Embracing Malaysian Hospitality at Universiti Kuala Lumpur
EMBRACING MALAYSIAN HOSPITALITY AT UNIVERSITI KUALA LUMPUR
( The Star, September 2015 )
A total of 52 Korean undergraduates recently had the opportunity to explore end experience a true Malaysian hospitality as they participated in English as a Second Language (ESL) 2015 Programme at Universiti Kuala Lumpur City Campus.
ESL 2015 is an Edu-Tourism initiative particularly to strengthen the collaboration between Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Institute of Information Technology (UniKL MIIT) and its international partners, especially Semyung University and Dongyang Mirae University, South Korea. Conducted by the International, Industrial and Institutional Partnership (IIIP) Unit of UniKL MIIT, the one-month programme is designed to enable the international students to improve their English language proficiency while experiencing Malaysian beautiful culture and scenery at the same time.
Led by Ms Samratul Janin Sidal (Coordinator of International Partnership Unit, UniKL MIIT), the annual programme has seen many successful stories ever since it was first introduced in 2013.
“When we started the programme back in 2013, our students were merely those from Semyung University who came back for a similar activity in 2014. However, this year, we received such an overwhelming request not only from Korean Universities, but also those from China and Vietnam. We also notice that some of the students who attended the programme also came back to join our one-semester Exchange Programme while those who did not, they would actually promote the programme among their family members and friends! Thus, this semester we actually met relatives and friends of those who were here either in 2013 or 2014,” claimed Ms Samratul Janin.
ESL 2015 which took place from July 22 – August 20 saw the International students studying various subjects such as Basic Grammar & Writing Skills, Communication Skills and Intercultural Communication. In order to enhance the students’ communicative ability, special Practical / Conversation slots were included in the ESL daily schedule. During those slots, students had the opportunity to practice their language skill with the appointed local students who also acted as their Mentors.
“I had such a wonderful learning experience here. Classes were small, there were just 15 of us in a class and our lecturers gave us individual attention! I enjoyed participating in the Final Drama Presentation for Communication Skills and we decided to surprise our Malaysian friends and lecturers by singing a Malay song at the end of the Programme!” ( Cha Hye Ji, Semyung University )
“We had many group activities and presentations. These activities helped increase my confidence level! I used to be a very quiet student but thanks to ESL 2015, in particular my mentor, Shakim, I think I am able to do almost anything now!” ( Seu Eunseuk, Dongyang Mirae University )
“Our lecturer demonstrated to us how to wear ‘sarong’ and play the ‘kompang’ during our Intercultural Class! How cool!” ( Kim Tae Woo, Semyung University )
Visits/ Field Trips
On top of the academic experience, ESL 2015 Programme comes together with visits and field trips to various places of interest in Malaysia on weekends.
“It was an awesome ride on the Hop On, Hop Off Bus. I managed to explore Kuala Lumpur during my first week in Malaysia. We event went on to visit Batu Caves and climbed those 272 steps! I hope to come back and observe the Thaipusam Celebration next time.” ( Jeong Eun Jeong, Dongyang Mirae University )
Other than Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, the ESL participants were also taken by the beauty of Langkawi and Penang Islands. For a majority of them, the experience of riding up Gunung Mat Chencang via SkyCab ( Langkawi’s infamous cable car ) was thrilling. Being a duty-free island too, majority took the opportunity to shop for branded items in Langkawi. Penang did not also disappoint the students as they savored the creamy sweetness of ‘chendol’ and ‘ABC’. Stadthuys, the famous red building in Malacca also proved to be everyone’s favourite place! Of course, the highlight of the Malaccan trip would be feasting on fresh, succulent seafood at Muara Sungai Duyung.
The international students also got the opportunity to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia. Clad in colourful Baju Kurung and Baju Melayu, the students participated in Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidil Fitri UniKL MIIT. Apart from sampling the wonderful delicacies that Malaysia had to offer, the students also charmed the guests by their various performances –busking, singing and dancing – in a typical ( expected ) K-Pop style! They were also invited to various functions held by Universiti Kuala Lumpur, including a similar Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidil Fitri organized by UniKL Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT) and UniKL’s 13th Anniversary celebration at UniKL Malaysia France Institute.
ESL 2015 Programme’s curtain came to a close on August 20, 2015; nevertheless, the participants vowed that they would come back for a longer stay next time.
“We are pleased that our ESL students have found this Programme to be very beneficial, not only academically, but also socially. Both Universities have requested for a similar programme to be conducted during their winter season ( December – January ) and looking at the many requests that we have received so far, we are looking at the possibilities of involving more language lecturers/ trainers from other UniKL campuses too”, said Mr. Rafidei Muhammad, Section Head of International, Industrial and Institutional Partnership (IIIP), UniKL MIIT.
For more information on ESL or any other short courses conducted by UniKL MIIT, kindly communicate with:
- Ms Dalilah Abdullah, Coordinator of Advancement & Continuing Education Unit (ACE), UniKL MIIT ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Mr Muhammad Haikal Zainal Abidin, Executive of Advancement & Continuing Education Unit (ACE), UniKL MIIT ( email@example.com )
Tel: 03 2175 4000 ( ext 4135/ 4349 )
Samratul Janin Sidal
Muhammad Haikal Zainal Abidin