Newsletter November – December 2019
7th Teaching, Learning & Research Seminar
7th November 2019
The 7th Teaching, Learning and Research Seminar was held last November 7, 2019 with the keynote address delivered by Professor Dr. Shaheen Mansori, CEO of Naza College, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd Education Division on “Writing a Winning Research Proposal”. The event also saw SASG Grant Projects presentation by Chef Choong Siew Lee, Justin Ho Li Vern, Nur Khairunnisak Athira, Ng Boon Aun and Thong Lai Kit as well as sharing of Conference papers by Assoc. Prof. Dr Cheok Mui Yee, Haryati Husin, Alicia Loo Yin Hui and Asso. Prof. Dr. antoon Gewijde H. de Rycker.
BERJAYA UC x Colombia Embassy with Chef Alejandro Cuellar
11th November 2019
BERJAYA UC and the Embassy of Colombia collaborated to bring Colombian Chef Alejandro Cuellar for a cooking workshop and a dinner event on Nov. 11, 2019. Chef Cuellar who is one of the most recognised chefs of Colombia supports innovative culinary techniques with Avant garde trends featuring Colombian roots and indigenous flavours. In a cooking workshop attended by BERJAYA UC and BTVET students, Chef Cuellar extolls foraging and usage of wild products and flavours. In an intimate dinner hosted by Raúl Sánchez Niño, Deputy Head of Mission for the Embassy of Colombia, Chef Alejandro featured favourites such as tartar de coctel de camarones, pescado moqueado en pure de tapioca fresca y tucupi, arroz con coco y posta negra and pannacota de majule y piñas.
Alba White Truffle Event to Raise Awareness for Movember
19th November 2019
BERJAYA University College together with Chef Federico Michieletto held a truffle, cheese and wine dinner at Samplings on the Fourteenth on 19 November 2019 to raise awareness for Movember.
Working with Chefs Valmurugan Subramanian (Berjaya Times Square Hotel), Fabio Ruggero (Sapore Restaurant), Juwahir Mustafa (Pietro Italian Restaurant) and Rachel Koh (Maison Café), the ten hands dinner was complemented with wines paired by Alexander Biasutti (WLFI Ltd.) and wine producer Franco Cavallero finished with cheeses by master fromager Sergio Calzolari. The highlight of the evening was an auction of white truffles from Alba, the picturesque town in the north-western Piedmont region of Italy – known as the “White Truffle Capital of the World” and listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Movember is a worldwide event held every November whereby men are grow moustaches. This annual event is also held to raise awareness of men’s issues such as prostate / testicular cancer, suicide and encourages men to be aware of hereditary health issues as well as adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Vocal Mix Night
The Department of General Studies hosted the Vocal Mix Night (stand-up comedy and spoken word competition) for students to improve their public speaking skills. This event was organized in collaboration with the School of Tourism and BERJAYA UC Toastmasters Club. Visiting guests, rapper Mali and World of Buzz host Thina, took part to share tips on how to improve one’s public speaking capabilities.
Bocuse d’Or National Selection
3rd December 2019
BERJAYA UC organised the Bocuse d’Or National Selection last December 3, 2019. The winner qualifies as the Malaysian representative to the Continental Selection. During the competition that lasts 5 hours and 35 minutes, the teams will be compete in a “specially designed open kitchens where they will prepare 10 recipes on a plate and on a tray before a jury of top level professionals. The participants will need to demonstrate wonders of creativity and precise skills in order to create mouth-watering dishes and try to earn a place in the final by finishing in the top 5 in the Bocuse d’Or Asia-Pacific.” Winners will subsequently the Grand Finals to be held in Lyon, France in 2021.
BERJAYA UC Student Wins 2nd Prize in SWAG Competition of FRIENDS Project by Erasmus+
4th December 2019
Peh Jie Wen, a BHM Hospitality Management Student won the second place in the SWAG (stuff we all get) contest run by the Erasmus+ FRIENDS project. The student competed with other international students from partner universities around the world. Her design has been voted as the one to be used for the FRIENDS project mascot. Congratulations to our student for a job well done.
An Evening of Heritage Cuisine with Puan Rosita Abdullah Lau
6th December 2019
The Faculty of Culinary Arts, School of Hospitality and Puan Rosita Abdullah Lau showcased a curated menu featuring the distinct flavours of Terengganu’s heritage cuisine. The evening was filled with exotic culinary flavours that has bonded families through generations. The event was part of the ten year anniversary celebrations where BERJAYA UC partner with various individuals to bring more unique food experiences to the public. The Faculty of Culinary Arts of BERJAYA UC has been in the forefront of promoting Malaysian culinary dishes by offering the Diploma in Heritage Cuisine which explores the history and cultural influences of the 13 states of Malaysia. This programme goes beyond the basic culinary techniques and theories. It analyses the history and distinctive cultural influences on Malaysian cuisine with the hope of preserving culinary masterpieces.
Christmas Afternoon Tea
14th December 2019
As part of the students’ practical assessment, a Christmas Afternoon Tea was organised at Samplings on the Fourteenth. The restaurant was decorated with Christmas-themed designs with napkins folded in the shape of a Christmas tree and gingerbread houses formed the centerpieces.
Traditional afternoon tea favourites were served complimented with artisanal teas from Tea Drop, Australia. This Afternoon Tea experience is a semester event eagerly looked forward to both by the students and their family members who gets to sample first hand these delectable culinary delights.
This inter-disciplinary event was a unique opportunity for the students from the various faculties to participate in an engaging collaborative experience.
14th & 15th December 2019
To prepare for the January 2020 intake, a Campus Day was held for prospective students interested in the programmes offered by BERJAYA UC. A large range of activities were scheduled and visitors were given the opportunity to see what each faculty had to offer. These activities ranged from quizzes about businesses, mocktail demonstrations and culinary arts workshops. We hope all who attended gained valuable knowledge, and will be inspired to choose BERJAYA UC as they take their first steps into higher education.
BERJAYA University College Receives the “Industry Excellence in Private Education” Award
16th December 2019
BERJAYA University College has received the the “Industry Excellence in Private Education” at Malaysia Top Achievers 2019 awards held last December 16, 2019. “The Malaysia Top Achievers 2019 is presented to honour the successful and outstanding performances of top achievers in Malaysia.
DGS x the Star Newspaper Partners in Creative Workshops for Teens
19th December 2019
The Department of General Studies ran a creative workshop for teens in collaboration with the Star’s BRAT’s programme. Around 35 journalists, interns and students learned various techniques to be used in a creative process. A shout out goes to Dr. Antoon Gehwijde H. de Rycker, Ong Su Sien and Nur Harizah Binti Mohd Faiz for inspiring the teens.
The Blessings of Partners and Friends
Hospitality has been one of the cornerstones of BERJAYA UC. We receive strangers as guests and send them off as friends. The last two months has seen a steady flow of visitors dropping by the University College and it has been a blessing and a privilege for us to welcome them to our city campus.
Chonburi Technological College
Universittas Kader Bangsa
Malaysian Qualifications Agency
Vietnam Institute of Economics
National Changhua University