KL Metro Polytechnic Students Show Skills
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- After working day and night for eight days, 50 students of the Kuala Lumpur Metro Polytechnic managed to create a 5x12 metre logo of the institute using 30,000 "baulu".
Their grand feat was recorded in the Malaysia Book of Records for the largest logo using the traditional Malay kuih.
It not only gave a sense of accomplishment to the students, who were pursuing the diploma in Hotel Management and Catering at the polytechnic, but also taught them a lot in the planning of a large-scale event.
In the limited room in the kitchen, they mixed 55kg of wheat flour with 98kg of sugar and 118 cartons of eggs, to create the 30,000 pieces of baulu.
The students had to plan their shifts wisely as all of them had classes the entire week.
It was all part of the lesson for the fifth semester students taking the "Event Operations and Management" subject at the polytechnic.
The logo was displayed during "Karnival Citarasa Malaysia 2014" at the National Museum. The event was managed by the students under the supervision of their lecturers, Mas Azlina Mohd Alias and Mas Rehan Mahmudi.
The carnival project director, Ain Nadirah Rozmi said the polytechnic's pioneer programme was a platform for the students to showcase their abilities in event management.
With the complete freedom to execute the event, the students wrote the paperwork, planned the budget, decided on programmes and chose the location, deciding on one that was oft-visited by foreign tourists.
Among the programmes of the day-long event was the "Waiter Race", "Chef Cilik" (Little Chef) and the free distribution of food prepared by the students themselves.
Ain Nadirah said the carnival not only introduced Malaysian food to foreign visitors but the little known polytechnic to the general public as well.
"We had to undergo many challenges in realising the programme. It was a meaningful opportunity for us to put into practice everything we had learned over the past two years", said Ain who would be graduating next year.
The Metro Polytechnic was established in 2011 to produce trained human capital to meet the local industry needs, said its director Mohamad Abdullah.
Field practice was one of the best ways to apply what the students had learned in class to boost their confidence before going into the working world, he said.
The polytechnic differed from the available ones in the country in size, with its students numbering around 345.
"Priority is given to the students around Kuala Lumpur because no accommodation is provided.
"There are only two courses offered per campus, according to the needs of the location. Here (in KL), the courses offered are the Diploma in Retail and the Diploma in Hotel Management and Catering", he said to Bernama.
The Diploma in Retail is a two-year course while the Diploma in Hotel Management in Catering course lasts three years.
A research is conducted prior to a campus opening to determine the local market needs and job opportunities available upon graduation.
"In KL, many hotels and malls require highly-trained manpower, so we offer the relevant courses to meet the needs", he explained.
The other campuses are in Kuantan (Pahang), Johor Baharu (Johor), Betong (Sarawak) and Tasek Gelugor (Penang).
METHODS OF LEARNING
The polytechnic offers not only lessons in classrooms but also online, through the blended learning method. Ninety per cent of the lessons are conducted online while those that require students to be hands-on are conducted in classrooms.
He said the Kuala Lumpur Metro Polytechnic would be offering part-time courses to the public in the near future.
"There is an increase of 24 people in the teaching staff this year, and this has enabled us to start working on courses for the public, particularly in the two fields currently taught at the polytechnic", he said.