Success Stories

Yap Kok Keong

Business & Accounting

The journey to success was never an easy one for Yap Kok Keong.

It is a story of gradual and continuous improvement, requiring consistent commitment. In fact, the invaluable experience gained along the way reminds us that learning is a lifelong process for improvement.

Yap Kok Keong, started as an average student in his primary school years. However, through consistent efforts, he picked up the pace and with his good memory power, he began to ace in school.

After completing his Diploma in Accounting, Yap joined the workforce where he spent 12 years in the accounting field. As he grew older, his thirst to equip himself with better qualification and the advice from the seniors in his field made him to want to pursue a degree. However, his working time and lifestyle did not permit him to study on a part-time basis until he found SEGi University’s PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) Online Distance Learning Programme.

From then, there was no turning back for Yap.

Today the 33-year-old graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Business Management (BBM), with a consistent GPA performance of more than 3.7 for each semester.

“I used to be told that I am only qualified for clerical positions. I realised then that having a diploma qualification is not enough. I need a minimum degree education for career advancement. I am glad I took up this programme under PACE,” he said when met recently.

“I checked out many private institutions of higher learning before signing up with SEGi. I find that PACE’s learning method best suited my needs, offering online distance learning. Thanks to PACE, I did not have to put my career on hold for the sake of education. The guidance received from lecturers via the blended teaching approach was also added bonus which contributed greatly to my success,” he said.

He said as a working adult learner, time management is key.

“I have to strike a work-life-study balance, making sure that my studies did not affect the efficiency of work performance so that I could go home on time and start studying. I also had to sacrifice many things like Facebook and social life so that I can concentrate on my studies and graduate,” he added.

Yap said with the knowledge and a degree qualification, he would be able to apply the business skills acquired while increasing his business acumen and spurred his interest in academic writing. He even hinted that he may start his own business one day. His motto and advice to working adults who are contemplating to continue their studies: Nothing is impossible, it is about how determined you are to pursue your studies.

SEGi University's PACE Online offers flexible online programmes in Business, Education and Communication which cater for the needs of busy adult learners. To find out more, visit us at or call 03-61451777. 

Kelly Fong

Business & Accounting

PACE Top EDIBA graduate (CGPA 3.78)

The 36-year-old Kelly Fong has always had one regret; that she never continued her studies after completing her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and LCCI. The dream to further her studies became even distant after she got married and had children of her own as she had to devote her full time and attention to her young family. But the mother of two never forgot her dream to further her education. She began to look for an education programme to upgrade herself and came across SEGi University’s PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) Online Distant Learning programme on Facebook.

“I wanted to do Business Administration as it was related to my career as my background was more into book-keeping. I find the PACE Online Executive Diploma in Business Administration programme which emphasises on blended approach suitable for a working adult like me as it gives me the opportunity to study at my own pace, anytime, anywhere,” she said when met recently.

“I am very happy to have taken up this programme and gain the exposure on new things that were quite relevant to my field of expertise and my current company’s business expansion plans,” she added.

Within three years, Fong completed her studies and today, she is enjoying the fruits of her success when she became among the top scorers of the programme with a CGPA of 3.78.

Kelly shared that her stronghold of success was discipline in time management and being focused, attending all the workshops by PACE and being on track although ridden with a hectic work and family daily schedule.

However, no one succeeds alone.

Indeed, for Kelly, having a supportive hand from her husband helped her achieve this success.

“He helped me out a lot and shared her burden by taking care of the children, so that I can concentrate on my studies,” she said.

Fong hopes her success tale will motivate other working adults who want to further their studies and set a good example for her children on the importance of education and persistence.

SEGi University's PACE Online offers flexible online programmes in Business, Education and Communication which cater for the needs of busy adult learners. To find out more, visit us at or call 03-61451777.

Friiscor Mah Cheng Chai
SEGi College Penang
Business & Accounting

I previously graduated with Bachelor of Electrical & Electronics Engineering from University Technology Malaysia. I am currently an Engineering Department Manager at Intel Kulim.

After 9 years in the Engineering field, with 5 years of first line management experience, I decided to pursue an MBA programme to further expand my knowledge and skills. I chose the University of Sunderland MBA programme offered at SEGi College Penang as it is recognised as one of the best UK MBA twinning programmes available.

My management experience in the engineering environment made me realise the need to improve my knowledge in important areas such as operations management, organisational development, product management and business development research. I also acquired knowledge of profit and loss accounting, understanding balance sheets and also areas of advertising, marketing, branding and public relations - all of which were thoroughly covered in the programme.

The knowledge I acquired in the programme gave me a boarder perspective and more critical understanding of my current responsibilities and my role in achieving and exceeding targets. The MBA programme has enhanced and developed my business acumen and improved my communication and team building skills. By acquiring the ability to ‘think outside the box,’ I feel empowered to fulfil my function within the company. This will certainly help prepare me for more responsibilities in the future.

I am very grateful and fortunate to have been awarded with Distinction from University of Sunderland and I was promoted to Engineering Department Manager on April 2013 shortly after the completion of my MBA studies.

Knowledge is power! Bring it on!

Koay Shi Gang
SEGi College Penang
Technology & Innovation

I pursued my studies in Bachelor of Science in Computing at SEGi College Penang in 2011. I had a great experience as a student of the programme. The strength of the programme is really coursework-based assessments, with several other courses that are mixed exam-based assessments.

Our coursework is assessed by University of Greenwich. While pursuing my studies, I had the privilege of meeting with computing students from SEGi University and together, we visited the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Putrajaya and the National Science Museum in Kuala Lumpur. These educational trips have helped me learn beyond the walls of the classroom.

Working with supportive faculty members on challenging projects has helped me with my studies and I managed to graduate with First Class Honours.

My internship experience with Shinyou Elevator Mfg Sdn Bhd taught me work techniques and ethics, and upon graduation, I was hired as a Sales & Project Engineer at the same company!

I will most certainly recommend friends and younger family members to study at SEGi College Penang. Thank you, SEGi!

Saw Fa Liang
SEGi College Penang
Business & Accounting

Saw Fa Liang is prove that hard work and perseverance can pay off in the end.

He was diagnosed with a medical condition at birth that causes his hands to tremble and is unable to write well. Yet he graduated in early 2014 with a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance degree with honours.

“I do not let my physical disability deter me from studying. I believe success will come to me if I put in an effort,” he said.

Rosa Goh Wei Fen
SEGi College Penang

I graduated in year 2012 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology from the American Degree Program at SEGi College Penang.

I chose to study Psychology as I strongly believe having psychology knowledge is essential in any career one chooses to pursue. Psychology is the key, the foundation and the understanding to deal with anyone and everyone. Being able to study Psychology under the American Degree Program is an added advantage because the program structure is as such that every individual is given the opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas. Learning is not confined to the traditional one-way communication method. The lecturers are very dedicated and involved in ensuring the process of learning is never boring. As a matter of fact, classes are very interesting!

Also not forgetting the various activities held all year round by the ADP club, called House of Fayette, and SEGi. My student life can never be this enriching without all these activities which cultivated priceless values in me.

With the availability to access and apply for financial loans, this has given me greater conviction that I had made the right choice in studying at SEGi. I did not want to burden my parents with financial worries. I took the PTPTN loan, and with the constant reminder that ‘No hard work ever goes unpaid’, I managed to obtain pretty good results which helped me to convert the loan to a scholarship. My journey in a higher institution of learning can never be more beautiful.

As the saying goes, ‘Be yourself. An original is always worth more than a copy’. My time here has successfully moulded me into an individual with character, to be adaptive and also courageous when facing the real working world.

Wilson Moy
SEGi College Penang

Wilson Moy graduated with a first class honour (Summa Cum Laude, CGPA 3.900) with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Psychology in 2014 from SEGi College Penang.

Wilson enrolled in 2010 after finding out about the American Degree Program at SEGi, with option to obtain a foreign degree locally in Malaysia. Wilson shares, “My four years in SEGi has taught me that there are no limits to passion. I’ve realised that passion will keep us going, no matter what the limits are. Without a doubt, there were challenging times in studies, with assignments and important tasks. However, as long as there is a passion in us to keep on going, there are endless possibilities in the journey ahead. With passion, I was able to graduate with flying colours and make my family proud. With passion, I was able to realise my dream of graduating with a first class honours.”

He added, “I know the best is yet to come with the completion of my Bachelor Degree in a renowed college such as SEGi and the partner university for the American Degree Program, Upper Iowa University.”

Ken Lim Min Chyh
SEGi College Subang Jaya
Creative Arts & Design

Diploma in Music student, Ken Lim Min Chyh, played his way into first place for the piano solo performance at the 6th Malaysian Youth Music Festival 2011.

This annual event is one of the initiatives by the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation to promote positive musical activities and help improve the performing standards among music students.

Bernadine Lee Suet Teng
SEGi University Kota Damansara
Foundation Studies (Pre-University)

"Thanks to my lecturers and consistent studying, I made it! Doing assignments and having study groups helped a lot as well. Now I’m rewarded with a High Achievers Scholarship from SEGi."

"I enjoyed a really good study experience at SEGi. The lecturers show a lot of care and concern for the students. They took the initiative to ask us if we need any help or whether we understood even before we go to them for help."

"I loved the lessons because there were fun activities inside and outside of class. One example was when we went out for a movie and had to write a report about it. I like the library a lot because it is well equipped for research; it’s also well-kept and the books are up-to-date."

Liew Shwu Chin/Sik Jia Yin/Ecilly Saw Kah Heng/Tiow Chai Lee
SEGi University Kota Damansara
Creative Arts & Design

Five of SEGi University’s Creative Design students walked away with first and third prizes in a competition organised by the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) for undergraduates called 6BELAS in 2012.

Liew Shwu Chin and Sik Jia Yin won the first prize while Liew, Sik, Jecilly Saw Kah Heng and Tiow Chai Lee won third for fashion design.

Ng Wen Ni & Blaise Jolene Bateman & Fatma Hamis Jumaa Mfundo & Alyssa Lee Weng Sie
SEGi College Kuala Lumpur
Business & Accounting

2 teams from the SEGi Entrepreneurship Club (SEC) at SEGi College Kuala Lumpur, comprising of Ng Wen Ni, Blaise Jolene Bateman, Fatma Hamis Jumaa Mfundo and Alyssa Lee Weng Sie, won second and third placing respectively in the Grand Final Challenge of Youth Challenge Malaysia 2013, an entrepreneur competition held at national level for undergraduates.

Ajay Singh Sangwan
SEGi University Kota Damansara

Ajay Singh Sangwan, an MBA student with USQ at SEGi University was awarded the International Student Award 2012/2013 by USQ.

The award is first in SEGi’s history as it is only awarded to students who have achieved a minimum of 6.5 CGPA out of 7 in three semesters in a row or one academic year. The amazing Ajay has been scoring a CGPA of 7 the entire year. Ajay also won a Scholarship of AUD500 due to his outstanding academic achievement.

Jacklyn Tan Chye Lye & Shaminee Muniandy & Arvinder Kaur Mehar Singh & Nancy Thong & Tan Teck Yap & Tan Ben Jane & Jacklyn Tan
SEGi College Subang Jaya

The University of Southern Queensland’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards 2013 went to Jacklyn Tan Chye Lye, Shaminee Muniandy, Arvinder Kaur Mehar Singh, Nancy Thong, Tan Teck Yap, Tan Ben Jane and Jacklyn Tan.

Ezra Voon & Rene Yap & Jeffrey Foo
SEGi College Sarawak
Foundation Studies (Pre-University)

SEGi College Sarawak’s A-Levels Team finished as Runners-Up in the Bond University High School Mooting Competition held from the 24th-25th of April 2013.

The team, comprising Ezra Voon, Rene Yap and Jeffrey Foo, have never mooted before but spent weeks engrossed in extensive research, drafting and practice for their delivery. Notably, this was the first time SEGi College Sarawak has ever participated in the competition, which featured teams of students up to Year 12 or A-Levels from numerous public and private schools within the State.

Tang Yee Chee
SEGi College Sarawak
Business & Accounting

"The comprehensive syllabus of the Diploma in Accountancy improved my knowledge of this particular field, which well-equipped me to further my degree overseas”

“I personally think that these skills are crucial in the working environment especially it comes to planning and leading employees and teamwork. Theory without practical doesn't work and SEGi has given me both!

Leong Ching Yih
SEGi University Kota Damansara
Business & Accounting

“Top Graduating Student from the Diploma of Marketing. “I would like to give credit to the lecturing team for their dedication and commitment throughout the duration of my course which certainly attributed to my achievement in SEGi.

It is my pleasure to be a high-achiever and part of this acclaimed institute. Always remember: those who achieve success are those who take a dream and make it come true.”

Phyllis Mok
SEGi College Sarawak

“If other students want to achieve First Class Honours, they need to maintain high score in the Diploma stage. One of the reasons I was able to achieve First Class Honours was because I did well in my Diploma in Law.”

“I would also encourage students pursuing their law degree in Northumbria University to read and research outside of the text with materials such as journals and periodicals as this will add marks to their examinations.”

Chew Bee Eng
SEGi College Sarawak
Engineering & The Built Environment

“When you do a part time programme it is not easy to juggle work and classes, but thanks to the lecturers we were able to get the best of both worlds.”

“We also want to thank Manjeevan, last year's First Class Honours student who shared his knowledge and experience with us; our success is not ours alone”.

Leong Pei Chee
SEGi College Sarawak
Engineering & The Built Environment

“My lecturers are one of the reasons I passed the exams with flying colours. It was tough work studying to pass the examination.”

" I went through a lot of stress. It is trite knowledge that the ACCA exams are one of the toughest for professional accountants to achieve. I'm glad I managed to pull through and not give up hope when I felt it was too difficult,”

Lim Sei Haw
SEGi College Kuala Lumpur
Professional Studies

A student of SEGi College Kuala Lumpur who won the First Place for Paper 1.1 in ACCA in 2007

" This prize does not come as a surprise to me but I am still very proud of what I have achieved today. I decided to do ACCA because, being an international paper, it’s more challenging. All the hard work and effort has paid off.”

Visvanathan A/L Marimuthu
SEGi College Sarawak
Engineering & The Built Environment

1st Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering

“I feel satisfied knowing that all the sacrifices that were made by my family and me have paid off. It is not easy to go back to the basics and start all over again. It requires a lot of sacrifices patience and determination, but I am relieved it paid off”.

See Leng Li
SEGi College Kuala Lumpur
Professional Studies

World Silver and Malaysian Gold Award in LCCI for Advanced Business Calculations.

“Originally, I enrolled into the LCCI programme out of my interest and passion for numbers. I now plan to apply for a place in a local university and further my studies in Actuarial Science. I found the lecturers at SEGi to be very dedicated and passionate about teaching, providing ample support to myself and fellow students.”

Joanna Joy Ong-Balinghasay
SEGi College Subang Jaya
Early Childhood Care & Education

Top Graduating Student from the International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy.

“I recall those days when I was taking my Montessori course part time. I would wake up at 5 in the morning, when my son, Lorenzo was not yet awake and start writing my essays. I would then set my books aside to prepare him for his playschool and then hurry to come home, breastfeed him, put him to sleep so I can dress up to go to the college and attend to the 3 hour lecture. After which I would quickly drive home to play with him and then cook dinner before my husband arrives home from work. I would then continue working on my assignments when my son has gone to bed and end my work before the clock strikes 12. And during this same time, I was pregnant with my second child, Mikaela.”

“Let me take this chance to thank the college that became our second home, a place that nurtured not just our brains but also our hearts. Thank you for the first class service, the state of the art facilities, and more importantly, the very dedicated and selfless professors who have continuously inspired us and made us believe that we too can reach our chosen destiny.”

Norshafiza Shamsuddin

Postgraduate Studies

Graduate from the University of Southern Queensland Master of Business Administration (MBA).

“The programme has been created to be very flexible meaning I was able to optimise my ‘study’ time around my existing obligations. The weekend classes also allowed me to maintain my performance at work and still be able to make time for the most important people in my life - my family.”

“Anyone wanting to do their MBA should be prepared to put in the extra hours to ensure that they’re able to complete the programme, but at the same time make more friends and widen their social circle, after all, business is all about contacts and networking.”

Teh Ooi Keong

Postgraduate Studies

Recipient of the Dean’s Award upon graduation from the University of Southern Queensland Master of Business Administration (MBA).

“When I first received the email notification from SEGi, I was surprised and couldn’t believe that I was being presented with the Dean’s Award. ...I could relate and apply the subjects that I studied to my everyday work environment which helped me to understand the content and get more out of the programme. I was also able to sharpen my business skills in management by taking the units that encompassed leadership, strategic management, organisational behaviour and the economic aspects of doing business.”

Lim Chiao Yen
SEGi College Kuala Lumpur
Business & Accounting

Top Graduating Student from the Diploma in Accounting. “I take pride in being the top student of SEGi College Kuala Lumpur for 2008.

First of all, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my parents and my brother who always keep a close caring eye on me and always seem to be there when I needed help and support. Further, I wish to extend my sincerest thanks to my friends who encouraged and motivated me as we undertook the course and worked towards our diploma graduation. I have overcome many challenges and hindrances during the college life. Without help from my wonderful friends, my success would never have been possible. I have a lot of precious memories which I will treasure forever. I am certain my parents are glad to see what I have achieved so far.

I would also like to thank my lecturers. Throughout the two and a half years of college life, there were always lecturers around to give me valuable guidance and share valuable experiences. I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the High Achiever’s scholarship that I have received from the SEGi Scholarship Board. This gave me an opportunity to receive quality education for which I am very thankful.”

Kevin Liew Tze Ming
SEGi College Subang Jaya
Foundation Studies (Pre-University)

Multiplie distinction in the Edexcel A-Level.

“I would advise all students to spend their study time effectively and attend your respective classes in order to fully prepare for examinations. Also, students need to give their full attention during lectures to gain important information that will not only help them pass but also to score well.”

Chiu Poh Seong

Engineering & The Built Environment

“I was never expecting to get 1st Class Honours, as I always felt that I was just an average student. I suppose all the hard work and extra hours after work that I had put in paid off.

When studying part time, it is never easy, because you have to juggle a lot of things, but I was determined to graduate. The First Class Honours came as a bonus”

Amrit Kaur Keman
SEGi College Kuala Lumpur
Allied Health Sciences

Diploma in Nursing graduate Amrit Kaur Keman was awarded the Best Student Award 2010/2011 in the Staff Nurse category after sitting the Malaysian Nursing Board Examinations.

Amrit gave credit to her lecturers at SEGi College Kuala Lumpur for her success.

Lee Wei Min
SEGi University Kota Damansara
Foundation Studies (Pre-University)

Lee Wei Min scored an impressive CGPA 4.0 in the Foundation in Science and emerged as Top Student. She was one of the 20 high achievers for the year 2011.

Tan Pek Pong
SEGi University Kota Damansara
Built Environment

The ex-President of SEGi Student Council at SEGi University, Tan Pek Tong, was awarded the Professor Leni Oglesby Prize for Achievement by Teesside University for being the highest performing graduating student in 2012.

This very prestigious award is given each year to Teesside University students of any discipline and country. Pek Tong also obtained First Class Honours in the Teesside Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance.