Series has featured leaders from Google Malaysia, Dell, Microsoft and IBM
A solid foundation that leads to employment is core to the education that a student receives at INTI. The courses here are firmly supported by strong partnerships with industry, and driven by an experienced and well-qualified teaching staff.
Aside from lectures, many initiatives are in place to help INTI’s students build up competencies and learn new skills. These include Enrolment to Employment (E2E) – a synergy with blue-chip companies including IBM, Deloitte, Digi and Ricoh, among others, aimed at increasing the employability of every INTI graduate. E2E addresses critical market needs by tailoring courses together with the industry, which means that the curriculum and coursework activities at INTI are designed to be in tandem with the expectations of the industry, as well as being relevant to the market’s needs.
A unique component of E2E is the Business Leadership Series (BLS), which has seen prominent corporate leaders such as Google Malaysia’s Sajith Sivanandan, Media Prima’s Ahmad Izham Omar, Dell’s Bobbi Dangerfield, Microsoft Malaysia’s Ananth Lazarus, Frost & Sullivan’s Manoj Menon, IBM’s Ramanathan Sathiamutty and many others speaking to INTI students on the latest trends and developments in business and career opportunities on a global scale. The opportunity to be inspired by accomplished thought leaders on a regular basis is a privilege accorded to few students outside of INTI.
Held on an almost monthly basis since it was initiated in 2010 and delivered predominantly at INTI International University in Putra Nilai, BLS is also viewed via live stream by students and staff at INTI’s campuses nationwide.
“The objective of the Business Leadership Series is to provide our students with the opportunity to learn directly from successful entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who come to share their insights and experiences,” said Jeyasothy Palakrishna, INTI’s Vice President, Employer Relations. “These outstanding individuals have been very inspirational and our students have been tremendously supportive of the series.”
“I am confident that no other tertiary institution in Malaysia is offering this level of exposure to this level of community and industry leadership on such a regular basis,” he added.
Apart from participating in the Business Leadership Series, students also undertook 50 Project Based Learning projects in the past year in collaboration with the industry partners. Real employer projects ranging from “Stem cell harvesting and preservation awareness” to “Creative and workable CSR ideas for IBM” were introduced in the classroom to develop problem solving, collaboration and communication skills. Project Based Learning is becoming a key strength for students’ learning experience across INTI’s campuses, and will serve as an increasingly important component of education for years to come.