11th August 2007
Twice a year, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology would see its students cross the threshold into the real world at its graduation ceremony. This time round, another 370 students made that transition, adding to the university’s growing list of alumni who are trained to take on the world at large with their creative and innovative skills and global mindset.
Another unique feature of the recent graduation ceremony was the participation of members of the police force. A total of 40 police officers will receive their certificate of competency, having completed their training in ICT at the university.
They are the first batch from the police force to be trained by the university, a collaboration that began in 2005 when the forensic department approached the university to help them become more ICT-savvy, critical and analytical in order to enhance their skills in crime scene investigation.
These officers, including deputy superintendents, inspectors and sergeants, have undergone different levels of training under the Digital Visualisation for Forensic Investigation programme that is ICT-focused. The course comes in four levels, with the complete set spanning 22 weeks.
Limkokwing vice-president Fajura Juffa says the course is intensive, covering such highly specialized areas as 3D simulation and animation.
“They basically learn to document evidence accurately and correctly employing hi-tech skills such as digital drawing and scanning. They learn the whole works, all key skills that would enhance their ability in crime scene investigation.
“For instance, they would be able to tell if a photograph is genuine or has been doctored.”
Members from the traffic division of the police force have also been involved in the training, says Fajura, and the university is now looking at further cooperation with the police.
“We want to upgrade their capacity and capability, so we will ultimately go beyond ICT skills training. We will look at other areas such as grooming and PR skills in the near future.”
Present at the graduation ceremony were senior officers YBhg Datuk Abdul Razak bin Haji Bukhari, deputy director of management (training); YDH Datuk Acryl Sani bin Haji Abdullah Sani, deputy director I of the criminal investigation department; and SAC I Zubaidah bt Md Ismail, deputy director II of the logistics department.
The ceremony also saw star students receiving such awards as the Limkokwing High Achievers Award, Limkokwing Excellence Award, Young Achievers Award, and Industry Awards for Excellence.
The graduates, at degree and diploma levels, are from the university’s various schools including Architecture & the Built Environment; Communication, Media & Broadcasting; Multimedia Creativity; Design Innovation; Information & Communication Technology; and Business Management & Globalisation. There are also diploma graduates from the Limkokwing Executive Leadership College and the Limkokwing Lifestyle Design Academy.
Another highlight of the ceremony was the honorary doctorate given to the university to Ministry of Home Affairs secretary general Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Aseh Che Mat. Tan Sri Lim presented Tan Sri Aseh with the Doctor of International Relations, in recognition of his efforts in helping Malaysia position itself in the global arena as a centre of educational excellence.
Tan Sri Aseh re-engineered government response to increasing globalization, introducing sweeping changes in government procedures to bring them into 21st century digital mode. He is the man behind the famous chip-embedded electronic passport introduced in 1998 and the Malaysian-friendly Autogate system of 2000 placed at the immigration airport counters that made countries like the US take note.
The man behind MyKad, Tan Sri Aseh also initiated the International Student Card, Foreign Workers Cad, and Expatriate Card, allowing long-staying foreign visitors a sense of belonging and ease in movement.