Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Who will upstage the KDU University College Basketball Invitation Tournament Champion of 2010, that is, SMK Bandar Utama 3, this year? The winners for both the Girls’ and Boys’ Teams (Under 18) will have to qualify in several rounds: the preliminary, semi-final and the finals.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
B. Braun Medical Industries is given the honor to organize the Healthcare Professionals Day 2011, which was held on 23rd July 2011. This function is a collaborative effort between PSC–Medical Health, Life Sciences and KDU College Penang.
B. Braun Medical Industries is a Pillar Leader for Medical Health and Life Science, Sunrise Industry. The Pillar members of this Industry includes the following Companies:
Gleneagles Medical Center
Penang Adventist Hospital
Business Wise Consulting
As a Pillar Leader, the Company have organize various activities for the Industry. Some of the major activities that B. Braun have organized are Inter-school Science Competition, Children Adventure Camp and Med Tech Competency Program for workforce and students alike.
The objective of the Healthcare Professionals Day 2011 is many fold, however, to name a few, they are:
1. To inculcate awareness and nurture interest amongst students on the availability of various healthcare career opportunities.
2.Explore how each discipline can interact with another as a team provide the best quality patient care.
3.To understand the knowledge, skills, competencies and work requirements and environment in the healthcare industry.
4.To assist students in obtaining a career in the health care industries that matches their strength.
For B. Braun, 2010 has been a very significant year for the Company, B. Braun has been awarded Gold medal by Malaysian Society for Occupational Health and Safety. The Company have also received two awards from the Malaysian HR Award 2010, namely, Silver medal for HR Excellence and Bronze medal for HR Innovation.
Additionally, because the Company’s healthy financial results and the proven commitment, the Company have gain the trust of its Chairman Prof. Dato L.G. Braun to further invest in B. Braun Penang. A RM1.7 billion investment will see a tremendous changes in B. Braun Penang. These changes not only will transform the physical buildings of B. Braun into a much more state-of the-art setup but will also change the way its employees think and work. Today, B. Braun is no longer only a workbench manufacturing, it is also the Center of Excellence (CoE) of Intravenous Access (IVA). All these upcoming changes will require different level of knowledge and skills. For that, the company is committed to provide continuous learning via the B. Braun Business School.
These remarkable achievements and the entrusted future expansion opportunities are basically due to 1 important factor – the Company’s dedicated and committed employees.
Over the years, with the support from our employees, the Company have involved itself in many community projects such as tree planting, B. Braun for Children welfare support and so on. Not only that, the Company is actively introducing new technology to save energy, changing the material used for it’s products (for example, PVC & DEHP free), introducing pitch oil to reduce sulfur content to the environment and so on. The Company strong belief in green environment have given them an excellent recognition in March 2010 - The Honorable Mention for Outstanding Work Award in the category of Environment from Prime Minister Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
The event kicked off with a total of 90 students from 11 schools lining up at the registration counter. Excited students were flocking all over the place with their Games Design Challenge t-shirt, posing and taking photos of each other. By 9am, students moved from the KDU foyer to the Lecture Theatre where they were briefed on what the challenge was all about. Students were seen listening intensively and writing down notes as to what they were going to do for the day itself. These students mean business - they weren't here only for fun, but also to educate themselves and to win the grand prize of RM500. This was clearly seen as several teams were even seen bringing their own games accessories to beef up their chances of winning the competition.
The students were then divided into 3 groups and then shifted into the respective labs, where the students have to undergo a short workshop, led by KDU College Penang's Computer club which consists of IT lecturers and students, on basic game design concepts and finally, on how to use the GameMaker 8, which is a beginner level game creation tool.
By 12pm, the students started to brainstorm on the storyline of their game and there were certainly a lot of friendly gamesmanship going on among the teams. The judges were wow-ed at every single stop they made in the labs. It was a tough decision to make for the judges although there were a few outstanding projects that stood out from the crowd.
After their presentation, students were then ushered to the Lecture Theatre again where they sat down eagerly waiting for the results to be announced. The whole place was filled with anxiety and excitement as the emcee took out the envelope with the name of the winners. SMJK Hua Lian emerged as the big winner for KDU-AMD Games Design Challenge 2011 as two of their teams nabbed Champion’s title (Quest: Chuah Kee Yang & Lim How Yang) and 1st Runner-up (Classified: Ng Ter Jing & Shu Ivan) together with prize money of RM500 and RM300 respectively while Penang Free School took the 2nd Runner-up placing with the prize of RM200. On hand to present the prizes was also Mr. C.C Leong, AMD’s Manager for Community Relations Communication and Public Relations. He was clearly impressed with the contestants’ work and performance as he also said “It’s fantastic to see such creative work coming from the young minds of today’s generation. We are proud to be a part of this competition together with KDU and our support towards this activity represents our continued commitment towards community related projects which helps to develop the young minds of today’s Gen. Zs.”
The KDU-AMD Games Design Challenge 2011 concluded in the afternoon and not only did it give the students a chance to creatively apply their new knowledge on creating a game, but also developed their communication and team working skills and in this light, everyone went home a champion.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Business is, more often than not, about adapting to changes and the challenges of the economic environment. It goes through cycles of growth and swings between the two poles of adversity and economic boom. But for the Business School everything seems to indicate an upswing phase to the story.
July 2011 saw the appointment of Dr. Dr. Victor Yu Sing Ong as the new Head of the School of Business and Law, KDU UC. Yes, the School of Business and the School of Law (SBL) have merged again after almost a year of separation. SBL is going through exciting times and after the good work put in by Dr Todd Nelson, the former Head of Business School, SBL looks set to reach new heights under the wings of Dr. Dr. Victor Yu. The good Dr ’s credentials are impressive to say the least.
Prior to him joining KDU University College, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics & Commerce of Hoa Sen University in Vietnam. He started his career in Wall Street in the 1980s. He subsequently moved to Singapore where he was instrumental in establishing and managing the Investment Management Unit of the Central Provident Fund. He has also held senior level positions as a Research Director and Vice President of Investment Banking of various financial institutions in Singapore. As an entrepreneur, he established a management consulting firm, with offices in Singapore and the Philippines, which provided corporate advisory services to both the private and public sectors. He was also managing a private educational institution in Singapore before moving to Vietnam.
Monday, July 25, 2011
|Dr Todd Nelson|
Dr Todd Nelson brought changes to the Business School when he was appointed Head of Business School almost a year ago. With his presence, the business department acquired new life. There were activities like never before - increased student activities such as the Student Leader Project, staff team building, career talks, internship drive for our students and greater collaboration with industry leaders with the ultimate objective of opening more doors for our business graduates.
There were long term strategic initiatives like the setting up of an Advisory Council for the Business School comprising industry leaders like RHB Bank and Alliance General Insurance amongst others to upgrade KDU UC’s academic programmes to the requirements of the industry. Dr Todd Nelson organized “Money & Career” talks to raise the profile of the Business School and, at the same time, to provide an important service to the community.
Dato' Lee Chong Wei is now the brand ambassador for KDU Education Group. The official signing ceremony took place at KDU University College, Damansara Jaya Campus (Auditorium) on 20th July 2011.
* You can view more photos during the signing ceremony here.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Often in our feverish race to acquire the material trappings of success we forget the true value of being human. Career, cash, car, credit cards and condominium may keep us warm at night but to be a caring human being puts a glow in our hearts.
On 18th June, 2011, Alex Au-Yong showed us all what one man can do for 200 underprivileged children. In support of the StART Society, a non-profit organization located in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, which manages and runs their own programmes for the betterment of these children, Alex Au-Yong, celebrity marathon runner ran 100km for 16 hours to raise awareness for the organization’s work as well as to raise funds to enable the society to continue their noble work.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
If you had been in the Business School on Friday 8th July, you would have experienced an unusual sight: students and lecturers getting down on the floor and getting dirty trying to outdo one another in games you probably wouldn’t have seen in a long time. Some of these are classic games your parents and their parents would have played when they were your age. Nice, clean, low-tech fun. MONOPOLY, UPWORD, CHINESE CHESS, JENGA, OTHELLO, UNO, CHESS, CHECKERS, BOOGLE SLAM, TWISTER, 5 STONES, DOMINOES, LUDO, SCRABBLE, etc.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The finale of the 7th Malay Cultural Week (6th August 2010)
The most anticipated event of the year would be the 8th Malay Cultural Week organized by the Malay Cultural Society in KDU University College. A galore of competitions, extravagant performances and a variety of bazaars will be held throughout the week. Our special guest, Tan Sri A. Samad Said would also be launching a book during the opening event which is authored by our very own lecturer. The highlights of the week would certainly be the Gala dinner which will be held on the 23rd of July.
For only RM50, a feast fit for a king, consisting of everyone’s favourite Malay cuisine would be laid out. Guests would be impressed and entertained by students diligently trained in dancing, singing and acting which depicts the ideals of a multicultural nation like Malaysia.
What can one expect to gain from the night full of performances? A taste of the rich and unique Malay culture and an opportunity to learn that culture transcends race. If the cultural exposure and 1Malaysia vibe seems too good to be true, the fact that the proceeds of the week will be channelled to Madrasah al-Taqwa will top the list. The 18th till the 23rd of July are definitely dates to block out on your calendar.
For more information, do log on to www.facebook.com/mcs20011 or contact any of the following students:
- Wardatulnadhirah bt Zainal Abidin - 012-3668295
- Ooi Ken Lin - 017-5079603
- Arvin Boutik - 016-9645108
Jadual Minggu Kebudayaan Melayu 2011: 18hb – 23hb Julai 2011
Students engaging in group activities
The 20-day long basic project management course (6 June 2011 – 1 July 2011) was aimed to assist students learn the fundamentals and best practices of project management methodology and master the skills required to deliver projects on time, within budget, and to specifications. Students were also expected to learn effective ways in communication, presentation and managing stakeholders effectively.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
|The view greeting me each morning from my room at IMI's on-campus accomodation|
|Countryside homes by the mountain reminiscent of miniature sets|
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
According to Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK) corporate affairs and communication head Devinder Singh, more than 15% of the 39,600 people enrolled in its debt management programme are below the age of 30 (http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/7/19/nation/6690491&sec=nation, July 19, 2010). He said that when young adults do not understand the basics in financial management, they lose track of their finances. Against this backdrop where financial education is such a necessity in the lives of Malaysians, especially young adults, Carol Yip, a financial coach and trainer posed a question which is, "Why is it that managing your money is not a module for primary and secondary school students?" She said,"Early training will teach children and young adults the wisdom of saving, and not to overspend beyond their means."
Taking things in her stride to do her bit for the community, and in this case, the deaf community, she collaborated with Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM), to organise a workshop on "Be Money Smart and Career Wise" at KDU University College, Section 13 campus on June 24, 2011.
The author of several books, including MONEY RULES, Carol Yip shared with the deaf participants on how they could avoid the trap of debt, and to be financially independent.
Using the PIDM online game at the computer lab, Carol said, ‘Treat this game as real as possible. Think and ask questions because life is also a game. Think of it as a real life experience where there can be a negative cash flow in your bank account if there is continuous spending without investment or a good return of investment. This is a game to help you to understand about spending and saving.”
The online game was a reinforcement of the message that Carol was imparting on personal wealth management skills. Said Selina Ooi, one of the participants, “I’ve played many online games but I’ve never played one like this where it is so relevant to people’s lives.”
Selina Ooi (right) with Carol
Carol applied chapters 8 and 9 from her book MONEY WORK LIFE for some practical exercises which gave some ideas and knowledge on the different types of investment products. Facilitating with Carol were her friends, Sanny Lau, Melinda U, Felicia Loh, Jonah Ong and Lucy Lim. Felicia, an art teacher and a freelance artist, used her vision board to chart her goals. She explained the power of the vision board which could help children and others to create dreams, positively. Some of her personal dreams were “Travel Dreams”, “Solo Exhibition”, “Art Gallery”, “Never Give Up” and “Save $$ to meet Idol”. These are Felicia’s dreams.
Felicia Loh's vision boards
The participants proudly displayed their vision boards and their goals
What about yours? Can you achieve them? You could start by sourcing images of your dreams and putting them on the board that you could visualise everyday. At this workshop, every participant did just that, and in sign language, they presented their dreams. Ms Lucy Lim translated their presentations. So they may be deaf, but deaf is not a hindrance. They may have to exert a little more effort for their success, but taking time like attending this workshop has made them realise that setting goals, create savings and making wise investment are the keys to be financially independent.
Lucy Lim (right) interpreted at another workshop with Carol.
Another participant is Geja. Her goal now is to organise competitions for the deaf, have her own art exhibition, sell flowers, save her money and also to travel. The vision board has driven her to be more motivated towards achieving these goals.
Working on some wealth management exercises with a given formula, the participants discovered that to sustain their present lifestyle until the age of 55 when they retire, they would need to have an average of RM1.5million to RM5 million either in cash, bank deposit or assets. And, they discovered to their shock, this does not include the financial needs of their families. How then could they achieve their million ringgit? They brainstormed and came to the conclusion that they would need to consider their assets, unit trust fund, EPF, and other investment portfolios, including saving every month at 3% interest rate in fixed deposits. If there are two words to describe their feelings after completing this exercise, it is “shocking disbelief”. Ms Tang Woan Koon said, “This workshop has made me realise how important it is to make more money and to save. It has been very beneficial to me and to my deaf friends to discover this now. We're still young and have the advantage of many more years to achieve our savings plans, compared to older adults. In the exercise that we did, we have realised that in order to make our first million ringgit, we may need a period of 18 years to 40 years to do so, depending on our age. So we are all very glad to have this workshop and learn this secret of being financially independent.”
Brainstorming in sign language
In shocking disbelief, so Lee Tur Chung clarified a point
As for Yao Quan, it was a surprise to find out that to sustain his present lifestyle, he would require to have RM6million. He aspires to invest in a business, save his money, travel to see the world, and at the same time, to exercise and keep fit to make all these goals a reality.
Yao Quan (left): I want to change my lifestyle and keep fit
Carol Yip said, "We need to coach and guide the young adults before it is too late, and I do hope the Ministry of Education will consider incorporating managing finances in today's education curriculum. I am very delighted to conduct this workshop with PIDM for the deaf as very often, they are not included in training workshops. I've got my friends to help out, and Lucy Lim has been very helpful to conduct the sign language for me. Thanks to KDU too for sponsoring the venue and publicising it. Managing your money well is a serious matter as it affects the lives of families, people's future, and that of our society."
At the end of the workshop, Carol presented each participant with the "Permainan Papan" (board game) from PIDM, which is designed for children from 13 years and above who can play this board game to enhance their financial knowledge.