Nilai University (Nilai U) hospitality students reach finals of Ultimate Monin Cup 2013 thanks to lecturer’s dedication.
Nilai University’s hospitality & tourism students’ hard work paid off when they advanced to the finals of Ultimate Monin Cup 2013.
This was the first time for both Andre Tan Kian Wah (Diploma in Culinary Arts) and Jason Tee Boon Lee (Diploma in Hotel Management) who competed in flairtending and mocktail categories respectively.
“I am extremely happy to become a finalist as I only got to the semifinal stage last year,” says the 20-year-old Andre. “It was a personal achievement for me. Though I didn’t win, a great part of it was expanding my network and friends through the competition, and this is especially important in the hospitality field.”
Both students trained long hours in preparation for the competition, including
day-long sessions during semester breaks.
There were no complaints though as the entire team practiced together and spurred each other on.
Both finalists were emphatic in their praise of their lecturer, Aliya Marnina Amirudin, who is a prime mover in getting hospitality students prepped for competitions.
“Our friends and lecturer-mentor, Ms Aliya, were with us all the way during our training sessions, including during the semester breaks, where we spent around seven to eight hours daily perfecting our routines,” says Andre.
“Ms Aliya has given us continuous support and she got me back on track whenever I felt lost my way. Her unflinching commitment and passion greatly inspired us.
Nilai University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism definitely has the most dedicated lecturers!” claims Jason.
He also wanted to thank his teammates and university mates who turned up in force to support the duo during the finals.
“Our friends are amazing supporters. I think they literally brought the roof down chanting for our names during the final,” laughs Jason.
“Winning would have been a bonus, but Andre and I are not disappointed as we had given it our best. Most importantly, we enjoyed the experience and it was a great platform to hone our skills.”
Jason, who is also the President of Nilai U’s Hospitality Society, believes that competing prepares students for the high-pressure environment of the real working world.
“As Nilai University hospitality students, we are very lucky to have been encouraged to take part in various competitions by our lecturers.
It’s not just about coming out top, it’s also about everything else – your effort, inspiration, enthusiasm, desire and most importantly, what you learn from each competition,” he concludes.
Nilai University School of Hospitality & Tourism actively encourages its students to take part in competitions as means of instilling discipline and exposing them to pressure-cooker scenarios.
Study at Nilai University in Malaysia
Founded in 1996, Nilai University offers you the total student experience at their 105- acre campus which is ensconced in lush greenery, providing you with a peaceful environment ideal for your studies.
In 1998, with full infrastructure in place, the University opened its doors, offering homegrown diploma programmes in the areas of Business, Information Technology, Engineering and Hospitality. In addition, the University, as one of the first institutions approved to run 3+0 programmes, offered students an opportunity to be awarded internationally recognised degrees, without leaving Malaysian shores.
The University’s dedication and commitment was given due recognition when it won the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) Industry Excellence Award (Services) in 2003.
Nilai University, has been given a ranking of 5 or Excellent in the SETARA 2013 & 2011 by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
Since the turn of the century, the University has developed other programmes rooted in traditional academic fields, as well as those innovative and new to the Malaysian academic landscape such as the Aircraft Maintenance and Automotive Engineering programmes. In addition to undergraduate programmes, the university has added a number of Master degree programmes to its offerings.
Top notch facilities at Nilai University
The university has four air-conditioned auditorium-sized lecture theatres; two 250-seater and two 150-seater halls fully equipped with the latest teaching facilities.
There are two 200-seater auditoriums where students attend conferences, seminars and lectures.
Nilai University has air-conditioned, AV-equipped classrooms and tutorial rooms with an average classroom lecturer to student ratio of 1:25 to ensure personal attention.
Common Study Rooms
These are air-conditioned rooms equipped for you to do your coursework in between classes. You may use your laptop here as it is a Wi-Fi spot and is also equipped with electrical points.
Occupying the entire fifth floor of our Resource Centre, the 1,600m2 library is perhaps the perfect place on-campus to get the best view of the lush green surrounding. It is a complete research and study facility with a wide selection of books, periodicals, journal publications and access to the best online resources. Internet access is also available.
Multimedia and Language Laboratories
The multimedia and language labs are equipped with the latest language learning facilities along with other essential audio-visual equipment.
The on-campus Hospitality Building is where students studying hospitality acquire hands-on training with state-of-the-
art facilities that rival renowned hotels. We have the finest hospitality training facilities in the industry which includes Western, Asian, Cold, Pastry and Bakery kitchens, a 100-seater training restaurant, a bar and a 5-star mock hotel room and front office reception.
Indoor Sports Complex (Game Courts and Gym)
The President hall is a purpose-built sports complex that houses a fully-equipped gymnasium and indoor courts. The hall is also used for extra-curricular activities such as dance, yoga, aerobic etc classes. Besides this, it serves as a venue for the university graduation ceremony and events such as Talent Nights, Dance and Drama competitions and many more.
Outdoor Game Courts
There are numerous outdoor courts for tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball etc spread over Nilai University’s 105-acre campus. There are also ample lawns for you to enjoy a game of Frisbee or any other sport you fancy. Street soccer and cricket are some of the latest additions to the list of game facilities available on campus.
Lakeside Jogging Track
Nilai U is one of the few universities with a lakeside jogging track. It’s the perfect venue for a barbeque and games.
Golfing and Swimming
Which other campus allows you to enjoy a 27-hole golf game and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. At Nilai U, enjoy these facilities at Nilai University’s sister-company Nilai Springs Golf and Country Club which is just 5-minutes away. (Free shuttle service provided).
Food on campus is never a problem. Get your breakfasts, lunches right up to your midnight snacks at our 1,000-seat food court. A wholesome and affordable range of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western food are available here.
A trendy and modern café which serves a variety of pastry, cakes, breads and sandwiches. It’s a popular place to chill out after a long day of classes with a game of pool or foosball whilst enjoying some MTV.
Shuttle Bus Service
Daily service timetable to key student destinations such as Komuter (train) station, Nilai Springs Golf and Country Club and the off-campus accommodation.
Education For All (EFA) Scheme at Nilai University
If your family income is RM4,000 or below, you are eligible for the Education For All Financial with terms and conditions. Please see attached files for the details. You need only pay a non-refundable fee of RM650 and the rest of your fees will be cover under the PTPN Loan. Any extra tuition fees not covered by the PTPN Loan is waived by Nilai University.
You must only apply for the diploma or degree programmes as the PTPN Loan does not cover Foundation courses so the EFA does not cover Foundation. The EFA is not applicable for the Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance as well.
To apply you must fill up the Application Form, the EFA Form, provide 1 certified copy of the SPM/STPM/UEC results and parents’ 3 months salary slips, BE and J Forms.
|Scheme||On Campus||Off Campus|
|EFA (Parent’s Income between RM2001 to RM4000)||FULL Payment||50% OFF|
|EFA (Parent’s Income below RM2000)||FULL Payment||FREE|
|Normal||FULL Payment||FULL Payment|
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