UKM To Host First Summer Camp For Korean Youths In Malaysia
By Saiful Bahri Kamaruddin
Pix Ikhwan Hashim
BANGI, 28 Mar 2014 – A UKM Holdings company, UNIPEQ Sdn Bhd is to undertake a Summer Camp programme in English here in mid-year for some 100 South Korean students.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed here today between UNIPEQ and the South Korean chapter of the Global Education Alliance (GloEdu) enabling UNIPEQ to conduct the three-week camp for the students aged between 10 to 17 to be held in the Klang Valley in June and July.
The MoU was signed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UNIPEQ Dr Siti Noorbaiyah Abdul Malik and GloEdU Inc CEO Jeong Eun Soon.
The signing was witnessed by UKM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International Affairs) Prof Ir Dr Riza Atiq Abdullah OK Rahmat, GloEdu Malaysia CEO Hafiz Lee Kwang Sung and UKM Holdings Consultancy and Project Manager Mohamad Nazri Zainurain.
The students will learn English while experiencing the Malaysian way of life and visiting places on interest in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. They will be lodged at the UKM campus here.
Dr Siti Noorbaiyah said GloEd chose Malaysia to be the host of the summer camp because of its quality of education and widespread use of English. It is an important contribution of UKM to the country’s Education Tourism sector.
The summer camp will have intensive English lessons and cultural programmes with English as the medium of instruction. The training programme will be conducted by UKM Talent Enhancement Academy, a subsidiary of UNIPEQ.
Hafiz Lee who arrived here some 20 years ago and decided to make Malaysia his home said not many Koreans know how friendly and peaceful Malaysia is.
He said working with UNIPEQ would be interesting since the company’s core business is not educational tourism but is actually a food quality and safety R&D entity established in May 1994 and incorporated in 2009.
UKM has been hosting several other summer camp programmes, such as the Asia-Europe Cross-Cultural Summer Academy and a programme for Japanese students similar to the one slated for the Koreans.