Enhancing language skills

Johnson presents a token of appreciation to Higuchi (right) while INTI International University deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Arazi Idrus (left) looks on.

FOSTERING further education relations with one of Asia’s most advanced nations, INTI International University & Colleges has inked an agreement with Baiko Gakuin University (BGU) to provide English language training for Japanese students through INTI’s Intensive English Programme (IEP).

INTI International University & Colleges senior vice president, Marketing, Products & Partnerships Tim Johnson said: “This official ceremony builds on an already established partnership and we are pleased to work with BGU in the development of language, communication and problem solving competencies among these students.”

“While technological advancements are paving the way for new economic and societal growth, these competencies remain vital for graduates to thrive in the global workplace,” he said.

Japanese Embassy deputy chief of mission and minister counsellor Hiroyuki Orikasa and National Education Policy Review Committee chairman Datuk Dr Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid who is an emeritus professor of INTI International University, were also present at the event.

A private liberal arts university based in Shimonoseki, Honshu, in Japan, BGU traces its education roots to 1872.

Operating as a four-year college since 1967, the university specialises in majors covering Languages, Literature and Cultures, International Business and Communications, and Child Development.

In 2018, 32 trainee teachers took part in the IEP and INTI’s unique Design Thinking course that teaches problem solving and communication skills using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Beyond their classroom experiences, the trainee teachers enjoyed student life at INTI International University. They also learnt about Malaysia’s diverse cultures and traditions. They also explored several areas including Petaling Street, Dataran Merdeka and the Mah Meri Cultural Village in Pulau Carey, Selangor.

BGU president Noriko Higuchi said having the opportunity to learn and meet Malaysians and other international students and faculty, is one of the best ways for the students to experience new cultures and build the relationships that will last a lifetime.

“Today’s borderless careers and globalised workplaces require early international exposure and gaining this while still studying is an added advantage for our students,” she said.

Orikasa in his speech during the event, said that while innovation and big data are reshaping the future of Japan and Malaysia’s economies and societies, the acceleration of human talent development in building advanced nations and the training of young professionals is of the highest importance. Working together collectively as academia, administration and industry, he added, would allow universities and nations to tap into a wider range of resources and set the stage both for individual and collective prosperity.

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