En­gi­neer at work, en­gi­neer at heart

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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 mar­ket­ing@gmi.edu.my.

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.

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