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SIM-Birmingham graduates reminded to be resilient, humble and grateful

18 Nov 2019

There is no shame at failing; setbacks make us resilient.

That encouraging note was offered by Mr Nazri Othman, Member of the SIM Governing Council, to the graduates at the SIM-University of Birmingham (UoB) Degree Congregation on 8 November.

Referencing Brian Vaszily, a renowned motivational author from New York, USA, he said, “Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die”.

Mr Nazri also cited the common saying – “The best view comes after the hardest climb” – to motivate the graduates not to be daunted by initial challenges in their career and to persevere to the end when they would be able to celebrate their successes.

Finally, to remind the graduates to be humble and grateful to those who have supported and made sacrifices for them, he cited Isaac Newton’s famous quote – “If I have seen further, it is because I am standing on the shoulders of Giants". 


Mr Othman (at the rostrum) urged the graduates to keep up with the times in today’s fast changing world,
especially with technological advancements being so relentless and disruptive.

This is the 10th year of partnership between SIM and UoB. This year saw the first cohort of students graduating from the accounting and finance programme. UoB is a major centre of research and academic study, and is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom. The Birmingham Business School holds the 'triple-crown' accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of MBAs and the European Quality Improvement System. 


More than 300 graduates received their degrees at the ceremony, adding to the 2000 strong SIM-UoB alumni.

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