KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, December 20, 2017: Manipal International University (MIU) made history with its first convocation ceremony in Malaysia, the milestone event was hosted at the Sheraton Hotel Petaling Jaya. The fully fledged university, which is located on a sprawling lake campus of 142 acres in the educational hub of Nilai, conferred degrees and diplomas in science, engineering, biotechnology, management, and business programs to 220 graduates. The scrolls were presented by Dr. P. L. N. G. Rao, the Vice-Chancellor of MIU.
The convocation was graced by YB Dato' P. Kamalanathan, the Deputy Minister of Education 1, His Excellency Shri T. S. Tirumurti, High Commissioner of India to Malaysia, and Dr. H. S. Ballal, the Pro-Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (India), together with over 800 guests, including the graduates, their families, the MIU faculty and staff, to mark a landmark step in the journey of the rapidly growing university.
Top performers students were also awarded for their accomplishments at the ceremony, with three graduates receiving the prestigious Dr. Tonse Ramdas Madhav Pai Gold Medal and nine graduates receiving Academic Excellence Awards.
The ceremony also witnessed the launch of a special scholarship program to promote education of female students. Two of the current female students at MIU were awarded full scholarship based on their merit for their studies at the university.
YB Dato' P. Kamalanathan, Deputy Minister of Education 1 stated "I am humbled to be part of this historic day not only to our young graduates but also to the management and staff of manipal international university. Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate Manipal University for being ranked the no.1 Indian private university by QS World University rankings. This is indeed an acknowledgement of the quality of education that is offered to all of you.
"I am pleased to state that the government of Malaysia through both the ministries of education and higher education have embarked on various strategies to impress that critical thinking will drive us forward as we move to redesign education for industry 4.0. We must look at the kind of experiences university students require in the current and future environment. This includes changes in the global landscape as well to be trained in multi-disciplinary fields.
"Education must be exciting. Industry and academia are one and I am told that Manipal International University is already moving in the right direction by partnering with leading Malaysian companies and industries to ensure that the students receive the right exposure during their internship. This would in turn help them to be well placed in their pursuit for employment, either locally or globally," concluded YB Dato' P. Kamalanathan when congratulating the graduating students.
Mr. Bharath Vasudevan, the Principal Operations Officer of Manipal Education Malaysia, stated, "Manipal International University is thrilled to announce another significant milestone, the launch of our first post graduate program, Masters in Business Administration. Today's business managers are required to make decisions in a rapidly changing, global, diverse and data-intensive environment. With this in our mind, our program has been specially designed as a premier "analytics-driven" MBA, with a special focus on enabling learners to make scientific decisions, solve problems based on data analysis, and develop multi-cultural sensitivity through international exposure and field trips.
"Over the past 60 years, the Manipal Global Education Group have built a reputation for excellence and student engagement. With this in mind, we are proud to announce the launch of "Alma Connect", an exclusive platform for alumni of all Manipal institutions across the world, including Malaysia, India, Dubai, Nepal, and Antigua. The portal has been specially built for Manipal and will enable our alumni to remain updated on all news and events of their alma mater. All announcements regarding alumni affairs will be made on this portal going forward," concluded Mr. Bharath Vasudevan during his speech.
Senior leaders from the Manipal Group were also present at the event, including Datuk Dr. Ranjan Pai, Chairman, Manipal Education and Medical Group, Mr. S. Vaitheeswaran, CEO, Manipal Education and Medical Group, Mr. Ravi Panchanadan, President and COO, Manipal Global Education, Dr. Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Datuk Dr. Abdul Razzak, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mr. Bharath Vasudevan, Principal Operations Officer, Manipal Education Malaysia, Dr. Jaspal Singh, Chief Executive, Melaka Manipal Medical College, and Mr. Gaurav Rekhi, MD and CEO, Manipal Hospitals (Malaysia).
Manipal International University (MIU), a member of the Manipal Global Education Group, is a full-fledged Malaysian university offering multidisciplinary programs with a focus in the fields of Science, engineering, management and business. With a sprawling lake campus of 142 acres in the educational hub of Nilai, MIU is has trained over 1,600 learners since its inception 2010.
Globally, the Manipal Education Group has been responsible for producing some of the brightest minds in Asia over the past 60 years. The group has a network of six campuses and affiliations with 30 universities worldwide. Building on the success of the Melaka Manipal Medical College in Malaysia, the Manipal Education Group brings its multidisciplinary expertise to Malaysia through Manipal International University.