Do­ing its part for the com­mu­nity

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KDU Univer­sity Col­lege’s The School of Hos­pi­tal­ity, Tourism and Culi­nary Arts (SHTCA) do­nated RM5,000 to The Na­tional Can­cer So­ci­ety of Malaysia in Pe­tal­ing Jaya re­cently.

This was in con­junc­tion with the Euro­pean Food Fest 2014 held at its premises, which in­tro­duced a va­ri­ety of Euro­pean cui­sine from dif­fer­ent coun­tries to stu­dents and staff.

This event was ex­tra mean­ing­ful when the win­ning team for the “Best Sales Team” do­nated their sales profit to The Na­tional Can­cer So­ci­ety of Malaysia.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from The Na­tional Can­cer So­ci­ety of Malaysia Rita Ho was de­lighted with Team French’s gen­er­ous ges­ture: “We are grate­ful that KDU Univer­sity Col­lege recog­nises and un­der­stands the needs of the com­mu­nity.”

She says as a higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion, it is ad­mirable to teach and be role mod­els to its stu­dents, high­light­ing the im­por­tance of char­ity with a sin­cere heart in help­ing those in need.

This an­nual event saw a wide range of cui­sine of­fer­ings, span­ning coun­tries like Switzer­land, Ger­many and France.

Stu­dents from SHTCA were di­vided into dif­fer­ent teams and were men­tored by a chef.

This com­pe­ti­tion based event was judged on two dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, “Best Stall Dec­o­ra­tion” and “Best Sales Team”.

To a few stu­dent con­tes­tants, this was their first ex­pe­ri­ence in pre­par­ing and cook­ing at such an event. Con­tes­tant from Team Italy Nigel Fong Yang said: “This Euro­pean Food Fest pro­vides stu­dents a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence which con­trib­utes to our ca­reer.

“We learnt many things that were not taught the­o­ret­i­cally, how­ever we man­aged to put into prac­tice the fun­da­men­tal val­ues that we have learnt through­out our stint here.”

Some stu­dent con­tes­tants felt this event was a step­ping stone for them to un­der­stand what to ex­pect in the work­ing world once they grad­u­ate.

Team Bri­tish stu­dent con­tes­tant Amanda Huang Chia Wern said, “We were given the op­por­tu­nity and flex­i­bil­ity to man­age our own stall.

“We had to make pos­i­tive de­ci­sions, work as a team and cre­ate in­no­va­tive ideas adapt­ing to sit­u­a­tions.

“The all out sup­port from our lec­tur­ers and chefs, the en­cour­age­ment to think out of the box in terms of ideas while still hav­ing to fol­low rules and guide­lines made this a cru­cial time to put our lessons into prac­tice and learn from our mis­takes.”

The Euro­pean Food Fest 2014 gave its stu­dent con­tes­tants an out­look of what is ex­pected in the work­ing world.

It was an ex­pe­ri­ence that is tar­geted to pro­vide stu­dents the edge to ex­cel in their field of ex­per­tise.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of E3-Boost­ers into the cur­ric­ula by KDU Univer­sity Col­lege, stu­dents are more con­fi­dent as they are equipped with a spe­cial set of skills to as­sist them in their fu­ture.

The E3-Boost­ers fo­cus on English Pro­fi­ciency, EQ De­vel­op­ment and En­trepreneur­ship, skills that em­ploy­ers all say they need.

The mas­tery of English is no longer an op­tion in to­day’s global en­vi­ron­ment. Stu­dents can build their English pro­fi­ciency at KDU Univer­sity Col­lege and land their dream job. Also, be­ing book smart is not enough as emo­tional in­tel­li­gence is es­sen­tial in or­der to strengthen their in­ter­per­sonal skills.

KDU Univer­sity Col­lege will in­spire their stu­dents with the spirit of en­trepreneur­ship to help them stand out and be dar­ing, in­no­va­tive and adapt­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion on KDU, look out for their ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

KDU Univer­sity Col­lege stu­dents and staff pa­tro­n­is­ing the var­i­ous stalls dur­ing lunch hour while stu­dent con­tes­tants were busy pre­par­ing dishes for their cus­tomers.

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