Forge ahead with the INTI edge

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

aT INTI, stu­dents en­joy a unique ad­van­tage that helps them stand above their peers, thanks to the univer­sity’s Three I’s: In­ter­na­tional Ex­po­sure, In­no­va­tive Learn­ing and In­di­vid­ual De­vel­op­ment.

Col­lec­tively, they present a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the learn­ing process and en­sure that stu­dents suc­ceed and are em­pow­ered to make their mark on a dy­namic and chal­leng­ing world.

In­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure is an im­por­tant com­po­nent in INTI’s in­no­va­tion-driven, global-ori­ented and ca­reer-fo­cused ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion.

In­ter­na­tional case stud­ies are part of the cur­ricu­lum with a min­i­mum of one case study per course per se­mes­ter.

Stu­dents also ex­pe­ri­ence new cul­tures and meet global peers through fac­ulty study tours to coun­tries such as Thai­land, China and Aus­tralia.

Their world per­spec­tive is fur­ther broad­ened via cross-cul­tural case dis­cus­sion with stu­dents from other parts of the world via live video con­fer­ence in the class­room.

In­terim vice-chan­cel­lor of INTI In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity, Prof Dr Al­lan Fisher, said, “Our stu­dents have had the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act di­rectly with their coun­ter­parts in other coun­tries, such as in case stud­ies on the ap­pli­ca­tion of e-com­merce by Yun­nan Lucky Air with stu­dents of Stam­ford In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity in Thai­land, and on Ap­ple Inc’s suc­cess with stu­dents of Uni­ver­si­dad del Valle de Mex­ico.

“The ses­sions were not only in­for­ma­tive but also thought-pro­vok­ing and in­spir­ing for the par­tic­i­pants who gained new insight into the world of in­ter­na­tional busi­ness.”

Aside from lec­tures, many ini­tia­tives are in place to help INTI’s stu­dents build up com­pe­ten­cies through in­no­va­tive learn­ing.

INTI’s stu­dents have un­der­taken 180 in­no­va­tive projects with 98 em­ploy­ers from var­i­ous in­dus­tries since 2011.

Real em­ployer projects rang­ing from “Ways of do­ing busi­ness and how to set up a com­pany in Myan­mar” to “De­vel­op­ment of a re­search book that iden­ti­fies the changes shap­ing Malaysia’s mar­ket­ing land­scape and con­sumer be­hav­iour trends” were in­tro­duced in the class­room to help stu­dents de­velop prob­lem solv­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and crit­i­cal think­ing skills.

Such projects serve as an in­spir­ing com­po­nent of higher ed­u­ca­tion and are ex­pected to play an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in teach­ing and learn­ing for years to come.

“INTI of­fers a blended learn­ing ap­proach in­cor­po­rat­ing lec­tures and in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies that in­clude online tools, mul­ti­me­dia con­tent and Black­board’s learn­ing sys­tem.

“In­no­va­tion brings mul­ti­ple in­dus­try projects that en­able stu­dents to work with em­ploy­ers on real busi­ness is­sues and so­lu­tions to gain ex­pe­ri­ence and readi­ness for global em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

“It in­cludes struc­tured in­tern­ships with es­tab­lished com­pa­nies where stu­dents work on spe­cific projects for a pe­riod of three months and learn to be re­source­ful, ef­fi­cient and en­gag­ing,” said Prof Fisher.

To bring out a stu­dent’s full po­ten­tial, in­di­vid­ual de­vel­op­ment is em­pha­sised at INTI and this in­volves the stu­dent’s jour­ney of trans­for­ma­tion to be­come a com­pe­tent grad­u­ate via a self-dis­cov­ery and de­vel­op­ment plan us­ing per­son­al­ity as­sess­ment tools, in­dus­try talks and ca­reer camps.

Stu­dents build self-con­fi­dence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills via spe­cially de­vel­oped Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tion mod­ules. In­di­vid­ual de­vel­op­ment also in­volves coach­ing and men­tor­ship pro­grammes, groom­ing work­shops and on­cam­pus re­cruit­ment which has seen over 180 stu­dents of­fered jobs by top em­ploy­ers over the past year.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the INTI Edge, call 06-798 2000 or 03-5623 2800.

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