A total of 30 students and two accompanying teachers from Zhejiang Industry Polytechnic College, Shaoxing, China have attended the International School Visit Program of the Faculty of Humanities, Management and Science (FKPS) 2023 at FKPS Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu Campus (UPMKB) for eight days from 16 to 24 August .
The program provides a learning experience for the foreign students about culture and education in Malaysia by combining lecture-based learning, knowledge sharing as well as opportunities for the students involved to get to know Malaysian socio-culture.
UPMKB in its statement said that various interesting activities were held throughout the course of the program, among which the Malay language learning course was delivered in Chinese by lecturers.
He said, it aims to make it easier for students to easily master the basics of speaking Malay as a basis for social interaction skills as well as provide experience and exposure to the uniqueness of Malaysia with its multi-racial, ethnic and cultural heritage.
“A special slot for the sharing of experienced speakers in the field of heritage, art and culture was also held,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
Apart from that, he said, the partnership also covers the topic of international aspirations and the global thinking ability that students need to have.
“It aims to form students with superior personalities based on psychological strength and robustness of empathy between cultures as well as cross-border interpersonal skills in order to be in line with current universal demands,” he said.
He said, the topic of Malaysia's past economic experience, current situation and future challenges of the impact of global economic uncertainty was also shared.
He explained, the students were exposed to the Malaysian economic development process from the crisis faced and the solution method adopted by Malaysia.
According to him, this exposure is an added value for the student to remain competitive in the global economy, especially preparing for crises and financial management.
He added that Malaysia's economic crisis and success has become a role model for students so that it can be divided in order to produce human capital to continue to be competitive and fulfill the aspirations of the Malaysian Education Philosophy.
In other developments, he said, the students were also exposed to the Malaysian education system which includes pre-school education up to higher education to produce creative, innovative, highly skilled human capital as well as increase the country's competitiveness through improving the quality of human capital.
Therefore, he said, attempts to streamline the policy sharing of democratization and internationalization of higher education based on the successful introduction of credit transfer programs and twinning programs in Malaysia with foreign universities not only produce high-quality graduates but also stimulate Malaysia's economic growth.
“Also in the spotlight is the UPM program by providing information to the participants about the overview of the undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered at UPM,”he explained.
For outdoor activities, he said, participants had the opportunity to visit Niah Cave (Miri), the long house and around Bintulu with UPM staff and students to give them a more meaningful experience of the history of Malaysian architecture, the style and essence of culture as well as efforts to protect the environment.
He said participants had the opportunity to socialize with local students while on campus, take part in friendship networking activities, meet peers from two countries and be able to work together in groups of skilled and disciplined students.
Date of Input: 28/08/2023 | Updated: 12/09/2023 | lanz
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