Engineer at work, engineer at heart
GMI Pre-University Programme, popularly known as GAPP (German A-Level Preparatory Programme), started in 2001. Over the years, the GAPP has undergone several changes. Now, in its 12th year, the GAPP has delivered 525 engineers-inthe-making to various universities of Applied Sciences in Germany.
Its first enrolment in 2001 had 42 MARAsponsored students. The GAPP opened its doors to self-funded students in 2006. To date, 143 are under the GAPP and they comprise students funded by MARA, JPA and state foundations as well as those who are self-funded. In the latest development of the GAPP, a Mata Pelajaran Umum 2 (or MPU2), that is Presentation and Communication, is made a requirement by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
GMI, having spearheaded Project-Based Learning (PBL) in the local TVET scenario, designed this course according to the PBL framework. This course has been developed for GAPP to provide better interpersonal and communication skills plus specified needs in presentation and project management. Thus, the recent project presentation became the platform for the students to exhibit the learning outcomes expected from them.
In the implementation and execution of the project codenamed “Charity Wars”, teams were tasked to create an awareness campaign and persuade members of society to support a charity of their choice. In addition, teams were also required to take part in a commu- nity service pertaining to the chosen charity.
The assessment of the awareness campaign covers the community service at the respective venues, the poster which carries the contact details of the homes/organisations and the YouTube video.
Teams were given three months to complete the project of which one and a half hours are allocated for theory in class and two to four hours weekly to execute their tasks. The timeline had six phases – planning and organising (one month); preparation for fund raising (three weeks); preparation for a YouTube commercial (two weeks); preparation for presentation (two weeks); presentation for verification (one week); and another week for the visit to charity home/organisation to deliver the collection from this charity drive.
The charity homes/organisations which have been chosen and receiving the contributions in cash and in kind are:
> Books for Children Organization, Kuala Lumpur (RM450 and a collection of books)
> Rumah Anak Yatim Maahad Tahfiz Darul Fuqaha, Bangi (RM500 and sports equipment)
> Yayasan Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur (RM1,000 and GAPP students registered as volunteers for the YCL Sports Day)
> Rumah Jagaan & Rawatan Al-Ikhlas, Puchong (RM1,000)
> Down Syndrome Association of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (RM600++)
> Rumah Anak Yatim Al-Kausar, Bangi (RM2,000)
> Pusat Kanak-kanak Istimewa, Kajang (RM1,500)
The above is a testimony of how GMI ensures that its engineers-in-the-making give back to society, that they are willing to sacrifice for those less fortunate. This tells a story of how the engineers at work are also engineers at heart. They plan, engineer and execute a community project on their own with minimal supervision from their facilitators.
Though the amount collected by each group was comparatively small compared with other fundraising efforts, the experience shared and the special moments that bonded both the students and the homes/organisations were priceless. No amount of money could buy the noble efforts, the empathy and the selflessness the students gave through this humble charity drive.
And another milestone is marked in the lives of these youngsters when they successfully prove to the world that engineers at work can also be engineers at heart. Simply because they are “Made in GMI”.
The GMI January 2014 intake is now open. Candidates may submit their application online at www.gmi.edu.my/onlineapp or e-mail enquiries to email@example.com.
GMI offers diploma programmes in Industrial Electronics and Production Technology and Pre-University Programme (only for July 2014 Intake) for candidates interested in pursuing Bachelor of Engineering at University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Germany.
For more information on its various programmes, log on to www.gmi.edu.my or call 03-8921 9191/03-8921 9000.
GMI students are involved in charity and fundraising work.