In­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure

> En­rich­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in United King­dom

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THE 11th IMS Me­d­u­ca­tion Tour 2016 was another en­rich­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for 21 med­i­cal stu­dents of Man­age­ment & Sci­ence Univer­sity (MSU). The trip to United King­dom was another of the in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions for this year. Be­fore this, sim­i­lar cross­cul­tural projects un­der Global Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme (GLP) were con­ducted in­clud­ing trips to Ja­pan, South Korea, New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Sri Lanka, In­dia, China and Cam­bo­dia.

The GLP ac­tiv­i­ties are MSU’s mo­bil­ity ef­fort at pro­vid­ing the chal­leng­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure to stu­dents be­fore they grad­u­ate. These will es­sen­tially help stu­dents to­wards pre­par­ing them­selves to be­come holis­tic and en­ter­pris­ing grad­u­ates upon grad­u­a­tion.

The pro­gramme was one of the main ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by MSU to­wards de­vel­op­ing the per­sonal skills of the stu­dents as well as pro­vid­ing stu­dents with the in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure el­e­ment cru­cial to the stu­dent’s de­vel­op­ment. These value-added com­mu­nity pro­grammes were aimed at ex­pos­ing stu­dents at the in­ter­na­tional level and also fo­cus to­wards en­hanc­ing the so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of MSU as an in­sti­tu­tion that cares.

The back­pack­ing type trip took the stu­dents to the School of Medicine, Univer­sity of Dundee and Ninewells Hos­pi­tal. It is aimed to ex­pose stu­dents to the lat­est health sciences and med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy. Other ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised in­clude meet and greet ses­sions with the univer­sity’s mem­bers and cam­pus tours.

The Ninewells Hos­pi­tal is a large teach­ing hos­pi­tal, based on the western edge of Dundee, Scot­land. It is in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned for in­tro­duc­ing la­paro­scopic surgery to the UK as well as be­ing a lead­ing cen­tre in de­vel­op­ing fields such as the man­age­ment of can­cer, med­i­cal ge­net­ics and ro­botic surgery.

The stu­dents also vis­ited sev­eral other im­por­tant land­marks in UK such as Old Traf­ford Sta­dium (also known as the The­atre of Dreams, home of Manch­ester United), Win­der­mere, Loch Lomond, Oban, Glen­coe, Fort William, Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle, Sur­geon Mu­seum and Harry Pot­ter Stu­dio.

They also took part in Malaysia Fest 2016 at Trafal­gar Square with a show­case of Malaysian cul­tural dance and silat – a Malay mar­tial arts. This was the first time that univer­sity stu­dents from Malaysia held a per­for­mance here un­der a pro­gramme or­gan­ised by Tourism Malaysia.

As one of Malaysia’s best teach­ing and learn­ing univer­sity, MSU gives pri­or­ity to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and the im­por­tance of learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to­wards pro­duc­ing qual­ity and holis­tic grad­u­ates. Be­sides in­cor­po­rat­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure in the stu­dents’ learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­ten­sive in­dus­trial train­ing com­po­nents and per­sonal en­rich­ment com­pe­tency ele­ments are also blended into the pro­gramme of study to en­sure the grad­u­ates’ em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

Un­til now, MSU grad­u­ates re­main the pop­u­lar choice among em­ploy­ers. A grad­u­ate tracer study con­ducted by the Malaysian Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion shows a 98.6% em­ploy­a­bil­ity rate of grad­u­ates en­ter­ing the work en­vi­ron­ment. – the high­est among all higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions in Malaysia.

Par­tic­i­pants of the pro­gramme dur­ing a visit to the School of Life Sciences, Univer­sity of Dundee.

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