Born in the less advanced and less open society in Malaysia, the education in Malaysia provides me the solid fundamental knowledge during my primary and secondary education; however, I was so confused by enormous inequalities that exists in the society. I went to United States for tertiary education major in communication and the four years in Unites States blow my mind and horizon that pretty much answer my confuses in my youth time; moreover, the time in USA incepted the sprout for my future career in the field of Education.
1997 when Asian economic crises damaged the world, Malaysia was no exception. In 1998, the current hard leader vice PM Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced by Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad with the charge of sodomy law and lost his position. The series of chaos and turmoil inspired me with the idea of “Do something to the society”; therefore, I quitted my stable job and started my path of starting up without hesitation in the age of 28.
Considering of my personality, the active politic movement are not one of my niches, and I have strong belief that Education is the pathway to connect people to happiness. I established “Further Study Studio” (now called Further Study Intelligence); furthermore, with supports from friends in cultural and educational fields, I started the “FSI magazine” and website (fsi.my) and toured the education fair and career planning suggestions for secondary education students all over Malaysia for over decades. It was my hard efforts and restless cultivations that bring my career to the stable trajectory and being recognized by the mass society—the services and products of “FSI” became the reliable educational sources for Malaysian students to choose their college destination.
Where’s my next decade? Malaysian Mandarin Education movement leader Mr. Bock Tai-Hee (莫泰熙) reminds me of striving for another ten years at least. July, 2009, I had the opportunity to meet with National Chi Nan University Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor Hsiao Wen during higher education expo in Kuala Lumpur, Prof. Hsiao’s mentioning about Graduate Institute of Adult Education awakened my dream when I served in United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia, UCSCAM—Adult education planning; the words from Prof. Hsiao encouraged me and my wife to advance our education in Taiwan’s graduate institute.
Me, my wife and three lovely kids started our learning journey since August, 2010. My 10 years belated graduate education due to family and business urged me to be even hungrier for knowledge, for courses and seize every feast of learning. The country I was born didn’t provide us enough knowledge with continuing education and adult education teaching, so I am grateful for everything I learned at NCNU; more importantly, all the nutrition I obtained from Taiwan have fully help my future life and career even since. I recalled my professor Wu Ming-Lieh once told me: “Learning is harvest!!” Through all the courses taking, thesis drafting, ideas sharing, indeed I harvest so much than I expected. It might be too long for others to complete a master degree for 6 years; however, I had enjoyed the moderate pace to the beautiful learning overture I co-composed with my learning, working and family in Taiwan.
Recalling my studying at NCNU, it enlightened my knowledge for adult education, lifelong learning, organizational learning, knowledge management and many perspectives. Though I temporarily suspended two years, but I remain staying and residing in Taiwan for attending conferences. All the journeys are the nutrition that enriches my studying with joy and achievements.
Comparing with education and learning environment in Malaysia, in my opinion, the education resources and environments in Taiwan are far more advanced than my country. It teaches me the attitudes of “learning from everyone, everywhere, anytime and everything,” also, the decent pedagogical methods and attitudes from my professors and advisor reshaped my diligence and persistence at work, at learning, and at the benchmarking pattern I guide my co-workers and staffs. The vibrant learning partners, learning environment at National Chi Nan University urged me to learn a younger life. I have no doubt about my decision to attend the Graduate Institute of Adult and Continuing Education, it’s not only a wise choice of my life, also it bridges me to steadfast path on a “Education connect you to happiness” with more patience and passion as lifelong career. Thanks to NCNU.