10 February 2010

An unforgettable and unusual lunch lesson for 8 students

Sunway University College alumnus and well-known entrepreneur George Ang, Group Managing Director of Revenue Valley Sdn Bhd (the company that owns The Manhattan Fish Market, Tony Roma’s and TOKYO.g) hosted 8 lucky Sunway students for lunch. All the 8 students took part in the “Nothing Fishy” competition that was part of a profile on George Ang in Sunway’s quarterly Blaze magazine.

Instead of choosing one winner to have lunch with, Ang chose instead to have lunch with all the 8 students. The 8 were from ACCA, Victoria University twinning degree in Business at Sunway, Business Management (Hons) and Psychology (Hons) degrees validated by Lancaster University. The lunch was held at Tony Roma’s in Sunway Pyramid.

The passionate F&B industrialist whose company has an annual turnover of around RM100 million a year did his AUSMAT (formerly known as TEE) pre-university studies at the then Sunway College in 1990. He then went on to University of Western Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting. George Ang was a guest Entrepreneur Speaker at Sunway recently.

George Ang (striped shirt) with the students.

At the lunch, Ang shared how he started out working part time as a Pizza Hut delivery boy while studying at the old Sunway College in PJ New Town. This was the start of his eventual phenomenal career rise in F&B. He shared on his insights and philosophy on his business. The lunch was a two-way street of sharing and learning that the students found most beneficial and inspiring.

Here are some comments from the students who attended the lunch.

Students with George Ang outside Tony Roma’s

“I think the lunch was awesome! I was amazed by Mr. Ang’s fondness in sharing his secret recipe for his success. It was certainly a wonderful experience that a student could have” - Chang Mei Yan, B.Sc (Hons) Psychology

“The lunch was inspiring and knowledge enhancing especially when George shared his philosophy and experience on managing his business regionally”- Heri Gunawan from Indonesia, B.Sc (Hons) Business Management   

“George Ang is a great and ambitious entrepreneur. He enlightened us on how to be successful in business and he’s keen in knowing other people’s opinion which makes him a great leader” - Seah Chuying, ACCA

George Ang shared many things, mostly based on his exposure and experience as an international businessman. It is quite rare for students to have this kind of learning opportunity. He has been successful in motivating us students to learn more. The food was superb and the conversation was really a mind blowing experience” - Karin Nathasa from Indonesia, B.Bus Victoria University twinning programme at Sunway 

Student Council Wannabes test run new “Speaker’s Corner”

Sunway University College (Sunway) opened a new chapter in the history of private higher educational institutions when it became the first private higher education to launch a Speaker’s Corner recently. Extolling free speech, Speaker’s Corner at Sunway is aimed to encourage free expression of ideas, views and opinions and to develop confidence in public speaking among its students. It is also a forum for the healthy communication of ideas, thoughts, issues and information.

Sonia Lee Yi Jie from A-Levels

To initiate this, 17 students were given a chance to shine at the rostrum by presenting their argument for “Why I want to serve on the Sunway University College Student Council 2010”. All the students rose to the occasion by eloquently pitching their strengths and highlighting their concerns on various issues on campus. They impressed and swayed the audience with their enthusiasm, confidence and oratorical skills.

Fatima Khakoo from CIMP who hails from Tanzania

Nur Rafiqah Binte Rahman from Singapore is studying in the ACCA at Sunway

Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr.) Ramon Navaratnam, Pro-Chancellor of Sunway University College and a celebrated speaker himself, gave his verdict of the Speaker’s Corner. “Student Council members stand to gain from their exposure to public speaking and I support Speaker’s Corner as it provides a platform for students to improve themselves and ultimately do well in their careers. This is a wonderful debating corner for the university college and its launch is a milestone event.”  He added that he looked forward to seeing more students participating in the Speaker’s Corner in future.

The Student Services Department of Sunway University College will be planning speaking events in the near future with topics on current issues. This would allow students a chance to express themselves in an open debate and encourage analytical as well as critical thinking in order to prepare them for their future in the working world.   

1 February 2010

International students livened up a Sunway event

Sunway University College’s international students were the centre of attention during the launch of Sunway Towers (formerly Wisma Denmark) in Jalan Ampang recently. The well-known building was officially opened by the Datuk Bandar of Kuala Lumpur, Dato’ Ahmad Fuad Ismail and the event was organised by Sunway City Berhad, a Sunway Group company.

8 female students donned their national costumes and played the role of ushers for the event. Their presence underlined Sunway University College as one of the major facilities of the integrated resort city of Sunway under the Sunway Group.

Caption: Left to right, Enkh-Oyun Davaadorj (Mongolia), Naushafarin Said Mirza (Tanzania), Chantsaldulam Baatar (Mongolia), Sabeeha Mohamed Rafiki Ibrahi Sadi (Kenya), Sarah Francesca Tsehayenesh Bekele (Zinbabwe), One Atang Lefenya (Botswana), Madiha Mushtaque Rashid (Pakistan) and Nanjaa Unurjargal (Mongolia)

Sabeeha Mohamed Rafiki Ibrahi Sadi, one of the students from Kenya who is pursuing the Bachelor of Accounting & Finance said “It was a very good experience for me as I got to meet people from other countries and it was fascinating to learn about their cultures and costumes. It was also exciting to meet the Chairman of the Sunway Group (and Chancellor of Sunway University College) and to learn that Sunway was venturing their projects into areas out of the Sunway area”.

The students were also joined by staffs of Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, who were dressed in Malaysian ethnic costumes.