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Extraordinary Learning Experience - Excursion to FRIM Malaysia by School of Foundation

Providing students with high quality learning activities in relevant situations beyond the walls of the classroom is vital for helping students appreciate their first hand experiences in learning. 

In light with this view, the Academic Research Skills (ARS) module team from School of Foundation (SoF) initiated an excursion to the FRIM, Kepong. FRIM sits on a 545-ha site which is one of the leading institutions in tropical forestry research in the world. It was founded in 1929 and gazette as a “Natural Heritage Site” in 2009. During the trip, students were shown various species of floras that are used in conducting researches through biotechnological approaches. Students were also introduced to researches that develop technologies in providing solutions to environmental issues. The researchers also shared information about developing key scientific knowledge in safeguarding the ecosystem. In brief, the three-tower-canopy walkway enlightened the students on the potentials of forest research in helping and saving mankind.

 

It was an extraordinary experience for the students as they learnt to conduct research not only in the classrooms, but also in real-life and outdoor applications. Kudos to the team who organised this, we look forward to seeing more interactive learning experiences like this in the future!

APU School of Foundation students Participate in SPCA Volunteer Programme

More than 25 School of Foundation (SOF) students from the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation were involved in an animal welfare and care learning programme at the new, animal friendly, and welcoming surroundings at the SPCA premises in Ampang.  

This is a continuing volunteer programme that began in January 2016 and will continue throughout this year. Organised by SOF, the objective is about giving back to society as well understanding animal behaviour and care. Caring for animals is not something that most of the students are used to. Therefore it was only natural that there was some anxiety followed by enthusiasm and by the time the day was over, the smiles and elation on the faces of the Foundation students said it all. 

  

Our volunteers first attended a short education programme and then had the opportunity to practice some of the skills learnt like taking the dogs for walks, cleaning up kennels and the surroundings, feeding animals.  

As a gesture of appreciation to the SPCA, Dr Sarvinder Kaur (SOF Head of School), Ms Abhhirami, and Mr Vijay Reddy (Senior Manager, Special Projects) presented pet food well as old newspapers which the SPCA so desperately needs for its use. Students of the SOF deserve to be applauded for contributing to a noble cause. The dedicated and tireless efforts of the staff and volunteers of SPCA must be commended.

About SPCA (www.spca.org.my)
SPCA Selangor is an animal welfare organisation based in Ampang Jaya, Selangor. The aim of the SPCA is to protect defenseless animals and to alleviate their suffering. In addition,  SPCA provides an adoption program, investigation of cruelty reports, humane education, assistance to community animal caregivers and run a dedicated, low-cost spay/ neuter clinic.