Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Business welcomes new students with Academic Excellence Bootcamp

Miri – 27 March 2024 – The Faculty of Business Learning & Teaching Committee at Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) recently held an Academic Excellence Bootcamp for the faculty’s new intake of students.

The bootcamp was aimed at ensuring a smooth transition into learning and teaching at university. With a focus on academic integrity and professional development, it also offered a comprehensive programme featuring industry speakers and practical workshops.

The event commenced with a welcoming speech by Dr. Fayrene Chieng Yew Leh, Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Business. Dr. Chieng gave a discourse on Academic Integrity and the Use of Gen-AI, shedding light on the importance of upholding ethical behaviour in academia and leveraging cutting-edge technologies responsibly.

This was followed by engaging industrial talks by industry professionals Kenny Hii Shin Yao and Bryan Chia. Hii is Senior Relationship Manager at AmSignature Priority Banking Sarawak while Chia is General Manager of Eye (1) Recycle Sdn. Bhd.

Hii, who is a Curtin alumnus, delivered a compelling presentation titled ‘Showing Up: The Power of Class Attendance and its Impact on Professional Success’. He highlighted the significance of consistent attendance in classes and at lectures and its correlation with professional achievements, inspiring and motivating the students to prioritise their academic commitments.

Meanwhile, Chia shared his expertise in a session titled ‘From Campus to Career: Crafting Crucial Connections and Competencies for Success’. His insightful discourse offered invaluable guidance on navigating the transition from academic life to the professional realm, emphasising the importance of networking and skills development. He also related his own entrepreneurial journey, including some of the lessons learnt and best practices he has adopted.

In addition to the talks by Hii and Chia, the students also benefitted from a workshop on using library facilities and online resources facilitated by Nora Hii, Curtin Malaysia’s Acting Head of Library and Learning Commons. Hii provided practical guidance on referencing and demonstrated effective strategies for utilising the library databases both at Curtin Malaysia and at the Curtin University Library in Perth to access high-quality academic resources.

Wrapping up the bootcamp was a briefing by Student Experience Coordinator Dr. Ting Qian Hui, who spoke about strategising students’ study plans for academic success and career planning. Through an interactive discussion, Dr. Ting taught the students how to map out their educational journeys effectively, aligning their academic pursuits with their long-term career aspirations.

Professor Pauline Ho, Dean of the Faculty of Business, said The Academic Excellence Bootcamp served as a testament to the university’s commitment to nurturing well-rounded business professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills, and integrity necessary to thrive in today’s dynamic landscape.

“We are immensely grateful to our esteemed speakers and facilitators for their invaluable contributions towards empowering our students for success,” she remarked.

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Group photo of participants at the end of the workshop