Applause, cheers and smiles at the 2015 SIM Achievers Event

A heart-warming gathering of high achievers in Singapore sees more records broken
The 2015 SIM Achievers Event
All smiles at the 2015 Achievers Event at SIM
With 169 First Class Honours in tow, 2016 is certainly a year worth looking forward to, as the University of London celebrates its 30 years of partnership with SIM

On the sunny afternoon of 31 October 2015, the Performing Arts Theatre at the SIM Headquarters was overflowing with excitement. More than 450 students, guests, staff and faculty members were present at the Achievers Event, which takes place yearly to celebrate the academic excellence accomplished in the University of London examinations for the year.

Representatives from the Lead Colleges included Dr. Maggie Cooper (Director of the University of London International Computing Programmes at Goldsmiths) and Ms Lynne Roberts (Head, Learning and Teaching at the LSE office for the University of London International Programmes). Dr Lee Kwok Cheong (Chief Executive Officer of SIM Global Education), and Mrs Ho Soon Eng (Director for Higher Education and Student Life) were also among the many in attendance.

Sylvia Yeo

It was indeed heart-warming to see the SIM achievers together with their families, some of whom travelled miles just to celebrate this proud moment with their children. Soon the venue was filled with laughter and the broad smiles of the achievers as well as their loved ones. Interestingly, the decorative balloons made their way into many photographs. It was truly a celebration party!

As the guests came streaming into the theatre, they were greeted by a light-hearted welcome video from Sylvia Yeo (pictured left), Assistant Director for SIM Higher Education.

The theatre exploded with applause and cheers when the emcees announced yet another record breaking list of results – with 169 First Class Honours graduates, 41 Diploma in Economics with Distinction, 25 University of London Awards for Academic Achievements, 17 University of London Commendations, and 34 Top mark awardees.

Dr Lee Kwok Cheong opened the event by offering his heartiest congratulations. There was no moment more satisfying than seeing the blood, sweat and tears of students.

Dr Maggie Cooper (pictured below right) took the podium next, proudly reiterating that SIM often outdoes itself, and that it was very much reflected in the remarkable academic achievements of SIM students, proven year after year. With 169 First Class Honours in tow, 2016 is certainly a year worth looking forward to, as the Maggie CooperUniversity of London celebrates its 30 years of partnership with SIM.

"The atmosphere was filled with roaring laughter and tears as both parents and lecturers offered inspiring words of wisdom and best wishes."

Other highlights of the event included a series of congratulatory videos by the lecturers, individual prize presentations, as well as a dance performance by the SIM Dance Art club (pictured below left), who graced the stage with a splendid performance entitled “The Hunt”. This was the outcome of months of rehearsals by six dancers, all of whom are current SIM-UOL students!

A few students were pleasantly surprised to discover their family members on the big screen, cooperating with the school to publicly offer their heartiest congratulations. The atmosphere was filled with roaring laughter and tears as both parents and lecturers offered inspiring words of wisdom and best wishes.

SIM Dance Art clubSpecial thanks goes out to Dr Zhang Jianlin, Mr Daniel Tan and Mr Nicholas Woo, who gave invaluable advice to graduates. The administration team enjoyed putting together the surprise video!

The event came to a close with all First Class Honours graduates huddling for a group photograph on stage. The after-party consisted of fond farewells and best wishes and, of course, memories to last for a lifetime!

We also acknowledge the many who were not present as they are overseas for their postgraduate studies, or international students who did not fly back for the celebration. We hope students who did well in the 2015 examinations will look forward to being invited back for next year’s event. We thank the University of London for these awards. We are extremely pleased that SIM students do well enough to achieve the recognitions. It makes us happy to organise this platform to celebrate their special UOL awards.

This year’s Achievers Event was truly a joyous occasion. SIM wishes all achievers the very best for their future endeavours – there is certainly much to look forward to in 2016!