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