INTI’s new stu­dent-cen­tred cam­pus

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In­ter­na­tional Col­lege Subang recently launched its newly re­de­vel­oped South Block, of­fer­ing a fresh, cos­mopoli­tan learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The mul­ti­mil­lion ring­git project lever­ages in­no­va­tive and cre­ative de­signs within its class­rooms and through­out its five col­lec­tive blocks.

INTI In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity & Col­leges chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tim Bu­low said: “The re­de­vel­op­ment of the South Block pro­vides a con­ducive, stu­dent-cen­tred ex­pe­ri­ence that re­flects the dy­namism of 21st cen­tury learn­ing. It also pro­motes op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to col­lab­o­rate and prac­tise their ca­pa­bil­i­ties as they be­come the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers.

“Th­ese re­de­vel­op­ments were heav­ily­based on the feed­back and in­sights from our stu­dents, through on­go­ing con­ver­sa­tions and our an­nual stu­dent sur­vey. This en­sured that the new fa­cil­i­ties were de­signed with stu­dents’ ex­pec­ta­tions in mind and re­flects INTI’s com­mit­ment to act on our stu­dents’ in­put and feed­back,” he said.

Hous­ing three fac­ul­ties — the Univer­sity of Wol­lon­gong, the School of Busi­ness and the School of Hospitality — the re­fur­bish­ments in­clude an open gar­den space with a gi­ant chess set that pro­motes cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion, a new cafè for stu­dents from the School of Hospitality to train in F&B man­age­ment, and uniquely de­signed locker cum dis­cus­sion and tu­to­rial spa­ces.

A num­ber of class­rooms have also been re­designed to im­prove in­clu­sive col­lab­o­ra­tion and two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween stu­dents and lec­tur­ers.

The re­de­vel­oped space also boasts a three-storey Stu­dent Hub com­plete with cafè at the ground level, a one-of-a-kind “snooze area” for stu­dents to recharge at the first level, and a cosy open space for dis­cus­sions at the top level — aptly named Re­fresh, Recharge and Re­con­nect, re­spec­tively.

Ad­di­tion­ally, ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ments were also made to the Lee Fah Onn Li­brary, named af­ter one of INTI’s founders and lo­cated at the main block.

Stu­dents can also ac­cess dig­i­tal ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing global re­sources for INTI’s most re­cent pro­grammes from South­ern New Hamp­shire Univer­sity, USA and the IBM In­no­va­tion Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion.

Also present were Se­lan­gor State Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly speaker Han­nah Yeoh, IICS chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Jane Lim and for­mer IICS chief ex­ec­u­tive Tan Ling Ling.

“This iconic site has been a land­mark to the lo­cals in our im­me­di­ate com­mu­nity and has hosted scores of Malaysian and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents. The re­ju­ve­na­tion of this cam­pus sig­ni­fies INTI’s long-term com­mit­ment to their for­mer, present and fu­ture stu­dents, their fam­i­lies and the house­holds in Subang Jaya in fa­cil­i­tat­ing not just aca­demic growth but also the eco­nomic growth here.

“Great lead­ers have been groomed here. Pro­fes­sion­als in var­i­ous fields were trained here. New stan­dards in higher ed­u­ca­tion have been raised here. More im­por­tantly, INTI is here to stay — to de­velop the cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of young Malaysians — a piv­otal cause for this na­tion, one which I am more than pleased to sup­port and be a part of,” said Yeoh, dur­ing the launch.

Bu­low said the launch, how­ever, has lit­tle to do with the build­ing it­self. Rather, it is about the im­por­tance of growth and the need for in­sti­tu­tions to rein­vent them­selves in meet­ing the ed­u­ca­tional needs of cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“It is about pro­vid­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages col­lab­o­ra­tion, fa­cil­i­tates prac­ti­cal learn­ing and en­sures that stu­dents gain a holis­tic, bal­anced ed­u­ca­tion as they com­plete one the most im­por­tant phases of their lives — their jour­ney from ado­les­cence to adult­hood.

“One of the un­der­ly­ing themes across th­ese spa­ces is the op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to gather and con­nect with each other, be it aca­dem­i­cally or so­cially. In in­tro­duc­ing th­ese mod­ern, cre­ative de­signs into our cam­pus, we hope to el­e­vate the con­cept of a learn­ing space, break­ing the con­ven­tional ideas of a class­room.

“Spa­ces such as the open gar­den and also the cafe be­side our School of Hospitality serve as points for stu­dents to carry out prac­ti­cal learn­ing, such as man­ag­ing a food and bev­er­age busi­ness. Mean­while, the locker cum dis­cus­sion rooms fa­cil­i­tate group projects and tu­to­rial ses­sions. The Stu­dent Hub of­fers a bal­anced ap­proach to study and per­sonal well-be­ing,” he added.

(From left) Tan Ling Ling, Tim Bu­low, Han­nah Yeoh and Dr Jane Lim at the launch of the INTI In­ter­na­tional Col­lege Subang’s South Block.

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