Thursday, December 29, 2011

Heartiest Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Ben Lee

Heartiest Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Ben Lee being enthroned as Datu Waris by the Sultan of Kabuntalan, Mindanao, Philippines

Message from Honorable Dr Douglass L. Capogrossi:



Hon. Dr. Douglass L. Capogrossi and Prof. Datu Waris Dr. Ben Lee at Asean Hotel, Thai Nguyen City, Vietnam

I send my most sincere congratulations to Prof. Dr. Ben Lee in respect to his being admitted as Datu Waris with the Royal House of the Sultanate of Kabuntala. His Royal Highness Datu Penandatu Uko Mluk, Sultan Sa Kabuntalan personally enthroned him as Datu Waris Lee Wooi Beng (aka Dr Ben Lee) on 27 November 2011. It is my understanding that as Datu Waris, Dr. Lee is viewed as an “authority”, which would be consulted for advisement as appropriate for the welfare of the community of the Sultanate. This is a high honor for Prof. Dr. Ben Lee.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Ben Lee pledged to continue to grow in knowledge, so that when called upon to advise the Royal House of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan, he will be able to provide expertise of the highest quality and value. Dr. Lee further pledged to continue providing leadership in development of higher education, opening the way for human advisement for countless individuals in Philippines, especially for the community of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan. He also pledged at all time to act in a highly ethical manner, bringing due respect and honor to the honorable award of Datus Waris. Those of us who have observed the growth and development of Prof. Dr. Ben Lee over the past decade, understand the his ethical character and the depth of desire to serve the Asia-Pacific community.


Hon. Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, Ph.D.
President, Akamai University
Board Members, International Distance Education Accreditation League


Monday, December 26, 2011

Congratulatory Message by Honorable Datu Dr. Nelson T. Binag

Congratulatory Message by Honorable Datu Dr. Nelson T. Binag for Datu Waris Dr Ben Lee


Datu Dr. Nelson T. Binag, the Datu of the Royal House of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan, President Emeritus and University Regent of Sultan Kudarat State University, and President of International Distance Educational Accreditation League, Inc. (IDEAL).

Honorable Datu Dr. Nelson T. Binag delivered a speech during the Monday's Morning Convocation and Flag Ceremony on 28 December 2011 at the SKSU, ACCESS, EJC Montilla, Tacurong City, Philippines


Dr. Teresita Camber, President of Sultan Kudarat State University, Vice Presidents and other Key Officials, Faculty and Facilitative Staff, Students, Ladies and Gentlemen:

May I heartily congratulate the distinguished dignitary, who together with this person, has just moments ago today been honored as an official member of the Royal House of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan being enthroned by His Royal Highness Datu Penandatu Uko Mluk, Sultan Sa Kabuntalan as Datu Waris Lee Wooi Beng - a leader of authority. He is not only well-known in his country but also in other countries of the world for his noted zeal, sheer devotion and single-minded commitment to see inter-country collaboration which will surely enshrine his name forever in the annals of international higher education history.


HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk, the Sultanate of Kabuntalan, Mindanao, present Datu Waris Certificate of Nobility to Dr. Ben Lee.

Datu Waris Dr. Lee Wooi Beng will be remembered as a key player in global education especially in many modes of distance education and open learning which is worthy of emulation by educators and students worldwide.He is a man of distinction whose diligent insights on where the modes in distance education and open learning should be pursued in the years to come provide an international information communication technology collaboration among world educational leaders.

It is for this rational exposition that yesterday 27 November 2011 the Royal House of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan has formally enthroned this simple and highly respected man his datuship at the El Manuel Convention Hall, Cotabato City, Philippines.This distinct recognition by the Royal House of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan is conferred only after close examination of the Nominees' great contribution to humankind in their own line of expertise and endeavors which are global in nature.

I therefore salute the honoree for a job well done, thus, this royal enthronement by the Sultanate of Kabuntalan which he rightly deserves.

Mabuhay Datu Waris Dr. Lee Wooi Beng!


Datu Nelson T. Binag

World Renowned Mathematic​ian Honored at Nguyen Tat Thanh University​

World Renowned Mathematician Honored at Nguyen Tat Thanh University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 21 December, 2011


Honorable Dr. Nguyen Manh Hung, President of Nguyen Tat Thanh University introducing the special guest of honor, Prof. Dr. Efim Zelmanov, World Renowned Mathematician.


Honorable Dr. Nguyen Manh Hung, President of Nguyen Tat Thanh University introducing the VIP guest of honors.

Honorable Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, President of Akamai University, and Prof. Dr. BenLee, President of EDS Business School were invited to be present at Nguyen Tat Thanh University at the reception for Prof Efim Zelmanov,renowned mathematician from University of California, San Diego, USA.


Dr. Efim Zelmanov responded to questions from the audience.

Dr. Efim Zelmanov, recipient of the Fields Metal in 1994 for exceptional achievements in Advanced Mathematics. The Fields Medal, officially known as International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics and often described as the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics". He was received by a packed audience of NTTU directors, international guests, NTTU faculty and students.

Dr. Efim Zelmanov responded to questions from the audience related to his achievements and the impact upon his life after receipt of the Fields Medal. His replied were impressive and encouraging to the young students in the audience.


Hon. Dr. Douglass Capogrossi asking question with Dr. Efim Zelmanov.

Interactions between Dr. Efim Zelmanov and Dr. Douglass Capogrossi were friendly and collegial with with the promise for further communications at a later date.


Group photo with Dr. Efim Zelmanov together with NTTU directors, international guests, NTTU faculty and students.



News by EDS Team @ 26 December 2011.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Successful Visit to Thai Nguyen University

Akamai University President Successful Visit to Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam

Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, President of Akamai University meet with Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tuan Anh, Dean of the TNU International Education Programs.

On 17 December, Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, President of Akamai University, Hawaii, USA and Prof. Dr. Ben Lee, President of EDS Business School, Malaysia were received at the Hanoi airport and welcomed at Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam, by Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tuan Anh, Dean of the International Education Programs.

Discussions were held related to establishment of an Akamai University affiliation with Thai Nguyen University for dual degree ventures, direct enrollment to Akamai programs by Thai Nguyen students, Akamai faculty exchange for on-campus lectures, and the possibility of future ventures in distance education between the institutions. Ongoing discussions leading to a formal memorandum of Agreement is anticipated.



Dr. Capogrossi made presentations before TNU graduate students about the importance of establishing quality assurance in high education institutions.

Dr. Capogrossi made presentations before Thai Nguyen graduate students with regard to the mission and structures of Akamai University and related to the importance of establishing quality assurance in high education institutions.

Dr. Capogrossi paid special attention to the importance of universities serving the needs of tjheir students, understanding the expectations of industry and the professions, and establishing degree programs which effectively serve these needs. He spoke about the great importance of evaluating the level of success of university programs by gathering and responding to feedback from students and faculty, as well as gathering vital feedback from longitudinal follow-up studies with employers of the alumni.

Dr. Caporgossi spoke briefly about his role and responsibilities a member of the Board of Directors of International Distance Education Accreditation League (IDEAL) and a Trustee of the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA), Philippines. He further discussed the importance of quality assurance agencies in guiding higher education instuitutions toward excellence in delivery of vital programs in service to human betterment and sustainability.



Dr. Capogrossi and Dr. Ben Lee meeting the postgraduate students at the TNU International School campus.

A tour of the facilites of Thai Nguyen University was quite inspiring, with the beautiful grounds and landcaping and great care paid to the quality of the structure of the buildings and facilities. The kindness of the Thai Nguyen administrative staff was overwhelming and a good time was had by all.



Dr. Capogrossi and Dr. Ben Lee visit the TNU Main Administrative Building.


Dr. Capogrossi and Dr. Ben Lee visit the Learning Resource Centre.



News by EDS Team @ 20 December 2011.

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Dr. Capogrossi Pleased to Meet with New Akamai Graduates

Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, President of Akamai University pleased to meet with new Akamai MBA graduates


Akamai MBA graduate Mr. Ho Hoai Nam and Mr. Dang Ha Lam having dinner with Dr Capogrossi and Dr Ben Lee. The dinner was arranged by Ms. Sunnie Hao.

Dr. Ben Lee, President of EDS Business School and Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, President of Akamai Universirty were pleased to meet with new Akamai graduates in Hanoi at the New Day Restaurant, packed for dinner with locals and international travellers served excellent northern Vietnamese cuisine.

The Alamai MBA graduates spoke of their hard work and late nights completing difficult assignments and their aspirations to enter the DBA program in the new year. Dr. Capogrossi felt very happy to meet face to face with Vietnamese graduates and he expressed a sincere wish to make many more trips to Vietnam to meet with students and graduates and to learn more about Vietnamese customs and life in the communities.



News by EDS Team @ 20 December 2011.

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Dr. Ben Lee Welcomed at IDEAL Accreditng Headquarters

Prof. Datu Dr. Ben Lee paid a courtesy call on the international headquarters of International Distance Education Accreditation League (IDEAL) in Philippines

Prof Datu Dr. Lee present Datu President Nelson T Binag with a plaque of gratitude for the excellent job done.

On 28 November 2011, Prof. Datu Dr. Ben Lee paid a courtesy call on the international headquarters of International Distance Education Accreditation League (IDEAL) in Tacurong City, Mindanao, Philippines. As a member of the Board of Directors of IDEAL and the IDEAL Vice President for Membership Development, was Datu Dr. Lee’s first visit to the IDEAL head office, as it is the custom of IDEAL to convene its Board meetings at international venues.

Datu Dr. Lee took advantage of his viait to th IDEAL office to present Datu President Nelson T Binag with a plaque of gratitude for the excellent job done and his achievements during the founding of IDEAL over the past three years. Datu Dr. Lee was also fortunate to meet and greet the IDEAL Office Coordinator, Prof. Dr. Dolorcita E. Pauya and IDEAL Office Secretary, Ms. Maricel Amit. As is Dr. Nelson Binag’s character, T he office was well decorated and suited for welcoming of international visitors.


From left to right: IDEAL Office Secretary, Ms. Maricel Amit, IDEAL President, Datu Dr Nelso Binag, Prof Datu Dr Ben Lee and IDEAL Office Coordinator, Prof. Dr. Dolorcita E. Pauya .

President Binag gave Datu Dr. Lee a tour of the campus of Sultan Kudarat State was especially impressed with the very green campus. Datu Dr. Lee delivered a short address at the morning convocation and flag ceremony, and privileged to serve as an external observer at the doctoral defense of a dissertation candidate in the field of Institutional Development and Management, an area of his personal expertise.


Prof Datu Dr. Lee address at the morning convocation and flag ceremony.


Prof Datu Dr. Lee serve as an external observer at the doctoral defense of a dissertation candidate at the SKSU Institute of Postgraduate Studies.


News by EDS Team @ 20 December 2011.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Dr. Ben Lee installed as Datu Waris

Dr. Ben Lee installed as Datu Waris on 27 November 2011
by the Sultan of Kabuntalan, Mindanao, Philippines


HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk, the Sultanate of Kabuntalan, Mindanao, present Datu Waris Certificate of Nobility to Dr. Ben Lee.

O n 27 November 2011, HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk, the Sultanate of Kabuntalan, Mindanao, Philippines honored Dr. Ben Lee, President of EDS Business School with the title of Datu Waris. As Datu Waris, Dr. Lee is viewed as an “authority”, which would be consulted for advisement as appropriate for the welfare of the community of the Sultanate, Mandanue Darulsalam.

Dr. Ben Lee appeared in person for the awarding of the Certificate of Nobility, which took place at 10.00 AM on Sunday, 27 November 2011 at El Manuel Convention Hall in Cotobato City, Philippines in the presence of the Cabinet Ministers of the Royal House of Kabuntalan and some Guests of Honors.



Dr. Ben Lee giving the acceptance speech upon being installed as Datu Waris by HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk.

The HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk acknowledged in his address that indeed there is an historical linkage with Dr. Ben Lee of Malaysia, as his forefather, Sultan Sharrif Mohammad Dipatuan Kabunsuan arrived in Mindanao, Philippines during the 14th century from Johore, Malaysia in search of his father Sharrif Zainal Abedin. Later, he married a Mindanao woman who bore him children and his family has continued in the Philippines from that time.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Ben Lee stated that as Datu Waris he understands he is viewed as an authority to advise the Sultanate on matters vital to the welfare of the community. He pledged to continue to grow in knowledge, so that when called upon to advise the Royal House of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan, he will be able to provide expertise of the highest quality and value. Dr. Lee further pledged to continue providing leadership in development of higher education, opening the way for human advisement for countless individuals in Philippines, especially for the community of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan. He also pledged at all time to act in a highly ethical manner, bringing due respect and honor to the honorable award of Datus Waris.




From left to right: Datu Haron Uko Bandila Al-hadj, Prof. Datu Dr. Nelson Binag, HRH Sultan Mohammad Penandatu Uko Mluk, Datu Haron Uko Bandila Al-hadj, the Rajamuda, Datu Waris Dr. Ben Lee and Brigadier General (Retired) Dr. Akmad Mamalinta.


Datu Waris Certificate of Nobility of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan.


The Royal Ladies of the Sultanate of Kabuntalan.



News by EDS Team @ 16 December 2011.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dr. Ben Lee Addresses NNQAA Board of Trustees in Manila, Philippines


NNQAA Board of Trustees


Dr. Ben Lee, an NNQAA Trustee, addressed the NNQAA Board of Trustees meeting on 14 December 2011 in Manila.

The National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA) is a recognized network of accrediting bodies in the Philippines. Three accrediting agencies now comprise NNQAA including:
__~ the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP),
__~ the Association of Local Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation, Inc. (ALCUCOA), and
__~ The International Distance Education Accreditation League, Inc. (IDEAL).

NNQAA is the quality assurance networks in Philippines recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as the certifying bodies for accrediting agencies in Philippines.

CHED is equivalent to Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia and MOET in Vietnam.


Prof. Dr. Nelson Binag, the IDEAL President addresses the NNQAA Board of Trustees


Prof. Dr. Angel C. Alcala, the NNQAA Chairman addresses the NNQAA Board of Trustees. Dr. Alcala was conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 1992.


NNQAA Board of Trustees discussing matter of accreditation




News by EDS Team @ 15 December 2011.


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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Visit to Sultan Kudarat State University

Professor Dr Ben Lee, President of EDS Business School visit Sultan Kudarat State University in Tacurong City, Mindanao, Philippines


Dr Ben Lee was invited to give a speech to the university students at the Monday's Morning Convocation and Flag Ceremony.

On Monday, 28 November 2011, Professor Dr Ben Lee, the President of EDS Business School pay a courtesy visit to Sultan Kudarat State University located in Tacurong City, Mindanao, Philippines.

During the visit Dr Ben Lee was invited to give a speech to the university students at the Monday's Morning Convocation and Flag Ceremony at the SKSU, ACCESS Campus, EJC Montilla, Tacurong City, Philippines.


Dr Ben Lee present a Plaque of Appreciation to Dr. Teresita L. Cambel, the President of Sultan Kudarat State University, and it was received on behalf by Dr. Rebecca L. Loja, the Vice President for Academic Affairs.









News by EDS Team @ 3 December 2011.

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