Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong
President, SRI® COLLEGE
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Smart Reader® Worldwide Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong is a self-made entrepreneur. Since the age of 27, he has been managing his own firm and business. He has also been the driving force behind the establishment of the Smart Reader® franchised programmes. Equipped with a disciplined and enterprising attitude, he successfully nurtured the Smart Reader® Worldwide brand into a household name in Malaysia – the Smart Reader Kids® franchised education programme.
Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong’s dedication and emphasis in quality management and branding has enabled Smart Reader® Worldwide to become an award winning company with trademarks of excellence and quality. To date, Smart Reader® Worldwide has initiated employment opportunities for over 5,000 educators, as well as more than 500 entrepreneurs worldwide.
Under Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong’s leadership, Smart Reader® Worldwide has been honoured with more than 50 awards on national and international levels, from Italy, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Philippines, and Vietnam. The presence of Smart Reader® Worldwide in the local and international market has been made even more prominent with the conferment of the National Mark of Malaysian Brand and Superbrands status.
With the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Award 2013 conferred to Smart Reader® Worldwide, it speaks of Smart Reader® Worldwide’s excellent quality in its products and services, and voter’s choice for trusted brand in the category of Children’s Education Centre.
A prominent figure on the Malaysian franchising scene, Dato’ Sri Dr Richard Ong is a regular speaker and spokesperson at franchise conventions and talks including International Trade UNCTAD/WTO World Export Development Forum. With his vast experience in franchising, especially in Asian countries like Thailand, the Philippines, and China, he has a wealth of knowledge to share and good advice to offer newcomers to the franchise fraternity.
The inception of Smart Reader International® College is the beacon for the early childhood educators as the college aims to provide the best service by streamlining professionalism in early childhood education and creates awareness and recognition in the profession. The college’s flexible learning option also provides more opportunity for working professionals, as well as for foreign students who aspire to be the educators of early childhood, especially in countries where Smart Reader Kids® has a presence. The college’s philosophy echoes the blueprint produced by the Higher Education Ministry on the Enculturation of Lifelong Learning in Malaysia that outlines strategic initiatives to develop the lifelong learning industry from 2011 to 2020 and to make Malaysia as the education hub that highlights only quality education, especially in early childhood education.
He displays a positive attitude and is always willing to shoulder new challenges. He is determined and committed to convince the world that Made-in-Malaysia educational programmes are of high quality for the international market.
Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang
Honorary Professor | Vice-President, SRI® COLLEGE
Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang, the founder of Smart Reader® Worldwide, never stops seeking valuable knowledge and creating new ideas to ensure that she delivers only the best for the students under the Smart Reader® Worldwide fraternity.
In her vision to assist in nation building, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang co-founded Smart Reader International® College (SRI® College), a subsidiary of Smart Reader®
Worldwide in 2004. Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang initiated the Diploma in Early Childhood Development so that educators will be adequately equipped to play their roles. She has trained thousands of educators and given them the prestige of owning professional credentials.
Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang also initiated the Association of Professional Early Childhood Providers Malaysia (APECP) to enable educators and care-givers to be updated with latest techniques and innovations in the field. She works closely with the local and foreign partners and has organised national and international conferences to provide the latest information on early childhood as well as to equip students and educators with the right skills and techniques in early years’ education.
Not only is she an educationist and entrepreneur, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang is also a philanthropist who always strives to empower the young generation and help them achieve quality education.
This multifaceted edu-preneur is a forty-seven-time winner of local and international awards. For this excellent achievement, the Malaysia Book of Records has endorsed her twice as the Woman Entrepreneur who has won the Most Number of Awards in Malaysia. To date, no other person has come close to this fantastic record set by Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang!
Through her research, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang founded the Smart Reader Creative Teaching MethodologyTM, which has given preschool education a tremendous facelift and transformed the landscape of early childhood education industry in the country and around the world.
Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang believes that every child deserves high quality education regardless of their circumstances. Hence, she started the ‘One Child One Hope’ scholarship programme to provide quality early childhood education to less fortunate children.
For the past 30 years, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang has been a prominent figure in the education industry. In her decades of dedication, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang has become an accomplished trainer, entrepreneur, leader, speaker, facilitator, lyricist, innovator, writer, and advocate of early childhood education.
Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang’s contribution to the education industry has benefitted more than a million children, thousands of teachers, and hundreds of entrepreneurs across the globe. To date, there are more than 300 Smart Reader Kids® centres in Malaysia and 150 centres abroad; United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Australia, Indonesia and China. As a visionary world leader in education, Smart Reader® Worldwide aims to make its mark on all continents in the world.
Datin Sri Dato’ Dr KH Wang’s advice to others has always been to “Dream Big” and her motto is “To complete tomorrow’s work today!” This simply explains why she is who she is today, a remarkable and achieving entrepreneur.
In short, there is no stopping this outstanding and exceptional lady!
Two-time holder of Malaysia Book of Records for Woman Entrepreneur with the most number of awards since 2005.
Mr Kevan Ong
Chief Executive, SRI® COLLEGE
Mr Kevan Ong Kin Wye graduated from Bond University Queensland, Australia in the Bachelor of Business and from the University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom in Master of Science in Management. With over 5 years of experience in the education industry and holding posts in the Malaysian Franchise Association as an EXCO member, he intends to helm the CEO position of SRI College and lead them to be the preeminent tertiary institution in the Humanities and education fields by focusing on quality student learning experience, inculcating globalized transferable skills and developing high level of academic rigor. His vision is to develop SRI into the hub for education and linguistic studies, research and development in the South East Asian region.