UCSI University welcomed students with jingle tunes at Orientation Day

KUALA LUMPUR: Christmas jingles filled the air as UCSI University welcomed 500 new students on its Orientation Day at its campus last December. 

In conjunction with the festive season, the Student Affairs & Alumni Office and the Student Council joined efforts to organise the event and “turned it up a notch” by creating a cosy and comfortable ambience for guests in the multipurpose hall. 

Christmas ornaments, snowflakes and baubles, stockings, garlands of white, and bright streaks of red and green adorned the hall and spread a wave of delight among the students and parents who were present, some of whom arrived as early as 8.00am to register. 

It was clear that the elaborate Christmas décor – complemented by a fireplace replica, Santa Clause’s armchair and Christmas trees – was the culmination of the organising committee’s dedication and hard work. 

Among those present at this lively affair were Student Council president Joey Ong and vice president Jonathan van Huizen, who shared their own unique experience on their transition into university life and encouraged new students to “enjoy university life to the fullest, study smart and play hard.” 

It wasn’t long before the event dissolved into a session of fun ice-breakers – where freshmen took turns to introduce themselves and literally “break the ice” – that eventually led to an inspiring speech by vice president of the Student Affairs & Alumni Office Mr Sylvester Lim. 

“Education and learning should be of a holistic concept and it should not focus solely on books and studies. Take every opportunity that comes your way; let this journey be a fulfilling experience for you,” he said. 

“We want the best for you and are always open to new suggestions because we believe that you are not just our students but our world.” 

The end of his speech marked the beginning of a series of highly-energised performances – by the University’s Wushu Club and Dance Club – that drew many “oohs and aahs” from the crowd before orientation-specific activities such as campus tours resumed. 

At the end of the day, it was evident that the University had left a good impression on the freshmen, especially international students. 

For two cousins from Russia, their story began when the University’s “extensive yet interesting courses” caught their eye and led them to enrol at UCSI University. 

“Furthermore, the warm weather here in Malaysia is a plus,” enthused Ekaterina Ryndina and Anastasia Samsonova, who both enrolled for a bachelor’s degree in Logistic Management. 

As for freshman Asom Mohammed from Iran, he was impressed by the University’s International Student Services Unit. 

“I did my foundation studies at another local university last year and it was during my time here that I found out about UCSI University. I find that administrative support for international students here is better,” he said, adding that it was one of the reasons he had decided to further his architecture studies at the University 

The orientation officially ended at 5.00pm.

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