INcredible Support for Our Orangutans and Forests
(Seated from right) Weladavi A. Rahula, Head (Senior Manager), Career Services; Associate Professor Phawani Vijayaratnam, Director of the Center of Liberal Arts and Languages, both from INTI International University; Suan Tan, WWF-Malaysia Brand Activation Senior Manager, with the INTI COLAL lecturers and students.
WWF-Malaysia sincerely thanks the lecturers as well as the Foundation and Diploma students of the Centre of Liberal Arts and Languages (COLAL), INTI International University Nilai, for raising about RM12,700 for WWF-Malaysia’s orangutan and forest conservation efforts in 2017.
The students honed their teamwork, communications and event management skills, through the ‘Jungle Food Fiesta’ event held on 27 September 2017. Despite having to exercise considerable creativity and problem solving skills when they encountered challenges such as an electricity outage and melting ice-cream, the students still had a lot of fun – and there was much laughter and many smiles!
“‘Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.’ The employer project with WWF has exposed me to different experiences outside of the classroom. I learned a lot especially about the orangutan and its conservation and reforestation efforts,” said student Kok Hui Xia.
During the Language Enrichment Day on 11 October 2017, themed ‘Nurture Nature Save the World’ the lecturers guided their students to infuse messages about the importance of environmental conservation into the days’ various activities. These included song writing and singing, essay writing, public speaking, a spelling bee, video making and a fancy dress event, which made good use of recycled materials. Please download the top five essays on the right.
Student Lew Wei Moong said, “For the past 12 weeks of the semester, being part of the INTI-WWF Employer Project initiative of “saving the man of the forest” has been an exciting roller-coaster ride for all of us. Filled with excitement, thrills and hardships, we learnt a lot from this unique experience especially raising funds and creating awareness on the plight of the orangutans among INTIans. It was certainly a memorable adventure as every moment was fun-filled and offered new learning experiences. This is surely the greatest memory I have had in my first year in INTI.”
Student Nurdini Natasha Binti Rosli shared, “It was a wonderful journey being part of this project to create awareness of our “dear ones” - the orangutans. We, the students of INTI International University Nilai grabbed the attention of INTIans through the INTI-WWF-Malaysia Employer project to save the endangered orangutans by embarking on a unique social media campaign. We used the social media platform to share about the unique characteristics of the orangutans and why need to save them before they become extinct. Although the campaign was challenging, it was amazing and we are now more educated about the orangutans!”
“The winning teams love the WWF special edition T-shirts that they won and they are motivated to contribute more to the society,” said Intan Syafinaz, INTI lecturer and Project Manager.
“The project was a platform for INTI students to rise to the challenge, hone their team and communication skills, think out of the box and work toward a common outcome. Diploma students had the golden opportunity to practice essential workplace skills while at university,” said Associate Professor Phawani Vijayaratnam, Director of the Center of Liberal Arts and Languages, INTI International University.
“We congratulate the lecturers and students for their meaningful and valuable contribution which will help enable WWF-Malaysia’s orangutan conservation and forest restoration efforts. We would especially like to say a heartfelt thank you to the lecturers, who play such a vital role in inspiring and guiding their students to achieve success. With 99% of INTI graduates being employed within six months of graduating, we are confident that they will be tomorrow’s leaders. We hope that the skills they have honed through this Employer Project will be helpful as they start building their careers, and that they will continue to share the conservation message in their future work places,” said Suan Tan, WWF-Malaysia Brand Activation Senior Manager.