Some 550 students from 19 local higher learning institutions participated in a two-day sports carnival recently.
The International Students Sports Carnival 2017 (ISSC 2017) organised by the Multimedia Universiti (MMU) saw students from various countries converge as they were competing in seven games.
MMU president, Professor Datuk Dr Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq pointed out that the carnival served as an enabler to inculcate healthy and productive integration amongst international students from various ethnics and nationalities attending the public and private higher learning institutions in Malaysia.
“This is very important because sports has been proven to be a very effective ‘social glue’ which is the enabler, contributing ‘bonding’ capital by increasing social connectedness and a sense of belonging,” he said.
Meanwhile, Higher Education deputy minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching who was present for the opening ceremony at MMU Cyberjaya said that the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) hoped to produce graduates who excel beyond academic pursuits in sports and extra-curricular activities.
“We aim to make Malaysia an international education hub that provides value-driven and globally relevant education. This is in accordance with the first shift outlined in Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) which fosters holistic and balanced graduates,” she said.
In addition, Mary pointed out that it was the government’s aspiration to produce quality graduates who are equipped with the right academic, attitude as well as soft skills.
“Ultimately, these efforts will strengthen Malaysia’s higher education value proposition, capacity and capabilities in order to enhance the appeal and competitiveness in the region and beyond.”
“We hope to produce graduates who will excel tremendously, not only in academic pursuits, but also in sports and extra-curricular activities. In our efforts to develop quality human capital for the nation, we are aware that mere academic qualification is not enough,” Yap said on the role of a sports carnival among students.
“Fostering sport among students is very crucial because a healthy body is a prerequisite for better learning. We hope to produce graduates who will excel tremendously, not only in academic pursuits, but also in sports and extra-curricular activities. In our efforts to develop quality human capital for the nation, we are aware that mere academic qualification is not enough,” she added.
In the meantime, Karissia Pfantz, 22, a participant from the United States of America who is currently a student of Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris (UPSI) said that she was excited to participate in ISSC 2017 for the first time in her life.
“This has been a great opportunity to mingle with fellow students from different institutions,” she said.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) engineering student Niks Gerlach, 26, from Germany said that he was very happy to contribute to his institution by participating in ISSC while MMU student, Fahim Shahrian, 22, from Bangladesh said that he tried his very best to break new record for the carnival.