The UNIQVERSITY© Life is a student leader summit jointly organized by U-Schos and UCSI University. Themed ‘Discover, Change, Impact”, this summit aims to inculcate leadership values among young student leaders from various secondary schools around Malaysia. Various activities and sessions allow student leaders to discover their talents and potential, challenge their body and mind, and explore on ideas that bring positive change and impact to the society.
The inaugural student leader summit was a two-day, one-night program held in UCSI University Kuala Lumpur, from July 25 to 26, 2015. It was participated by 150 student leaders from 16 secondary schools in the state of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
After registration and general briefing, everyone began the youthful and energetic morning with an engaging ice-breaker. Shortly after that, all participants, in 15 groups, were led through a brief, but informative campus tour. Following the tour, Mr. Willie Tan, Vice-President of the Student Enrolment Centre, then delivered a welcome address to all student leaders. Next, Dr. Mabel Tan, Director of the Centre for Pre-U Studies, made her way up the stage to conduct a very engaging leadership workshop, where she guided the participants in identifying each of their unique leadership framework and style.
As lunch ended, the UNIQVERSITY© Race began. This activity covered a huge area including both campuses (the South Wing and the North Wing), along with the housing and commercial areas in between them, spanning as wide as three kilometers in diameter of effective racing ground. Each team had to score points by completing various tasks all over the place, and each task had its unique elements that related itself back to a certain academic faculty of the university. Notably, some of these tasks required participants to interact with members of the public.
After dinner, participants got to take part in the UNIQVERSITY© Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), where the campus was suddenly filled with a thrilling cloud of mystery and suspense. Throughout the three-hour activity, three simulated, interlinked and progressive crime scenes were provided for each group to compete and solve within the limited time frame. At the end of CSI, the ultimate truth was revealed by a how-it-happened video shot and produced prior to the event.
Rise and shine! What’s better to start a new day than energy and sweat? A professional BodyJam™ instructor with three years of experience, Mimo Vinci, also an undergraduate student at UCSI, led the participants and crew through a one-hour body and mind-stimulating aerobic workout combining music, culture and dance. Filled with laughter and occasional roars, everybody sure had an unforgettable morning to start with.
After a filling breakfast, the student leaders had the opportunity to gain valuable insights from experienced and impactful leaders from different industries, plus senior student leaders from the university, during the UNIQVERSITY© Rise Up Session. They were Mr. Alan Teh, Principal Architect & Founding Director of Atelier Alan Teh Architect; Mr. Wei-Jin, Lead/Senior Offshore Engineer at Halliburton Malaysia; Mr. John Joel Sanguit, Software Developer at Soft-Skills Sdn Bhd; Ms. Sidra Al. Talib, Iraqi Youth Ambassador of UCSI University; and Mr. Bernard Chin, President of U-Schos. In the process, the participants went through interactive forum and activities, from which they were able to realize the need to make positive changes, thereafter pursuing the impact they wish to create in life.
The young student leaders began the afternoon with the main agenda of the summit, the UNIQVERSITY© IDEAS Challenge, a mini-challenge that allows students to identify potential practical solutions to address certain current issues in the community, across the region or even on a global scale. In this year’s IDEAS Challenge, the teams were broken down into two parallel sessions each covering a different topic, i.e. ‘Homelessness’, and ‘Usage of Social Media’. After spending rounds of brainstorming and meticulous preparation, the teams finally got to present their IDEAS to the professional three-member panel in hope of becoming the champion. The panelists were Mr. Koh Swee Hyong, Vice-President of UCSI Student Affairs and Alumni; Ms. Shannen Choi, Head of UCSI University Trust; Assoc Prof Dr Hwang, Deputy Dean of Faculty of Applied Sciences Ir. Asst Prof Liew, Deputy Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Technology and Built Environment; Mr. Bernard Chin, President of U-Schos; and Ms. Fadzilah, former Vice-President of Corporate Alliance at U-Schos.
The Guest of Honour, Y.B. Tuan P. Kamalanathan P. Panchanathan, Malaysian Deputy Minister of Education I, accompanied by Senior Professor Dato’ Dr. Khalid Yusoff, Vice-Chancellor and President of UCSI University, along with senior members of the UCSI University Senate and Management Team, arrived at the Awards Presentation and Closing Ceremony. Dato’ Khalid gave his opening speech, which was then followed by Y.B. Kamalanathan’s congratulatory speech. “Education can change society and it is reassuring to know that UCSI will always be ready to be the change agent,” said Y.B.
Shortly then, the excitement followed as the ceremony proceeded to the presentation of awards, which included the Champion Team of the UNIQVERSITY© Race, Champion Team of the UNIQVERSITY© IDEAS Challenge, the UNIQVERSITY© Best Team Award, and lastly the UNIQVERSITY© Best Individual Award. The mentioned awards were presented by Y.B. Kamalanathan, accompanied by Dato’ Khalid. Each category winner received a medal, a certificate, and the prestigious UCSI University Trust Bursary Award worth up to RM 10,000 per person!
Towards the end of the ceremony, the Co-organizing Chairperson, Mr. Lai Hao Cherng delivered his closing speech. Then, a closing video was shown to everyone where the inspiration and background of TUL were explained. Finally, the emcees prompted everyone forward for a group photography session
The success of TUL2015 has gathered recognition from many, especially YB Kamalanathan, who officiated a celebration dinner with Dato’ Dr. Khalid, members of the UCSI University Top Management, and the organizing committee. This dinner was held at The Quad restaurant, UCSI University on September 21, 2015. During this occasion, YB Kamalanathan delivered a short speech, which he expressed his encouragement towards U-Schos to bring the benefits of TUL and its program to more student leaders around the nation. And yes, this is indeed what we will be achieving in the coming year – bigger and better. See you in TUL2016!