Murdoch celebrates graduate achievement in Singapore

October 31, 2017

Singapore celebration: Mr Kwok Fook Seng, Valedictorian Debra Smith, Murdoch VC Prof Eeva Leinonen, and Singapore Dean A Prof Peter Waring.

Murdoch University applauded the achievements of hundreds of students in Singapore with three spectacular graduation ceremonies last week.

More than 880 graduates were welcomed into Murdoch’s growing global community of alumni, which includes more than 16,000 based in Singapore.

On Saturday 28 October, Singapore’s High Commissioner to Australia Mr Kwok Fook Seng delivered a stirring Occasional Address to the graduands.

A Murdoch alumnus, Mr Kwok is one of Singapore’s most highly regarded public servants. Over his expansive career he has led a number of important international negotiations on global trade and climate change.

He reminded the graduates to redefine success, not to think of it in terms of money or status, but to think of success as having done something significant.

“The streets of Australia and Singapore are littered with unsung heroes who have given of themselves to make their world a better place,” Mr Kwok said.

“You have had the privilege of a tertiary education which teaches you skills of inquiry and creation.

“Apply that to every facet of your life, and make each place you are at a better one.”

Murdoch University is one of the biggest foreign universities in the region with around 6,000 students currently enrolled at its Singapore campus.

Dean of Murdoch’s Singapore Campus, Associate Professor Peter Waring, praised the graduating students.

“Murdoch is extremely proud of this group of graduates who have achieved their dream, earning prestigious qualifications in business, cyber-security, psychology, law and healthcare,” Associate Professor Waring said.

“We look forward watching to the many valuable contributions they will make to Singapore’s economic and social wellbeing in the years ahead.”

The Vice Chancellor and senior leaders will travel to celebrate the graduation of another 150 students from the University’s Dubai campus later this week.

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