While INTI International University & Colleges offers a range of programs focused on the academic and career development of its students, it has also played a role in supporting a number of its students who are already carving a future for themselves in the international sports arena. These young athletes have begun to leave their mark both locally and abroad in a variety of events, including most recently, the 28th SEA Games held in Singapore.
Ho Ying represented Malaysia at the recent SEA Games and brought home its first medal in the women’s table tennis doubles. “As a national athlete, I train twice a day and coach on the weekends,” said Ying. “INTI provided me the opportunity of tailoring my courses to fit in my training and competition schedules. This flexibility allows me to manage my dream of becoming a renowned table tennis player, while still pursuing an academic qualification.”
Alicia Chin, who represented Malaysia in water polo at the SEA Games, added, “There’s been a lot of support and understanding from the college when it comes to balancing between studies and my aspirations as an athlete. They have accommodated my competition schedules while making it possible for me to still sit for my international examinations.”
Vanessa Raj, a Malaysian gold medalist who is ranked among the World’s Top 100 Squash Players, commented: “Travelling to various competitions takes up time, and often needs me to miss some classes during the semester. Through INTI’s online learning management system, Blackboard, even when I am not in the classroom, I’ve been able to review materials shared by my lecturers and gain a heads up on assignments I’ll need to catch up on when I return.”
These three students exemplify the self-directed, motivated and independent learners who are nurtured at INTI. As a result of an education that focuses on personal development and explores innovative learning, these students are able to successfully carve a path for themselves that allows them to excel academically as well as in their passion.