Distinctions earn student a teaching role
Saturday, 19 April 2008
The 52-year-old, who graduates today, will swap the student books for the lectern next semester when he heads up the Quality Management program within the MPM degree offered by the University of Adelaide in Singapore.
Mr Wong's outstanding academic results, coupled with an 18-year impressive track record in the quality field, make him well equipped to handle his new role.
By day, he will ensure that footwear produced by world-renowned Crocs Shoes maintains its high quality standards. As its Global Quality Director he is responsible for the quality of thousands of Crocs shoes manufactured each day in factories all over the world.
By night, he will pass on his extensive knowledge to students undertaking the elective course in the Master of Project Management degree offered by the University of Adelaide in Singapore.
For the Hong Kong-born Singaporean, this latest move up the career ladder reflects a desire to share the experiences of his 27-plus years in the engineering, management and publishing world.
He started his career as an electronic engineer and has progressed into quality control, product development, customer relations and strategic management in the past three decades. He has also managed to find time to co-author a book on project management.
Along the way Mr Wong has collected an MBA from Brunel University in the UK, a Diploma in Management Studies from the Singapore Institute of Management, a Higher Certificate in Electronic Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as well as his recently completed Master of Project Management.
"In today's global and competitive market, quality of a product/service is no longer a selling point, but a prerequisite for business survival," Mr Wong says. "I hope to develop students' critical thinking in this MPM course, equipping them with the necessary skills to establish a quality management system in their own organisation."
Mr Wong is one of 110 students who will graduate from the University of Adelaide in an offshore ceremony today at the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.