11 Jun 2018
It was a day of jubilation for 700 graduates as they celebrated the completion of their diploma programmes on 8 June. Mr Jasper Ong, Executive Director, Myanmar Golden Produce, was the Guest-of-Honour.
Mr Ong himself is an SIM-RMIT University alumnus who started his own business while undertaking studies at SIM. Today, he is a successful entrepreneur and investor to several companies in five countries and manages over 300 staff. He is also active in community work and has been mentoring students under the SIM Structured Alumni Mentorship Programme since 2016.
Having hired and mentored SIM graduates, Mr Ong shared some common traits of successful SIM students – their fighting spirit, a willingness to learn and their honesty in acknowledging their strengths and weakness.
In a world that is ‘overqualified’ with a plethora of degree and diploma holders, he also advised graduates not to forget the true essence of education, which is to learn. Success, he said, would come to those who created an edge and differentiated themselves from their peers.
Mr Ong reminded graduates that in their pursuit for success, they must not forget to strive to be better people for society.
The Diploma in Management Studies programme was launched in 1973 and is SIM's longest-running certificate programme with more than 20,000 graduates to date.
Some 700 students graduated from the graduate diploma in human resource management or diplomas in
accounting, banking and finance, international business and management studies.