Churn­ing out fu­ture lead­ers

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR EDUCATION FAIR 2013 -

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 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.

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