Sheetalraj Kaur, who graduated in Mechanical Engineering with a First Class Honours degree from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) at HELP College of Arts and Technology’s (HELP CAT) 8th Convocation has much to be proud of.
The only recipient in that category, Sheetal is already working in the area of Product Development and Design Solutions in one of the biggest furniture design companies in the world, located in Malaysia.
Coming from a humble background with a single mother, Sheetal decided to do something different from what most girls would choose as a career.
“I decided it was time to choose a career that would provide me with challenges,” said Sheetal.
HELP CAT’s convocation this year highlighted 27 outstanding achievers, from various programmes at HELP CAT, from one distinction in the ARU MBA, 4 University of London First Class Honours and 22 First Class Honours from ARU, it was indeed an outstanding convocation and brought pride to the parents and family members who attended the convocation.
The 8th Convocation of HELP College of Arts and Technology proved to be a joyous event for the 329 graduands, who received their scrolls in the presence of their parents and family members in the HELP CAT auditorium. They came from every level, 43 from the pre-university programmes, 42 in professional accounting, 132 in diploma courses, 99 in undergraduate courses and 13 in postgraduate courses. For those graduates in the auditorium celebrating the day and occasion to mark their accomplishments was special.
Dr Choong Yeow Wei, the President and CEO of HELP CAT said,
“The primary objective of HELP CAT is to provide an enriching experience for students in and outside their classes, one which they will look back with fond memories of an environment that facilitated the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, personal development and friendship across borders with peers.
We strive to provide international exposure and experiences to our students by bringing home various cultural celebrations and activities from countries all over the world,” said Dr Choong in his convocation message.
Manmeet Singh, the 2019 valedictorian, who had successfully completed his ACCA and also held the position of President of the ACCA Club at HELP CAT inspired his fellow graduates at HELP CAT with his words,
“It is very common that we are told to do things in a certain way, be of a certain character or even pursue a certain dream that may not be ours. Because of that we tend to look up to other people for guidance and direction. We forget that we too are capable of being a role model to ourselves. We can choose to look up and be the best version of ourselves, because we are capable,” said Manmeet to a rapt audience of parents, family members, lecturers and guests.
For Manmeet, an all-rounder, combining studies with extra-curricular activities, was not a problem as he enjoyed playing bagpipes and was a member of the Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band and together with his team, would represent Malaysia for the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow in August 2019.
Also, present at the 2019 HELP CAT Convocation was Dr Daniel Berger, Deputy Dean of Education, Faculty of Business and Law, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) from the United Kingdom, a partner of HELP CAT for the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance, Computer Science and also Business Information Systems, while offering the BA (Hons) in Business Management, Marketing and BEng in Mechanical Engineering (Hons,) has been a partner at HELP CAT for the past 5 years.
At this year’s convocation, ARU’s 13 successful MBA graduands as well as 77 undergraduates with 22 First Class Honours won the praise of Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Chairman of the Board of Directors at HELP CAT and also Vice-Chancellor of HELP University (HU), who said the outstanding results demonstrated the high standards of HELP CAT in their teaching and learning culture.
“Our graduates are now in the IR 4.0 and in this context we want you to know that HELP CAT and HU are offering courses in data and business analytics. We invite you to attend these courses so that you are future prepared,” said Dr Chan.
Dr Chan also announced, to a round of applause from the audience, that HELP University had been awarded Premier Digital Tech status by Malaysian Digital Economy Association (MDEC). The initiative was developed by MDEC and the Education Ministry in 2017 to produce a pool of talent and leaders expanding across fields such as digital technology, manufacturing and agriculture.
Chang Soon You, First Class Honours from ARU in Accounting and Finance, also the only recipient of the prestigious Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke Award, which is awarded not only for academic excellence but also for involvement in extra-curricular activities said,
“My goal is to be an entrepreneur and ultimately to work for myself but first I need to gain experience working for reputable accounting firms and building up my experience.
These days it is important to have a portfolio of experience so that we can have the necessary expertise to work in challenging situations and HELP CAT has proven to provide that kind of training. The Cambridge Experience where we spent 10 days in the ARU campus in the UK was an eye-opener in terms of exposure,” said Soon You.
Currently, while working in an audit firm, Soon You has started a business with his brother and hopes to be eventually successful enough to be in partnership with his brother.