May 14, 2008 By CHRISTINA KOH
YOUTHS of today must be dynamic and realistic if they wish to compete in a world without borders, said Raja Datuk Seri Eleena Sultan Azlan Shah.
Addressing Institut Teknologi Perak graduates during their convocation ceremony in Ipoh on Sunday, its chairman Raja Eleena said they must have the drive and knowledge to tackle the challenges ahead.
She said the reality was that competition no longer came from one’s own colleagues or neighbours but from others globally.
“In such a race, there are no compromises for those who are distracted and careless.
“However, you must compete with responsibility, without having to sacrifice your honour (maruah) and self worth,” said Raja Eleena.
Congratulations: Nizar presenting a certificate to a graduate. Looking on is ITP chief executive officer Azizul Mohd Othman.
True success, said Raja Eleena, was built not on the failures of others, but on love and unity.
“Hold fast to your values in everything you do. Don’t waste your learning and knowledge by allowing your pride, values and self-worth to be traded away,” she urged.
A total of 274 graduates were present to receive their diplomas and certificates from Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.
Nizar, in his speech, assured the people that the Pakatan Rakyat-led government would look after the development of both the private and public institutions of learning.
“The state will be more proactive in developing these institutions,” he added,
ITP originally started out small on premises at Rapat Setia 10 years ago but has since moved to its new campus in Greentown Square, Ipoh.
The institution offers franchise academic programmes from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Utara Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara.
So far, ITP has more than 1,000 students taking up courses in engineering, computing, business, management and accounting