UTP Mission Awareness Programme 2008 (5 Dec 2008) PDF Print E-mail


With its objective to generate integration between UTP local and international students and to expose the students to the local Malaysian culture for their awareness and experience, the university again, for the fourth time since 2005, continued organising the Mission Awareness Programme (MAP 2008). The programme also aimed to encourage a caring society; thus, help to promote a positive UTP image to the public.



The programme was organised by the International Student Unit of Student Support Services Department together with the Student Representative Council of UTP at Kampung Trong, Perak from 1 – 5 December 2008. 107 international and local students, of which 73 were international students and 34 local students, participated in this 5-day home stay-foster family programme. Of the 73 international students, 37 are postgraduate students and 36 are undergraduate students and they are from Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Thailand, Chad, Yemen, Iraq and Mozambique.  The student participants were divided to stay with 37 local families who adopted 3 – 5 students per family.


Various activities were organised and among them were community services such as TEKAD Programme (tuition services by UTP students for school children at SMK Tat Beng, Trong) and “Gotong Royong” activity (cleaning the Pecah Batu Recreational Place). Other interesting activities were that the students were taught to make traditional art and cuisine such as making “Bunga Rampai” (Malay potpourri) and cooking “Lemang” (cooking glutinous rice inside the bamboo).



On the 3rd day, the students were brought to visit various nearby interesting places such as the Matang Mangrove Forest, Malaysian Handycraft Centre in Enggor, Fish Breeding in Enggor, Masjid Ubudiah Kuala Kangsar and the ‘Labu Sayong’ (traditional vase) making factory in Sayong.


On the 4th day of event, a blood donation campaign and medical check up was organised with the support from Taiping General Hospital. Various exhibitions including Fire Fighting Awareness Exhibition, Civil Defense Exhibition, Criminal and Road Safety Exhibition and National Anti Drug Agency Exhibition were held for the benefit of the local community.  In the evening a telematch was organised for the local community and UTP students. Interesting traditional games such as “Tarik Upih” (pull areca leaf) challenge, arranging the bricks challenge, rubber band with straw race, throwing water balloon and many more were played.       


During the Appreciation Night, UTP students and their foster families took turns to stage traditional performances and one of the most exciting performances was the fire show performance by UTP international students which caught everyone’s attention.


The UTP international students and the villagers had a good time and appreciated all the experience gained throughout the 5-day programme. The international students cherished this experience of in depth learning about Malaysian culture.