Sports have always been a powerful medium for fostering unity, promoting physical well-being, and cultivating a sense of camaraderie among individuals. In the spirit of celebrating these values, INTI International University & Colleges organised the INTI Alumni Olympic Day & Homecoming which brought together former students, faculty, and staff to participate in a range of sports activities.
Organised by the Career Services Department and Alumni Unit, the event themed Honouring Our Past, Building Our Future showcased the spirit of sportsmanship while strengthening the bonds between alumni and the university. Participants eagerly took part in various sports activities such as basketball, futsal, badminton, table tennis, tug of war and telematch, giving them the chance to reunite with old friends and new.
In his opening speech, Chong Kok Wai, CEO of INTI International University & Colleges, said it was incredible to have INTIans from campuses across the country come together, but he also reminded participants to have fun.
“We’re about to embark on a day of fierce competition, intense rivalries, and memories that will make us laugh until our sides hurt. Today is not about breaking world records or winning gold medals, but about embracing the sweat, the laughter, and the moments of triumph that bring us together,” he said as he launched the event.
The event was graced by Suhardi Alias, Deputy Director-General (Sports Development Sector) of the National Sports Council of Malaysia, who delivered a speech during the homecoming lunch.
According to Suhardi, alumni are the living embodiment of the values and legacy of their alma mater. Their achievements, both personal and professional, serve as a testament to the quality of education and support they received.
“This homecoming is a testament to the enduring bond between the institution and its graduates. It symbolizes the strength and vitality of the institution as a place of learning, growth, and personal transformation between the INTI community,” he added.
Meanwhile, Datuk Tan Yew Sing, founder and chairman of INTI International University & Colleges, expressed how happy he was to see all participants enjoying themselves.
“As I witnessed the students revelling in sweat and laughter, it filled me with joy to see their active participation in the games. It brought me great satisfaction to observe our campus brimming with vitality, where sports hold a significant position amidst the various important events taking place,” he shared.
Besides performances by students and alumni, one of the highlights of the homecoming lunch was the presentation of the Outstanding Alumni Awards which recognised the exceptional achievements and contributions of INTI alumni to various industries.
Milo Zhang Yailan received the Outstanding Alumni Award for Leadership and along with Dato’ Joe Yew Sin Yoo who expressed how good it was to be back on campus.
“I am deeply honoured to receive this award, and I am overjoyed to see everyone. It feels like coming back home after a long time. INTI has helped me achieve so much and I hope they can continue this legacy by inspiring and nurturing even more successful students,” he said.
Meanwhile, See Swey Choy, the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award for Community Service, feels immensely proud and urges the youngsters to keep moving forward.
“I strongly encourage young people to maintain a positive mindset and continue progressing, regardless of any challenges they may encounter along the way,” he remarked.
Other Alumni Award recipients include Jaslin Lee and Teng Ruiyan, who were both honoured with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award; Ho Ying, a prominent Malaysian national table tennis player, who received the Outstanding Alumni Award for Sports; Tan Suan Sear, former co-founder of DeliverEat and now Group Head of AirAsia Food; Vincent Ang Kit Fai, who received the Outstanding Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship; Professor Dennis Wong who was acknowledged for his academic achievements through the Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic; and Tan Vui Chuan whose talent in musical creation earned him the Outstanding Alumni Award for Arts.
At INTI, there is a strong commitment to promote high-quality research that contributes to the growth and development of various fields. The Dr. Lee Fah Onn Research Grant was also announced at the homecoming lunch. The financial assistance hopes to facilitate the exploration and development of knowledge in research areas. It is also designed to foster a culture of research within the INTI community and motivate students, faculty members, and researchers affiliated with INTI institutions to actively engage in research activities.
The INTI Alumni Olympic Day & Homecoming 2023 brought together 252 participants, including alumni, students, and staff, all united by their love for INTI, an institution that they were once a part of and continue to be associated with.
Chong Kok Wai, CEO of INTI International University & Colleges, launching the INTI Alumni Olympic Day & Homecoming event.
Participants of the INTI Alumni Olympic Day & Homecoming pose for a group photo before the games begin.
Participants showcasing their skills in an exhilarating basketball tournament.
A glimpse of Datuk Tan Yew Sing’s table tennis skills.
(From left to right) Chong Kok Wai, CEO of INTI International University & Colleges, Datuk Tan Yew Sing, founder and chairman of INTI International University & Colleges, Suhardi Alias, Deputy Director-General (Sports Development Sector) of the National Sports Council of Malaysia, Emeritus Professor Dr. Lim Ho Peng, Naomi Yang, AVP of Career Services, INTI International University & Colleges, Alex Lee, and Dr. Jane Lim, Chief Executive of INTI International College Subang, gather for a group photo.
(From left to right) Jaslin Lee, Milo Zhang Yalian, Datuk Tan Yew Sing, founder and chairman of INTI International University & Colleges; Chong Kok Wai, CEO of INTI International University & Colleges; Suhardi Alias, Deputy Director-General (Sports Development Sector) of the National Sports Council of Malaysia, Dato’ Joe Yew Sin Yoo, See Swee Choy, Vincent Ang Kit Fai, and Joanne Teh posing for a photo.