JOHOR BAHRU, 28 May – The Institute for Life-Ready Graduate (ILeaGue) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) is dedicated to promoting academic excellence among its undergraduate students. To achieve this, the Centre for Academic and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has initiated a program called Boot Camp, which aims to motivate students to excel academically. The 3rd series of the Boot Camp Program, Transforming Future 3.0 (Boot Camp 3.0), was recently held at Teluk Gorek Chalet & Campsite from May 4th to May 6th, 2023. The event was organized in collaboration with the Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar (MPP) and was led by Dr. Raimi Bin Dewan @ Abdul Rahman. The program was attended by undergraduate students from various faculties, including Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Energy Engineering, Management, Science, and the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT). The majority of attendees were first-year students at UTM. The Director of CAEL, Prof. Ts. Dr. Intan Zaurah Binti Mat Darus, officiated the event. At the same time, the Deputy Director of CAEL, Dr. Mahyuddin bin Arsat, oversaw the program until its conclusion.
Prof. Ts. Dr. Intan Zaurah Binti Mat Darus, Director of CAEL, officiated Boot Camp 3.0.
From left: Dr. Mahyuddin bin Arsat (Deputy Director of CAEL), Prof. Ts. Dr. Intan Zaurah Binti Mat Darus (Director of CAEL), and Dr. Raimi bin Dewan @ Abdul Rahman (Director of Boot Camp 3.0).
As part of the Boot Camp 3.0 program, the Centre For Academic and Experiential Learning (CAEL) aims to help students manage their emotions and stress levels, allowing them to focus on their studies and effectively fulfill their responsibilities as students. Additionally, the program aims to assist students in managing their time efficiently so they can balance their academic commitments with non-academic activities and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Finally, the program seeks to inspire and motivate students to strive for academic excellence in the future. The program’s facilitators are the dedicated staff of UTM iLeague and exceptional students chosen by the MPP.
The dedicated facilitators for making the 3-day, 2-night boot camp 3.0 a success.
To realize the objectives of the programs, several activities are carried out, including six series of motivational talks by UTM inspirational lecturers: Dr. Muhammad Talhah bin Jima’ain, Dr. Noraini Binti Rusbadrol, and Dr. Lukman Hakim bin Ismail. The sessions successfully promote active two-way communication with the participants by integrating activities, thus making them more effective and interactive. Besides, several indoor and outdoor activities are incorporated into the 3-day and 2-night program for an enjoyable and meaningful experience. Through motivational talks and activities, the students make new friends across different faculties, improve their teamwork skills, encourage creativity, build confidence to speak in front of a crowd, share their experiences, and exchange opinions. The experience-sharing session with successful senior students inspires them to strive better in academics, encouraging them to open up to be more comfortable with several question-and-answer sessions as they are about the same age. As the program finished, feedback was gathered from the participants and among its facilitators to improve the program for the upcoming semester and achieve its ultimate goal of inculcating academic excellence in UTM students.
One of the participant’s groups introduces their flag.
One of the participant’s groups is practicing their group cheer.
One of the interactive sessions was between participants and the invited speaker, Dr. Noraini Binti Rusbadrol.
Another interactive session between participants with the invited speaker, Dr. Lukman Hakim bin Ismail.
One of the groups with their building blocks, a part of the activities with the speaker.
As part of a healthy lifestyle, aerobic exercise is done in the morning.
Group of dedicated facilitators preparing for the execution of outdoor activities.
Fun outdoor activities near the beach between the groups will inculcate teamwork and boost creativity in solving problems to achieve the assigned target.
The photo of the winning group for the group performance.
Enjoyable outdoor night activities where the participants have the chance to cook with the given ingredients for an exciting supper.
Outdoor group photo with the facilitators and participants
Indoor group photo with the facilitators and participants.
One of the photos of the winning team receiving their award at the end of the program.
Another photo of the winning team receiving their award at the end of the program.