Graduation 2016

Han Chiang College’s Graduation Ceremony for 2016 took place at the Lim Lean Theng Hall as it has been the tradition of the College to celebrate the graduation of its students at this venue. Every graduand of the Class of 2016 was eagerly waiting for the arrival of this moment for a long time as they worked so hard throughout their studies  in order to graduate with their diplomas. On September 29, 2016, their dreams come true.

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Booklet of Graduation Ceremony 2016

However, since the early morning of Graduation Day, the sky was covered by the dark clouds, and it started to rain even before the event was scheduled to begin. Although it was raining heavily, it did not make any difference to the celebratory mood of the graduands and their families. Students were wearing their gown proudly, parents waited in the hall with a heart of excitement and staffs were preparing and rehearsing everything in order to make everything perfect in this memorable and important day.yv_0029_20160929-han

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Preparations
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The Academic Procession on stage.

Graduands from School of Communication, Business Management, Applied Creative Art and Designs and Chinese Studies were conferred their respective diplomas by the Principal & CEO of the College, Dr. Chow Yong Neng. The conferment of each graduand’s academic award was witnessed by a senior member of the College’s Board of Directors. From the faces of the graduands, we could see happiness and satisfaction all round.

Graduands posing with their respective diploma testamurs

On that day, the outstanding graduates were awarded cash prizes . Those receiving special awards for academic achievements including the best students from different schools in college, graduates who had made it to the annual dean’s list awards and etc.

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Tan Jia Ying, the recipient of the Most Proficient Student in English Awards.
The Winners of the Annual Dean's List.
The Winners of the Annual Dean’s List.

Furthermore, two final year students on the College’s 3+0 degree programme in collaboration with University of Wolverhampton, Regina Hoo Lei Kim and Goh Lih Joe were awarded the Academic Excellence & Distinction Award for scoring First Class Honours in their degree studies.

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Regina Hoo was receiving the Academic Excellence & Distinction Award.

Tan Yet Zhi and Toh Vern Ching from Han Chiang College, who were in their final semester in the Bachelor in Public Relations & Journalism from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) were awarded the USQ International Partner Prizes. Han Chiang College’s students scooped two out of the eight possible awards given by USQ each year.

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Tan Yet Zhi receiving the USQ International Partner Prizes.
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The awards’ winners.

Graduates Leong Chia Yee from the School of Business Management and Tiang Yi Jing from the School of Communication presented their graduation speeches in English and Mandarin respectively on behalf of the Class of 2016.

Leong Chia Yee is giving the English version of the graduation speech.
Leong Chia Yee is giving the English version of the graduation speech.
Tiang Yi Jing is giving the Chinese version of the graduation speech.
Tiang Yi Jing is giving the Chinese version of the graduation speech.

After the successful conclusion of the graduation ceremony, many parents and friends of the graduates were seen presenting bouquets of flowers and gifts to the graduates. Happy and funny photographs were taken to capture these sweet and beautiful moments.

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Photographs of the graduates with their friends and family.

We wish all graduates of the Class of 2016 every success whether they are pursuing further studies or embarking on working lives.

“We have graduated!”

For a full suite of photographs that captured this memorable event, please click here.

Wayoung 2016: Short Films

These are the seven short films presented by final year Diploma in Mass Communication students majoring in broadcasting in Wayoung 2016.

AKAR PULA by Urban Films

AKAR PULA by Urban Films
AKAR PULA by Urban Films

AKAR PULA starts off the story with an urban Chinese girl named, Jasmine who is on her semester break. She has been wasting her time every day playing video games. Her mom has finally reached the tip of her patience and decides that Jasmine needs something more beneficial than video games. She therefore called up her best friend, Mariam to pick her daughter up to a Malay cultural village so that Jasmine can learn something about Malaya culture. At the cultural village, Jasmine will not only learn but also witness the beauty, traditions and immerse herself into the lifestyles of true Malays. The twist of the story is that no one would expect Jasmine to end up loving the Tarian Gamelan so much that she lost herself deep into it. At the end of her trip, she realises the long misunderstood Malay culture, is not all about hijabs and purdas. This films won The Best short Film in The Wayoung Screening and best editing award in Flicks Fiesta that held by KDU College Penang.

Video links: https://www.viddsee.com/video/akar-pula/f49tb

Kong Yoke Sim, Ong Jing Xiong, Jason Goh, Daniel Cheang and Goh Yee Xiu
Urban Film: (from left) Kong Yoke Sim, Ong Jing Xiong, Jason Goh, Daniel Cheang and Goh Yee Xiu

 

默  A SILENT LOVE by The Fleek

A SILENT LOVE by The Fleek
A SILENT LOVE by The Fleek

A tear jerking short film that addresses the power of family love. The relationship between a mute grandmother and her grandson, Ah Boy is being put to the test when obstacles are thrown into the mix. Come along on a journey through time and watch as complications unravel into a beautiful sentiment. Will love be able to conquer all?For this particular short film production, we will focus on family love, which is relevant to our society today. We often express our affections through words but sometimes when circumstances intervene, our love is often put to the test. This short film will be a portrayal of family love and how the characters in the story will learn to overcome the obstacles they face and to test if love is the greatest power of all. Most of the audiences in The Wayoung screening has chosen this short film as the  most favorable short film.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzwHaYxZc2g&sns=fb

The Fleek: (upper) Phua Su Ying, (lower from left) Teah Yan Xin, Charmaine Chee, Cham Soon Kit and Tang Hooi Yuan
The Fleek: (upper) Phua Su Ying, (from below left) Teah Yan Xin, Charmaine Chee, Cham Soon Kit and Tang Hooi Yuan

 

THE LUNCH BOX by Haze Production

THE LUNCH BOX by Haze Production
THE LUNCH BOX by Haze Production

An average Joe is in charge of delivering lunch boxes to different houses until he stumbles upon the wrong house which he has mistaken the address number for (due to the house evil nature it makes people see things that aren’t the reality). On his first day in delivering the lunchbox, he casually picked up the money a man accidentally dropped on the streets around the vicinity of the evil house which causes the house to realise his greedy nature. The evil house then slowly seduces him and tempts him of the other six deadly sins out of the seven in which one he already committed when he took the money on the streets that did not belong to him. In the end, the main character is fated to be bound to the vicinity of the  house. This short film won The Best Fiction Production award in Han Chiang College’s Golden Achievement Awards 2016.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4HA7McXRvI

Haze Production: (upper from left) Liew Wei Yao, Quah Yong Xian, Frank Lee, (lower from left) Jonathan Hon and Melanie Khor
Haze Production: (from upper left) Liew Wei Yao, Quah Yong Xian, Frank Lee, (from below left) Jonathan Hon and Melanie Khor

 

LUST by Black Production

慾 LUST by Black Production
LUST by Black Production

The main idea of the short film is talking about a girl who never appreciates what she owns and willing to do anything in order to beat her enemy. However, she loses something precious in her life in the end.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktSgvgo1qr4

Black Production: (from upper left) Chong Yan Ni, Lee York Cheng, Joanne Yeap, (from below left) Teoh Khai Win,Lim Hui Yin, Teh Zi Xuan
Black Production: (from upper left) Chong Yan Ni, Lee York Cheng, Joanne Yeap, (from below left) Teoh Khai Win,Lim Hui Yin, Teh Zi Xuan

 

拳.释 THE FIST OF FORGIVENESS by 2+4 Production

THE FIST OF FORGIVENESS by 2+4 Production
THE FIST OF FORGIVENESS by 2+4 Production

The brief idea in this short film is about a man name Ray, he is involved in an underground fighting ring. He is a skillful fighter and he wins a lot of the matches. One day, he accidentally kills one of his opponents (Kenneth). Ray had a girlfriend (Alice) and they love each other very much. Alice wants him to stop fighting in this illegal match, but he refuses to listen to her and they always quarrel because of this issue. One day, after yet another quarrel Alice ran out and went missing. After that, Ray found out that actually his girlfriend had been kidnap and killed by Kent, who is Kenneth big brother. Kent actually gives Ray a chance to avenge for his Alice. Kent offers him to fight 1 on 1 at the same location where Alice died. He accepts the challenge. Starting from that day he trains so hard waiting for that day to come. Will he win or lose? Did Ray kill Kent on the fight?

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV1PuvrCbzI

2+4 Production: (from upper left) Tan Zhen Wei, Chiang Kai Lun, (from below left) Geh You Min, Khoo Chan Ling, Lilian Tan
2+4 Production: (from upper left) Tan Zhen Wei, Chiang Kai Lun, (from below left) Geh You Min, Khoo Chan Ling, Lilian Tan

 

VII by 5IN Production

VII by 5IN Production
VII by 5IN Production

This is a 15-minutes short film about a guy started killing people just to save his sister who is in a coma.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZlkB8Pyef8

(upper from left) Tan Shi Min, Ong Hooi Yee, Soh Chia Jing, (below from left) Lee Zhi Qian, Wong Mei Ngoh
5in Production: (from upper left) Tan Shi Min, Ong Hooi Yee, Soh Chia Jing, (from below left) Lee Zhi Qian and Wong Mei Ngoh

 

回憶 MEMORIES by Alfheim Films

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MEMORIES by Alfheim Films

The key idea of this short film is about a boy who has the ability to see his future life but he doesn’t have the memory of the past. Memory is the important element in building up our characters in the present. If we can see the future, we may be constrained in that particular “frame”. No surprise. Without the memory of our past, we won’t have any feeling or emotion towards others.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgJ02Zpbxo0

(upper from left) Eow Kher Li, Lean Hao Han, Lee Zhi Xuan, (below from left) Ooi Yi Hong, Loo Hooi Ping
Alfheim Films: (from upper left) Eow Kher Li, Lean Hao Han, Lee Zhi Xuan, (from below left) Ooi Yi Hong and Loo Hooi Ping

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Next to Wayoung 2016: Public Service Announcement (PSA) & Commercial

 

Wayoung 2016: Public Service Announcement (PSA) & Commercial

These are the final year projects of Diploma in Mass Communication majoring in Broadcasting on Public Service Announcements & Commercials which were presented in Wayoung 2016.

LIGHTS OFF by 3BiD TV

The brief idea of this PSA is to let the audience know that the importance of saving electricity and have an idea of this behaviour. This PSA has been shortlisted in Eco Film Festival 2016. 

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMe_WNm_ol0&feature=youtu.be

3BiD TV 1st (from the left): Deirdre Chiew Xuan Yan, Wong Xui Ying 2nd (from the left): Ho Ruey Ren, Tan Dajuan, Cedric Boo Wei Jeen

 

SPEAK OUT & STAND UP by PEACE PRODUCTION

This is 90 seconds public service announcement is about women abuse. It is a story about a woman who married to a man and lived in happiness. She thought that this kind of happiness would always be in her entire life. However, the truth was not like what she hasd imagined. Her marriage was facing a serious problem which is when her husband started to abuse her.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_soKAJ-LyB0

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Peace Production 1st (from the left): Chua Kar Shiang, Goh Yen Ting, Tan Pei Suang 2nd (from the left): Lim Sok Ting, Ang Su Chean

 

FOUR PHONE COMMERCIAL by FOUR PRODUCTION

This commercial is using funny and exaggerated style to present and showcase the relationship between a sponsor and the production team which is reflected in our daily lives.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75Gv_7qnPRI

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Four Production 1st (from the left): Ng Ching Huey, Chong Chiao Earn 2nd (from the left): Christine Qian Yi Dragon, Ng Khai Ting, Lee Li Shin

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The Wayoung’s journey…looking forward to the future!

By Lee Kean Wei

First and foremost, I wish to congratulate the students who participated in the KDU Flicks Fiesta Competition. A large number of them came from The Wayoung Final Year Screening, which was held on 12 July 2016 at PenangPAC.

There are at least 3 nominations for each category, which is already a huge recognition! As their lecturer, I feel proud of their achievements. Though we may not know whether they will win any of those awards, their nominations fill me with pride.   

Three of the enlisted films came from the Wayoung, and they are also the top three short films in my heart. Why do I say so? Well, their topic of choice and content are special and outstanding with great technical skills such as angle and camerawork, not to mention editing skills. If you were to compare their broadcasting productions from the first and second assignment, you can see huge progress being made.

I begin with “Akar Pula”, produced by Urban Films. For me, it feels very much like a Yasmin Ahmad production, which speaks of the cohesion of races and cultures in a beautiful manner. I really admire them for choosing this topic, as some may say that traditional cultures are dying, but do we really take steps to protect them? Culture will change as time flies, so these students had the awareness of highlighting the Malay culture to grab people’s attention that we are losing our own Akar Pula. They took it from a different angle, which is a Chinese girl’s view towards a Malay Akar Pula. I am deeply impressed by this unprecedented twist of plot, with such great perspective of preserving Malay cultures.

Many youngsters may be glued onto their phones, having more focus on Facebook likes and catching Pokemons than their own culture. From a technical aspect, I can say that the colours are refreshing, which makes you feel like watching it again and again, with good camerawork and colour collection. I would also like to highlight the fact that this short film had professional actors and actresses starring, and all free of charge for only a college students’ production! They completed the story in a direct manner, and this film helps the audiences think about the dying side of cultures. It also sends a strong message that we need to actively preserve our traditions.

Secondly is “A Silent Love”, produced by The Fleek. I believe this short film has touched many of those who came for The Wayoung screening. The story is about a child being bullied in school who ended up venting his anger at his grandmother, and finally learning the sign language after seeing his grandmother pleading to her boss. What we look for in a movie is how the story is being constructed, and for that they built this short film in a very comfortable manner so that it can generate deep feelings. The pre-production, production and post-production stages required meticulous details. I am indeed glad and touched that they managed to present these three points which I always emphasise during lectures.

The key is this; if you do not arrange your story properly, then you cannot proceed with the next stage. Their detailed preparation was shown in the scene of the school teacher hitting the boy, and the angle suddenly changed to his grandmother working in the kitchen. Normal films will definitely show you the caning scene which may cause negative effects. With the change of angle, they have shown mature editing skills that reaches commercial film standards. Besides that, songs are also important as they have to blend with the film. The Hokkien song which was used creates emotions and the flashback method reduced the crowd to tears. It was that tiny spark, which brought the entire short film into a whole new level.

Thirdly is “The Lunchbox” by Haze Productions. Personally, I think that the film is a major breakthrough among broadcasting students in the college. It has fulfilled one of my dreams, that is to have films that will provoke people’s thoughts. The story can be a little tough to understand, but it trains an active audience to start questioning themselves: What is the story all about? What are the values behind it? The filming angles and editing looked very natural, and their cast looked professional in carrying out the plot and emotions of the story. Though there were a limited number of cast members, they pulled through it wonderfully. I am amazed by their ideas to have a story which speaks of human lives.

From the Wayoung screening, I can see and confidently speak of the limitless possibilities they have. Everybody can get creative and produce something they can call their own. Producing can come in the form of thoughts, and thinking should not be restricted. In the near future, I look forward to future invitations by their batch for probably The Wayoung 2.0, and I wish them the very best of luck for their future career!

And to all Han Chiang College students who intend to major in broadcasting, I have something simple to say. You have lived your life for almost 20 years, there is bound to be incidents that will happen every day. Some of these incidents can be used as a story for your short film. Are you going to let it pass through your lives? All these can be transformed into content, as your own life is already a short story by the things you encounter! Observe these happenings and turn them into a story plot. And never forget, that as humans you have limitless possibilities!

The Wayoung Official Trailer 2016

Rank colleges & universities by rate of student loan default

By Dr. Chow Yong Neng

An article in Education Drive entitled “Clinton hire signals more trouble for for-profits” caught my eye. In this analytical briefing, the author related that the hiring by Hillary Clinton of Rohit Chopra as a part of her presidential transition team would spell more troubles for the for-profit universities and colleges in the USA. The author opined that due to Chopra’s track record of exposing financial irregularities in two significant cases against for-profits (citing Corinthian Colleges & ITT Tech), any institution in the US  with high student loan default rates will be hit if Clinton clinches the presidency in November 2016.  Interestingly, Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton served as the honorary chancellor of the for-profit Laureate Group’s Laureate International University, better known in Malaysia as the owner of Inti International University and Colleges from 2010 through to 2014.

The bulk of the defaulters of student loans in the US are indeed coming from the for-profit universities and colleges. The aggressive and misleading recruitment methodology is the main cause coupled with the lower than average employability of graduates of some of these institutions in the US together created the student loan default crisis.

It was reported that till December 2015, Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Negara (PTPTN) collected only RM7.9 billion from its borrowers which was much lower than the RM15 billion that it had targeted to remain financially healthy. Although PTPTN does not provide the demographic details of its 1.25 million loan defaulters, generally it is an accepted fact that the bulk of these people were students and graduates of public institutions of higher learning (IPTA) as opposed to private institutions of higher learning (IPTS). Although there has been good coverage of the consequences that blacklisted PTPTN loan defaulters  would face in the online press and personal finance sites such as  iMoney,  and even a popular motoring website, the message seems not to have percolated through.

Perhaps the power that be should seriously be considering arresting this problem “upstream”.  That is to make it harder for students from universities and colleges with high default rates to get loan or limit the number or quantum of loans for these institutions. A “league table” of the institutions with the highest PTPTN default rate (and number) should be published to make this policy more transparent. If this is implemented more funds will be channelled by PTPTN to institutions with better loan repayment records among its graduates and former students. This will have the direct effect of forcing all institutions to ensure that they produce employable graduates (who are also not underemployed).

The most heard of excuse from loan defaulters is the fact that they are unemployed or underemployed hence if PTPTN disburses its loan in accordance to the track record of the institutions (in terms of loan default rate), it will reduce the default rate and number accordingly. It is a no brainer really, you should only give out loans to people who have the best chances of repaying and minimise your risk by reducing the exposure to those with a high chance of default.

The billion ringgit question is, will the power that be and PTPTN collectively have the political will to publish this “league table” and take the same path as envisaged that a Hillary Clinton administration (if elected) would do.

Tightening of law on higher education, a good development

By Dr Chow Yong Neng

In 2005, I was privileged to have been invited by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) to be a part of a team from the private higher education industry to help MoHE’s officials in drafting proposals to amend the Private Higher Education Act (ACT 555). The key objective then was for the industry players to propose changes to ACT 555 to tighten the law so that all stakeholders; the students, staff and the public are better protected from degree mills. Well today, 11 years or so later, finally some of the proposed amendments are going to see the light of day.

Han Chiang College, along with many private institutions of higher learning (IPTS) were invited by senior officials of the MoHE on a briefing and sharing session recently in Penang. Vice-principal Dr Beh Kok Hooi and Head of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Ms Lee Saw Sim represented our college to this session which was well attended and many views were exchanged. The MoHE has been doing a nationwide tour to interact with IPTSs so that the officials are able to canvass and obtain feedback from as many players in the industry as possible.

In a nutshell, the proposed amendments by the MoHE are good for all the stakeholders including students, parents, and especially the IPTSs. A lot of the wordings used in the present version are being clarified and tightened up. Some notable changes proposed are:

  • For instance “branch” now is specifically referred to a branch of an IPTS with university or university college status only and it has excluded branch campuses of foreign universities such as Monash University and Nottingham University.
  • Clear definition of different categories of IPTSs will also be added to clarify matters further.
  • Since a college or a university is not exactly a legal entity by itself the amendments included the referral of all legal entities accountable and responsible for an IPTS to the company with the ownership of the said institutions.

I have heard from the grapevine in the industry that the MoHE might also be relaxing its interpretation of the term “company” to allow non-government bodies with ownership of IPTSs to do so directly without incorporating a company or a “Sendirian Berhad”.

Sweeping power of the Registrar General
However we have voiced our concerns on the sweeping power granted to the Registrar General in rejecting applications by IPTSs to the MoHE for some clauses of the proposed amendment without the need to specifying the reasons. This implies that there is no recourse for the affected IPTS if faced with such as situation. A decision based on an ACT that cannot be challenged in court where no reasons for the said decision would be required from the official concerned is not fair to the affected party. We have indicated this concern in our feedback form to the MoHE.

Flexibility on Compulsory Subjects
An interesting amendment is in the “Compulsory Subjects” section where it is proposed that the Registrar General will be empowered to exempt any students from having to take these subjects. Presumably this provides some form of flexibility especially for Malaysian students under certain circumstances which might not permit them to take such subjects. This is indeed a good addition in which deserves our full support.

Death Knell for bogus institutions & degree mills?
There is a proposed addition to the section dealing with establishment of an IPTS which reads,
“No person shall ….(d) carry on or promote any activity leading to the award of certificate, diploma or degree; or (e) award a certificate, diploma or degree without successful completion of a course of study”. This addition hopefully will deal the death knell to all the degree mills who are set up as bogus (but physically real) institutions. But it omits to cover those that are trading fully online!

Penalties doubled
The penalties for violation of ACT 555 have been revised upward. Persons convicted of violation of some of the clauses of ACT 555 covered by the “General Penalties” are now liable to be fined up to RM50,000 (from the previous RM10,000). The penalty for continuing offence is proposed to be raised from RM500 per day currently to RM1,000. Hopefully these will serve as a deterrent for all to toll the line.

Although there has been a drastic drop in cases of degree mills in the news lately, but with the advent of e-commerce and ease of electronic fund transfer mean that many of the “brick and mortar” degree mills have indeed moved online. In most cases there would be “willing buyers” – those intend to use fake qualifications to cheat and “willing sellers”  –  those who profit from their degree mills businesses. The proposed amendments (tabled by the MoHE), unfortunately did not cover this “willing buyers” aka the cheaters. Perhaps there are other laws (laws relating to cheating for instance) and employment contract’s clauses (employment law) on false declaration that might cover the “willing buyers” part. However, I feel that ACT 555 could also make it an offence for anyone who knowingly present false credentials (or credentials not approved under any part of ACT 555). This will take care of many, including some senior politicians who have been caught being the “willing buyers”. As it is, there is no specific law to tackle this sort of “willing buyers” with many, including those in high offices getting away with their acts of cheating. I think that since degree mills are not the only sources of fake degrees as some vendors do provide very authentic looking fake testamurs from public institutions of higher learning, it may take more than amendments to ACT 555 to cover all aspects. However, I feel that the inclusion of a clause in the amendment of ACT 555 to punish the “willing buyers” of degree mills’ “products” may also serve as a good deterrent. When there is no demand, there shall be no supply!

All in all, the MoHE’s effort in making changes to ACT 555 to protect all stakeholders is a commendable move that deserves the support of everyone.

Photojournalism – Not what you think

By Chiang Chee Keat

Striving in the 21st century, media practitioners especially photojournalists play a vital role in making sure the public receives the right and accurate message through a mixture of visuals and words. One has to know that visuals such as photographs and words should complement each other. Although there is a saying, a photograph is worth a thousand words; however, without a good caption or cutline, the photograph will have no meaning. It is always sad that the public thinks that photojournalism is a laid-back job and needs only to deal with photograph-taking. This is a false perception whereby a photojournalist’s job is more than that.

 

 

Take for example a photojournalist assigned to an evacuated town to capture the aftermath of a catastrophe such as an earthquake. A photograph of a calendar captured in a victim’s house can be very meaningful. It tells the date when the earthquake struck the place and that victims were forced to flee for their lives, thus leaving their homes behind. This photograph will need words to describe and explain the incident. In this case, a caption – not just an ordinary caption, a good caption. Without good caption to comprehend the photograph, it will be just a plain photography of a calendar.

Besides, the work of photojournalists is not as simple as taking photographs and writing captions. This is because they always find themselves caught in an ethical dilemma during assignments. When accidents happen, aid should be provided first before taking photographs. This is always a major issue faced by photojournalists. For instance, the famous photojournalist Kevin Carter, a Pulitzer Prize recipient for feature photography, depicting Sudan’s famine in the year of 1993, caught himself in a situation on whether he should provide assistance or take photographs. He chose the latter and he captured the photograph of a vulture preying on a hungry kid and he suffered from his decision as many criticised his actions. Three months after he received the Pulitzer Prize, he committed suicide as a result of depression.

All the above make the work as the lecturer for the course of photojournalism interesting yet challenging. The first and foremost is to change the perception of students towards photojournalism. Therefore, during classes, students are exposed to how photojournalists work. They are taught real case studies that happen in Malaysia and overseas. This is also to prepare them with what is coming ahead if they were to venture into photojournalism.

Developing good photography skills is the next thing to look into. It is essential that the students are taught with the proper techniques in handling a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR). Thus, learning how to deal with shutter-speed, aperture and ISO in tutorial classes is inevitable. The teaching of basic composition, lighting and close-up also helps students to capture good news photographs. Only after that, students are given the chance to practise their skills through a series of outings.

Lastly, learning to write good captions is important. In this segment, students are taught on how to write good captions for photographs. For this, students in the class are given ample exercises in writing a good caption. They are also taught the dos and don’ts when writing captions. As the result, they can write better captions rather than just stating what is already obvious to the readers.

 

Knowing when to work independently as a student

By Wahida Asrani

When I was an undergraduate student years ago, I always had problems convincing my lecturers to agree with my views, especially on the projects or assignments. They would agree with your ideas if you came up with solid justifications and reject some, which they thought were not good enough. It was hard to meet them very often as they were busy with classes or meetings, hence it left me with no choice but to accept their views although I felt I could proceed with mine if I had more opportunities to consult them. At that time, rather than being spoon-fed, students worked hard to ‘impress’ lecturers with their own ideas, but without ignoring the lecturers’ views to improve their work.   

It was about 10 years ago. Now, being a lecturer myself, I could see the patterns have changed. Students would either solely rely on lecturers for every single thing (very often I would encounter this scenario: Miss, I can’t find the information!; How to cite this page?; Can you check my assignment draft? So how-ah, Miss?) or totally ignore you and do everything on their own (which is good, but practically not all the time).

This is the dilemma faced by many lecturers – it is either we overdo it, or not give enough advice. As much as we want to give the best to the students, there is always a limit to everything. I often hear my students complaining about some lecturers, whom for them are hard to ‘approach’ or ‘not helpful’. For me, this is a common misconception about lecturers.

 

Wahida was the lecturer advisor to students who organised Pace of Hope, a PR project

 

Our role is not only to give lectures, but to take note on the students’ progress. We try our best to equip students with skills that they can apply in the future. If you encounter any problems with your studies, do not hesitate to talk to your lecturer, or the ideal person is your academic advisor. However when it comes to assignments, it is your responsibility to deliver the best. It is good to check if you are on the right track, but not all elements in your assignments must be consulted, as it will definitely leave lecturers with nothing much to evaluate your work.

On a different note, it is great to see students who are independent. These students are those who will just come to see the lecturers when it’s time to hand-in the assignments. I always encourage students to stand on their own two feet, but if you are not confident with whatever you are doing, do seek advice from your lecturers or else you won’t get a ‘pleasant outcome’. However, do not be overconfident to the extent that you feel lecturers’ advice is not needed, especially if you are working on big projects or events, which require students to always keep their lecturer-advisor updated on many aspects. A lecturer-advisor plays a big role in advising students to ensure the project is adhered to the college or university’s policies and other areas of concerned, which students may overlook.

I believe today’s youngsters are wise enough to make some decisions on their own, rather than depending on other people. Trust yourself more, but at times, do seek advice from the right people if you need to, or if you are supposed to. This applies in your college life as well.

Celebrities in college

Local artists 东于哲 (Thomas and Jack) conducted a sharing session at Han Chiang College and even had the opportunity to meet their fans. Han Chiang News did an exclusive interview with the talented duo, who shared their experiences and challenges faced in the entertainment industry them.

 

Han Chiang College occasionally organises meet and greet sessions with celebrities. Students do not only get to meet their idols, but also find themselves involved in various productions with the stars.

A visit from Yuan Ze University

A total of 25 lecturers and students from Yuan Ze University Taiwan visited Han Chiang College on 14 July 2016. The business students were given a tour around campus and also shared their university life and culture with Han Chiang students.

 

Han Chiang College receives many visitors from universities abroad where both parties often partake in knowledge sharing and discuss the possibility of future collaborations among students and staff. Why not check out the School of Business & Management for more course information.