A total of 49 students and 3 counsellors from Indonesian high schools and officials from Education Malaysia in Indonesia visited Multimedia University (MMU) in Cyberjaya and Melaka campuses for 2018 MOE Signature Mobility Programme recently. This mobility programme also involved other four universities namely Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL) and Nottingham University in providing experiential learning in various knowledge domains with the inclusion of travel, culture and heritage within two weeks’ time.
The participants were welcomed by Prof. Datuk Ts. Dr. Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq, the President of MMU with a presentation on the university. Faculty of Computing & Informatics (FCI) has the Dean, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Peter Ho and his team to introduce ICT with Data Science and the Joy of Programming at Innov8 Intelligent Learning Lab. The participants also visited the Siti Hasmah Digital Library (SHDL) which has the 24 hours Learning Point that offers space and place for knowledge exploration with access to digital resources. While, at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM), the Deputy Dean, Academic & Internationalisation, Dr Lim Kok Yoong and his team introduced Digital Story Telling at the FCM Astro – Animation Lab. They were given an appreciation on the activity of sharing stories as a means of entertainment, education, cultural presentation or instilling moral values.
On the next day, the Indonesian delegates arrived at the MMU Melaka campus which was welcomed by the Campus Director, Dr Mohd Rizal Abdul Razak and the campus team, at the Central Lecture Complex. Success stories, achievements and experience of international students at the Melaka campus have been visually depicted for this special audience. At the Faculty of Engineering & Technology (FET), the Dean, Assoc. Prof. Dr Fazly Salleh Abbas and his team gave a truly motivating experience through the Robotics Challenge, with the Stars and Cones Harvesting Game. In addition, the participants were immersed in the learning experience with the 3D Printing process, Fused Deposition Modelling, the creation of 3D design, materials and benefits at FET Design Lab. They were given key chains as an example of output from 3D printing.
The participants also were given an opportunity to view the scenic beauty of Melaka and get exposure to Malaysian’s culture in the Mini Malaysia Cultural Village. The grand finale dinner was held at the Restoran Klasik Terapong where the participants were given an encapsulation of their first day in MMU through a video presentation. It is hoped that the international students will have the opportunity to know Malaysia closer and be able to take the roles as the student ambassador to share the experience they have gained in Malaysia, upon their return to Indonesia.