Schol­ars hone lead­er­ship skills

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Star Special / Higher Education -

WHILE Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity of­fers sev­eral types of schol­ar­ships, the De­part­ment of Stu­dent Af­fairs started a schol­ars club for all schol­ars to be groomed as fu­ture lead­ers in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

Wong Zi Hao, Pu­viarasu Se­tra Rasu and Kavita Se­naratna – re­cip­i­ents of the Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity’s schol­ar­ships are com­mit­tee mem­bers of the Schol­ars Club.

Wong, a Year Two Diploma in Air­craft Main­te­nance Engi­neer­ing stu­dent is the cur­rent pres­i­dent. In his ca­pac­ity, he plans to or­gan­ise more ac­tiv­i­ties with his com­mit­tee mem­bers,

“As a scholar, I also have the priv­i­lege to tu­tor my course mates, so I sug­gested we could study to­gether. This helps me fo­cus on my stud­ies too. I like hav­ing a study buddy; we keep each other on track,” shared Wong.

While Pu­viarasu, a sopho­more stu­dent pur­su­ing the Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hon) in Biotech­nol­ogy took up the role as an ori­en­ta­tion coun­sel­lor, as he pro­gressed from foun­da­tion to a de­gree pro­gramme, the role ex­panded and he even­tu­ally be­came a team leader. This taught him about lead­er­ship, time man­age­ment and sharp­ened his com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. Also, he held roles such as the Se­cu­rity and Safety Head for the 2018 FunRun.

Kavita from Sri Lanka is also pur­su­ing the Diploma in Air­craft Main­te­nance Engi­neer­ing and holds the po­si­tion of project man­ager.

Her ca­pac­ity al­lows her to ex­plore and recog­nise her abil­ity in manag­ing ex­pec­ta­tions be­tween her fel­low schol­ars and event or­gan­is­ers.

An­other schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent is Chan Jia Zian, also pur­su­ing the Diploma in Air­craft Main­te­nance Engi­neer­ing.

“The Diploma of Air­craft Main­te­nance Engi­neer­ing of­fered by Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity is af­ford­able. Fur­ther­more, it in­cor­po­rates the Euro­pean Avi­a­tion Safety Agency (EASA) Part 66 Cat­e­gory B1 and B2 syl­labi in its pro­grammes,” he ex­plained.

Abi Roshi­nee Ka­malan re­ceived the High Achiev­ers’ Schol­ar­ship (HAS) while pur­su­ing the Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence to pur­sue her Bach­e­lor of Arts (Hons) in Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance.

Tan Min Shen, mean­while, re­ceived the Merit Schol­ar­ship. He has al­ways had a cu­ri­ous mind and in his late teens, he com­pleted a project on the Bernoulli’s Prin­ci­ple, which in­ten­si­fied his in­ter­est in aero­planes.

Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity of­fers six types of schol­ar­ships. They are the High Achiev­ers’ Schol­ar­ship, the Merit Schol­ar­ship, Sports Fo­cus Cen­tre – Fenc­ing Award, Ex­traCur­ricu­lum and Sports Ex­cel­lence Award (ECSEA), En­rich­ment for Life Award (EFL) and Ed­u­ca­tion for All (EFA).

The quan­tum of tu­ition fee waivers and terms varies ac­cord­ing to the schol­ar­ship. Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity has ded­i­cated a week­end on Feb 15 and 16 for stu­dents and par­ents who are keen to con­sult the ed­u­ca­tion coun­sel­lors on the re­quire­ments and ap­pli­ca­tion process for these schol­ar­ships.

Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity of­fers recog­nised pro­grammes with five lev­els of qual­i­fi­ca­tion, kick­ing off with a foun­da­tion in busi­ness and sci­ence, sub­se­quently pro­gress­ing to a diploma, de­gree, masters and the high­est achieve­ment – a doc­tor­ate.

The fac­ul­ties of­fer spe­cialised pro­grammes in var­i­ous fields of study.

Some spe­cialised pro­grammes in biotech and hos­pi­tal­ity man­age­ment in­cor­po­rate busi­ness el­e­ments as core cour­ses.

Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity has also carved a name for it­self within the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

The aca­demic path­way for its es­tab­lished pro­gramme in air­craft main­te­nance engi­neer­ing al­lows stu­dents to com­plete the Ad­vanced Diploma in Air­craft Engi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy with a top-up de­gree, Bach­e­lor Engi­neer­ing (Hons) Air­craft Engi­neer­ing from Kingston Uni­ver­sity in the UK within three and a half years.

■ Call 06-850 2308 for an ap­point­ment or log on to www.ni­lai.edu.my. Ed­u­ca­tion coun­sel­lors are avail­able seven days a week ex­cept on public hol­i­days.

Schol­ar­ship hold­ers with Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity vice-chan­cel­lor, Prof Dr Roslan Zainal Abidin (sev­enth from left) and bur­sar An­drew Ting (eighth from left).

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