BER­JAYA UCH sets the stage for suc­cess

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

IN­SPIR­ING Lives, Widen­ing Hori­zons,” the tagline of BER­JAYA Univer­sity Col­lege of Hos­pi­tal­ity (BER­JAYA UCH), aptly de­scribes one of the learn­ing method­olo­gies that en­gage stu­dents.

“Com­pe­ti­tions pro­vide the plat­form for stu­dents to ex­plore their bound­aries and ex­pand their hori­zons while show­cas­ing their skills to the pub­lic. Th­ese pro­vide a myr­iad of op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to demon­strate their hid­den tal­ents which may lead to achiev­ing greater things in life.

“It makes stu­dents in­ter­act with each other. The pace at which the stu­dents are learn­ing the ma­te­rial has quick­ened dra­mat­i­cally. The re­sults are not sim­ply no­tice­able, but dra­matic. Even with­out much changes to the cur­ricu­lum, stu­dents are mov­ing faster through the learn­ing process when they get hands-on.

Com­pe­ti­tions also rep­re­sent an un­con­ven­tional but ef­fec­tive way of se­cur­ing in­tern­ships, schol­ar­ships, jobs and ex­po­sure to real in­dus­tries,” said BER­JAYA UCH School of Hos­pi­tal­ity head Na­jmi Ab­dul­lah.

Two clear ex­am­ples are Lim Daw Son and Chong Hui Lin, stu­dents from the School of Hos­pi­tal­ity at BER­JAYA UCH.

Lim, who has bagged two gold medals for mock­tail-mak­ing in the MONIN Cup 2013 and Culi­naire Malaysia 2013, shared his thoughts.

“Mixol­ogy is one of the things I am pas­sion­ate about. I dis­cov­ered an in­ner tal­ent in mix­ing drinks when I took up Bev­er­age Stud­ies. Since then, I try to get in­volved in ev­ery bar­tend­ing com­pe­ti­tion be­cause I want to show my cre­ativ­ity through the drinks I cre­ate.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­pe­ti­tion chal­lenged me to my lim­its and pushed me fur­ther to achieve greater lev­els. I al­ways learn from mis­takes and con­stantly re­mind my­self to do bet­ter next time.

“Thanks to my lec­tur­ers who are al­ways guid­ing us, I re­alise things that I need to im­prove at the end of the day. Be­sides that, I learn to take re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on what I do and man­age my time bet­ter.

“To sum up, I love ev­ery sin­gle minute of drink mixol­ogy, I also ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery sin­gle op­por­tu­nity that my lec­tur­ers gave me, it was price­less and I’ve gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences through each com­pe­ti­tion,” said Lim.

Chong, who re­cently won the gold medal and “Best of the Best for Ta­ble Set­ting” ti­tle in Culi­naire Malaysia 2013, was over­joyed with her achieve­ment.

“Dur­ing my in­tern­ship at a re­sort on Langkawi is­land, my col­league urged me to join this com­pe­ti­tion. I ap­proached one of the lec­tur­ers and I am glad that I was given the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate.”

“Dur­ing my prepa­ra­tion for the com­pe­ti­tion, I faced dif­fi­cul- ties look­ing for suit­able ma­te­ri­als for my ta­ble set­ting such as the uten­sils, chi­naware, glass­ware and menu. More­over, we had lim­ited time to source for items that matched the theme.

Thanks to the help from my lec­turer and team­mates, I man­aged to over­come the prob­lems. From the first step of the com­pe­ti­tion prepa­ra­tion till the ac­tual date, I put my best foot for­ward. Since then, I re­alised that what­ever I do, I will do my very best and not give up eas­ily,” she said.

BER­JAYA UCH chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Mae Ho said, “Com­pe­ti­tions serve as a plat­form for our stu­dents to demon­strate their skills, while chal­leng­ing their in­no­va­tive spirit.

“We be­lieve that by send­ing our stu­dents to com­pe­ti­tions, it gives ex­po­sure and this ex­pe­ri­ence helps them to stand out in the crowd and be com­pet­i­tive in a proac­tive way.

It em­pow­ers them to de­velop the men­tal flex­i­bil­ity to think in­de­pen­dently, dis­cover what in­spires them and gives them ful­fil­ment to over­come the in­ner bar­ri­ers that hold them back.

“The BER­JAYA Im­mer­sion Method­ol­ogy – our unique teach­ing prin­ci­ple where stu­dents learn by do­ing – trans­form the way our stu­dents think and give them the con­fi­dence to dis­play their skills in pub­lic.”

BER­JAYA UCH is ar­guably Malaysia’s pre­mier univer­sity col­lege in the fields of Hos­pi­tal­ity, Culi­nary Arts, Tourism and Event Man­age­ment, sit­u­ated in the Golden Tri­an­gle of Kuala Lumpur.

It also of­fers cour­ses in Busi­ness and Lib­eral Arts.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.ber­jaya.edu.my

Lim Daw Son (left), with his two gold medals for mock­tail­mak­ing, and Chong Hui Lin, who won the gold medal and ‘Best of the Best for Ta­ble Set­ting’ ti­tle at the Culi­naire Malaysia 2013, have done Ber­jaya UCH proud.

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