BSU students hold internship in Malaysia

Bukidnon State University Social Science Department students, accompanied by faculty members, pose after their presentation on a cultural exchange event in University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Johor Bahru, Malaysia from February 19 to 28, 2012. Thirteen students of sociology, social science, and economics held their on the job training in the university. Bukidnon News photo courtesy of BSU Social Science Department

MALAYBALAY CITY  (Bukidnon News/01 March 2012) As part of the activities of their on-the-job training, 13 students of Bukidnon State University’s Social Science Department went through cultural exposure, educational tour, and energy literacy sessions at the University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Johor Bahru, Malaysia from February 19 to 28, 2012.
UTM is dubbed as Malaysia’s “leading innovation-driven research-intensive university in science and technology”.

The overseas internship, conducted for the first time by the department, was part of the 460-hour OJT requirement among senior students.

Since 2007, the department has mixed innovation with experiential and service learning in local and international level as the driving force behind its efforts to improve its curriculum, said Dr. Beulah Rose R. Torres, department chair, in her press release to Bukidnon News.

She said the team toured around the 1,222-hectare UTM main campus in Skudai, Johore, Malaysia; entered a number of high-tech science laboratories; and surveyed university facilities such the state-of-the-art library, reading stations, open-air physical exercise facilities, stadium, swimming pool, parks and others.

The group also examined the prototypes of fighter and carrier planes at UTM’s Faculty of Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering.
The week-long energy literacy sessions and campus tour ended with a night of ‘cultural exchange’ in which the BSU students impressed the audience with their Bukidnon dance.

During the weekend, the UTM students accompanied the BSU students to Johore Bahrus’ night market, which they call ‘Pasar Malam’, a distinctive feature of the Malaysian shopping landscape that is similar to Cagayan de Oro’s night café at the Divisoria.
But Torres said the most important part of the students’ experience was the one-on-one interaction with UTM students, and other foreign students at the UTM Scholar’s Inn where they were accommodated. Five faculty members accompanied them in the trip. After the UTM tour, the students also visited the Petronas Twin towers in Kuala Lumpur; and the Merlion and Sentosa Island in Singapore.

The BSU senior students in the internship were: Donard Barotas (Sociology), Jade Harley Bretana (Sociology), Mark Gil Elnar (Sociology), Carly Jay Hingcayog (Social Science), Regie Baladhay (Sociology), Jovelyn Cabuguas (Sociology), Juditha Alboroto (Sociology), Jocel Sobdredilla (Sociology), Irene Dalmento (Sociology), Roma Politud (Sociology), Gever Jane Gamot (Sociology), Rhoda Mae Acao (Economics), Marie-ann Lantaca (Economics) (Bukidnon News with a press release from Dr. Beulah Rose R. Torres/Bukidnon State University Social Science Department)

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