Freshers’ Week 2017

Freshers’ Week 2017

Freshers’ Week, held from Monday (2nd October) to Friday (6th October) offered a myriad of exhilarating experiences mainly aimed to welcome our dear freshers to the new chapter of their lives that is UNMC. On the first day of Freshers’ Week, the ColourFest was held. During the event, the(previously) white shirts donned by our fellow participants were soon doused in an entire gamut of colours as they threw rangoli powder of various hues enthusiastically around the entire court. The ColourFest has brought opportunities for people to interact with one another while having fun. The varicoloured floor of the basketball court left in its wake was a vibrant testament to the excitement brought about during the first day of Fresher’s Week. An ice skating event was also held at IOI City Mall on Tuesday, the 3rd of October. Freshers had the chance to hit the ice rink with their best moves, or skitter meekly along as they begin to pick up the basics bit by bit. The Clubs and Societies (CS) Fair was held for two consecutive days beginning from Wednesday (4th October), where all active clubs and societies in UNMC could showcase themselves to freshers and returning students alike. Creatively attractive booths were set up with information about each club and society freely available. All students could join the clubs or societies they believe fit their interests to a tee during the fair. Last but not least was Myfest, which was held on Friday (6th October). A Pasar Malam (which means “night market” in Malay) was set up near the fountain area right outside the Trent building. A wide array of delicacies was served that night, with the gelato stall being one of the more popular stalls. Marvelously breathtaking traditional performances were...
Clubs and Societies Executive Camp 2017

Clubs and Societies Executive Camp 2017

  The Clubs and Societies Executive Camp (CSEC) was held for the second time from the 22nd to the 24th of September 2017. Over eighty leaders and representatives from UNMC’s clubs and societies joined hands together as one family in the camp at Pangkor, which lasted for three days and two nights. The camp is hosted to ensure that student leaders of UNMC are well-informed of the many event procedures in the Student Association (SA) and to provide a platform on which strong bonds are forged between not just the leaders of the clubs and societies, but SA staff and executives too. A trainer was hired to guide the student leaders through various challenges in an interesting manner. One of the highlights of the camp was the Explorace, which served to put their endurance and leadership skills to the test. Leaders of the clubs and societies were in for a pleasant surprise during the camp too. All of them were awarded medals as a token of appreciation for their collective efforts in helping UNMC win the Best Student Experience award last year. SA staff Mohamed Shazereen gave an encouraging speech, urging our student leaders to do even better this year. Jam packed with information sessions and fun activities, the student leaders had a productive and interesting weekend. Several campers have expressed immense satisfaction with the camp, despite the intensive training and challenges they have undergone. By the end of the camp, new bonds were made, old bonds were strengthened and greater understanding was forged between all participants of the camp. It is definitely heartwarming to see how united the student leaders have become and this served to instill confidence that...
YouReka 2017

YouReka 2017

On the 25th March 2017, JCI Youth UNMC has organised YouReka, an event focused on entrepreneurship with a series of talks and interactive sessions, at MaGIC Cyberjaya. The event gathered tech start-up founders, youth entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs from various backgrounds with the aim to inspire the creation of ideas as well as positive social impact. The first speaker invited onto the stage was Dato’ Ruby Khong who is currently the project consultant of  Kechara Soup Kitchen. She emphasised that having a sustainability plan, leadership by example and being visible on platforms as the three critical qualities one should possess. ‘When you serve, you serve without discrimination, that’s the true essence of volunteerism.’ – Dato’ Ruby Khong Following that was ‘The Picha Project’ with their representative speaker, Swee Lin. She shed light on the current refugee situation in Malaysia. With the thought of wanting to empower the marginalised community, specifically, refugee families, The Picha Project was founded. Next up was Hugh Koh, the founder of Pestle & Mortar– a streetwear clothing label with vision to be one of the largest South-East Asian clothing brand. The idea was to create an apparel to represent one’s cultural identity. He elaborated on the importance of networking and marketing as the biggest leverage to scale up any business. After 3 speakers, there was a 30 minute panel discussion on the topic of entrepreneurship featuring Hugh Koh, Rashid, Swee Lin and Kim. “In this digital age, there’s no reason to NOT start something.” – Kim Then, Rashid Shukor, the head of special projects at Grab – Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, explained about the different services Grab could offer and told his experiences...
Fruity Fest: Staying Healthy

Fruity Fest: Staying Healthy

With sweet palate-inducing scents wafting off towards far distances as a whole variety of precious local fruit adorn the tables, that was the Fruity Fest! 30th November was an exciting day as the UNMC Sponsorship Student Club brought onto campus a highly ingenious all-you-can-eat fruit buffet! Nottingham Travels collaborated with the club in this event, giving out free drinks to the event’s participants in addition to the wide range of fruits available there. Owing to how unconventional the idea of a fruit buffet is, Aniq Faidi, Vice President of the UNMC Sponsorship Student Club, was interviewed about the club’s motivations for hosting this event and the various challenges they have faced while doing so.   Why is it that you guys decided to hold the Fruity Fest? Last year, our club held the Foodgasm event on campus, where we invited the FAMA (Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority) as well. They brought their fruits with the main intention of introducing local fruits to the international students. People got to taste them for free (during that event). After the events, FAMA proposed for us to collaborate once again this academic year to hold an event exclusively for fruits. During our early club meeting, we were largely agreeable with this proposal and decided to work towards it. It is good since we get to introduce international students from all around the world here (in UNMC) to Malaysia’s local fruits while promoting the benefits of (eating) fruits at the same time.   What challenges did you face while preparing or hosting this event? Unfortunately, FAMA couldn’t be involved on the event day itself since...
Cultural Mashup 2016: The Showcase of Beautiful Diversity

Cultural Mashup 2016: The Showcase of Beautiful Diversity

‘Cultural Mashup 2016’ organised by the Pakistani Cultural Society on Friday (25/11/2016), has once again showcased the dynamic diversity found in our beloved campus! Generally, dance is seen not only as an art form to some individuals but also a sport that requires tremendous effort as well. It is a way to express one’s self and one’s culture and tradition. Through a “mashup”, as suggested by the event title itself, each country had to perform a native dance of another country. The dancers of this event all tried to embody someone else’s culture and immersed oneself into it. Starting with an upbeat Sri Lankan dance, the crowd was clearly hyped with their roars and chanting. Highly stylized in terms of gestures, music and dance, the performance was wonderfully putted together. Followed by a traditional Sudanese dance performed by our Malaysia. Bangladesh came up next shaking it and belly dancing to Egyptian music. Next on the line of performance as Mauritius making an interesting interpretation of the Maldivian dance. Then, India blessed us with a tropical performance brought all the way from Mauritius. It was upbeat and the crowd was in awe. The hosts, Pakistan, performed the music and dance of the African diaspora. Continuing the dance mashup was Sri Lanka as Bangladesh, the costumes and hand movements were striking. Then, the UK performed as India of which the host jokingly mentioned, “after 69 years of independence the British can’t seem to let the Indians go”. Well, who could let India’s lavish theatrical style pass by? Next was Egypt performing the infamous twerking as UK, providing us with some pop culture. The...
UNMC Nations Cup 2016: Sports Fever Strikes Back

UNMC Nations Cup 2016: Sports Fever Strikes Back

It is that time of the year again where the sports complex is a whirlwind of activity. People are bustling and speaking over one another and booking a court is almost impossible. But it’s all in good sport, as we await the most exciting and competitive event of the year – Nations Cup 2016! For the sixth year running, it is looking to be bigger and better than ever. SA Sports officer Andy Tan in collaboration with the Sports Network have strived to build upon the success of previous years, and boost this event to make it unlike any Nations Cup that we’ve seen before. Have you seen posters everywhere, watched people rushing in and out of practice, wondering what this buzz is all about? Well you have come to the right place! Nation’s Cup can be best described as the Mini-Olympics of UNMC. A 10-day event that promotes inter-nation competition and sportsmanship, with medals to be won for individuals and teams in a wide variety of sports. Whether you are taking part or just spectating, it is bound to be a good time. It is the perfect opportunity to meet some friends from your own nation as you cheer your country on with shared patriotic enthusiasm. You can learn about all the different nations that we have on campus and appreciate how diverse UNMC is. The nations cup unites people who may have never spoken before but have all come together for the shared appreciation and love for sports. Expect an enthusiastic environment bursting with energy and be sure to keep track of the medals. Your nation might...
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