Who's Who in the Malaysian Education Industry
Y. Bhg. Dato’ Chuah Kooi Yong
Dato' Chuah Kooi Yong graduated from the Nanyang Academy in Fine Arts and Hornsey College of Art & Design in the United Kingdom (now Middlesex University, UK) with a Diploma in Graphic Design (equivalent to a Degree) in the 1960s. Dato' Chuah was one of the first few Malaysians to receive such a qualification.
After graduation, Dato' Chuah had a vision to set up a post secondary college to cater to the more aesthetically minded students in Penang. In the establishment of Equator, he had made it possible for all art-interested students to study the subjects of their choice. His main objective is to cultivate the creative minds of the young generation - to train school leavers to spearhead the nation's need for a better tomorrow with quality-driven artistic designers.
With Dato' Chuah's vast experience in the art and design discipline, and always being far-sighted and having the students' best interest at heart, he foresaw the needs of artistic-inclined youths to keep abreast of the times. He invested millions of Ringgit to make Equator Academy a cutting-edge educational institute by equipping it with state-of-the-art facilities.
For his more than 20 years of unrelenting dedication in providing continuing education and services to the art community, he was acknowledged by the Royal Society of Arts UK with a Fellowship, the FRSA. However, nothing is more gratifying to Dato' Chuah than knowing that his hard work has paid off when Equator graduates are fully employed with some securing jobs even before they graduate. Most graduates continue to perform exceptionally well overseas, by receiving high distinctions in their degrees, first class honours degrees, master's and doctorates. All these are proof of Equator's quality of education and are in line with Dato' Chuah's bigger objective of producing knowledgeable, skillful and creative manpower for the nation.
During the 2008 alumni reunion dinner in Kuala Lumpur, he was commended by the Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, Professor Michael Driscoll for his services towards the Malaysian private education sector. Dato' Chuah's DSPN award by the State Governor in 2008 was given in recognition of his perseverance in Art & Design education, his encouragement in tertiary art advancement and his work towards charities for the welfare of his fellow human beings.