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UTAR CCCD and CARE Concierge Academy celebrate first cohort of Fundamentals of Caregiving graduates

UTAR’s MoU partner, CARE Concierge Academy, commemorated the convocation of their first batch of students, totalling eight, on 8 June 2024 at Komune Care, Cheras.

The convocation celebrated the graduates of the Fundamentals of Caregiving programme. UTAR played a pivotal role by providing the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) assessment, while the Care Concierge Academy provides both short courses and a 3-Month Certification Programme, which is jointly conferred by UTAR Centre for Corporate and Community Development (CCCD) and Care Concierge Academy.

Present at the convocation ceremony were Founder and CEO of Care Concierge Mr Martin Yap, Care Concierge Academy Programme Director Ms Cathreen Cheng, and Komune Care Head of Administrator Ms Cherrine Yap.

Representing UTAR at the ceremony were M. Kandiah Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MK FMHS) Head of the Department of Nursing Ms Liew Siew Fun, MK FMHS Clinical Prof Dr Hamidah binti Hassan, Centre for Corporate and Community Development (CCCD) Director Ms Lim Guat Yen, and CCCD Senior Assistant Manager Ms Hemalatha Naranasamy.

Mr Martin Yap expressed pride and excitement for everyone’s presence, appreciating the hard work of both the CARE Concierge and UTAR staff. He acknowledged the challenges faced over the past year and the collective efforts in creating the programme. Mr Yap highlighted the programme’s success and contribution to the industry, emphasising the importance of being part of a larger ecosystem and recognising the compassionate nature of caregiving. He mentioned the international opportunities for some graduates, validating the programme’s success. Finally, Mr Martin Yap congratulated the graduates, announced the Best Caregiver Awards, and thanked the home managers for their significant roles.

Ms Liew highlighted the strong and fruitful collaboration between Care Concierge Academy and UTAR. She emphasised the importance of this partnership in shaping a practical and caring experience for the graduates, ensuring they are well-prepared to excel in their careers. Ms Liew also expressed confidence that the collaboration would continue to produce graduates ready to meet the demands of elderly care with compassion.

Ms Cathreen Cheng advised the graduates to continue acquiring knowledge, grow in their profession, and strive to make a positive impact on the lives of others. She expressed pride in their accomplishments and congratulated them.

After the speeches and awards, the graduates gathered for a joyful group photo, their smiles reflecting pride and excitement as they celebrated their achievements and looked forward to their future careers in caregiving.

 About Care Concierge Academy

Care Concierge Academy provides both short courses and a 3-Month Certification Programme, which is jointly conferred by UTAR (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman) Centre for Corporate and Community Development (CCCD) and Care Concierge Academy. The trainers at the Academy are highly experienced nursing professionals with extensive international backgrounds in teaching and training. They have been instrumental in founding and managing nursing homes and departments in numerous institutions.

 For more info about UTAR’s partnership with CARE Concierge, click the following:

1. UTAR signs MoU to promote caregiving

2. UTAR partners with CARE Concierge Sdn Bhd for Caregiver Training and Development Programme

Clockwise, from top: Mr Martin Yap, Ms Cathreen Cheng and Ms Liew

Graduates at the Convocation ceremony

The presentation of plaque to UTAR (from left): Ms Lim, Ms Cherrine Yap and Mr Martin Yap

Care Concierge staff, UTAR staff and graduates

The plaque presented to UTAR