Taiwanese study tour

24 students from Taiwan’s Oriental Institute of Technology (OIT) had a fun-filled educational trip to Penang on a study tour organised by the Disted College recently.

The one-month attachment programme saw the students work at local companies where they gained industry exposure.

They also spent two weeks at the college to improve their English and communication skills.

Besides that, they visited George Town, which has been recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

“The industrial internship has broadened our perspectives on transnational industrial and business environments,” said group leader Wayne Liang, 21.

“I’ve improved my skills in using machinery for manufacturing process, and increased my knowledge about ISO certification,” said the engineering student of his work stint at Dufu Industries.

Nursing student Chen Yen-Lun, 21, said: “Penang is a great place to study English as the language is widely spoken here.

“My work experience at the old folks home has strengthened my determination to love and care for the elderly,” said Chen, who was attached to the Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged.

“The work integrated learning programme was to expose the young Taiwanese to the vibrant educational, industrial and cultural scene in Penang,” said college president Dr Koo Wee Kor.

OIT president Prof Charlie Hsu Tze-Chi said: “The programme was for our students to acquire an international outlook, gain wider industry experience and improve their English.”

“Our bond with Penang has grown stronger. This is the third year that Disted successfully held the study tour for our students,” he said during the farewell dinner.

Among those who attended the dinner were policy advisor to the Chief Minister of Penang Liew Chin Tong, state exco for agriculture and agro industry, rural development and flood mitigation Law Choo Kiang and special assistant to the Deputy Chief Minister of Penang John Ooh Sin Hwa.

During the study tour, the students also took time out to bring cheer to children of the Light Welfare Home when they sang, danced, and even celebrated a birthday.

Besides donating foodstuff to the home, the students mingled and entertained the children with games and songs. Coincidentally, it was also the 10th birthday of one of the residents Viki, who turned ten.

“I’m very happy today. This birthday bash is very special as I’m celebrating with the foreign visitors who are so kind and thoughtful,” Viki said.

“It’s a good experience in community service for all of us. This event will certainly be one of our fondest memories of our visit to Penang,” said Wayne.

Sister Kali, who set up the home 17 years ago, said she looked after the 30 children who were orphaned, abandoned or with single parents.

“From this visit, I hope the Taiwanese students are reminded of how lucky they are and will continue to spare a thought for the less fortunate,” she said.

The Star

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