THE Inti International Group of Colleges will be introducing a smart card for all its colleges soon. Inti Universal Holdings Bhd will invest RM5mil to introduce the new system.
Inti College Malaysia administrative affairs office and student services division director Dr Sia Ah Hiok says the smart card will replace many manually recorded functions and reduce paperwork.
''The Inti smart card is a state-of-the-art card which will be able to accommodate multiple applications. It comes with security features and also doubles up as an identification card for both staff and students,'' she says.
The first phase of the implementation will be the building of a smart card control management system which will manage smart card applications.
Dr Sia says the smart card will enable the college to monitor student attendance at lectures, tutorials, laboratories, seminars and outdoor activities. “It will also have built-in features that alert the administration, staff and students if discrepancies arise.”
In the first phase of implementation, smart card usage will be integrated into Inti's library system. This means the combined learning resources of all campuses will be available to all staff and students.
''As an example, a student at Inti's Subang Jaya campus will be able to borrow books from Inti's Nilai campus. Through the smart card, the system will be able to identify
user authenticity and, at the same time, track the circulation details of the books,'' she says.
Implementation of the second phase includes monitoring access and usage of the carpark, rooms and laboratories, as well as sports and recreational facilities.
Dr Sia adds: ''The highlight is the e-purse application which will enable both staff and students to carry out cashless transactions at vending machines, the cafétaria, bookshop and photocopy services.
''Parents may also find this handy as they can top up the smart card for their children's expenditure. It may reduce the frequent need for students to call parents for more money.”
She explains that the smart card system is part of the RM20mil which has been allocated to develop an e-campus system for all Inti campuses locally and abroad.
Inti's main campus is in Bandar Baru Nilai, Negri Sembilan; its branch campuses are in Selangor, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak. It has also established campuses in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong.
Inti has a wide network of twinning, associate, partner and affiliate universities in the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
At Inti, students can choose from a variety of programmes, including business, law, IT, engineering, applied science or social science.
However, it's not all work and no play at Inti.
Says Dr Sia: “At Inti, it's not just about doing well academically. Students are challenged to explore the unfamiliar, question stereotypes and learn the value of diversity and tolerance.”
Students are also encouraged to join any of the over 60 clubs and activities offered on campus. Inti students, through the student government, also organise various cultural and sporting events.
Other student support services include the University Placement Department which assists students transferring abroad, the Student Affairs Department, Career and Counselling Centre and International Office for student enquiries, admission and visa applications.
Inti offers various types of grants – achievement, merit and sports or special talent scholarships. Students transferring to overseas universities can also apply for scholarships awarded by Inti's partner universities in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
At Inti's Open Day next Saturday – held simultaneously at its campuses in Bandar Baru Nilai and Subang Jaya – it will be offering merit scholarships on the spot for students with proven track records of excellence.
''To qualify, students are required to bring their official results for a quick assessment,'' says Dr Sia. The Open Day is from 9 am to 5 pm.
The same event will be held at Inti International College in Penang on March 8, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Dr Sia says Inti awarded RM2.2mil in scholarships to students who excelled academically and in extra-curricular activities last year. In the same year, another 358 students from Inti were awarded scholarships worth RM5.1mil by its partner universities.
Inti College Malaysia is contributing five awards worth over RM222,000 to the Star Education Fund.