Wednesday, April 14, 2010

University Leaders Gather in Penang 2nd Asia Colloquium Great Success

University Leaders Gather in Penang
2nd Asia Colloquium Great Success

An energetic group of twenty-two university leaders from twelve institutions of higher learning gathered in world renowned Penang, Malaysia, on March 20-23 for the 2nd International University Leadership Colloquium. The 2nd Asia Colloquium was conducted in conjunction with the International Professional Management Conference, simultaneously bringing university and corporate leaders together from many nations.

This 2nd Asia Colloquium, organized by EDS Business School, was reviewed as a great success by the participants, providing an international platform for networking and cooperation from higher education leaders across eight nations. University leaders united in developing alliances and joint ventures, primarily for the purpose of advancing accessibility to programs via cross-border higher education.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Opening Ceremony
Dr. Pete Ooi, Chief Operating Officer, EDS Business School, Penang, coordinated the opening festivities. At the opening ceremony, a representative from each nation (Malaysia, Vietnam, Poland, USA, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and China) spoke with reference to benefits to be gleaned from gathering together.

Liang Hong, Director, Guizhou Normal University, China, addresses participants at Opening Ceremony

Enthusiastic participants gathered for a group photograph at the onset of the Colloquium.
Present for the sitting included the following education leaders, starting front left to right: Prof. Dr. Fe Ricon, Vice-President, Palawan State University, Philippines; Dr. Nelson Binag, President, International Distance Education Accreditation League, Philippines; Dr. Li Cun Xiong, Vice President, Guizhou Normal University, China; Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, President, Akamai University, USA; Dr. Pete Ooi, Chief Operating Officer, EDS Business School, Malaysia; Dr. Ricardo A. Wagan, President, Laguna State Polytechnic University, Philippines; Prof. Eugeniusz Rusinski, Vice Rector, Wrocław University of Technology, Poland; Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon, President, Infugao State University, Philippines.

(Top Left to right) Dr. Mario C. Pasion, Campus Deputy Director; Dean, CCS Laguna State Polytechnic University, Philippines; Mr. Raymond Tay, Vice President, Singapore Industrial Automation Association, Singapore; Madame Thelma Wagan, Laguna State polytechnic University, Philippines; Liang Hong, Director, Guizhou Normal University, China; Assoc. Prof. Nicom Charumanee, Suratthani Rajabhat University, Thailand; Dr. Damian Derlukiewicz, Wrocław University of Technology, Poland; DRA. Sitti Nur Djannah, Dean, Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia; DRA Lis Wahyuningsih,Vice Dean, Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia; RR. Erita Yuliasesti Diah Sari, Vice Dean, Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia; Ms. Somsiri Payakkarak, Lecturer, Suratthani Rajabhat University, Thailand; and Mr. Telesforo Pugong, Vice-President, Infugao State University, Philippines. Missing from photograph are: Dr. Ben Lee, CEO, EDS Business School, Malaysia; Dr. Ljubisa Petrusevski, President, Euro College, Macedonia; and Assist Prof Nam-Oi Mitrukul, Suratthani Rajabhat University, Thailand.

Introduction of Universities

The Colloquium Co-Chairs, Dr. Douglass Capogrossi and Dr. Nelson Binag, opened the Colloquium sessions with introductions of the university representatives. Leaders from each university provided PowerPoint presentations, introducing their university, and diccussed their student body, faculty, academic programs, and their unique history and mission. School representatives also presented information about their current affiliations and potentials for cross-border partnerships. Introductions were presented by representatives from the following institutions: Palawan State University, Philippines; International Distance Education Accreditation League, Philippines; Guizhou Normal University, China; Akamai University, USA; EDS Business School, Malaysia; Laguna State Polytechnic University, Philippines; Wrocław University of Technology, Poland; Infugao State University, Philippines; Mr. Raymond Tay, Singapore Industrial Automation Association, Singapore; Suratthani Rajabhat University, Thailand; Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia; and Euro College, Macedonia.

Welcome Dinner and Fellowship Night
The Colloquium Welcome Dinner was located at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Penang. This museum showcases the opulent lifestyle and many traditions and customs of the Peranakan, displaying over a thousand antiques from this unique community.

Welcome Dinner was held at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Penang.

Colloquium and Professional Management Conference participants gather
for group photograph at Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Penang.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

University Networking
Colloquium Co-Chairs, Dr. Douglass Capogrossi and Dr. Nelson Binag, guided the university leaders through networking sessions one-on-one. The universities leaders explored among themselves the opportunities and details for alliances. Many school leaders made arrangements to meet later for further discussion and arrangements for long term dialogue. It was clear to all that the networking session opened opportunities for academic, research, and institutional cooperation and alliances.

Introductions between education leaders from
Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia and Wrocław University of Technology, Poland.

Sunday evening activities included an excursion for “free and easy” shopping at Queensbay Mall, Penang’s largest shopping mall. Transport was provided.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Signing Ceremonies
Colloquium participants enthusiastically gathered for the purpose of finalizing agreements for affiliation. College and universities spanning eight nations, Philippines, Malaysia, USA, Poland, Indonesia, and China, signed memorandums of understanding of statements of intent to affiliate.

Signing of Articulation Agreement between
Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia and Wrocław University of Technology, Poland

Signing of Articulation Agreement between
Laguna State Polytechnic University, Philippines and Wrocław University of Technology, Poland

Award Dinner, Equatorial Hotel
The Colloquium participants attended a VIP Round Table Dinner at Equatorial Hotel, Penang. An award ceremony honored distinguished education and business leaders with exemplary leadership and lifetime achievement awards.

Award recipients, Dr. Fe Ricon, Dr. Ljubisa Petrusevski and Dr. Serafin Ngohayon
chat together before start of awards ceremony

Mrs. Nelly N. Valdez, Justice Amado Valdez, Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, and Senator Mustafa Kamal
relax and discuss common interests before start of award ceremony.

Honorable Senator Mustafa Kamal of Malaysia Parliament graced the Colloquium Dinner, welcoming the attendees to Penang, citing his support and encouragement for further Colloquium in Penang.

Honorable Senator Mustafa Kamal, on behalf of Penang Government
Welcomes Guests at Award Ceremony

Dr. Ricardo Wagan, President of Laguna State Polytechnic University, Philippines, delivered opening remarks to the university leaders, summarizing the potentials and success of the Colloquium session and commenting on the great opportunities, which rests in cooperation among international universities.

Dr. Ricardo Wagan provides opening remarks to kick off Award Night

Presentation of Awards

Justice Amado Valdez Receives Akamai University Honoris Causa
Doctor of Philosophy in Community and Economic Development

Dr. Douglas Capogrossi, President, Akamai University was exceptionally pleased to honor Justice Amado Domingo Valdez with the award of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) in Community and Economic Development for his extensive community service contributions to the Philippines culture.

Nelson Binag, Mrs. Nelly Valdez and Honorable Justice Amado d. Valdez,
Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, and Mrs. Fely Angeline Capogrossi

Honorable Justice Amado Domingo Valdez served the Philippines as Government Corporate Counsel in 2001 and as Senior Undersecretary at the Office of the President, concurrently as Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement. Justice Amado Valdez has served as Dean of UE College of Law, before his time in government and presently. Under his leadership UE College of Law established and operates a Legal Aid Office, providing advisement and representation to indigents in the City of Manila. He was professor of Civil and Constitutional Law subjects at UP Law Center and has spoken at forums abroad on constitutional law matters. During his early career, he was General Attorney at the Law Center of the US Naval Base at Subic Bay and an Associate at the law firm of Martin, Davis and Lewis, Los Angeles California He is founding President of International Association of Constitutional Law in Philippines; Vice President for Metro Manila for the Philippine Association of Law Schools. Justice Valdez serves as a member of the Board of Regents of Universidad Manila and Laguna State Polytechnic University, and is Vice President for Academic Affairs of PHILCONSA and a proud member of the Rotary Club of Manila. Justice Valdez has held top level positions in industry. He is an avid write, including his popular award winning opinion column in People’s Tonight, and hosts the program, Magpayo Nga Kayo. He was cited for his “Barefoot Lawyers Program” which unclogged the dockets of the Department of Agrarian Reform. Further as the National Legal Aid Director of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, in 1999, he successfully implemented the national legal aid program and the IBP Drug Watch Program. As Government Corporate Counsel he fought graft, scams, and tax evasion. As Senior Executive in the Office of the President, Justice Valdez initiated the precedence of the high standard of respect required of US visiting forces for Philippine laws and sovereignty. Justice Valdez is a graduate of UE Colege of Law and is recipient of the most outstanding Alumni Award.

University Leadership Awards
Dr. Fe Ricon, Dr. Ljubisa Petrusevski and Dr. Serafin Ngohayon were honored with Exemplary University Leadership Awards for their contributions to advancement of their institutions as well as exceptional contributins to furthering cross-border education.

Dr. Fe Licon receives Exemplary Leadership Award
from Dr. Nelson Binag, President, IDEAL, Philippines

Fe Villegas Ricon, Philippines
Fe Villegas Ricon is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Palawan State University in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines. Her leadership sustains excellence, quality and innovation for instruction, links and partnerships, and faculty and student development in nine colleges. She earned the Master of Education (MEd-Guidance) degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from the American Heritage University of Southern California. She is pursuing the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Palawan State University and the Doctor of Public Administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Dr. Serafin Ngohayon receives Exemplary Leadership Award
from Dr. Nelson Binag, President, IDEAL, Philippines

Dr. Serafin Lintop Ngohayon, Philippines
Dr. Serafin Ngohayon is President at Ifugao State University and also serves as officer in charge at Kalinga Apayao State College, Philippines. Dr. Ngohayan is current President of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines. He was a college professor and instructor for more than fifteen years in Japan and Philippines. He earned his PhD and Master of Psychology at Hiroshima University, Japan, and the Master of Arts in Teaching and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Isabella State University, Philippines. He has made possible the construction of vital infrastructure across the entire Ifugao State University system including student housing, laboratories, health clinics, student centers, and has worked successfully to advance the teaching-learning process. Dr Ngohayon is an avid community volunteer, serving as a member of the Environmental Education Network, the Philippines Agro-Forestry Education Research Network, and Southeast Asia Network of Agro-Forestry Education. He was awarded the Best Practices Award for his work at Ifugao State University and the Outstanding Ifugao for Research and Social Science by Ifugao provincial government and Most Outstanding Alumnus from Isabella State University.

Dr. Ljubisa Petrusevski receives Exemplary Leadership Award
from Dr. Nelson Binag, President, IDEAL, Philippines

Dr. Ljubisa Petrusevski, Macedonia
Dr. Ljubisa Petrusevski is President of Euro College, Macedonia He is a founding board member and Vice President for Development with Global Institute of Strategic management, a professional awarding body dedicated to improve the standards of management, expand the ethical character of business, and further economic cooperation worldwide. Dr. Petrusevskiis also a director and Vice President with International Distance Education Accreditation League, Philippines, as institution designed to advance the quality of cross border and distance education programs worldwide.

Outstanding Lecturer Awards
The Outstanding Lecturer Award recognizes an educator for excellence in teaching effectiveness and corporate training. Outstanding lecturers on the from lines of education and training are the ones who shed light upon the path we walk as educators, the ones who get the job done at a level of quality and excellence.

Dr. Lee Karling receives Outstanding Lecturer Award
from Dr. Nelson Binag, President, IDEAL, Philippines

Associate Professor Dr. Lee Karling, Malaysia
Dr. Lee Karling is a specialist in Human Resource Management with emphasis in human resource development and learning. Her interests include industrial psychology and human behavior at work. She is currently conducting intensive research in preparation for publication of her paper concerning the linking of worker personalities with job function and performance. Dr. Karling is a certified trainer with more than ten years in corporate training. She has many years of increasingly more responsible experience in the manufacturing and service industries and serves as a Human Resources consultant with local listed companies. Dr. Karling earned her PhD from USM in early 2008. She also holds a unique Graduate Certificate in Adult Teaching and Learning from RMIT University in Australia. Dr. Karling specializes in HRM related training. She conducts training in interpersonal skills and workplace behavior aimed at improving workplace efficiency, effectiveness and relationships. She is committed to assisting organizations in their human resource development endeavors and helps organizations design, execute, and examine training evaluation systems for continuous development in human resource development. Her current passion focuses upon cross-generation management, assisting organizations tap into their workforce potentials, providing guidance to senior management in maximizing the talent of the new generation (Gen Y). Dr. Karling provides training workshops in areas of supply chain management including inventory management, warehouse system design, and purchasing management for effective cost reduction.

Prof. Loh Wei Hoong receives Outstanding Lecturer Award
from Dr. Nelson Binag, President, IDEAL, Philippines

Loh Wei Hoong
Prof. Loh Wei Hoong obtained his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Economics from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he was awarded the Professor Maxwell Memorial Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement. Prof. Loh obtained his Masters of Arts in Economics from Dalhousie University. He is currently the Marketing Manager of a Global professional consultancy firm and he is responsible for conducting marketing and industrial researches, brand management activities and implementing client care database marketing program. Prof. Loh is also a Lecturer and Trainer and have conducted training extensively for entrepreneurs, senior managers, managers and executives from various industries in Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Singapore. He is also an experienced lecturer for various disciplines in marketing, economics and international finance for the Master’s program of various foreign Universities. Prof. Loh is the Chief Examiner for Economic subjects for the University of Sunshine Coast, Australia. He is an Associate Trainer and Facilitator with EDS Business School, a premier training organization in Malaysia.

Closing Remarks
Dr. Fe Ricon delighted the attendees at the Colloquium dinner with closing remarks and encouragement for participants to continue forward toward alliances across borders. Her words from the heart offered an excellent encouragement for the Colloquium participants to continue their dialogue long after they return to their home universities.

Dr. Fe Ricon closes award ceremonywith words from the heart

Summary Reflections
Those University leaders in attendance at the Second Asia Colloquium spoke at length about the importance of opportunities for alliances and partnerships among their institutions. They examined pathways to improve educational quality, advance teaching and learning pedagogy, strengthen faculty development, and expand curriculum offerings, and transfer knowledge and technology worldwide.

The Colloquium attendees took advantage of opportunities for university leaders to dialogue with one another, conceive cooperative projects, dual degree awards, shared faculty in-service, and establishment of preliminary memorandums of agreement during the event.

The Colloquium attendees enthusiastically gathered to honor the lifelong achievements of exemplary university leaders.

Penang lived up to its reputation as a world recognized international tourist destination and shopping paradise.

Lifelong friendships were forged and a good time was had by all!

The Second Asia Colloquium was an absolute success!


Dr Ben Lee,
Chairman, Organizing Committee
International University Leadership Colloquium
48 Lorong Kurau 17, Chai Leng Park, 13700 Prai, Penang, MALAYSIA
Tel: +604-3984306 Fax: +604-3909766 Cel: +6016-4462200

1 comment:

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