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SIM - UOW graduates urged to be resilient and adaptable

331 students from the computer science, information technology and psychology programmes received their degree scrolls at the SIM - University of Wollongong (UOW) Graduation Ceremony on 14 April.

Guest-of-Honour Ms Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director at Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, shared three pieces of advice with the graduates – be resilient and not fret over the first sign of trouble; be adaptable and keep learning and relearning; and seek personal mastery.

“As Winston Churchill supposedly said, ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’. Learn from your life’s crisis events...As it’s commonly said, ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives - It is the one that is the most adaptable to change’…Whatever skills that you seek to master, master yourself first…If you can be mindful of what you are thinking, feeling and acting at any time, you can master your responses to the world, and then you can master yourself,” she told the graduates.

Using George Lucas as an illustration, Mr Patrick Fang, SIM Governing Council Member, encouraged the graduates to start working towards their dreams. “If George Lucas had not been a dreamer, he would never have made Star Wars. And, of course, the world would not have been entertained and its imagination stretched by the epic movie. If you can build something in your imagination, you're at least halfway to making it real…Once you've planted those seeds, they will never go away. All they can do is grow,” he said.

The SIM - UOW partnership is currently in its 11th year, and has produced some 2700 graduates through the years.

Guest-of-Honour Ms Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director at Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, presenting an award to Mr Anthony John Abril Garcia.   Mr Garcia who graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science with Distinction was also one of the va
Guest-of-Honour Ms Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director at Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, presenting an award to Mr Anthony John Abril Garcia. Mr Garcia who graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science with Distinction was also one of the valedictorians at the graduation.

Award winners posing for a photograph with Ms Jacqueline Poh and senior management of SIM GE and UOW.
Award winners posing for a photograph with Ms Jacqueline Poh and senior management of SIM GE and UOW.

A proud graduate with her family.
A proud graduate with her family.

Article extracted from sim.edu.sg - 21 April 2016