Alumni Stories

Kenn Yeap

UOW Malaysia KDU University College

Mr. Kenn Yeap who completed his Diploma in Mass Communications and Bachelor Degree (Double Major) in Public Relations, Media Studies at UOW Malaysia KDU College came with much passion and shared his motto with our students; “It’s not that you can or not, but whether you want or not”.

Kenn worked with RTM English Radio Station as the Assistant Producer for the Morning Show and Drive Time Show, assisting the radio station in the collaboration between the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia and Ministry of Tourism. Kenn then joined Life Magazine, under Feminine Magazine as the only male journalist to run for news, and educational feature writer. He was then appointed as Private Secretary to Deputy Minister of Trade, Cooperative and Consumerist, Dato’ Tan Lian Hoe handling her daily schedule, parliamentary task and ministerial assignments.

In 2012, Ken joined ntv& as Public Relations, one of his highlights was that he was appointed as PR Officer for Dato’ Lee Chong Wei and Datin’ Wong Mew Choo’s wedding. Currently, Kenn is working in Media Prima TV Network, as Consumer and Marketing and Communications Group.

Hani Farhana (Hunny Madu)

UOW Malaysia KDU University College

After completing SPM in SMK Damansara Utama, Hani or better known as Hunny Madu, a TV host-cum-rap artiste as she is popularly known among Malaysian entertainment industry for her multi-talents. She always driven past UOW Malaysia KDU College and one day decided to stop by to check out the courses offered on a whim. According to Hunny, “I went to other places to do the same but felt UOW Malaysia KDU had a great twinning program with Perth. I also knew some seniors who went to Murdoch University to complete their degree and their transit from UOW Malaysia KDU College had been a great experience,” says Hunny. She is glad that she chose UOW Malaysia KDU in the end because she felt that the institution recognized her talent from the early days right away.

When asked on her fondest memories being in UOW Malaysia KDU, she said, “I owe a lot of great memories at UOW Malaysia KDU. I was roped in my first rap group there, hosted my first event, performed and met so many great minds alike and met a lot of good friends in UOW Malaysia KDU. I had friends from so many other courses too, from business students, diploma in communication to even the teaching staff.” Also, she remembered a hip hop concert was hosted at UOW Malaysia KDU and that was when she first saw Teh Tarik Crew (local hip hop group artist) performing and Mizz Nina (former musician, singer-songwriter, dancer and rapper) was rapping on stage. “She was the only active female rapper at the time and she certainly inspired me,” she added.

On how UOW Malaysia KDU was able to add value and provide a stepping stone in your present career today, Hunny reflects that UOW Malaysia KDU had recognised her passion and talent from the early days. UOW Malaysia KDU have given her a platform she did not know she wanted and believed in her from the start. “I remember my lecturer, Mr Sham who said to me ‘You’re a natural for radio. I hope you go for it when you graduate’,” she reflects.

“I got a distinction in that subject and funnily enough I did go on to do radio for 6 years and I believe people still remember me by my radio days. UOW Malaysia KDU also elected me as the face for Communication Studies and put me on the pamphlets and billboards and that was my first ever ‘print-work’ you would say.”

Sasha Mohd Saidin

UOW Malaysia KDU University College

Sasha shared with us on the main reason she wanted to join UOW Malaysia KDU. It was her brother who actually influenced her with her university of choice. Her brother had joined UOW Malaysia KDU in the 90s and she promised herself that she would definitely go to UOW Malaysia KDU and graduate from there.

Having being an artiste at an early age since she left school, Sasha joined UOW Malaysia KDU when she was in her 20s. She made an oath to herself that she would return to studying after having her ‘gap year’. Finally after 10 years, she did her studies in UOW Malaysia KDU and took up Diploma in Business Administration. Passed with flying colours, Sasha was then accepted to her university of choice, University of East Anglia, which then she graduated with a BSc in Business Information Systems.

We asked Sasha on how has UOW Malaysia KDU influenced her passion in life, and she replied, “UOW Malaysia KDU showed me that I can go back to studying at any age and there shouldn’t be any discrimination between age, gender or race.” She further explained that she was given the same treatment as every other student in the class and each and every one in her class had to work hard without any favouritism.  This has set her up for life outside university and has later influenced on the way she teaches her children.

Sasha also shared that she would love to contribute back to UOW Malaysia KDU in any way that she can. With her status as an artiste, she will be able to spread awareness on spreading messages of goodwill. Also, since Sasha has been involved in many CSR programmes, this is a good platform for her to contribute back to UOW Malaysia KDU.

Lastly, Sasha believes that, “Positivity is essential in our daily lives, whether it be how we carry out our tasks or how we treat others in general. If we are able to look at the positive sides of things, it takes away the element of stress and tension. Learn to let go of things that are beyond our control, make the best of the situation, be positive and move on. Greater things are waiting beyond the horizon.”

Raymond Tham

UOW Malaysia KDU University College

Mr. Raymond Tham is no stranger to pastry. Despite graduating with honours in Business Administration in the UK and hospitality management in UOW Malaysia KDU, Raymond’s passion in pastry led him to a scholarship to one of the world’s renowned culinary institute.

Raymond shared of his apprenticeship and working experience in England for 5 years which enabled him to develop vast skills in the art of patisserie. One of this key milestones was to create desserts for the wedding reception of Mr. Tom Parker Bowles, food writer and son of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Amongst the many achievements such as becoming the Senior Chef-De-Partie with Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda, Chef Raymond decided to moved back home to Malaysia. He continued his professional journey in UOW Malaysia KDU University College and took up the challenge of teaching patisseries, chocolate and confections for 3 years. He won medals for UOW Malaysia KDU University College (Bronze & Silver medal Showpieces in FHA & HOFEXO). Chef Raymond assumed the position of Technical Advisor at Barry Callebaut Asia Pacific, which main responsibilities included conducting demonstrations and hands-on training for gourmet brands such as Cacao Barry, Callebaut, Sicao and Selbourne. Chef Raymond is the chef patron of Skillet@163 in Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur.

Within less than 2 years, Skillet had won a few accolades to name a few the best European 2015 by Timeout KL and Best independent restaurant 2016 by Expatriate lifestyle, Top 10 restaurant ranking in tripadvisor among 3000 restaurant around KL.

Tan Ngiap Han

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

I’m very grateful to have studied in UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College because I had a lot of good experiences and made connections here. The lecturers are very dedicated in their teaching and they provided a lot of guidance on and off classes. UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College have up-to-date facilities like computer labs, library, games lounge and many more which makes interactive learning experiences that motivated me to improve my skillset.

The wide syllabus of Bachelor of Science in Computing Studies (Hons) provided me with an eye-opening view towards the latest trends in computing technologies, which benefited me in my career. UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College provided me with many real-world experiences in developing projects for customers even before I graduated.

As a software engineer in Panasonic at Singapore, I now apply all the skills that I learned from UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College to my company’s product development. I’ve many opportunities to contribute to society by being involved in community outreach programmes, street cleaning programmes and many more in my current company. I’m thankful to UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College for giving me so much knowledge, skills and techniques which I can give back to the community now

Chin Yoon Khen

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

I had a great time while studying at UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College. UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College is not only for local students but international students also further their studies here. I shared a home with international students, where we shared experiences, learned about our differences and had a real cultural exchange for a wider perspective of global viewpoints.

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College’ lecturers are very helpful, knowledgeable and caring. They contribute greatly to students’ academic performance and raise them towards a brighter future. One of the lecturers even recommended me for my first job as a Software Engineer in multinational corporation. I then discovered that UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College at given me all the industrial-specific skillsets that employers look for.

As the founder and CEO of Loka Travel Sdn Bhd (www.lokalocal.com), I contribute my best to develop the travel agency. Now, Loka Travel is one of the leading platforms in smart tourism and continues to spotlight in Malaysian tourism on the global stage and draws more international tourists to Malaysia as their travel destination of choice. Recently, lokalocal launched 101 experiences as part of the “Pride of Perak” campaign at IT Berlin, 2019.

I also wrote a book titled “Traditional Trades of Penang” to encourage tourists to visit Penang, one of the historical place in Malaysia. I’m glad to have studied at UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College because UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College strengthens my skills and knowledge to face booming industries. That lets me play a role in our country’ development.

Vincent Leong Wai Shun

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

Looking back to 1995, I had just finished my SPM examination and didn’t have any direction for my next academic path. One day, I went to my friend’s house to play video games and we started chit-chatting about colleges and universities. My friend told me that UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College offered the Advanced Diploma in Computer Studies and the tuition fee was affordable.

Surprisingly, my friend had also enrolled into UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College. I then decided to further my undergraduate studies in Computer Science at UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College and compared my life with other private colleges and local universities. It was so fun, relaxing and enjoyable. I would like to thank the students’ affairs division which provided support and assistance during the entry application.

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College helped me to master programming languages like ASM, Foxpro, Pascal, C++ and VB, which are the keys to a great career in IT. They were the fundamental building blocks of software during the dotcom boom until it eventually evolved into Java. UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College offers the most comprehensive and demanding level of programming language proficiency at the time compared with other local universities.

I completed my bachelor’s degree in computing, which is a dual-award programme with University of Lincoln, UK, and UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College hooked me up with Plymouth University, also in UK. I had the most fun and relaxing experience in UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College without any discrimination. I experienced very interesting and memorable classes from the lecturers as most of them are industry experts and corporate figures.

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College not only focuses on the outcome from the textbook or classrooms but it also teaches students how to start up their own businesses as entrepreneurs. As the chief executive officer for Cortex Investment Holding, Cortex Robotics, Cortex Imaging Sdn. Bhd, I need to ensure that my company is a successful one and generating decent profits. The path to entrepreneurship consumes a lot of resources and it does not guarantee success.

Time, money and people are what make ventures work. It will provide jobs and create a stable supply chain and business ecosystem, which eventually cascade down to the local economy and bring goodness to social welfare.

Sia Kheng Sian (Alan)

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

UOW Malaysia KDU has provided me the space to gain essential and substantial knowledge as an undergrad before joining into corporate. The course structure broaden my view and excite the interest of me to become an engineer, more importantly the course syllabus focused on engineering fundamental which has helped me to excel in my career.

Ooi Sze Tatt

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College had one of the best internship programs around and I had the opportunity to work with one of the Software House start ups for 6 months. After completed my degree in UK, I continue to work with the same Software House Company for the next 7 years. I started off as junior developer and move up to IT Project Manager. The experienced gain has catapult me to project manage Global Enterprise Projects in Plexus such as Global HRMS Systems namely Workday, which successfully deployed globally within 6 months.

Penny Ching

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

At UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College, I feel totally comfortable study here for its good learning environment as well as quality campus facilities. Throughout the 4 years studied, I have noticed the improvements mads on school campus as well as the facilities, such as upgrading the computers in the labs, smart classroom, recording studio and etc. Overall, I really enjoy myself as a UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College student, I have made a lot of new friends, meet with great people and learn a lot of new knowledge as well as experience.

Jonathenz Mook Wei Ceang

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

The School and lecturers were very helpful and instrumental in working closely with me to ensure that I prioritize which subjects that are considered core modules that should be taken first. As such, I found myself working in Intel as a full time Technical Support Agent while studying for my Higher Diploma & then a Degree in Computer Science. I was immediately approached and got hired into Dell as a Software Engineer right after I did my final Thesis Papers right before I graduated with a Degree.

Jareth Majeth

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

I was given exposure various fields of Engineering study through the subjects and electives incorporated into the programme I enrolled for. This has been particularly useful for me as I am working in a slightly different field from my studies. Besides that, many of the lecturers for this course were industry professionals who were able to relate our studies to practical applications in the industry. As the country advances in development and infrastructure, the demand for energy continues to increase. Working in the power industry provides me with the opportunity to contribute to the development of the country.

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