There are diverse approaches to teaching and learning at INTI College Sabah, and perhaps the most exhilarating if not effective is through competition involving students, faculty and industry participation.
Working closely with players in the hospitality and tourism industry, INTI provides access to an excellent platform for students to gain exposure through the Sabah Hospitality Fiesta.
An annual event co-organized by the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Sabah/Labuan Chapter and the Asian Tourism International College to provide an avenue for hoteliers and students to exhibit their tourism and hospitality related talents and skills in competition, this year’s Sabah Hospitality Fiesta saw the participation of close to 200 contestants from education institutions, hotel associations and freestanding restaurants.
Represented by five students and an instructor, INTI participated in six categories: Bed-making, Table-setting, Fruit-carving, Signature Dish Preparation, Local Dish Preparation and Black Box Cooking. Led by Chef Zulkarnine Bohari, the team won gold, silver and bronze medals for Signature Dish Preparation, Fruit-carving and Table-setting respectively.
“It was great exposure for the students to participate in this competition which gave them the opportunity to prove their abilities and also market their potential to the industry,” said Dr Alan Lim, Principal of INTI College Sabah. “Competing against participants from other colleges and witnessing professionals from the hotel industry in action against one another provided them with important benchmarks for improvement.”
|Medal winners (seated left to right) Christina Gole Herin (silver), Chef Zulkarnine Bohari (gold) and Yong Kah Wei (bronze) with fellow contestants and supporters from INTI College Sabah.|
INTI College Sabah is today one of the top choices of students pursuing their education in hotel management. Its faculty for the Diploma in Hotel Management programme are academically qualified and experienced in the services industry. Its students are also top choices of the services industry seeking potential interns and employees.
“Being one of the industry partners of INTI has indeed been a rewarding experience for us, which is mutually beneficial,” said Uma Iyavoo, Director of Human Resources at Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu. “The students produced are of excellent quality and well-prepared with the basic foundation to be the future executives in the hospitality industry.”
|Charming handiwork by silver medalist Christina Gole Herin.|
Charity drives, balls, blood donation drives and mountain climbing are among the many activities organised at INTI College Sabah to provide students the chance to hone their leadership skills through practice in organising and managing. The experience and lessons from planning and execution of activities such as these provide students with a distinct edge in meeting the challenges in their future careers.
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For information on studying at INTI College Sabah, please call 088-765701.