Arts, cul­ture and a healthy life­style

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uNITAR In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity with its new 15-storey main cam­pus in Ke­lana Jaya of­fers stu­dents a univer­sity en­vi­ron­ment filled with ac­tiv­i­ties and com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

It re­cently held a Batik “Cant­ing” work­shop sup­ported by train­ers from the Art Gallery of Univer­sity Malaya. Nineteen or­phans from Rumah Nur Hikmah, Ka­jang, par­tic­i­pated in the work­shop.

The work­shop aimed to in­cul­cate ap­pre­ci­a­tion to­wards one of the coun­try’s na­tional her­itage and to high­light the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the batik in­dus­try. Dur­ing the work­shop, the stu­dents painted a large Jalur Gemi­lang us­ing the batik “cant­ing” tech­nique.

An­other stu­dent event, “Tamil Pe­su­vom Molziyai Valar­pom” (Let’s Speak and Cul­ti­vate Tamil Lan­guage) was held in con­junc­tion with Deep­avali to show the im­por­tance of the Tamil lan­guage. In­dian so­ci­ety clubs from six uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges such as UNISEL Bes­tari Jaya, UNISEL Shah Alam, Univer­sity Malaya (UM), Kas­turi Col­lege, UCSI and Stam­ford Col­lege took part in the event. There were also quizzes, poem and es­say writ­ing, The­varam recita­tion de­bate and koolam com­pe­ti­tion.

Duta Bu­daya UNITAR (the univer­sity’s cul­tural am­bas­sador team) or­gan­ised a “Se­nam Seni”, a morn­ing ex­er­cise ac­tiv­ity fea­tur­ing a mix of tra­di­tional dance moves at the Farmer’s Mar­ket site in Ke­lana Jaya to high­light the pres­ence of the univer­sity to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and to pro­mote a healthy life­style as part of its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

In­ter­ested stu­dents may choose to reg­is­ter for Foun­da­tion, Di­ploma, Bach­e­lors, Masters or Doc­tor­ate pro­grammes at the Fac­ulty of Busi­ness and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion and So­cial Sciences, Fac­ulty of Early Child­hood Stud­ies, Fac­ulty of Hos­pi­tal­ity and Tourism Man­age­ment, School of Foun­da­tion and Gen­eral Stud­ies or the Asia Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness.

UNITAR In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity’s new cam­pus, fea­tur­ing ex­ten­sive fa­cil­i­ties is lo­cated be­side the Ke­lana Jaya Po­lice Sta­tion, with many ameni­ties close by.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion nearby fea­tures a wide range of res­i­den­tial op­tions. UNITAR In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity is also ac­ces­si­ble from all ma­jor routes such as the LDP, Fed­eral High­way, Sprint High­way and the NKVE. Ke­lana Jaya’s Pu­tra LRT Sta­tion is con­ve­niently lo­cated 2km away. It pro­vides com­pli­men­tary shut­tle buses through­out the day. Other pub­lic trans­porta­tion is also read­ily avail­able at the new cam­pus.

A unique fea­ture of UNITAR is its num­ber of re­gional cen­tres in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions through­out Malaysia. Cur­rently, UNITAR has 10 re­gional cen­tres with more ex­pected in the near fu­ture.

Ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion is a pri­mary goal of UNITAR and stu­dents can choose to study its cour­ses through the 10 re­gional cen­tres in Kota Kin­a­balu (Sabah), Kuch­ing (Sarawak), Alor Setar (Kedah), Kota Baru (Ke­lan­tan), Jo­hor Baru (Jo­hor), Ipoh (Perak), Port Dick­son (Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan), Pe­nang, Malacca and Jengka (Pa­hang).

UNITAR was es­tab­lished in 1997 and rep­re­sents one of the first pri­vate higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try.

In ad­di­tion to its main cam­pus in Ke­lana Jaya, the univer­sity col­lab­o­rates with nu­mer­ous in­de­pen­dent re­gional cen­tres across the coun­try with a pop­u­la­tion of over 9,000 stu­dents in 60 aca­demic pro­grammes.

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Duta Bu­daya UNITAR with par­tic­i­pants of the Se­nam Seni dance workout.

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