Forget outsourcing, get our varsity students in

It was an interesting Friday night in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Petaling Street, or better known as Chinatown, was brightly lit ahead of the Lunar New Year as locals and tourists enjoyed meals by the roadside. Just a stone’s throw away at the Olympic Hotel, there were some 50-odd varsity students who were hungry to learn about the media.

These students were volunteers for the upcoming Higher Learning Institution Games (Sukipt). I was invited, yet again, to speak to them. My previous encounter with Sukipt volunteers was just before the previous edition in 2012.

It was always fun learning from our young and bright students. While I had, in the past, mostly addressed journalism students, this time around I had the opportunity to engage with students from various backgrounds — from aeronautical engineering undergraduates to a bio-technology student.

There were in-house bulletins promoting the Games that were designed and produced by science students.

It was evident the volunteers were not just journalism students eager to score extra credit points. They were enthusiasts from various backgrounds and faculties, wanting to learn how to run and manage a multi-sport event.

The students were a motivated bunch, as evident in their facial expression and body language. The handful of photography students were inspired to snap the best pictures of potential world No.1s while those who were updating the official website and social media accounts were eager to know how best to deliver updates to their audience.

Most of them would form the secretariat during the Sukipt scheduled Feb 3 to 16 at UiTM, Shah Alam. Getting them involved in such a scale was a fantastic effort.


Read more Haresh Says, as published in The Malay Mail today.

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