ALAM 116th Convocation
A graduation ceremony is the highlight of an institution's calendar event. It is a grand occasion where graduates' family members and their educators come together to celebrate and congratulate the success on their achievements. On 25 April 2017 at Dewan Perdana Felda, Kuala Lumpur, these graduates, along with their proud parents and loved ones, faculty members and invited guests thronged the hallway in conjunction with the Malaysian Maritime Academy's (ALAM) 116th Convocation Ceremony.
The ceremony is a celebration of their successes and also the dedication and unwavering support of the staff, their parents, families and loved ones as well as sponsors of the graduates. It was graced by the presence of its Guest of Honour, Rear Admiral Dato' Rusli Bin Ramli, Commander Naval Education & Training, Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and was presided by Y.Bhg. Dato' Halipah Binti Esa, Chairman of ALAM's Academic Board.
The event saw a total of 351 graduates from two of ALAM's Cadetship programmes - the 3-year Diploma in Nautical Studies, Diploma in Marine Engineering as well as the 6-month Certificate of Proficiency for Deck and Engine Ratings programmes:
- 111 graduates from Diploma in Nautical Studies
- 123 graduates from the Diploma in Marine Engineering
- 117 graduates from the Certificate of Proficiency for Deck and Engine Ratings programmes.
Graduates of the Cadetship programmes were comprised of various nationalities from Malaysia, Timor Leste, India, China and Bangladesh. 16 of them were female graduates.
The event also showcased ALAM's varied Maritime Education and Training (MET) programmes and courses, and MISC's innovative maritime solutions and services, through an exhibition set up at the foyer of the hall. The exhibits, many of them interactive, were a great attraction for the graduates, parents, families and invited guests.
As a leading maritime education and training institution in the region, ALAM is committed in promoting the maritime profession as an attractive option for young men and women of the right calibre - one which can provide them with a rewarding career and long-term prospects, not only at sea but also in the broader maritime industry. Since 1972, over 4,500 cadets have benefited from MISC's Cadet Sponsorship Programme while its subsidiary, AET have also contributed to the Cadet Sponsorship Programme with more than 1,028 beneficiaries since 2006. To ALAM, this is what shared success and focused execution is all about, as we take pride in ensuring the that our graduates are the best in the industry.
Y. Bhg. Dato' Halipah said, "Since its inception in 1977, ALAM has provided opportunities for the youth to explore and discover their potential in this challenging career as a seafarer by providing innovative, modern and exceptional academic programs. Beyond the foundation program, we encouraged continuous training and education for the working seafarers by providing advanced courses to further improve their knowledge and enable them to respond to the needs and challenges of the industry''.
This is the second time the convocation was done outside the campus, combining both its internationally recognised Diploma programmes and the six-month Certificate of Proficiency for Deck and Engine Ratings programmes. The ceremony also saw a gathering of various representatives from shipping organisations, maritime fraternities and Government agencies from across the region.