The Open University Malaysia (OUM) and Villa College (VC) Convocation 2019 was held on 20th April 2019. This was the last convocation for the OUM students. The event was held in the Villa College QI Campus.
The ceremony was held in three separate sessions where first of which was the OUM Convocation, followed by two sessions of the VC Convocation Ceremony. The OUM Convocation Ceremony was attended by the Vice Chancellor of the Open University Malaysia, Prof Dato’ Dr. Mansor Fadzil. He addressed the graduates as well, highlighting that there are more than 1800 alumni students of OUM from the Maldives.
Vice Rector of Villa College, Dr. Ali Najeeb welcomed the graduates in the VC Convocation sessions, emphasizing on the fact that 30% of the graduates were from Villa College campuses and learning centers from all over the country. Moreover, Dr. Najeeb highlighted that 51% of the graduates are women, thus shows the gender equal nature of opportunities in Villa College.
Rector of Villa College, Dr. Ahmed Anwar conferred the VC Convocation 2019.
77 students graduated from the OUM Convocation, while 232 students graduated from the VC Convocation.
The latest group of students from our campuses across the nation stepped out as
professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to handle the different working
conditions in diverse working environments.
This was an event eagerly anticipated by all students and staff of Villa College.
Multicultural Night is one of the assessment tasks in English Proficiency One module. This event provides students with the opportunity to learn about various aspects of different cultures. The main aim of this event is to enhance research and presentations skills amongst students.
This years' event was held on 11th April 2019, Thursday. During the module the students were grouped and given a country to represent. For the event, students designed a stall representing their country and were dressed traditionally. They also presented other features of the culture through traditional food, dances, songs, arts and many activities that represent the uniqueness of various cultures.
As one the most exciting academic events of the semester, this event encourages students to learn beyond the four walls of the classroom and facilitates students to hone soft skills such as communication, leadership and teamwork.
It is noteworthy to highlight that, there were a total of 18 stalls in this semester presented by 188 students from QI and Hulhumale' campus.
Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology endorses the ICSRI 2019 by the Institute of Research and Innovation (IRI) of Villa College. The endorsement ceremony was held in the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology on 11th April 2019.
The conference is now open for applications.
This is the 4th ICSRI by Villa College. This years’ conference is set to be held between 17-18 July 2019. The main theme of this years’ conference is “Transformative thinking: Leap to the future”.
The areas of paper submission in this years’ conference are, Business Management, Finance, Corporate Governance, Psychology, Education, Health, Nursing, Social work, Religion, Arts, Politics, Policy, Law, Governance, Environment, Technology, Language, Media and Communication.
The conference is set to have panel discussions of 6 main areas. They include, Research & Education, Business & Economy, Technology, Health, Environment & Sustainability and Democracy.
For candidates who are interested in submitting papers or posters the abstract submission deadline is 25th April 2019. Moreover, registration for the conference will be open from 13th June 2019 to 4th July 2019. Call for papers for the conference, Abstract guideline, important dates and further information will be available from the conference website; https://www.villacollege.edu.mv/icsri and from the Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/ICSRI2018/
The main purpose of this conference is to give a platform for researchers to submit and share their papers with the specialists of the respective fields. Moreover, to give an opportunity to meet with these experts and commune with them regarding different fields of their expertise whilst also giving the participants the opening to publish their work through the Villa College journal, “International Journal of Social Research and Innovation”.
The experts for the session were Hussain Suaz and Asiyath Mohamed from the Bank of Maldives.
The aim of the module is to provide the students with an opportunity to understand and practice some of the skills that are necessary for effectively managing people in the workplace for future line managers and HR professionals. In particular, the module focuses on interviewing, reviewing performance, conducting negotiations and delivery of training. The skills workshops are also designed to help them to learn and develop the skills, which will assist them in the applications for placements and graduate jobs and in managing and developing their own career. The module is organised thematically with each week’s teaching contributing to the understanding of a fundamental management skill. The combination of preparation sessions containing the relevant theory and practical sessions involving role-plays, will ensure that our students get the opportunity to apply and practice the relevant skills and are made aware of the linkages from theory to ‘real-life’ application. The workshop sessions give them an opportunity to present their learned skills along with a great scope to enhance via received feedback.
And tonight's session was about bringing the HR practitioners to reflect their experiences in their field of operation and provide insights of such as well as to interact with the students in a discussion with relation to the module.
The first staff meeting of 2019 was held on 06th March 2019 in the college hall.
The meeting was attended by all VC staff and some guests. One of the most standout items was the speech by the Principal of Ghiyasuddin International School, Mr. Thoha Saleem on the topic “Character: The ultimate secret to success”. It was an engaging and inspirational speech which was enjoyed by the staff.
The meeting also saw the introduction of new staff. The tradition of the introduction of all the new staff continued as 20 new staff members introduced themselves.
Villa College achieved the global pass rate in the December 2018 ACCA examinations. Hence, a letter of appreciation was awarded to 2 ACCA lecturers, Mohamed Haleem and Ahmed Salim, for their contributions in this great achievement.
The announcement of the winners of the International Mother Tongue Day 2019 competition held between 21st February to 28th February 2019 was also made in the staff meeting. Winners from 4 categories were announced, and were awarded prizes accordingly.
The most applauded item in the agenda was the distribution of certificates to the Villa College men’s and women’s futsal teams. Notably, the women’s team dispatched VSTC by a large goal difference in the final of the tournament to win the ultimate prize, which was displayed in the hall throughout the meeting. Congratulations, VC Women’s futsal team!
Moreover, the staff newsletter (issue number 05) was released by the Vice Rector, Dr. Ali Najeeb. The newsletter has now been rebranded as Villa College Bits and Bytes. In addition, the Villa College mascot was introduced for the first time, and feedback on what changes needed to be made to the proposed version was given. This was followed by the presentation of the new programmes of the college and the sharing of new policies.
One of the highlights of the meeting was the speech by the Rector, Dr. Ahmed Anwar. He stressed the importance of team work and doing one’s best in everything. His speech was aimed exclusively at the upcoming convocation: the Rector emphasized the importance of giving everything everyone has to offer in order to make it a successful event.
Every staff meeting is an important step towards cohesive interaction among the staff. It can shape the corporate ethos and lead to ultimate success.