KDU Empowerment Programme 2016

Creative Thinking Skills conducted by Lily Cheah Team Challenge
Clubs & Societies Management by Ida Soraya  
The Student & Alumni Centre (SAC) of KDU recently organised the KDU Empowerment Programme 2016 at KDU University College, Utropolis, Glenmaire, from 16 - 17 July. The objectives of the programme were to instil leadership qualities, improve teamwork, as well as clubs and societies management amongst the 90 participants from various KDU clubs and societies.  

Facilitators for the programme’s activities include several youth development educators from SAC’s training partner, Leaderonomics. Focus was on 4 learning modules - Creative Thinking Skills, Communication & Relationship Skills, Confidence & Teamwork, and Clubs & Societies Management.

The programme featured a variety of empowerment sessions and guest speakers including Lily Cheah, a group business development manager, who gave an in-depth and fun filled session on Creative Thinking Skills. Speaking on Confidence & Teamwork was Awatif Ghapar, a senior analyst from Leadernomics and former Ernest & Young consultant. Awatif shared about her life experiences on building her own confidence. Her presentation was followed by Alvin Yeoh, also a senior analyst from Leadernomics, who focused on how to enhance the teamwork skills between their teammates. The first day of the programme was wrapped up with Fellowship Night that is filled with music and local Malaysian delights.

On the following day, the day started with Clubs & Societies Management by Ida Soraya, an SAC Executive, who gave an extensive understanding on the guidelines on planning an event/activity and their planning for club and societies’ annual event/activities calendar. The programme then carried on with the Communication & Relationship Skills session by Asmawati Asas, a senior lecturer from a local private university. The participants were then given an opportunity to update their Club/Society file guide. To wrap up the programme, a session on empowering the participants’ strengths was conducted by Chloe Wong, a counsellor from SAC. It was a fun yet knowledgeable day two for the participants. “The KDU empowerment programme was a beneficial event as it has happened me to be aware of how I can improve and use my leadership and management skills. Learning from different speakers that Student Alumni Centre has invited. It opens my eyes to solve problem critical and creative ways” commented by Stephanie from Christian Felllowship Club.

Overall, the Empowerment Programme proved to be useful and beneficial for the participants. They found it fun, yet knowledgeable and found that there were various lessons and skills for them to take home. “It was a productive session as we get to learn different perspectives about things out of classroom,” commented Cindy Low Sim Yee from the KDU Debate Association, while Youth of Deen’s Izzati Adriana Binti Mohd Zahir said, “It was an interesting two-day programme as I enjoyed the team work games organised for the students.”