Churning out future leaders
NILAI University (Nilai U), in collaboration with the Education Ministry, hosted and organised the Future Leaders Camp (FLC) for the fifth consecutive year.
Participants hailed from both private and public higher education centres from all over the country and were selected based on their contributions as student leaders in their respective institutions.
The latest edition of the FLC was held at the Nilai Springs Resort Hotel from Nov 16 to 18 and it attracted 102 participants who came to develop their personal and interpersonal qualities, sharpen their leadership skills and expand their network.
The theme for this year’s camp was “Cultural Relations – Leading in Solidarity”.
In his welcoming speech, Nilai U chancellor Prof Emeritus Tengku Datuk Shamsul Bahrin thanked the Education Ministry for its continued support and said that it was an endorsement of the FLC’s extracurricular value.
Tengku Shamsul also explained that Nilai U subscribes to a philosophy of “enrichment for life” and believes that the time students spend at university will affect them for the rest of their lives.
This was not just limited to their academic endeavours but also their social experiences.
He also thanked Tunku Ali Redhauddin ibni Tuanku Muhriz (Tunku Besar Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan) for his continued support and for adding some “royal flavour” to the proceedings.
Tunku Ali had delivered the keynote address at three previous camps but this year opted to take a more interactive approach by having an open forum with the participants.
The prince was queried on a number of issues, including his experiences of studying abroad, institutionalised racism as well as on how best to conquer the cultural divides within the halls of learning.
The FLC was designed to allow participants to gain valuable soft skills via workshops by the likes of Dale Carnegie Training and Chapter One Asia Sdn Bhd.
Response to both workshops was especially enthusiastic, in particular the latter where participants were given handy tips on corporate etiquette and grooming.
Participants also listened to former FLC alumnus Lo Chee Hoe who gave a speech on “Leading the Youth” and the involvement of other alumnus as student helpers, photographer and ushers served to underline how well-liked the event is among students.
The second day of the FLC saw noted columnist and social activist Dina Zaman presenting a speech on intercultural relations while lawyer and former Bar Council president Edmund Bon moderated a mock parliamentary session.
Participants were invited to make proposals for a Bill that would improve intercultural relations in institutions of higher learning. For many, this was their first taste of being involved in the democratic process and it highlighted the myriad of difficulties in drafting a law.
At the end of the camp, participants were seen proudly clutching their certificates and they assured the facilitators that they would spread the word about their positive experiences at the FLC.
Common consensus was that this was yet another successful edition of the FLC and with its evergrowing cachet, it would be no surprise if this event comes back bigger and better next year.
Nilai U administrators believe in providing every opportunity for students to fulfil their potential and to expose them to a wide variety of experiences.
For details, visit www.nilai.edu.my or search for “Nilai University” on Facebook. To speak to a counsellor, call 06-850 2308/07-226 2336/037960 3089.
Participants proudly clutching their certificates at the end of the Future Leaders Camp.