By Syifarida Mohammed Zaki
Photo by Marina Ismail
JOHOR - A total of 60 local and international students of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) participated in a community programme to improve the knowledge and skills among the residents of Bukit Lintang, Kota Tinggi, Johor recently.
Programme director, Amirul Shazriel Madjeli, said among the activities undertaken were children adoption programme, communal work, entrepreneurial activity in which every student was provided with local products from the villagers such as potato chips and traditional cookies to be sold around the town of Kota Tinggi.
"The participation of the students would improve their non-academic soft skills such as character-building, professionalism, also to produce quality graduates and outstanding talents.
UPM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Fauzi Ramlan, said the programme was expected to take about two years to see its impact.
“Results show that Bukit Lintang has the potential for further development of the environment, education and skills among its community.
"UPM will focus on six key areas of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) such as wider sales distribution of potato chips and traditional cookies, agriculture, landscaping, arts, culture, homestay and children's education.
"The location is strategic due to the village is only 60 kilometers away from the city of Johor Bahru and surrounded by fascinating areas which have the potential to be turned into tourist attractions such as the Kota Tinggi waterfall, Gunung Panti, Gunung Mentahak, Gunung Dagok, Sultan Mahmud mausoleum and many more," he said.
Besides having activities with the students, the locals also had the opportunity to undergo health screenings as well as consult UPM experts at exhibition booths provided by Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Faculty of Food Science and Technology, University Health Centre, University Agriculture Park, Halal Products Research Institute, Faculty of Forestry and Office of Marketing and Communications.
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