The VIPs releasing balloons to mark the official opening of the Traditional Chinese Medicines Building at the Southern University College.
University College presenting this painting entitled The Flying Horse,
which signifies unlimited potential, to Dr Hou ((fourth from left).
VIPs releasing balloons to mark the official opening of the Traditional
Chinese Medicines Building at the Southern University College.
left) Dr Thock Kiah Wah, Tan, Teo Ah Kiang, Tan Sri Chang Joo Chiang,
Dr Hou, Lim Yun-Guang and Wang at the opening ceremony of the Tan Sri
Chang Joo Chiang Traditional Chinese Medicines building.
JOHOR BARU: First, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin
officially declared that it had attained the university college status
on Nov 10.
A week later on Nov 17, his deputy Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung came to the
institution for a triple celebration, which was the 22nd anniversary
celebration of Southern University College, the opening ceremony of the
museum and art gallery, as well as the opening ceremony of the Southern
UC Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) Building.
Over 1,000 people, including VIPs, sponsors and alumni, were present
for the celebrations which culminated in a grand dinner at night.
The opening ceremony at the school hall kicked off with two alumni --
Suzana Adlha Jamaludin, 30, and her sister Surianiza, 27 -- presenting a
poem written by the late National Laureate Datuk Dr Usman Awang in
Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese.
Later, Hou presented certificates of excellence to those students who
performed well in their studies and those who excelled in co-curricular
Southern UC also took the opportunity to present commendation
certificates to Suzana and Surianiza for enhancing the reputation of the
institution and promoting Chinese culture.
As a token of appreciation for Dr Hou's efforts he was also presented
with a painting called the "Flying Horse" which signifies unlimited
Also present during the ceremony were Johor executive councillor Datuk
Hoo Seong Chang, Southern UC board of directors chairman Datuk Teo Ah
Kiang, his deputy Datuk Tan Liang Soon, Southern UC board of governors
chairman Wong Toon Jui, president Dr Thock Kiah Wah, Foon Yew Primary
Schools board chairman Dr Cheng Chean Chiang, Foon Yew High School board
chairman Tan Wee Hiong, Media Prime Bhd group adviser (Chinese content)
Goh Hin San and philanthropist Tan Sri Chang Joo Chiang.
In his speech, Teo said the 22nd anniversary celebration marked a new milestone for the institution.
"We hope to attain university status within the next five to eight
years, and become a role-model for Malaysians and foreigners who want to
set up a similar institution of higher learning.
"No doubt the journey ahead of us is a tough one, we pray for continuous support and assistance from all of you," he said.
Dr Thock said that the next challenge would be to ensure that Southern
UC is multi-cultural and adopts a liberal education system in the hope
of producing world class graduates to meet industry needs.
The highlight of the celebration was a cake-cutting ceremony.
Later, the guests adjourned to the opening ceremony of the Tan Sri
Chang Joo Chiang museum and art gallery, located at the first floor of
the school hall.
The museum and art gallery provides a platform for students and the
Chinese community in Johor to appreciate works of art and also to foster
Meanwhile, the TCM Building is aimed at promoting Chinese medicines by
offering an avenue for those interested to take up this field of study
without having to go overseas.
It also functions as a place for those seeking treatment in Chinese medicines.
During the dinner held at the school field, Minister in the Prime
Minister's Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon represented Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Razak and presented a RM1 million cheque as part of
the Southern UC education fund.