Earning their Stripes

Nilai U Professional Development Club organises conservation campaign.

“Nilai University’s holistic approach to higher education includes providing students with opportunities to learn valuable lessons beyond the text books,” explained Eddy Bala,

advisor to the Professional Development Club. He was speaking at the launch of the Save the Tigers Campaign which was organised by students from the Professional Development Club, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia).

At the gala launch, the audience was treated to performances which included traditional dances from international students, solo vocal performances and a traditional drum troupe show. Also present were Dr Megat Sany Megat Ahmad Supian (Under Secretary, Biodiversity and Forestry Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) and Suan Tan (Senior Manager, Activation, WWF-Malaysia).

Pre-schoolers from neighbouring kindergartens participated in a series of fun-filled events. The students took part in a colouring contest, a treasure hunt and quizzes; all of which were aimed at raising awareness of the plight of the Malaysian tiger.

The students also organised fund raising activities, with monies being channelled to the conservation of habitats for the tigers.

“By organising this campaign in collaboration with the WWF-Malaysia, Nilai U students have proven they are more than capable of facing global challenges in their future careers. Their willingness to go the extra mile demonstrates positive change in their personal development,” commented Dr Megat.

He also sprang an unexpected surprise to the students by inviting yhem to visit the Ministry’s Wildlife Conservation Centre in Sungkai, Perak.

Dr Megat’s sentiments were also echoed by Suan Tan who said,

“WWF-Malaysia is especially heartened to see today’s youths, who will be tomorrow’s leaders, taking action to help protect our wildlife and natural resources, thereby helping build a better, greener future for us all and generations to come. We commend Nilai U for supporting WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts and hope that other educational institutions will follow your example.”

The Professional Development Club is but one of the many initiatives on campus that allow students to fulfil their full potential. Students get opportunities for personal and professional growth through university modules such as Dale Carnegie’s Skills for Success and Chapter One’s Personal Branding. These modukes are designed to help students mature into young adults who will be a boon to their respective communities.

“Nilai U’s motto is ‘Enrichment for Life’, and that means we teach our students, not just to be model pupils but also model citizens,” states Eddy Bala.

“This campaign was a great success as it has taught our students valuable lessons in the importance of biodiversity. At the same time it has helped them grow personally and professionally.”

Nilai U offers unique opportunities to for students to develop the relevant soft skills, which will boost their employability. For more information, please visit www.nilai.edu.my or call 06-8502308.

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