By Azman Zakaria
Photo by Noor Azreen Awang
SERDANG, Oct 26 - A total of 440 graduates from seven private higher educational institutions (IPTS) received their degrees and diplomas at the Convocation ceremony of the 18th UPM-IPTS Collaborative Programme, today.
They comprised a Doctor of Philosophy holder (PhD), 227 Master’s degree graduates and 212 diploma graduates from Teknologi Timur College, Uniti College, Widad College (formerly Shah Putra Putra), Cybernatics International College, Universiti Agrosains College Malaysia (formerly Risda College), Universiti Bestari College (formerly Teknologi Bestari College) and Putra Business School.
The presentation of degrees and diplomas was carried out by Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris.
In her speech, she said UPM was proud to have produced another batch of graduates who will continue to support and bring UPM to greater heights.
“UPM management believes that equipped with knowledge, strong self-confidence and integrity, UPM-IPTS graduates are able to make meaningful contributions for the development of racial civilization in this country,” she said.
She added that IPTS played an important role in developing the potentials of Malaysians who made up part of the eco-system of the national higher education.
She also said the increase in the number of IPTS students had liberated the higher education sector, thus widening the access of tertiary education to the people.
She added such set-ups offered an alternative in their pursuits for higher education, indirectly reducing dependence on public universities.
Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini also expressed her hope for graduates not to forget the sacrifices of their parents and families.
“In this era of modernization, education has become more expensive, forcing parents with modest incomes to work harder to ensure that their children can study in the best possible manner.
“Parents are willing to go the extra mile and make sacrifices for the sake of their children,” she said.
Meanwhile, Justin Chin Khim Fatt, a graduate of Master of Business Administration from Putra Business School, was named the recipient for President Award (Best Academic) at the convocation. – UPM
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