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18 Nov 2017

Speech by Mr Tan Kah Hoe, MDIS Trustee, at the MDIS - University of Bradford Graduation Ceremony on 18 November 2017, Saturday, 10am at MDIS Campus


Good morning,

Dr Eric Kuan, President of MDIS;

Dr R Theyvendran, Secretary-General of MDIS;

Professor Martin Priest, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, University of Bradford;

Dr Julie Thornton, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bradford

Ms Georgina Schofield, Events and Partnerships Manager, University of Bradford

Distinguished Guests;



Ladies and Gentlemen,

1  It is indeed an honour for me to be present today as the Guest-of-Honour at the MDIS - University of Bradford graduation ceremony. A very warm welcome to all of you present today.

2  I extend my heartiest congratulations to all graduands.  Take a moment to feel proud. All of you here are bright graduands from the University of Bradford, a university that is of high standing and international repute.  Today is a day for all of you to celebrate the hard work and dedication you have put in over the last few years.

3  It is an equally special day for your friends and family. To the families of those graduating, congratulations to you and you should know that your support through this process has made an enormous impact. I'm sure you're very proud of them as they prepare for their next steps into a new phase in their life.

4  As many of you step next into the corporate world, there are some signposts that might flag the journey ahead.

5  You enter a workplace that is very diverse. It is no longer uncommon to find different groups of people, each with their own needs. We have diversity in the demographics, on top of the inherent racial and religious groups. This means that the ability to bond and bridge between all these groups will become a crucial skill to succeeding at work.

6  You also enter a workplace which is changing rapidly. Technology and new business practices will disrupt many jobs and processes. However, technology will also open up exciting opportunities for people with the right mindset and drive.

7  In response to these conditions, MDIS has placed much focus on nurturing future-ready graduates. The holistic university education you have undergone from MDIS and the University of Bradford has provided you with the relevant skillsets to achieve your career goals. With a student population made up of over 80 nationalities, the years you have spent on campus and interacting with your peers will have equipped you with the adaptive social and thinking skills required for the diverse workplace. The industry visits, social events and sports activities you participated are also aimed at cultivating a mindset which looks with optimism and not deterred by obstacles along the way. This will open your eyes to opportunities in times of adversity.

8  To all our graduates today, I am confident that you will be bringing fresh insights and creativity that would be valued by society and the economy. As you take your skills, talent and energy to the world, please remember that the sea of knowledge knows no boundaries. Learning does not end with a university education. Step into your future with optimism, resilience and a spirit of lifelong learning. I am looking forward to your distinctive marks in the world.

9  Once again, my warmest congratulations to all graduates and best wishes for the future. Thank you.

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