LimKokWing students to intern with STB
KUCHING: LimKokWing Institute of Creative Technology (LKW) students will get to work on two major tourism-related events next year following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the institute and the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).
Students who take up the STB internship programme will be engaged in the planning and event management for the Asean Tourism Forum and Asia Routes Conference next January and March.
STB CEO Datuk Rashid Khan said 1,500 tourism industry players from the Asean region would converge here on Jan 16 for the forum.
It is a major tourist event whereby senior Asean ministers of tourism could be expected, with buyers and sellers participating in a business session, he said.
“Students of LKW can play a part in the forum, where they will be exposed to an international level of media networking and marketing promotion.
“For the Asia Routes Conference, major airport operators are joining in March next year. STB is collaborating with Malaysia Airports Berhad during the conference to better position the airports in Sarawak,” he told a press conference after signing the MoU yesterday.
Rashid said STB has provided practical learning for students from both local and overseas universities including those from the United Kingdom, Africa, China, Cambodia, Australia and Indonesia.
“The last batch that left on Aug 15 came from the Oxford University. The internship programme integrates students’ academic study with work experience in the area of planning, event management, financial management, operations management and marketing management,” he explained.
Introduced some three years ago, the STB internship programme offers students a contextual learning environment that validates a curriculum of study, thereby enhancing their market value, said Rashid.
Meanwhile, Faculty of Design and Innovation (FDI) programme leader Rosedelina Mustapha said students have the opportunity for industrial training in July or December every year.
“We usually send them to local publications in Kuching for training.
“Now with this MoU, we hope our students who are skilled especially in design, advertising, computer graphics and packaging design can support the board’s business.”
The MoU, among others, paves the way for students to be involved in organising and running STB events such as the Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo Jazz Festival, Borneo World Music Expo and Asia Music Festival.