Getting grads ready for real world

MSU College Shah Alam students and alumni gather for a commemorative shot during their Bandung and Jakarta trip.

IT IS a fact that well-rounded individuals are best positioned for success in life.

To create holistic learning experiences that produce quality graduates, Management and Science University (MSU) conceptualises and implements various initiatives throughout the year.

In addition to its emphasis on the elements of technical and vocational training and education, this is meant to increase not only its students’ exposure to culture and industry, but also their participation in community and social awareness programmes.

MSU College’s activities also focus on encouraging continuous strategic and sustainable collaboration with the industry to foster long-lasting cooperation.

One case in point is its Sembang Teh Tarik 2.0 programme, which brought together 421 students from various backgrounds to both share and gain valuable input from its guests, including its alumni.

Carrying a theme of Healthy Lifestyles Towards Positive Minds, the event saw IAA Crew’s Akki Illavarasan, Petronas’ Achmed Fadlilah Steinweig and Top Glove’s Nur Rafidah Marina sharing tips and strategies to help motivate students to be positive in boosting and enhancing both their individual and work potential.

Besides motivating and inspiring students, the speakers also provided details about the reality of work.

The programme, according to Certificate of Business Management student Nur Afrina Nabilah Asmadi, was beneficial to students as they were able to glean knowledge on stress management, tips on living a healthy lifestyle, avoiding negativity and improving on their weaknesses.

“As we know, success will not come without the continued efforts and unwavering support of our parents, lecturers and friends – it is also the cause of our success today. Knowledge should also be shared for our quality of life to be maintained, ” she said.

Moreover, among its efforts to provide a unique platform for global exposure through mobility programmes, MSU College Shah Alam organised a five-day, four-night education tour called “Dream, Live and Explore” to Thailand’s University of Chulalongkorn.

Eighty students from Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia participated in the programme, which also included community engagement at Kampung Pulau Temalang in Thailand.

Aside from strengthening relations between the two countries, the key objectives of the programme were to provide its students with exposure to the culture and community life in Thailand, mutual knowledge exchange and experience sharing.

It was also aimed at raising awareness of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which focus on universal sustainability and health matters that are beneficial for the communities and target groups involved.

Level 3 Food Preparation and Production Certificate student Mohd Ikmal Hannan Yazid said his first-time experience travelling abroad enabled him to gain many new experiences that he could share with his friends.

“With the great learning experiences provided by MSU College, we have the opportunity to discover a lot of new things that can enhance our variety of skills, especially soft skills, ” he added.

It is not the first time that MSU College has organised a community programme, as it has done something similar in its Nusantara Edutrip to Jakarta and Bandung 2019 through the Global Leadership Programme.

The four-day, three-night programme involved 20 alumni and MSU College students who visited Indonesia’s largest industrial centre in Bandung, the famous Kawah Putih, the Sunan Gunung Djati Islamic University of Bandung, the Nurul Faalah orphanage, as well as the national museum and monument in Jakarta.

In addition, the entourage also delivered a small donation of gifts and cash to the orphanage as a token of appreciation for hosting them.

Certificate of Business Management student Nur Qamarina Abdul Manap said excellence in academics was not the sole factor for success, which was why the programme – in emphasising the value of soft skills in developing individual characters – was beneficial for students.

“The involvement of the alumni in supporting and contributing to a university is essential to sustaining and promoting the development of a university. It can provide immense benefits in enriching the student experience while at the university, ” she shared.

Alumni representative Mohd Shahrizal Fairuz Mohd Raus noted that alumni could serve as effective examples.

He opined, “Alumni can serve as a reference panel for the faculty to provide for the needs of students and graduates to place themselves in specific careers. In addition, alumni can contribute their expertise in areas related to their professions to develop new university programmes.”

Closer to home, MSU College also organised its My Village @ Pulau Tuba endeavour in Pulau Langkawi to reach out to the community there.

Reaffirming its support and commitment to the SDG, the four-day programme saw the participation of 430 students in activities that covered different aspects from preparing food to eco-friendly efforts.

The programme’s My Kampung Social Empowerment for Young Entrepreneurial Skills (Seyes), for example, saw a collaboration between the college, the Tuba Islands Community Cooperative and Selat Bhd to run a village chicken farming enterprise project.

As a start, the college donated 200 chicks to the project for breeding purposes, after which the locals will market and run the programme in areas around Langkawi.

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