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Serve only what you'd eat: SIM-RMIT Graduation Ceremony

Mr Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University, with award winners from session 1 of the graduation.vocation, look beyond the surface for a deeper meaning. And importantly, do unto others as you want them to do unto you.

This was the message that Guest-of-Honour Mr Douglas Foo, Founder and Chairman of Sakae Holdings Limited and himself an RMIT alumnus, had for the graduands at the opening session of SIM - RMIT's degree conferment and awards ceremony.

Recounting his experience as a fledging entrepreneur in the late 90s, he told the graduands that despite having little experience in the food industry, he saw a business opportunity in serving affordable Japanese cuisine in Singapore. And thus was born Sakae Sushi, which is today an established group with more than 200 outlets worldwide.

To the graduands, he emphasised that apart from dedication and resilience, ethics should underpin their endeavours. Sakae restaurants, he said, have a mission to provide quality Japanese food that is healthy and value for money. In short, they ‘serve only what they (themselves) would eat’.

Mr Tan Soo Jin, Chairman of SIM Governing Council and Advisor of Amrop Singapore/ Gattie-Tan Soo Jin Management Consultants Private Limited, also addressed the graduands, exhorting them to chase their goals but to tamper the pursuit with realistic expectations. Referencing the current global economic outlook, he pointed out that in the midst of a sluggish economy where jobs are hard to come by, graduands must work with an eye to the long-term benefits of the job. Rather than focussing merely on the remuneration, he advised them to look for jobs that would allow them to enhance what they’ve learnt or to pick up new ones, such as soft skills, all of which are important in ensuring their general development and long-term career progression.

This year, more than 3,000 students are graduating from the eight SIM - RMIT degree programmes; they join some 33,000 alumni from 29 years of partnership between SIM and RMIT University. Ceremonies will take place over four days from 23-26 August.

Mr Douglas Foo, Guest-of-Honour, receiving a token of appreciation from Mr Tan Soo Jin, Chairman of SIM Governing Council.
Mr Douglas Foo, Guest-of-Honour, receiving a token of appreciation from Mr Tan Soo Jin, Chairman of SIM Governing Council.

Mr Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University, with award winners from session 1 of the graduation
Mr Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University, with award winners from session 1 of the graduation.

Article extracted from sim.edu.sg - 24 August 2016