Upper Iowa University President Alan G. Walker and other University leaders were in Hong Kong and Malaysia recently to conduct graduation ceremonies for the Fayette-based University’s Asian education centers. The top photo shows the celebration with Hong Kong students, faculty and staff. In the bottom photo, Dr. Walker presents a UIU degree to Chang Wern Sern during the graduation ceremonies for the UIU Malaysian centers at the Prince Hotel and Residence in Kuala Lumpur.
FAYETTE, Iowa (January 6, 2010) — More than 150 Upper Iowa University students received their degrees during ceremonies in Asia recently. UIU students who completed their degrees at the University’s centers in Hong Kong and Malaysia were honored during graduation ceremonies in both countries, which were attended by UIU President Dr. Alan G. Walker and a delegation from the Fayette-based campus.
The Hong Kong graduation ceremony was held at the Eaton Hotel in Hong Kong, with 62 students receiving their degrees from President Walker. Also in attendance from Fayette were Don Aungst, executive vice president and chief financial and planning officer; David Chown, chief academic officer; Melik Peter Khoury, senior vice president; Chris Sanders, interim senior vice president of international programs; Angela Leete, faculty chair; Gail Moorman Behrens, director of teacher education; Justin Marchant, Student Government Association president: and Wendell Snodgrass, vice president of advancement, development and alumni relations. Edwin Tan, UIU director of International Studies, also attended in addition to several UIU faculty members based in Hong Kong. Guest of honor at the event was Jon W. Zinke, partner, Keesal, Young & Logan Law Firm.
The UIU graduation ceremony in Malaysia was held at the Prince Hotel and Residence in Kuala Lumpur, with 94 students receiving their degrees from President Walker. The same UIU delegation attended the ceremony. Keynote speaker was Tan Sri Dato Sri Dr. Salleh MohdNor, secretary general of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Upper Iowa University’s education center in Malaysia is operated in partnership with SEGi University College, one of Malaysia’s largest providers of private higher education. A large delegation from SEGi attended the graduation ceremony, including Tan Sri Dato Sri Megat Najmuddin, chairman of SEGi Institution, and Dr. Muhammad Awang, vice chancellor, SEGi University College, along with other SEGi administration and SEGi American degree program faculty.
“This annual trip to Hong Kong and Malaysia to confer degrees on our UIU students in Asia and to celebrate their success is a highlight of our academic year,” Walker said. “Our international students are just as enthusiastic about their educational experience at Upper Iowa University as are their American classmates. These international education centers are a successful partnership for the University, which broadens the global experience for our students and our faculty on both continents.”
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