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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00


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Centre for Language Studies and Generic development
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
Community Project


  • ADRF Malaysia is the local chapter of an international NGO namely Asia – Africa Destitute Relief Fund (ADRF) which focuses its activity on volunteerism among local university students.
  • PBI have signed a Letter of Understanding with ADRF in November 2012
  • As a result of that cooperation, PBI have formed a UMK – ADRF Club, where 25 UMK students have registered as members.

Activities with ADRF Malaysia

Up to now we have had 3 activities with ADRF Malaysia, that is :-



  • In our effort to provide our students with as many opportunities as possible to practise communicating in English language, the Centre for Language Studies & Generic Development (PBI ) of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, PBI have introduced the UMK – English Language Volunteer Programme


  • Foreign students, who are native speakers of the English Language, will be invited to spent 2 – 4 months stay at UMK, preferably during the summer holidays so as not to disrupt their studies. During their stay here, they will take part in as many activities and events as possible with our UMK students, thus allowing our students to communicate in the English Language with their foreign counterparts. 


  • To create as many opportunities as possible for UMK students to communicate in the English Language through activities and events
  • To allow intercultural learning experiences to happen for both groups of students
  • To create a platform for international networking and collaborations
  • To develop transformational leadership skills among the students



Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00


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 Japan -East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS 2.0)

ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Youth Network: Preparing for the

Involvement and Contributions of Youths to the AEC through ASEAN-Japan

Youth Exchange Program

There were 17 students, selected from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan to participate in the Japan -East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS 2.0)program which was organized by JICE (Japan International Cooperation Centre) in Japan from 25th May 2013 to 2nd June 2013 (for 2nd batch) and from 22nd June 2013 to 30th June 2013 (for 3rd batch).

Participant from 10 ASEAN countries were involved in this program. They were put into three groups respectively: (Group A: Economics & Social Sciences, Group BArts, creative works, & culture, Group CScience & Technology) and spent one week in Japan. During their trip, they visited industries, local government offices, universities, museums, markets, and experienced a ride in Shinkansen (bullet train). They had workshop and discussion which were related to problems of their own countries or those of the ASEAN regions.   At the end of the program, students would present action plans based on the lessons learnt during the course, to solve the problems at the workshop on the first day.


  1. To raise awareness of the university students of ASEAN member countries towards ASEAN Integration and ASEAN Economic Integration (AEC) and to let the young generation of Japan understand ASEAN countries and AEC better.
  1. To learn about the activities of Japan and the key success factors for the economic revitalization in each area and to utilize the ideas for the economic development of each ASEAN member country.
  1. To establish the AEC Youth Network as a hub linking the young generation of the ASEAN member states and Japan for future cooperation, and this would lead to mutual benefits. Which regards to this an active dialogue among members of youths from ASEAN countries would be held.


There were 360 university students from 10 ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam)  involved.

From UMK – 2nd Batch –








































From UMK – 3rd Batch –



















Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00


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With the support of the Centre for Language Studies and Generic Development (PBI) University Malaysia Kelantan, UMK Mandarin Unit and UMK Mandarin Society had successfully organised a Tionghua Culture Learning Camp on 18 to 20 January 2013 at Sri Nipah Resort, Bachok. The objectives of the camp were to unite UMK students and to improve their personality through the learning of Tionghua Culture and also to enhance students’ appreciation of Tionghua Arts.

There were a total of 50 participants and 30 committees. The participants were among the UMK Chinese students and Non-Chinese students who took Mandarin as their third language. The committee members were formed by the members of Mandarin Society from Jeli Campus and City Campus. Besides, there were 3 lecturers from PBI who accompanied us throughout the camp; Miss Lee Hui Ling, Madam Julia Tan Yin Yin and Mr. Hassan Muhammad Maliwu.

The activities during the camp

The committees departed to City Campus one day before the camp for the final preparation. The committees went to the campsite on the next day. The participants reached the resort at about 12.30pm. The opening ceremony was officiated by Associate Professor Hajah Yah Binti Awang Nik. The ceremony ended with the sign language performance with the camp theme song, “Tuan Yuan” by the committee.

The first activity was lecture session. The students were divided into two groups, namely Chinese and Non-Chinese according to the language the lecture was delivered. For the Chinese students, Mr. Cheung Wei Chee, lecturer from Danjiang Education Centre, conducted a lecture on “Analects of Confucius”. The lecture reminded us that the term “Luan Lun” does not only refer to chaotic relationships between people, but anything that may have negative effects to others. Meanwhile, the lecture for Non-Chinese students was conducted by Mr. Hassan Muhammad Maliwu on the topic of Chinese Characters Introduction. He introduced some basics and theories on how the Chinese characters were formed and what were the logics used in them. Both lectures ended at about 4.30 pm. The activity was then followed by the ice breaking session. The participants were again divided into groups. Then they were asked to create a group name and to act out their group name using body language.

The second lecture session began at 8.00pm. For Chinese participants, they were exposed to paper cutting lesson by Miss Lee Hui Ling. While, for Non-Chinese participants, a lesson on Tionghua bowknot making was conducted by the bowknot making committee.Day 1 ended with the last activity which was the group discussion for their Tionghua Culture Performance Competition. Each group was given a Tionghua musical instrument and they were instructed to create a traditional song using that instrument and perform the song.

Day 2 started with the morning aerobic dance led in groups. After having their breakfast, they went for the first lecture session of the day. For Non-Chinese participants, Madam Julia Tan Yin Yin conducted a lecture on the topic Chinese Culture and Etiquette, in which all the participants were taught some basic concepts of Chinese culture including the symbolic items, do’s and don’ts. On the other hand, Mr. Hassan Mohammad Maliwu conducted a lecturer on The Religious Spirit in Chinese Traditional Culture for the Chinese Participant which brought us to look through the history of the religious development in Tionghua Culture.

After that, the participants were gathered at the hall to practice the camp sign language theme song, “Tuan Yuan” led by the performance team. It was then followed by the fourth lecture session. For the Chinese participants, a lecture on China Music Theory was conducted by Miss Lee Hui Ling while the Non-Chinese participants were exposed to Chinese Calligraphy conducted by Mr. Hassan Mohammad Maliwu. Then, they participated in explore race to nurture the team spirit between the participants. There were tasks to be completed in each checkpoint and the fastest group to finish will be announced as the winner. Although the activity was tiring the participants seemed to enjoy it.

The camp was cherished with a surprise visit by the Director of Centre for Language Studies and Generic Development, Prof. Dr. Farok Bin Zakaria. Due to some unavoidable reasons, he couldn’t attend the closing ceremony. Thus, he intended to pay us an early visit to deliver his opinion towards this camp and officially closed the camp. Prof. Dr Farok shared his experiences of his recent trip to Chinaand felt that this camp was very meaningful. He hoped that it can be conducted as one of the annual event for Mandarin Society. After that, the camp was continued with the last lecture session. For this session, the Chinese participants were exposed to Tionghua bowknot making lesson. Meanwhile, the Non-Chinese participants were exposed to paper cutting lesson. The day was once again ended with the group discussion and preparation for the performance on the next day.

Just like yesterday, day 3 also started with the kick start of the day. Then, the participants were told to pack their luggage and clean up the camping area to smoothen the check out process later. The last program of the camp started at 9.30am. It was the Tionghua Culture Performance Competition. The performances were judged based on 4 different aspects namely; creativity, language, theme and completeness. The closing ceremony was held after all the groups showed their talents. There were total of 4 awards. The best team was won by the Winter Team, the best performance was won by Live Team and the best male and female camper was won by Vincent Kho and Aishah Binti Miur Zaibidin respectively. The closing speech was given by Miss Lee Hui Ling. In her speech, she appreciated the hard work of the committee members and the support from the participants. She also hoped that all of us enjoyed the camp and hoped to see us again next year. Participants and committees departed to the respective campuses with the UMK buses.

Feedback from the committee:

“Most of the people think that scoring in academic is the most important thing for a student. However, for me, a student’s life has to be substantial by joining society in university and by organizing activities. As a Chinese, Tionghua Culture is more than just important to use. Therefore, we should do whatever we can to promote this culture and enhance the appreciation of the public towards this culture”

- Ng Kei Vinn

“I felt very happy to have the chance to serve as part of the committee. The experience gained from the preparation will be useful in the future. Most of the Chinese cultures seem to be forgotten by most of the Chinese for several reasons. Therefore, by bringing up such a meaningful camp, it actually creates the awareness to the Chinese. Meanwhile, by sharing it with other races, it could actually creates mutual interaction between culture and promote our country with “One Malaysia” concept.

- Yip Hon Lean

Feedback from the participant:

"Culture is the spirit of the race. Through culture we can actually gain more knowledge and use it in the future"                                                                                                                              

- Yew Soon Keat

"I learnt a lot from this camp, everything is like a whole new experience for me"


 - Siti Aishah Mohamad Aini

" Tionghua culture has been passed from one generation to another since thousand year ago, we must protect it so that such knowledge won't disappear "


- Lam Chin Jack

" TiongHua culture is very unique, I want to explore more about the spirit of Tionghua culture" 


    - Amalina Bt Ahmad

Prepared by : Yip Hon Lean and Chen Sye Jinn (Admin Department of Tionghua Camp)

Edited by: Ms. Lee Hui Ling (Teacher advisor of Mandarin Society)

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00


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ROHASP is a noble collaborative effort between the Centre for Language Studies and Generic Development (PBI) and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science (HUSO), Prince Songkla University, Pattani, Thailand.  The idea to organize ROHASP was firstly initiated by Dr. Bordin Waelateh, the deputy Dean of HUSO.   Henceforth, it was well-received by the Director of PBI upon realizing the emergence of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015 as an important agenda for South East Asia.

This programme aims at providing a platform for students from both countries to discuss on matters pertaining to the formation of ASEAN as an economic group by the year 2015. In addition, it focuses on sharing and exchanging ideas relating to areas such as political stability, blurring of cultural identity, globalization and economic transformational programmes.   AEC envisages the following key characteristics:

(a) A single market and production base,

(b) A highly competitive economic region,

(c) A region of equitable economic development, and

(d) A region fully integrated into the global economy.

Students from both universities take part in fruitful discussions which lead to the formation of resolution as to how both countries will tackle problems arising from the AEC projects.   Apart from engaging in serious academic discussions, students are also given the opportunities to learn and experience cross cultures from each other.  Some cultural performances which are part of the programme itinerary are valuable learning experience for all the students.   Students from both universities exhibit the uniqueness of their cultures during the International Cultural Night performance.  It has successfully built strong relationship and ties among the students.  It has also brought them closer and they bring home sweet and fond memories of ROHASP.

PBI hopes that this programme is able to bridge two geographically close nations together in a genuine effort to facilitate the attainment of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015.  On a final note, AEC as both countries have discussed is a state of affair which citizens of ASEAN should embrace with an open heart.

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12th February 2013 – 4th March 2013

About the program:

This program was initiated when Dr. Naoki DN ABE, an assistant professor of Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture Japan (Oita Geitan) visited our center in the middle of 2012. He then proposed a student exchange programe, in whichstudents from Japan will have a short stay in Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK).

The first batch of students from Oita Geitan stayed in Kelantan for three weeks from 12th Feb 2013 until 4th March 2013 and had experienced intercultural activities throughout the program.

During the program, UMK students and Oita Geitan students visited these places:

  • Local industries (Batik, Songket, Silverwork, Meat Floss, Curry Puff, Fish Crackers, Coconuts Farm, Banana Farm, Malaysian Traditional Kite, Wet Market etc.)
  • Local schools (SMS Faris Petra, MRSM Tumpat and had Culture Exchange program with students of MRSM Tumpat.
  • Local villages (Pantai Sri Tujuh, Kg. Teluk Renjuna)
  • Other places (Pengkalan Kubor ,- a small town at the Malaysia-Thai border, Museums in Kota Bharu, and Pantai Sabak - historical site visit )

Throughout, the program, Oita Geitan students stayed in students’ hostel in UMK and they interacted with our local students and community.

They were also provided home stays in Pantai Sri Tujuh, Tumpat, Kelantan and they had real life experience with the local villagers during their stay.

This program was beneficial for UMK students especially to those who are taking Japanese language course in UMK. During the program, UMK students not only practise Japanese language and learn Japanese culture from Oita Geitan students but also had the chance to see a Japanese traditional cultural performance “Yamato – The Drummers of Japan, Malaysia Tour 2013” which was organized by Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur, in USM Kubang Kerian on the 22nd Feb 2013.

At the end of the program, Oita Geitan students and other international presenters from 10 different countries presented papers in the Intercultural Learning and Community Engagement 2013 Colloquium organized by the Centre for Language Studies and Generic Development (PBI) on 27th & 28th February 2013 in UMK Bachok Campus.

Finally they were entertained with students’ cultural performance, dances and, songs that brought fond memories to them. These were great inter -cultural experience and activities that made the Japanese students and UMK students understand each other better.


  1. Provide opportunities for students who are taking Japanese language courses in UMK to interact with students from Japan through various programs - academic or non-academic oriented.
  2. Provide the oppurtunity for Japanese students, Malaysian students and also for local communities to learn about each other’s cultures and for Japanese students to experience the culture of the local community.
  3. Introduce the Malay language, UMK and the state of Kelantan to an international audience especially to Japanese people and promoting Kelantan as one of their  tourist destination. 
  4. Initiate all parties of UMK, Oita Geitan and Prince of Songkla University to have more programs together in the near future, typically in terms of academic and collaboration, publication and research.


  • From Oita Cultural College of Arts and Culture


Dr.Naoki DN Abe   (Tenured assistant professor)


Hasumi Fukumitsu


Megumi Matsushima


Kaori Abe


Ayame Harada


Takako Kosaka


Yuna Sakai


Misaki Ogata


Chie Arita


Risako Kawasaki


Kaho Ishii

  • From University of Prince Songkla, Pattani Thailand


Kenji Oda (Lecturer)


Sinoon Jarong (Lecturer)


Phornchai khawbandit


Suchada Penkaew


Thimakorn Tubthong


Fareedah Mchek


Supanida Khangkan


Waenurida Waeyusoh


Tiengtham Pornprasit


Supaluck Kotsanli


Gadesinee Siriboon


Nutwaree Promkon


Nilobol Kaewjai


Pateehah Kaesi


Nimu Niteemung


Syamsiah Hayeelateh

  • 130 students from UMK, Japanese language course
  • Students and Lecturers from MRSM Tumpat and SMS Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra


  • Tourism Malaysia Kelantan
  • District Office of Tumpat, Kelantan
  • Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00


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English Language Unit, has again organized Fun With English Camp 2012 at Peladang Agro Setiu Resort, Terengganu. The yearly 3D/2N program that began on 29th Nov to 1st December 2012 was intended to improve the language command and the confidence level of the participants. It is also supposed to change the perception towards English, being an international language and improve the teaching skills of the Department Staff.

The program had 57 year 1 (semester 1) participants that scored band 1 and 2 for MUET from Business and Entrepreneurship Faculty and Creative Technology and Heritage faculty.

The program was officiated by Prof Farok bin Zakaria the Director of Centre for Language Studies and Generic Development (PBI) and was concluded by Associate Professor Hjh Yah bt Awg Nik, head of Modern Language Department. All the English unit lecturers and committee members involved in the program were together with the participants throughout the program.

Overall the program was well organized and all the participants were satisfied with the experience and knowledge gained. Based on the survey done, majority of the students were happy and felt that they should recommend the program to their friends.

Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00


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Social Entreprise  and Economic Development (SEED)

SEED is an abbreviation of Social Entreprise for Economic Development which is an international programme aimed at changing the mind set of the villagers through social enterprise venture.  This programme is one of the initiative under the Asean Learning Network Council  (ANLC) which started in Bandung in 2008.  The ALNC is a Non Governmental Organization that had embarked  and initiated many programmes related to cross cultural learning in different contextual especially in Social Entrepreneurships. 

ANLC members had  unanimously agreed to work together to foster good relationship among ASEAN universities in various programmes.  The SEED programme was the product of the Social Entrepreneurship sifu from St. Gallen University, Switzerland that is Professor Dr. Chong Li Choy.  Professor Dr. Chong and his counterparts Bapak Surna Djaja Djajaningrat from School of Business Management of Institut Teknologi Bandung started the First SEED programme in Cisondari, Indonesia which was later on extended to the second and third SEED programme in Garut, Indonesia.  After witnessing the success of SEED in Indonesia, the programme spread it arms to Universiti Malaysia Kelantan through the its various SEED programmes. 

The SEED programme aims at achieving these learning objectives:     

  • Learning to learn cross-culturally and to work in inter-cultural, multinational teams in a new and unique environment
  • Socially Responsible and Responsive Leaders who are able to empathize with people from less privileged backgrounds (including subordinates and the poor) and hence able respect the rights and interests of all legitimate stakeholders
  • Transformational Leaders who are able to transform their people, their organisations and their society to achieve prosperity and economic development
  •  Entrepreneurial and Creative Leaders who are capable of integrating and applying their multiple knowledge to useful purpose

Social Entreprise and Economic Development is a voluntary programme which supports the fifth thrust of UMK’s Strategic area.  This programme stresses on the inculcation of volunteerism in line with social entrepreneurship.  This programme is offered to all UMK students from semester one to semester eight.   It is an additional learning for students who are interested in working with the society.  In this course, students will be given the chance to apply what they have learned in their respective courses into the real world.  The practical aspects of what they have acquired in the theory will be tested and put into real actions in this course.  First SEED programme in UMK had been implemented in the district of Tumpat from the 21 July 2010 to 2 August 2010.

The second SEED programme was implemented at the same vicinity from the 12th July to 26th July 2011

The third SEED programme was executed at the Indigenous peoples village ( The Temiar Clan)  at Kuala Betis, Southern Kelantan from 31 August to 13 September 2012.

A series of follow up programme was organised to observe the development occurred in various projects implemented.

Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

English Drama Night

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English Drama Nights

The Centre for Language Studies and Generic Development (PBI) runs an event to encourage the use of English for every semester. We call this event “Step Forward and Step Up” – SFSU.

SFSU began in January 2010 with a week of English competitions; the focus was changed in February 2012 to UMK students teaching English to primary school children. This semester PBI took up the challenge of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and International Affairs to involve the students in an entrepreneurial activity.

All first year students were made compulsory to participate in SFSU this semester by writing and performing a 15 minute drama as part of their English course. The best drama from each group was selected to be performed in campus English Drama Nights. A student committee was formed and they were given the task to hold a campus English Drama Night. From this point the students ran the whole activities, including advertising and promotion, printing tickets, ticket sales, inviting staff, logistics, arranging technical aspects, co-ordinating the performances, and arranging MCs.

English drama nights took place from 22 – 24 April at Dewan Serbaguna in Jeli Campus, 25 to 27 April at Dewan Terbuka Keusahawanan in City Campus and 28 and 29 April at the open foyer in Bachok Campus.

There were 25 drama presentations over three nights at City Campus. More than 300 students participated with ticket sale of around RM 1200. The students also managed to generate some money from the sale of refreshments. The students made an overall profit of RM550.

On the other hand, the audiences in Jeli Campus over the three nights ranged from 200 to 500 people. The students contributed to a fund and used the money to buy badges, food and prizes; which they made a total profit of RM118.

All five year students in Bachok campus were made compulsory to attend the event thus contributing about 400 audience each night. The students gained profits from selling foods, drinks and gifts during the drama performance. The sale generated about RM1400 of income and each group made about RM150 – 200 in profit.

The grand finale of the drama performance was held at Bachok campus with guests of honour Prof. Madya Abdul Aziz Bin Ab Latif, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs,   Prof. Dr. Abu Hassan Bin Hasbullah, Dean of the Faculty of Creative Technology and Heritage and Prof Farok Bin Zakaria, the Director of the Centre for Language Studies and Generic Development. In this event the Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Trophy for the Best English Drama was awarded to the FTKW group which performed “The Hurt.”


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