PETALING JAYA: More than 2,000 Unitar International University (Unitar) candidates and their guests gathered for the university’s seventh convocation at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre recently.
Students from as far as Cameroon, Libya, Brunei, Nigeria and Indonesia, as well as from across Malaysia, celebrated the event.
Speaking to an audience of parents, faculty and guests, Unitar Capital CEO, Puvan Balachandran, expressed how important it was to continue the progress they have made at the university.
“Our graduating students have accomplished the incredible step in what is the first, and most important, in their life-long journey of learning.
“What we have achieved at Unitar, what we worked towards, is what it takes for Unitar to remain a renowned university of its time,” he said.
Also speaking was the vice chancellor, Professor Dr Noor Raihan Ab Hamid, who said she felt a special connection to the day’s event due to her decade’s long experience of teaching and inspiring the futures of students and faculty members at the university.
She expressed her passion for teaching students at Unitar, who in many cases are simultaneously working while going to school, many through the work-study programme organised and managed by the university with their industry partners.
“All of you have earned your way into Unitar, and many of you did it while working and dealing with everything that life throws at you.
“This convocation is our way to thank you, for inspiring all of the Unitar community with your dedication, perseverance and faith,” she said.
Meanwhile, recipient of the Chancellor’s Award, Muhammad Syazrul Shazwan Mohd Busri, who graduated with in a Bachelor of Education majoring in guidance and counselling, told the graduates about how his experience changed him and made him a better student and learner.
“When you complete this programme, you simply cannot leave without taking on the responsibility that this university imbues upon you, to lead and make real difference.
“Unitar challenges all of us to create positive change in the world,” he said.
It was then befitting for Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani, former Sarawak State Secretary to receive the honorary doctorate in humanities for his contribution to the state and civil service spanning more than three decades.
A well-decorated commander of the armed forces, Morshidi has established strategic relationships with various naval forces around the world through the creation of transcending ideas on transformation. One such success story is the establishment of the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 15to5 transformation programme.
The theme for this year’s convocation was ‘Inspire #URFuture’, which is an offshoot of the university’s CARE attributes — collaborative, adaptive, reflective and entrepreneurial — inculcated throughout the learning process as encouragement to tap into inherent talents and abilities, moulded to be better in order to affect positive change that in turn inspires others.