CAMPUS WATCH: Business students win Australian university award
SOME management gurus refer to two dimensions to define quality -- performance quality and conformance quality.
The former is often associated with operational superiority. The latter is consistency in reproducing excellent results repeatedly in a reliable manner.
Going by these definitions, students Grace Goh and Roxzanne Manohran have epitomised quality for KDU University College.
They won the Vice Chancellor's Commendation Award for Academic Excellence from Murdoch University, Australia.
The university college has won the same award consecutively since 2007.
Both students were placed among the top two per cent of undergraduates enrolled on the Bachelor Degree programme and achieved a minimum of 15 credit points at high distinction level within the review period.
That two per cent covered students from across all campuses in all locations worldwide.
Goh is a Bachelor of Commerce student from the university's 3+0 degree programme.
She majored in Accounting with a minor in Business Law. She took up Accounting mainly because she "likes numbers and organising things". She takes after her father's side of the family -- her cousins are accountants and economists.
Her father is a pastor and religion naturally became an important source of strength and inspiration in her studies.
She was home schooled at Grace Resource Centre, then located at Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya, from the age of 10 until 16.
This is the second time she has won the award. The first was in 2010.
She wants to do social work, probably for a non-government organisation to help the underprivileged.
Manohran, too, is a Bachelor of Commerce student doing the same double major programme.
She credited her father for her success.
She says, with some emotion, that her father, who is past retirement age, had to take up a job in Singapore as a security officer to support her through her education.
Manohran was the best overall student in the KDU Diploma in Accounting programme in 2009. She had previously been specially invited to study the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) programme with Murdoch University.
She is the only KDU recipient of such an invitation in recent years.
Currently doing an internship with an audit firm, Manohran plans to obtain a Certified Public Accountant professional certificate in accountancy after graduation.