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Record number of First Class Honours from the SIM – University of London programmes

A total of 2,619 graduands will collect their hard earned degree scrolls at this year’s SIM – University of London (UOL) Presentation Ceremony held from 6 to 8 April at SIM HQ. Among them are 169 First-Class Honours recipients, the highest so far in the SIM – UOL 30 years of partnership.

Guest-of-Honour Dr Intan Azura Binte Mokhtar, Deputy Chairperson, Government Parliamentary Committee for Education and Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC, peppered her speech with anecdotes of her personal life and career journey and encouraged graduates to be open-minded about the opportunities presented to them.

“It is quite impossible to find the perfect fit in terms of finding a job or work opportunities. But somehow, when what you yearn for does not come easily, it means that there is something else, and usually a better match, for you…When one door closes, another opens. Move on and move ahead. You will soon see the big picture and realise the grand plan that is meant for you”.


Also speaking at the opening session, Mr Tan Soo Jin, Chairman of SIM Governing Council, told the graduates to be realistic about their expectations for their career, but still maintain a passion to dream big.

“Finding a job that we will enjoy waking up to in the morning will be a rarity, even in a bullish economy. You may have to take any offer that is reasonably good, bearing in mind that you can make the best out of it as a stepping stone to something better…While having a sense of realism is important, don’t forget to dream…It will be a pity if for the sake of pragmatism, we live our lives without vision, passion, imagination and hope,” he said.


Graduate representative Khairul Anwar Bin Wahab in his valedictorian speech gave an interesting anecdote of his job interview at the 50th floor of One Raffles Quay. He was in the lift with an employee of the company and upon exiting at the 50th floor, the employee pressed the first-floor lift button. The employee told Khairul, “One day, when you have reached the top, always remember to send the elevator back down”. Khairul took that advice to heart and told his fellow graduates, “Many of you here will one day become the titans of your industry…And when you do, never forget to send the elevator back down”.

Article extracted from - 06 Apr 2016