Reach­ing out to the com­mu­nity

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IN cre­at­ing com­pe­tent and em­pow­ered stu­dents with soft skills, a to­tal of 435 stu­dents and 24 lec­tur­ers from PTPL Col­lege, Shah Alam, Se­lan­gor cam­pus or­gan­ised a study visit to Hatyai, Thai­land re­cently.

This in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure pro­gramme was or­gan­ised by the School of Hos­pi­tal­ity & Culi­nary Arts (SCA) and the Stu­dent & Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment (SCD) of the col­lege. This trip pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to study the tourism in­dus­try of other coun­tries. In ad­di­tion, this pro­gramme in­volved stu­dents di­rectly in a com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­gramme to help the less for­tu­nate.

The three-day, two-night trip was a val­ueadded pro­gramme called “Road To Hatyai” and was at­tended by stu­dents from var­i­ous pro­grammes from SCA. This trip gained recog­ni­tion from The Malaysia Book Of Records for hav­ing “The Most Par­tic­i­pants in an In­ter­na­tional Tour, 2013 Road to Hatyai”.

Ac­cord­ing to the SCA head Nor­sham Omar, the pro­gramme was meant to reach out to the com­mu­nity.

The stu­dents vis­ited var­i­ous places in Hatyai and were in­volved in sev­eral com- mu­nity ser­vice works such as in Satun Mus­lim vil­lage, Kam­pung Tem­be­lang, sev­eral mosques in Songkhla and the Songkhla Home For Chil­dren or­phan­age. They helped clean the mosque and or­phan­age as well as give away food sup­plies and money.

Stu­dents also helped vil­lagers pre­pare lunch and per­form cul­tural per­for­mances in the evening for ev­ery­one.

Stu­dents and lec­tur­ers from PTPL Col­lege, Shah Alam in Hatyai, Thai­land.

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