Top Glove Founder Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics from University of Malaya and received a Master of Business Administration from Sul Ross State University in Texas, USA. He obtained his PhD in Management from UNISEL and was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by Oklahoma City University, USA.
Tan Sri Dr Lim stewarded Top Glove from its 1-production-line local rubber-glove manufacturing beginning into a world-class business capturing 25 percent of global market shares with a current capacity of 57.5 billion pieces of rubber gloves produced annually. The world’s largest maker of rubber gloves serves a growing network of over 2,000 customers in 195 countries.
Tan Sri Dr Lim’s many prestigious accolades in business include Ernst and Young Master and Country Entrepreneur of Malaysia 2004, Asia Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year 2008, Brand Laureate Leadership Award 2011, Manufacturer Man of the Year 2013, and World Class Entrepreneur Asian Icon 2014. He received the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM) Malaysian Leadership Award and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Icon Award in 2016. Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai served as FMM President from 2016 to 2017. Top Glove Corporation Berhad is one of MSU’s industry partners.
ASIC Chairman Dr Maurice Kenneth Dimmock had gained a first-class honours degree in Physics and Physical Electronics at Newcastle, UK, which led him to undertake doctorate research into thin-film deposition for the development of integrated electronic devices. He continued this work with Corning before deciding to follow his passion in education. He read his M.Ed. at Hull University before taking up his first teaching post at Trinity House in the UK. Very soon he started consultancy work for the A-levels Examining Board and also the City & Guilds, London.
Dr Maurice Dimmock had been instrumental in developing the early TVET programmes in the UK. Passionate about education and especially international education, he raised international student numbers at the UK’s Northumbria University. He reorganized international departments and developed international strategies at various other UK universities. He opened the first UK international office in Malaysia, liaising with the Ministry of Education Malaysia as well as the Malaysia Qualifications Agency (MQA).
During his three years of consultancy service to QS, who operates the World University Ranking and QS Star Rating systems, Dr Dimmock was tasked by the UK Government with setting up an accrediting body for quality assurance of the UK’s private education sector. The Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) is one of MSU’s accreditors.
Reproduced here are excerpts from the acceptance speeches of MSU’s 23rd Convocation honorands.
MSU Honorary Doctorate in Entrepreneurship, Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai
I have always believed that a good quality education is the foundation for people and countries to become advanced and to progress further. However, a degree alone does not guarantee success. It is not the finish line but just the beginning. Learning is a lifelong journey. We need to equip ourselves with knowledge in new technology and marketing, as well as good interpersonal skills. These will enable us to compete more effectively in the international arena.
Learn new things every day in the spirit of continuous improvement. Never stop learning and improving. When we have achieved success, staying successful becomes harder. Continue to work even harder, smarter, faster, to remain number one.
Know, do, and teach. Teach 10 so they can share the knowledge to a hundred more. Use the knowledge to become a positive contributor to society and country. The teamwork is very important.
Stay fit and healthy, physically and mentally. Each of us carries a cost. We must work to cover this cost. When we are sick we stop working, but our cost is still running and we become liabilities. So keep a profit-and-loss account of yourself.
Equally important is to stay mentally healthy. Come out to work or do business with a quality mindset. A good, strong foundation can sustain you to great heights. A broken or corrupted foundation cannot hold you up even one-storey high. Uphold values such as honesty, integrity, and transparency, and stay away from corruption.
Find a balance in all that we do. My own principle for this is, “Work is my hobby, exercise is my duty, and health is my wealth.” I believe the key elements of success in life and health can be found in The 5 Quality Wells, that if we Clean well at the start of our day, Eat well by eating a good variety of quality food, Work well, Exercise well, and Rest well, we will be well-positioned to live to 120 and succeed in our work, business, and life.
Once again, I congratulate today’s graduands for attaining your degrees and reaching an important milestone in your lives. I am confident you will continue to do Management and Science University proud, as ambassadors of this well-managed and reputable university. It’s truly an honour to receive this doctorate from a university with such a distinguished past, and which I am sure will have a greater future.
MSU Honorary Doctorate in Education Management, Dr Maurice K. Dimmock
All students from all walks of life share the same hopes and dreams; among them, recognition for their talent, and respect for their heritage, customs, and traditions. Since its inception, I have seen MSU educating its students to be global citizens able to empathize with different cultures, outlooks and religions; training them to be able to adjust to change and also to instigate change; and empowering them to be creative as well as entrepreneurial.
A mission shared by both ASIC and MSU is for every young person to be purposely educated so each has a part to play and a stake in moving the nation forward. Corporations asked by the World Bank say that most students are not work-ready but MSU graduates' employability is 98.6%, which is testimony to the university’s purposeful investment in managing the human capital needs of the country and the region. Across 60 countries and the 750 institutions ASIC has accredited to date, MSU was the first university awarded the prestigious Premier Accreditation; an accomplishment it repeated at re-accreditation.
It is an honour for me to accept this Honorary Doctorate today from a University and a President I have tremendous respect for. To the Class of 2018, I wish you further success. Follow your dreams – make sure you have one – and you will not get lost. Keep focused, and keep your eyes on God for He will direct your path. Never forget those who have been by your side. Ask what you can do for your family and your country, and approach everything you do with honesty and integrity.