17 Jan 2018
Singapore's recent wet and cold weather did little to dampen
the spirits of this year's graduating cohort from the SIM - University of
Southampton Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Marketing programme.
The ceremony saw 45 students, including five with First
Class Honours, presented with their degree scrolls.
In his address Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer
at SIM Global Education, painted a world that is rapidly evolving and
increasingly connected, and gave advice on what graduates need in order to
thrive in it.
"Just a couple of years ago, many of us would not have
thought about paying for a plate of chicken rice using anything other than
cash...but today, some hawker centres are already accepting mobile
payments," Dr Lee said.
encouraged graduates to celebrate, but do so with gratitude and humility, as
only nine per cent of people worldwide have a bachelor's degree.
"Even the humble hawker knows the importance of
adapting and keeping up," he added. He urged them to adopt a global
mindset and remain adaptable and flexible in order to succeed.
In her valedictorian address, Ms Nicole Low Yi Xuan
encouraged graduates to 'be phenomenal or be forgotten' and to remember that
the real challenge and journey begins in the workplace.
Also in attendance to celebrate with the graduating cohort
were His Excellency Mr Scott Wightman CMG (British High Commissioner to
Singapore) and Professor Colin Grant, Vice-President (International),
University of Southampton.