Perak university serving up apple-like treat to visitors


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  • Sunday, 07 Apr 2019

We’re all set: Quest International University Perak lecturers and students busy preparing food for visitors at the booth during the Star Education Fair. (Inset) Quest student Marakrishnan Pandian, 22, showing the mix berry mousse.

KUALA LUMPUR: Make sure you grab an “apple” at the Star Education Fair today.

Quest International University Perak is serving its mix berry mousse that closely resembles a freshly-picked apple.

The sweet and sour confection is both a treat for the eyes and tastebuds.

Delicate and delicious, the mousse is part of the university’s menu for its booth at the Sunway Convention Centre.

Quest’s School of Hospitality senior lecturer and programme coordinator Siti Arija Wardati Mohd Rusli said the “apple” is a special treat for today’s visitors.

“Yesterday, we didn’t bring out our most popular item but we had teh tarik ice cream, scones with pomelo marmalade, chicken satay sliders, coconut kiss and green apple, lemongrass tea mocktails and a live cooking demonstration at our booth.

“We prepared some 50 ‘apples’ for last month’s Star Education Fair in Penang and they were snapped up in minutes. We didn’t even have time to put the glaze on and take pictures,” she said.

Visitors to the fair yesterday made a beeline for the booth to sample its fare.

Quest student Marakrishnan Pandian, 22, showing the mix berry mousse.

They could not resist the charred Nduja octopus and scallop with chorizo oil and aioli, melange vegetable and pumpkin puree, which were prepared during the live cooking session.

Siti Arija Wardati said the menu was created by its students and lecturers.

“It took about a month. The students were involved every step of the way. They did everything from scratch.

“The concept was to modernise Malaysian favourites using natural, local ingredients,” she said.

“The pomelo marmalade, for instance, uses the fruit most associated with Ipoh where the university is located.”

The School of Hospitality, she said, comes under the Faculty of Business and Management.

“It’s not enough just knowing how to provide good food and service; graduates must be able to manage a business, too,” she said.

New to the Star Education Fair is Peninsula College, formerly known as ALC College.

Peninsula’s managing director Datuk Michael Tio said the fair can expose students to its new Ship Campus located in Batu Kawan, Penang.

“Students get to study in a cruise ship environment overlooking the sea,” said Tio, who is also PKT Logistics Group chief executive officer and managing director.

Peninsula College, he said, focuses on business studies and others including digital marketing, computer sciences, architecture and psychology.

“But our forte is on logistics and maritime-related subjects such as supply chain management.

“The new Ship Campus would focus on courses from UK universities such as Plymouth University,” he said, noting that it is the institute’s mission to produce industry-relevant graduates.

“We go by the earn-as-you-learn concept. Job placements are compulsory in Peninsula, so students here would have work experience by the time they graduate,” he said, adding that the institution has an Entrepreneur Growth Hub that matches students to an industry for paid job placements.

He said students who sign up now can opt to take their diploma in Peninsula’s Lighthouse Campus in Shah Alam, City Campus in Klang or Straits Quay Campus in Penang before proceeding to the Ship Campus, which will be ready next year.

“We have state-of-the-art facilities such as the Opera Lecture Theatre, Francis Light Library which focuses on lifestyle, Surfers Paradise Gym and more.

“Students in their first year are given free access to the gym with a sea view. To be eligible for the gym membership for subsequent years, students need to score a CGPA of at least 2.5 and above,” he said, adding that there is also the Peninsula Student Residences.

Today is the last day of the Star Education Fair, which is being held at the Sunway Convention Centre.

It is open from 11am to 7pm. Admission is free.

For de­tails, visit thes­tar.com.my/ed­u­fair or face­book.com/stare­d­u­ca­tion­fair.

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