INTI Donates RM20,000 to Support WWF-Malaysia
Following their huge success, the university decided to match the funds raised, thus increasing the donation to WWF-Malaysia to a grand total of RM20,658.70.
Professor Dato Dr. Rahmah Mohamed, Vice-Chancellor, INTI International University, speaking at the cheque presentation ceremony on 27 November 2014 said, “We are extremely proud of the students, primarily because they achieved such a feat in a very short period of time. These students represent the self-directed, motivated and independent learners that are nurtured at INTI, who not only excel in academics but are also able to contribute meaningfully to society.”
The funds from INTI will be invested in WWF-Malaysia’s long standing initiatives such as Sustainable Seafood, Protection of Endangered Species and Forest Conservation.
“We hope that through this collaboration, students will be able to not only develop knowledge on conservation issues, but also crucial leadership and communication skills that will give them the edge when they start building their careers in future,” said Asirvatham Lasal, Environmental Education Curriculum Officer, WWF-Malaysia.
“In addition, with many international students here, we are confident that the environmental protection message will be shared not only on this campus, but also around the world,” Lasal added.
The learning experience at INTI supports students’ individual development, by encouraging them to work together to pursue their passion and dreams. This gives students a strong sense of purpose and belonging, which helps develop all-rounded individuals.
On Wee Di, first year student of Diploma in Business who participated in the fundraising activity said, “I’ve always been passionate about supporting environment related causes. Therefore, through this collaboration with WWF-Malaysia, apart from personal satisfaction, I am thrilled that my friends and I will be able to make a real difference in supporting sustainable living.”
Lasal also spoke about how much he enjoyed working with the responsive and enthusiastic students and lecturers, and added, “WWF-Malaysia is amazed and touched that the students and lecturers of INTI International University managed to build environmental awareness across the campus and raise funds for our conservation efforts through so many innovative activities. We greatly thank and commend the students and lecturers for their inspiring initiative.”
On 26 March 2014, the Centre of Liberal Arts and Languages held its inaugural public speaking competition, themed: “Diverse Species. One World. Our Future”, which was led by Ms Tan Lok Lim.
On 4 April 2014, the flipped classroom model and poster presentation was led by Ms Klara Arokiasamy and Ms Bharathy Naidu’s classes (Photo 1).
Also beginning in April, the 2014 Summer Camp for May intake students comprised major activities designed around working with WWF-Malaysia and addressing environmental issues: Firstly, on 14 April, Lasal led a marine turtle conservation workshop that covered the endangered animal’s morphology; egg laying patterns, sites, and season, as well as the threats to turtles and WWF-Malaysia’s efforts to save these ancient mariners (Photo 2). This was followed by a trip to the Turtle Conservation and Research Centre at Padang Kemunting in Melaka on 23 April (Photo 3).
The Summer Camp activities also included an entrepreneurial workshop cum charity bazaar by Senior Lecturer Mr Alex Leong, as well as the Second Diploma Language Enrichment and Talent Day (Photo 4) led by Mr Daniel Tan, which was themed, “Have a Heart, Save the Earth”.
The Summer Camp was followed by the Third Diploma Language Enrichment Day (Photos 5 and 6), themed “Cherish Nature, Be the Change”, and was led by Ms Klara Arokiasamy. In August, the Creative Thinking Skills Charity Drive 2014 was undertaken by the pre-university students under the leadership of Ms Phawani V.
“After such an auspicious start, WWF-Malaysia hopes to have the pleasure and the privilege of working with a core group of about 20 students and two lecturers over the next three years to nurture conservation leaders through our “Youth Empowerment through Sustainable Consumption” programme,” concluded Lasal.