President’s Statement 2007

2007 Annual Report
President’s Statement

For 30 years the Group has faced many challenges and changes, and yet, we have always stood by our principles of providing affordable and quality education for all. As SEGi looks back on its proud history, it is clear that we have stood the test of time.

Since 1977, SEGi Group of Colleges has provided recognised education of high quality within the industry. The Group has practised continuous improvement in the development of education through researching and practising the best methods and providing quality service, the latest facilities and partnerships with global institutions that share our passion and beliefs.

It is easy to take for granted the benefits we enjoy today due to our past success and growth but we also need to appreciate the efforts put in to achieve success. What we have achieved to date would not be possible without good leadership.

A major milestone for the SEGi Group of Colleges in 2007 was the opening and official launch of the main campus in Kota Damansara. The Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, officially launched the new RM150 million flagship campus of SEGi College Malaysia at Kota Damansara. This is a great occasion for SEGi as it demonstrates our achievements as well as our commitment to set new benchmarks in education excellence, synonymous with the Government’s aim of making Malaysia a regional education hub.

Our motto ‘Passion Guided, Industry Driven’ is reflected in all aspects of our courses and delivery. We ensure that all our lecturers and staff are passionate about their profession, the future of their respective industries and the students whose minds they mould. We also strive to maintain the integrity of our courses and graduates by continuously shaping and updating the syllabus around industry needs and trends. In 2007 the Group continued to grow and venture into providing niche courses that are professionally recognised.

Over recent years the Group has undergone many changes including a major restructuring exercise and re-branding. Coming together under one single brand name has allowed us to develop a focus in our promotions and enjoy a stronger and more corporate image. We are always reviewing the positioning and branding of the individual campuses and business units and determining new ways to strengthen marketing, working towards the goal of offering a complete learning experience.

As we grow, we also need to place more emphasis on the investment in our people and staff development. Teamwork is integral in growth and development and, as a group, we want to ensure all staff are united under a single vision.

As a public-listed education Group in Malaysia, we believe that we should be leading the way in demonstrating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Our obligation to the community is an integral part of our business strategy along with growth, profits, productivity and having a team of winners. We will continue to work responsibly and contribute positively to the academic and skills development of the community. The progress in CSR will deliver a competitive advantage which will contribute to the Group’s long-term success.

We envisage 2008 to be a prosperous year for the Group with a continued growth of student numbers as a result of strengthening of our global partnerships, programme development and promotion of the SEGi brand. SEGi has built a strong student base over the years by focusing on high-demand courses with good job prospects through flexible and practical training. Now SEGi not only provides a quality education but a complete education experience, meeting the needs of all students whether they be SPM graduates keen to experience college life or a mature age student looking to upgrade their skills and knowledge.

Now that SEGi College Malaysia at Kota Damansara has received an invitation to apply for University College status, the Group will again be thrown into the limelight. I firmly believe we will rise to the challenge and embrace this honour as a chance to continue to reinvent ourselves in the face of stiff competition. Achieving University Status in 2008 would be another achievement towards our goal of becoming the nation’s premier education provider and a leader in teaching, research and development.

Dato’ (Dr) Patrick Teoh Seng Foo