Learn­ing beyond home

New Straits Times - - Higher Ed - GURPARDEEP SINGH

STU­DENTS from Asia Pa­cific Univer­sity (APU) and UNITAR In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity, who hail from more than 110 coun­tries, cel­e­brate their unique back­grounds through cul­tural ap­pre­ci­a­tion events held weekly at their varsities to reap ben­e­fits of the mul­ti­cul­tural en­vi­ron­ment.

The Malaysian stu­dent com­mit­tees per­son­ally meet and greet in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and help them set­tle in by or­gan­is­ing na­tional day cel­e­bra­tions and cul­tural ex­change evenings.

APU stu­dent Daby Chris­hans­ing, who is from Mau­ri­tius, en­joys the di­ver­sity at the univer­sity. The IT with Foren­sic Com­put­ing

Our job here is to fa­cil­i­tate and sup­port them in all man­ner pos­si­ble.”

APIIT Ed­u­ca­tion Group vice-pres­i­dent (oper­a­tions) ma­jor said: “Ev­ery day, we meet and in­ter­act with peo­ple of dif­fer­ent back­grounds. APU is a univer­sity that cel­e­brates tra­di­tions and cul­tures”.

APIIT Ed­u­ca­tion Group vice-pres­i­dent (oper­a­tions) Gurpardeep Singh said: “It is the stu­dents’ ini­tia­tive to con­duct th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties. Our job here is to fa­cil­i­tate and sup­port them in all man­ner pos­si­ble. We have more than 110 com­mu­ni­ties within APU, and we cel­e­brate and em­brace di­ver­sity, both within and out­side the class­room.

“Ev­ery time a new com­mu­nity joins us, we en­cour­age them to cel­e­brate any oc­ca­sion — be it a new year or a na­tional day cel­e­bra­tion — to­gether with other stu­dents by show­cas­ing their cul­ture through mu­sic, food and even dance, which brings a vi­brant and colour­ful en­ergy to our cam­pus.”

UNITAR In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nik Shar­i­fidin Nik Mo­hamed Din said: “Our ed­u­ca­tors un­der­stand the value of hav­ing a cross-cul­tural learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment and are en­cour­aged to har­ness the di­ver­sity of our stu­dent base in their teach­ing and learn­ing. Stu­dents have to think cre­atively and deal with dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives as they col­lab­o­rate with class­mates from dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds, which ul­ti­mately en­hances their in­tel­lec­tual ca­pac­ity.”

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