Derived from the rich history and traditions of Maldives, the Chancellor's Chair and Villa College mace signify the esteem and acclaim accorded to the Chancellor of the Open University Malaysia by Villa College.
The crest engraved on the headboard of the Chair represents the high standards and the ideals of Villa College as personified by the chosen figure.
The Mace is the symbol of the authority accorded by the constitution of Villa College. In historical context, the mace was first used in the People's Majilis (Parliament) during the time of the First Republic of Maldives. Placement of the mace on its raised holder on the Speaker's desk signalled the commencement of the People's Majilis and lowering it signified the end of the Parliament session.
The use of native wood for the Chair and the Mace epitomises the versatility and strength of the Maldivian people, and the intricate carvings symbolise the interconnection of Islamic values, cultural mores and creative artistry in the Maldivian way of life.