The UNIQVERSITY© Life 2016 has been an amazing one.
This event once again received high praise from Malaysia’s Deputy Education Minister I, Dato’ P. Kamalanathan P. Panchanathan since last year’s programme is co-organised by both UCSI Scholars’ Circle (U-Schos) and UCSI University. This student leader summit themed ‘Discover, Change, Impact’ serves as a perfect platform for student leaders to nurture their leadership and communication skills, teamwork as well as to boost their confidence level. It also allows the participants to have a unique experience with each other.
The UNIQVERSITY© Life 2016 state level
The UNIQVERSITY© Life (TUL) 2016 state level was a one-day event, which was held in three states – Penang (SMJK Chung Ling, Butterworth), Perak (SMK St. Michael, Ipoh) and also Kuala Lumpur (UCSI University). The activities were about the same in every state and it served as qualifying round for the winning teams to enter The UNIQVERSITY© Life national level. This event was on-going from March until May.
For The UNIQVERSITY© Leadership Workshop, we had Assoc. Prof Dr Mabel Tan Hwee Joo, President and CEO of UCSI College and Ir. Assoc. Prof Dr Jimmy Mok Vee Hong, Dean of UCSI’s Faculty of Engineering, Technology and Built Environment as our speakers in Penang and Perak respectively.
Followed by The UNIQVERSITY© IDEAS Challenge, it was designed in such a way that allows participants to discover various social issues that happen around us every day and propose solutions accordingly. It is a competition-based presentation.
For The UNIQVERSITY© Race, every station game was specially designed for the participants to gain something which they can’t acquire in class. They enjoyed themselves very much in each station and went back with sacks full of soft skills as well as knowledge.
During closing ceremony, the top four winning teams were announced and medals were given, as well as the best individual award. Along with that, we also offered various bursaries as part of the competition prizes for the winners.
The UNIQVERSITY© Life 2016 national level
The UNIQVERSITY© Life 2016 national level started right after the closing ceremony for Kuala Lumpur station. Two winning teams from Penang and four teams from Perak arrived at UCSI University and joined the rest for dinner. The first night in UCSI University kicked-start with Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) designed and prepared by the organising team. The winning team was awarded with a hamper.
On the next morning, they woke up early for morning exercise led by Mimo, a student from UCSI University. The finalists were delighted and enjoyed themselves in the exercise before heading for breakfast.
Right after breakfast, the day began. The UNIQVERSITY© Life 2016 national level was basically a debating competition. Few rounds of flash debate were conducted before the two highest-scoring teams entered the debate finale.
After all rounds of flash debate and also semi-final, the participants headed off for dinner while the top two teams were preparing for debate finale, which was conducted during the closing ceremony. We were honoured to have our Deputy Education Minister I, YB Dato’ P. Kamalanathan P. Panchanathan, YBHG Dato’ Dr Haji Karim Bin Haji Abdullah Omar, Chairman of UCSI University Trust and YBHG Professor Dato’ Dr Ahmad Haji Zainuddin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Support as our special guests and also judges for The UNIQVERSITY© IDEAS National Challenge debate finale.
Officiating the closing ceremony for The UNIQVERSITY© Life 2016 for the second year in a row, YB Dato’ P. Kamalanathan highlighted student leadership development as one of the pivotal pillars in the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025.
“Leadership Skills is one of the five aspirations set out in the Blueprint, both for secondary school as well as university students. It identifies student leaders as those who possess effective communication skills and who are able to work across cultures and in teams. They should also show traits such as entrepreneurship, resilience and confidence,” he said.
The debate finale was conducted as a formal debate competition with motion ‘This house believes that education in Malaysia is leading the nation and its youth on the right track to the future.’ All the audiences were given a chance to vote for their favourite team which the votes were then taken account into scoring.
The 1st runner-up team members were entitled with tuition fee waiver of RM10,000 each and RM15,000 for champion team members. The best individual of The UNIQVERSITY© Life 2016 national level was given a full tuition fee waiver by the UCSI University Trust! Both the 1st runner-up and champion are from Perak, as well as the best individual, Ong Lee Wei!
After the intensive yet fruitful day, a closing speech was given by the co-organising chairperson of The UNIQVERSITY© Life 2016, Ling Zhi Yong. He said that organising the UNIQVERSITY© Life 2016 was indeed a challenging task for him. Along with 19 other committee members, we have worked hard to ensure the event’s success. Throughout the process, we have learnt to go beyond limits and step out of our comfort zones in order to achieve our objectives.
On the very last day, all the participants were given a chance to experience university life through this activity named The UNIQVERSITY© X-Perience. They were brought for a tour in UCSI University and attended a class together with the university students.
After having lunch, they departed back to their states.
“Today’s event is a microcosm of what we do at UCSI. We challenge our students to value leadership and dignity, not only for themselves but also for others”, said Professor Dato’ Dr Ahmad Haji Zainuddin.
We believe that The UNIQVERSITY© Life 2016 has created an impact within the participants. They have discovered themselves throughout this event and spotted their weaknesses which they need a change. All these are in lined with, again, the theme ‘Discover, Change, Impact’.
See you again in 2017!