INTI’s INcredible support for Tigers
(Centre, left to right) Ms Phawani Vijayaratnam (in dark blue ‘Save Our Tigers’ T-shirt), Ms Suan Tan, Ms Hansini Thedchanamoorthy, lecturers, staff and students of INTI International University Nilai who supported WWF-Malaysia’s tiger conservation efforts.
WWF-Malaysia sincerely thanks the lecturers as well as the Foundation, April Summer Camp and Diploma students of the Centre of Liberal Arts and Languages (COLAL), INTI International University Nilai, for building support and raising funds for our tiger conservation efforts.
Led by Project Managers Ms Phawani Vijayaratnam, Ms Hansini Thedchanamoorthy and Miss Lee Ling Sin, the lecturers guided the students to undertake various activities from January to November 2016 in support of protecting the iconic Malayan tiger.
The students showed creativity by designing, producing and selling stylish T-shirts with uplifting taglines such as, ‘Positive Change, Better Future’ and ‘Leaving Empowered Footprints’.
The students’ innovation and enthusiasm were impressive as they also baked cupcakes decorated to resemble tiger stripes, offered nail art services, held a movie week and produced viral videos to build awareness of the importance of tiger conservation and raise funds to save the species. The students also staged an exciting performance, with sketches, speeches and singing – some students even took on the challenge to write their own songs!
Their efforts were very successful as they raised almost RM12,000 for WWF-Malaysia’s tiger conservation efforts.
According to Ms Phawani Vijayaratnam, Director for the Centre of Liberal Arts and Languages, the initial aim was to get the students directly involved in an Employer Relations (ER) project. “To increase student experience, we tied the ‘Save the Tigers’ ER project to the annual Language Enrichment Day which has activities such as public speaking and fancy dress competitions, song writing and video presentations. How was RM12,000 raised? We targeted three cohorts of students over the year, namely the foundation and diploma batches. There was excellent camaraderie among teams to creatively outdo each other in the various fund raising and language competitions,” she said.
“Moving forward, we will continue working with WWF on environmental issues. It is our hope that the camera traps purchased for the tigers will help in wildlife research and conservation. The photographic footprints of this incredible and fascinating cat will not only be educational, but will also empower us to commit more towards the protection of endangered species. For the record, to date, INTI has worked with WWF on Turtle conservation in 2014 and this year tiger conservation. We shall wait and see what 2017 has to offer,” she added.
Rubbiny Saravanan, who is currently pursuing a Diploma in Business at INTI International University, mentioned in her speech during the mock check presentation ceremony that the experience of being a part of such a big project like this has given her the opportunity to hone her leadership skills and her ability to multitask. “It was a great experience because I did not think that I would be performing emceeing duties for our Language Enrichment Day, or sell items to raise funds for animals in the wild. It was pretty exciting,” she added.
Meanwhile, Aiman Harith Bin Pajuri @ Bajuri, a first-year student pursuing a Diploma in Mass Communications, said that projects like this would bring benefit not only to highlight the plight of the animals in the world or the work that is being done by WWF, but also to enrich the experience of the students in handling projects and executing them with team effort. “We could not have done it without the guidance and assistance from our lecturers. We have enriched our lives in so many ways. I have made many new acquaintances, trained how to multitask and realized that there is so much more out there than just books and sports that I must learn to appreciate more. I know that I, too, can make a difference in this world,” he added.
“I am heartened and amazed at the creativity, dedication, teamwork and marketing skills shown by the students. If this is an example of what INTI can achieve, it’s no wonder that 98% of students are employed upon graduation. With the guidance of your inspiring lecturers, I am confident that you will be tomorrow’s leaders, and hope that you will carry the conservation message to your work places and continue your commendable efforts to build a brighter, greener future for us all. WWF-Malaysia sincerely thanks you for your valuable contribution to our tiger conservation efforts,” said Ms Suan Tan, WWF-Malaysia Brand Activation Senior Manager, at the mock cheque presentation ceremony.