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Graduating with passion in retail marketing

WORKING IN RETAIL is a passion, says Dato’ Dr Jannie Chan Siew Lee, one of Singapore’s top businesswomen and founder of The Hour Glass retail chain.

Dr Chan was speaking at the graduation ceremony of 56 Bachelor of Arts students of SIM-University of Stirling’s Retail Marketing programme on October 15, 2015. Three others received their MBA in Retailing, while Dr Chan was bestowed the honorary Doctor of the University by Stirling’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerry McCormac.

The Retail Marketing graduates were the second cohort in the SIM-Stirling partnership (the first batch graduated in 2014). A new programme, BA (Hons) in Sports Studies and Marketing has since been added.

Award winners were Lau Huey Sy (gold & best overall student 2015), Klass Harry Ernest (silver) and Fong Yoon Chyi and Pamela Wong Chien Nee (both bronze). Pamela gave the Reply on behalf of the graduates. “Gratitude is the memory of the heart; we often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude,” she says as she expresses gratitude to faculty and staff and family, and also to the Singapore Workforce Development Agency for providing scholarships for this programme. Pamela was among the students who received the WDA scholarship.

“We usually learn more from stumbling than smooth sailing. University is a place where we learn how to set sail with willpower so we can get through anything and shine. The wind and the waves are like adversity in life that we cannot control, but we can adjust and direct the sail towards our dreams and destination with determination,” she adds.

– Posted online October 16, 2015

Stirling achievements: Professor Gerry McCormac (front, second from left) with faculty and graduates at SIM campus, including SIM CEO Dr KC Lee and British High Commissioner Scott Wightman (third & fourth from left)
Stirling achievements: Professor Gerry McCormac (front, second from left) with faculty and graduates at SIM campus, including SIM CEO Dr KC Lee and British High Commissioner Scott Wightman (third & fourth from left)

Best overall student 2015 Lau Huey Sy receiving her award from Professor McCormac
Best overall student 2015 Lau Huey Sy receiving her award from Professor McCormac

Jannie Chan receiving her doctorate
Jannie Chan receiving her doctorate

University is a place where we learn how to set sail with willpower so we can get through anything and shine, says Pamela Wong who expresses the students’ gratitude towards all who have supported them
University is a place where we learn how to set sail with willpower so we can get through anything and shine, says Pamela Wong who expresses the students’ gratitude towards all who have supported them

Jannie Chan recalls her early years in retail and the passion that goes with the profession
Jannie Chan recalls her early years in retail and the passion that goes with the profession