Proud parents, Willie Ho and Tong Mee Choo posing with daughter, Jacqueline who achieved a CGPA of 4.0 in her Diploma In Mechanical Engineering during the HELP CAT Convocation.

During HELP CAT’s 5th Convocation, Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Chairman of its   Board of Directors congratulated the 230 graduates and various partners of HELP CAT who had contributed to the success the graduates.

Dr Chan in his speech congratulated the Centre for Culinary Entrepreneurship, which had won many prestigious awards, including Food Hotel Malaysia (FHM) 2015 Gold in the Fruit Flambe category, competing against many other colleges, universities as well as hotel chains from South-East Asia.

Another triumph, Lai Jia Yi, from the Centre for Culinary Entrepreneurship, proved his prowness in the Nestle Culinary Art Award, where he was crowned Champion, allowing him to compete in the ASEAN Skills Competition in September 2016. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Jia Yi was presented with the Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke Award, for his outstanding achievement.

On top of that, one of the Chefs in the HELP CAT Centre for Culinary Entrepreneurship won Coach of the Year, also at the Nestle Culinary Awards 2016.

Among the many other achievers, were two accounting students, Chai Wern Yi and Chong Ka Yee, who were recipients of the Baker Tilly ACCA Awards.  Chai achieved an average of 90.5 marks in all her Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) papers and looks forward to completing her ACCA and upon completion, embarking on a career as an auditor.

Among notable graduates, Hans Raj Sukhani, who impressed the crowd as the Valedictorian during the Convocation graduation ceremony and at the same time  was the recipient of a University of London International Programmes degree, Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economics and Finance. Hans Raj began his education completing the Foundation Course at HELP CAT before going on to being accepted at the University of London International Programmes and during his valedictorian speech advised students to be disciplined and persevering in order to achieve success.

Jacqueline Hoe Hui Xian who graduated with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering achieved a perfect CGPA score of 4.0, intends to apply to University of Queensland to complete her Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering.  Her twin sister, who completed her A levels at HELP Academy, secured an University of Queensland scholarship and Jacqueline hopes to join her there.

“I enjoyed my studies at HELP CAT and the lecturers were supportive and were always there for me when I needed their guidance,” said Jacqueline.

“Many of our HELP graduates are chosen by top global corporations because of the sound education they get from us. Those who graduated in the earlier years are now holding high positions in the corporate sector, academic community, civic organizations and in government departments, There are also many successful entrepreneurs among them. Our alumni enhance our status by their influence and outstanding performance,” said Dr Chan.

Dr Choong Yeow Wei, President and CEO of HELP CAT, said the primary objective of HELP CAT was to provide an enriching experience for students in and outside their classes, one which they will look back with memories of an environment which facilitated the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, personal development and friendship across borders and peers.

Dr Choong also said it was a proud moment for HELP CAT as the first batch of five graduands from the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) MBA programme were graduating that day, a milestone for HELP CAT.

As for the fastest growing programme, the ACCA professional course was singled out by Dr Choong, as it had grown from a small number of 35 students four years ago to 165. In addition, HELP CAT had gone on to achieve platinum status for the world-class results it had produced.