An Excellence Award Presentation was held for 61 students, in recognition of their achievement at the Cambridge International Examinations, GCE A-Level.
In her opening speech, Dr. Chia Chee Fen (CEO and Principal of KDU College) expressed her delight that the results have indicated a 27% increase in A-scorers. ‘KDU College is proud to announce that there are two KDUvers who have achieved 4A-Star results which indicate excellence. This high-achieving performance also reflects the lecturers’ experience in providing care, concern, motivation and guidance. I take enormous pride in recognising the hard work of the Pre-University academic staff who know all their students by name. “
Founded by the association's president, Don Siron Pereira, the objective of the KDU Debate Association (KDUDA) is to engage its members in constant debate and public speaking training, in order to compete in various national and international debate tournaments.
Despite being established for less than 2 years, KDUDA members have traveled far, participating and gaining experiences in competitions.
Some of the international debate tournaments they have participated in include the Worlds Universities Debating Championships 2010 at the KocUniversity inAntalya, Turkey, and also the Australasians Debating Championships 2010 at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where member Tan Sue Vern emerged as one of the Top 5 ESL Best Speakers.
Written by: Kelvin Hong Meng Chong, Student, A-Level, Centre for Pre-University Studies (Class: AL 609) JPA -sponsored Student and MKM Treasurer
“Have you really looked at our Malaysia flag? Take a closer look.”
A naked eye would name colours in a rainbow but a true Malaysian would see the harlequin haloes that crayoned the pillars of our country’s myriad inter-ethnic synergy. We stand proudly under a single flag; a single identity as proud Malaysians.
Rallying the torch of 7 years of impeccable college tradition, it was to come to spirit within the walls of KDU College; a cultural rendezvous. The rhapsody was summoned in a single file labelled as the Minggu Kebudayaan Melayu taking flight on the first week of August 2010. The climax of these series of esteemed events was symphonised in a Charity Gala Dinner dubbed Malam Kebudayaan Melayu which speaks in tune of Citra Warna as its theme. Connoted by the obvious, a sheer focus of limelight was placed on the colours of Malaysians via the conduct of these events.
Written by: Ann Teoh and B. Yugenderan Malam Kebudayaan Melayu 2010was a well-synchronised event put together by members of the Malay Cultural Society (MCS) and students from the Centre for Pre-University Studies (CPUS). A week-long programme marked by a launch on 2 August 2010, and closed with a glittering, memorable night on 6 August 2010, has been THE talk of KDUvers and secondary school students.
The schools that participated in the Dikir Barat Competition (2nd August 2010) were:
SMK Seri Hartamas, SMK (P) Pudu, SMK Seksyen 1 Bandar Kinrara, SMK Sultan Alam Shah, SMK Sri Utama and SMK Taman Medan. The Champion (Dikir Barat): SMK Taman Medan
(Prize: RM 500 plus a Hamper, Achievement Plaque, Certificates and the opportunity to perform at the Gala Night)
Winners SMK Taman Medan receive kisses from Mama, Datin Lily Zaiton, Patron of MCS
A total of 650 students and 160 teachers from across 160 schools in Selangor were recently at our Damansara Jaya Campus auditorium for a Mandarin Workshop organised by the Madam Lim, the Assistant Director of the Chinese Language Unit in the Jabatan Pelajaran Selangor (Selangor Education Department).
As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort, we offered to sponsor the location as well as the F&B needs of the participants.
Participants of the Mandarin Workshop consisted of Top 4 students from the attending schools
Besides the Mandarin Workshop, which covered letter-writing formats as well as scoring tips for the SPM Mandarin paper, students also attanded a Leadership Talk by Dr. Todd Nelson, from KDU's Teaching & Learning Centre.
Dr. Todd's Leadership Workshop - Learn.Laugh.Lead
A token of appreciation to our Senior Marketing Manager, Ms. Ong Soo Weon (left)
KDU students and lecturers recently attended the 'Nurturing the Leaders of Tomorrow' seminar, organised by the Ministry of Women, Family And Community Development, in conjunction with the upcoming Women's Day on 25 August 2010.
The seminar, launched by Yang Berbahagia Senator Heng Seai Kie, the Deputy Minister of Women, Family And Community Development, covered a whole day of talks as well as interactive forum sessions.
With the upcoming convocation next month, our Engineering Department have a lot to shout about as eight of its students attained First Class Honours in the Northumbria University engineering degree programmes.
Douglas Tong, our Programme Leader for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programme, had this to say:
Northumbria University (NU) has a rigorous Engineering programme, with strict monitoring to the highest professional standards of UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology. This same standard and rigour is applied to KDUCollegeby NorthumbriaUniversity’s Engineering Dept and that includes thrice yearly visits from NU Engineering staff plus an annual visit by NU’s own external examiner of their Engineering programme.
It is noteworthy that these students achieved their 1st Class Honours not just by purely focusing on academics alone, but they were also actively participating in all aspects of college life which is part of their KDU experience. They have set a good example for their juniors to follow in their footsteps.
As we say in KDU, People Inspire People. Above all, their achievements have not only inspired the current and future Engineering students at KDU College, but also the staff as well, just as much as the dedication of the staff have inspired these students. My heartiest Congratulations to all! Well done!
Minggu Kebudayaan Melayu is back for the 7th year running!
With a theme that focused on our multicultural society, “Citra Warna: Kesatuan Dalam Kepelbagaian”, our Malay Cultural Society (MCS) departed from its yester years’ tradition of immersing the Minggu Kebudayaan Melayu with the culture and tradition of all things Malay, and sought to embrace the traditions of Malaysia’s three main races, Malay, Indian and Chinese, and portray the races’ values in every aspect of the event.
As a week-long melting pot affair, the MKM was a fusion of our country’s race, ethnicity, culture and tradition. Keeping true to its slogan ‘Kesatuan Dalam Kepelbagaian’, which means unity in diversity, the underlying message of the 2010 MKM was clear; multiracialism is our asset and exclusivity as Malaysians.
The week-long event was kicked off on the 2nd August 2010 and the launch was graced by Datin Paduka Marina Tun Mahathir, KDU College Principal & CEO Dr Chia Chee Fen, Vice PrincipalDr. Tan Hui Leng, Patron of MCS Datin Lily Zaiton, Teacher Advisor of MCS Mr. Oo Cheng Keat, President of MCS Yugenderan a/l Balamohan, as well as teachers and students from various secondary schools.
She is the first Malaysian girl and the only other lady at the Diageo Reserve World Class Finals 2010 held in Athens, a year-long global challenge which saw 9,000 bartenders from around the globe, shook, stirred and poured their way through the national heats. Only the top 24 of the most talented and inspirational bartenders remained to go head to head over four days of six individual challenges. As one of the finalists in a world-class competition that is dominated by men, Amanda Wan Mun Yi certainly sprang a surprise when she upstaged many at the national heats to represent Malaysia. She may not have been selected to enter a beauty pageant despite her winning smile, charm and versatility, but she has certainly turned many heads when she wowed the judges with one of her unique presentations in the Ritual and Theatre of Drinks Challenge.
When two students, both from School of Engineering, Science & Technology of KDU College this year became champions in Business Plan Category Competition organized by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC) and Institution of Higher Learning (IHLs) in Malaysia, the competition created awareness to students that ideas can be converted into commercial reality. Represented by Joshua Yam Weng Thai and Yeoh Huey Ling, the duo’s innovative business idea for SMS-Controlled Multi-Socket, greatly impressed the judges who comprised key personnels from Consulting Agencies and MSC status companies. The competition saw a notable participation of ICT enthusiasts, ranging from lecturers, graduates and undergraduates from non-academic or academia personnel.
With this success, the winners are now fast-tracked to be involved in technopreneur and enterprise development programmes such as the Pre-seed Jumpstart Workshop. The Workshop would train participants on how to improve on the current business plan and prepare them for the Pre-Seed Fund.
“At KDU College, we not only equip our students with technical skills but also our attributes such as organizational and critical thinking skills in order to stay competitive. At the same time, students learn to merge their ideas and capitalize them into business plan,” added Mr. Gerard Boey.
Have you ever flipped through magazines and wished your pictures looked as good? At the recent ‘Shutterbug’ workshop, 30 students learned all about basic photography, studio lighting and Photoshop 101. The workshop was held at our photography studio, Shutter, and our Mac Lab, Pixel.
Lecturers Hardip Singh, Valen Foong and Sua Yen Nee guided the participants through the workshop which was broken down into three sessions.
The session started with Hardip explaining the functions of the studio lights and their placements, how to best position it to get the good shots and such.
Valen then took over by teaching the participants how to use the camera and what are the different functions for. The students were then paired up, and it was snap time! They took turns to be photographers and models, and posed to their heart’s content.
Nope, curiosity didn’t kill the cat, but it got the better of some students who participated in our ‘Radio DJ For A Day’ workshop held recently.
Conducted by lecturers Wong Lee Sa, Ruly Bitay Cagadas and Hilmyzam Zainal Aripin, the workshop kicked start with Ruly sharing his experiences as a DJ for over 10 years, what it takes to be one and most importantly, the fun funFUN!
Soon after, participants were brought into our recording studio, Creative Waves, to record a prepared script. But, who likes to sound the same, right? So, some students took the initiative to edit the script to their own style instead, which made the recording more interesting.
30 secondary students recently got a chance to unleash their inner gamer at the ‘Unleashing The Gamer In You’ workshop held during our Open Day.
Conducted by lecturer Law Foong Li and her TECH@KDU team of students Benjamin Koh, Onneile Joyce, Hon Herng, Viventhraa and Teck Yan, the 2-hour long workshop kicked off with a small tournament on the Tic-Tac-Toe game which applies Multipoint technology.
The objective of having the tournament was so the participants could grasp the concept of MultipointSDK (Software Development Kit). It also helped to create mental and physical readiness (read: setting the mood) for students to take part in the programming session.
So, what did the students learn?
The Concept of MultipointSDK
MultipointSDK allows multiple mice to access a single PC, which means application created by using MultipointSDK can support multiple students working on a single PC at the same time.
Students also learned how to use Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, and with help, created a simple quiz-game application using MultipointSDK.
At the end of the workshop, everyone was engrossed in playing with their customized quiz application.