Alumni Annual Dinner

Prof Chuah (fifth from left) with UTAR Alumni Association committee members

Organised by the Department of Alumni Relations and Placement (DARP), the Alumni Annual Dinner was held in conjunction with UTAR’s 15th anniversary at the Genting Awana Hotel, Genting Highlands on 11 November 2017.

The event was aimed to keep the alumni connected with the university and to update them on the current events at the university. It was also a great chance for the alumni to expand their networks of professional contacts, catch up with their university friends and enhance their connection with each other through the sharing of their experiences and knowledge.

The dinner was graced by UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Prof Ir Dr Ewe Hong Tat, Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong, Faculty of Accountancy and Management Dean Dr Sia Bee Chuan, Faculty of Business and Finance Dean Dr Au Yong Hui Nee, Alumni Association President Koh Fook Huat and Vice President Nurul Izwazi binti Mohd Nor.

Also present at the gathering were Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science’s Student Development and Industrial Training Deputy Dean Assoc Prof Dr Lai Soon Onn, Centre for Extension Education Director Lim Guat Yen, Division of Programme Promotion Director Lee Choy Fong, Chancellery Head of Department Lim Swea Jen, DARP Head Foo Wai Wai, UTAR Alumni Association committee members, alumni, staff and students.

Prof Chuah delivering his welcome speech

In his welcome speech, Prof Chuah said, “This dinner is organised with many objectives in mind. However, the most crucial one, I believe, is the opportunity to mingle and network with one another. When you grow older and mature, you’ll really treasure this kind of gathering.” He also spoke passionately about the achievements and developments that the University has made in this year and he said, “We will continue to work hard to bring the University to a greater height so that the alumni will feel proud to be a part of UTAR.”

“The degree that you’ve earned will only allow you to win the bronze medal; your experience will bring you silver medal; human networking is the one that will bring you the gold medal. If you have the right mentality, that will bring you the royal medal,” added Prof Chuah before he ended his speech.

From left: Lim Swea Jen, Lim Guat Yen, Dr Lai, Nurul, Dr Au Yong, Prof Choong, Koh, Prof Chuah, Prof Ewe, Dr Sia, Lee, and Foo at the cake-cutting ceremony

The event saw a cake-cutting ceremony for the celebration of UTAR’s 15th Anniversary, followed by video presentations that showed the long journey UTAR has made from a humble beginning to a reputed and accomplished education institution. The festivities of the night also featured the launching of alumni e-magazine where the magazine provides a greater variety of content to the readers with exclusive photos.

Singing performance by students

Dancing performance by UTAR Dance Club

Salsa dance by professional dancers

Moreover, many entertaining events were lined-up for the night, which included a programme of musical, song, and dance performances by alumni and students. One of the performance highlights was the Salsa dance, a sociable and energetic dance that was brought by professional dancers. In a cornucopia of dazzling lights and music, the professional dancers showed off their impressive dancing skills onstage to a thunderous round of applause from the participants. There were also two rounds of lucky draw sessions organised that added to the excitement.

Prior to the dinner, an alumni badminton friendly match was held to cultivate the relationship between the alumni and the students. Alumni business networking, which was a time for socialising and mixing, was also organised for alumni to network and interact with one another from various industries.

The main sponsors of the dinner were the Vistana Jati Sdn Bhd, Silverlake SPRINTS Sdn Bhd, and Mainstay Holdings Sdn Bhd. The gold sponsor was Top Glove Sdn Bhd; the silver sponsors were Brunsfield Engineering Sdn Bhd, NV Foundation, and LA CORP; while the bronze sponsors were Advancecon Infra Sdn Bhd, Insite MY Systems Sdn Bhd, and Fotorex Holdings Sdn Bhd. Other sponsors included Sin Heap Lee Development Sdn Bhd, Kah Hong Precision Tooling Sdn Bhd, EMO Book Services Sdn Bhd, Ede & Ravenscroft (M) Sdn Bhd, MasterwealthFA Advisory Sdn Bhd, PCCO PLT, Admiral Testing Services (M) Sdn Bhd, and Salient Information Sdn Bhd. Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia, Butterfly House (Pg) Sdn Bhd, MakeOver Artist, Ads Print Sdn Bhd, Malayan Banking Berhad, and Arustaub Sdn Bhd were in-kind sponsors. 

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The organising committees with participants

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