teach us some pointers. I am thankful to Sunway University College for the arrangement. It is truly the best way to learn!” said Ahamed Azaam who is pursuing a degree in Information Technology under the School of Computer Technology at Sunway University College.

Sunway University College is one of the few private institutions in Malaysia that is equipped with sporting facilities such as a full-sized field and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. It encourages its students to be an all-rounder and gives out sports scholarships every year to its student athletes.

28 June 2007

COGITO, ERGO SUM (I THINK, THEREFORE I AM) - Talk on the Malaysian Manager at Sunway Reinforced Positive Thinking


Attendees to the recent talk on ‘Malaysian Managers of the 21st Century’ by Dr Tarcisius Chin at yet another successful Distinguished Speakers Series at Sunway University College, left the auditorium where the talk was being held, highly motivated.

Dr Chin engaged the audience with his wit and charm injected into an interesting subject that everyone could relate to ~ how to lead in a fast paced world.

Having been in a vantage position as former Chairman and CEO of the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM), Dr Chin shared pertinent points on the changing environment of Malaysia, and how being a manager was tremendously different 40 years ago compared to the current setting.

“Back then the economy was largely based on agriculture and commodities. The degree of management required was to the extent of managing plantations or mines and delving in an emerging import-substitution oriented manufacturing community.

Today, the economic and managerial scenario is like moving on a fast forward mode. Everyone has an MBA and doing their PhDs. Everything is driven by information and knowledge, and reinforced by global connectivity. At the same time, the market has flattened beyond borders and the global market needs to be served,” said Dr. Chin.

His advice to the managers of Malaysia was divided into four approaches:

  1. The managerial response

    Dr Chin advised managers to develop a global mindset (from jaguh kampong to pahlawan dunia), cope with the information age, innovate, diversify and acknowledge and balance change.

  2. Developing the Malaysian manager

    Dr Chin highlights the importance of acquiring relevant knowledge and competencies, with bias for conceptual, technological and integrative skills.

    Holistic education is also important, combined with appropriate experience.

  3. From manager to leader

    To be a good leader, one needs to keep pace and embrace change then renew oneself constantly in order to reflect.

    A leader needs to also sustain himself by continuing to self-learn (read, explore and be curious)

    Reform from academic credentials to professional certification.

  4. The managerial challenge

    Maintain IQ drive with knowledge and “nutrition”

    Enhance EQ relationships via experience and detoxification

    Finally, promote SQ values through core values and “oxygenation”.

Dr. Chin concluded his session by reflecting on an apt quote that cleverly encapsulated his hour-long talk ~ cogito, ergo sum which means ‘I think, therefore I am’. He informed the audience that positive thinking is the root to all success.

The Distinguished Speakers Series is a recent label but renowned academicians and speakers have been invited to speak at Sunway since 1989. Today it is aimed at bringing together scholars, the public and students into an intellectually engaging experience that broadens one’s perspective on topics such as business, education and management.

The Series is coordinated by Dr Goh Cheng Teik, member of the Board of Directors, Sunway University College. The talk was free and open to the public.

26 June 2007

Essay Contest Yields a Literary “Star” in Quest to Raise Standard of English

Sunway University College collaborated once again with the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia to host the much anticipated annual Oxbridge Essay Writing competition recently, a highlight of the 2007 Oxbridge English Language Event.

A total of 960 students from 24 schools around the peninsular from the Klang Valley, Seremban, Melaka and Ipoh took part in the challenge.

Ms Elizabeth Lee, Executive Director of Sunway University College and the Sunway Group of Colleges, Cambridge graduate and President of the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Malaysia said “the event is a yearly commitment in a quest to encourage, promote and enhance the use of the English Language within the future leaders of Malaysia.”

The Oxbridge judges were clearly impressed by the standard of the competition. The panel was made up of Tan Sri Lal Chand Vohrah, Dr Lee Soo Ann, Ms Scoti Albrecht, Mr Justin Leong, Mr Teh Chi Chang, Ms Chook Yuh Yng, Ms Faridah Qamaruz Zaman, Mr Andrew J. Barber and Ms Emma Davidson from the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia, while from Sunway University College were Mrs Ruma Lopes, Mr Timothy Wong, Ms Evelyn Boey, Ms Sarojini Davies, Ms Jennifer Rathabai and Mr Leonard Chin.

This year, the cash prize was doubled to RM600 from RM300 in the previous year. The first prize winner was Nishyodhan Balasundram, a fifth former from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaann Subang Utama, with a compelling essay written on Malaysia’s teaching profession. He also received a trophy for himself and for his school and a certificate of commendation from the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Malaysia.
Participants in the competition were given an hour to compose an essay of a thousand words on a topic selected from a list of five questions on current issues.

The essay question selected asked about the ways to regain the teaching profession as it was losing its glamour since Malaysia gained its independence.

In his concluding paragraph, he urges the Ministry of Education and various educating bodies to “work together urgently to arrest the decline of the teaching profession to bring it up to the levels that it once commanded in the days before the independence. Malaysia cannot claim to be a developed nation in 2020 if its teachers are not up to par with these in more developed nations.”

When asked what his approach in writing the winning essay was, “I didn’t even do a mind map first. I just wrote whatever that came into my mind. Basically, I wrote what I felt,” he replied simply.
The young Nishyodhan has no plans to be an aspiring writer as yet, as his interests’ lies in debating competitions, which he often participates in.

Other activities at the Oxbridge English Language Event included workshops conducted by a panel of distinguished speakers who are graduates and members of the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Malaysia.

22 June 2007

Bento Party - Chapter 2

The Bento Bunch strikes again! Consisting of JK, Jacq, Chris & Lingy from the PR Dept, Steven of CIMP, Meng Wai of Student Services Dept. and Nicole Lee from Resourse Management Dept.

Once again, Steven wins the award for prettiest Bento.

And Meng Wai is healthy as ever. He puzzled his maid when he insisted the brown and red rice be divided diagonally (Note: Bento is all about aesthetics).

There we are stuffing our faces. I apologise to whomever who used the SSD Meeting Room after our Bento Party. It was I who brought the nangka.

Next, we will be having a Popiah Party! Set for the 23rd of July 07!