22 December 2011

Achieving dreams with Sunway’s CIMP

191 graduates were gleaming with pride as they stood tall during the Graduation Ceremony held recently. The proud graduates who enthusiastically sang the Malaysian National Anthem and Canadian National Anthem were ready for the next step in their lives. This is the 41st Canadian International Matriculation Programme (CIMP) graduation ceremony since it started at Sunway College in 1991.

Charis Wong, awarded with the Governor General’s Medal for Academic Achievement (2011-2012), highest achiever in Financial Accounting Principles, English, University Preparation and Chemistry and recipient of Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Jeffrey Cheah Entrance Scholarship.

CIMP produced a high flyer, Charis Wong Yi Huey who was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for Academic Achievement (2011-2012) and was the top student with 96.33%. She also emerged the highest achiever in Financial Accounting Principles, English, University Preparation and Chemistry. Charis has been awarded the Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Jeffrey Cheah Entrance Scholarship to pursue her undergraduate studies due to her outstanding academic excellence.

Charis said, “I was surprised to receive these awards as I did not expect it. But I am definitely happy and thankful to my parents, teachers, friends and definitely God for helping and guiding me through this course.”

A total of 14 students graduated with a score of 90 %. Among this group are a number of award recipients and valedictorian Pauline Ann Loh who also won a Harvard Book Prize award earlier in the year. 70 students graduated with a score of 80 % and above and 20 students were awarded with certificates of recognition for their outstanding contribution to the CIMP. 18 awards went to the highest achiever in each subject. Joanna Lee Wen Ching clinched 3 awards for emerging the highest scorer in International Business Fundamentals, Canadian and World Issues and Challenge and Change in Society.

Charis who is interested in pursuing her studies in Food Science and Nutrition said, “CIMP is a distinctive course. Although we are of different characters and races it felt like we were a family, especially with our teachers. They aren’t lecturers, they’re teachers who teach and nurture us to grow in many ways.”

Elizabeth lee, Executive Director of Sunway Education Group said, “CIMP is a platform for students to participate freely in community activities as young men and women. We are proud of the projects that students have undertaken that benefit the wider community. The students raised almost RM6, 000 for the Terry Fox Run in November this year through the sale of T-shirts. In addition, the students of the Business Leadership Class held a project sale in aid of the Taman Megah Disabled and Children’s Home and raised RM2, 500 for the Home. In addition, our CIMP students worked with the Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF) Malaysia to hold a breast cancer awareness campaign in October this year.

Today the CIMP attracts students from over 70 countries who learn in a student-centred environment with Canadian certified teachers. Graduates develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to enable them to pursue university studies and beyond. Over 5,200 graduates to-date have graduated and have continued their education in over 140 universities worldwide proving that the CIMP is globally recognised and is a key to unlock entry to well-regarded universities all over the world.

Also present at the graduation was Mr Jim Stone, representative of Canadian High Commission, Malaysia, YBhg. Puan Sri Datin Seri (Dr) Susan Cheah, Member of the Board of Directors, Sunway University and EXCO Member, The Sunway Group, Mr. Lee Weng Keng, CEO, Education & Healthcare Division, The Sunway Group, Professor Robert Bignall, Vice-Chancellor, Sunway University, Dr Khatijah Khalid Chief Executive, Sunway College, Cheng Mien Wee, Director of Pre-University Studies, Sunway College and John Futa, Director of CIMP, Sunway College.

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