Tuesday, 21 June 2011

INTEC

INTEC, a word that is familiarly known by every Malaysian student in Korea. It is the place where SPM students evolved into college students, throwing their school uniforms above their shoulders and walk away, without looking back. INTEC is the abbreviation of 'International Education Centre', one of the campuses of UiTM located at Shah Alam. But this campus is only a bridge cross above the Federal Highway from the main campus. INTEC can also be called 'Section 17 Campus' as it is located at Seksyen 17, Shah Alam. The campus is the place for SPM leave students to go through their preparatory studies programmes before leaving for other countries around the globe. To list some, there is the A Levels, Korean Foundation Programme, Japanese Foundation Programme, Middle East Programme, AUSMAT, ADFP, ACTP, and some more. This is a picture of my comrade in front of the campus's library.
"Model Promo INTEC" by Adzrin Mansor
Many knew the existence of a campus for preparatory students at Seksyen 17, but not many knew where the students live. Most would think that students live in the aging apartment at the front of the campus. Nah, UiTM offers better facilities at 'Kolej Cemara & Akasia' which is located at Seksyen 18. It consists of a complex of 5 storey apartment blocks with at least 8 units on each floor. The campus is not really that far from the hostel so everyday, students would ride free shuttle buses available for free to go to campus and back to the hostel. Outside the complex, there is a Giant supermarket, Mydin supermarket and a small shopping complex called 'Ole-Ole'. There is also a newly built Carrefour and Uptown for those who are willing to go the distance. The best thing is, there is the famous 'Al-Rafi Bistro' just at the front of the hostel gate for people who would opt for roti canai, nasi campur, maggi goreng and other various mamak style cooking. It is a great place to hang out. Don't forget there is a weekly pasar malam every Monday. Do stop by for a murtabak or nasi ayam.
"Bistro" by someone I forgot but I'm sure this person is someone I know haha.
I signed up for the programme in May. I could still remember trying to choose between Korea and IIUM. The time when batch 11 signed up, I was just released from the hospital the day before it. 
Then I joined the group of 44 students in the programme, studying as college students in INTEC. As we are going to Korea for an Engineering Bachelor's Degree, we learnt 6 subjects which is Korean Language (Basic Level), Physics, Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, Fundamentals of Speech & Communication (FSC) and Islamic Ethics in Science and Technology (IES). Classes felt like a whole day as it starts at 8am and ends at 5pm. Here are some pictures of my lecturers,
"From left to right: Mrs Lee Myunghee, Ms Kang Eunsook, Mrs Chu Eungyung, and Ms Kim Gai Hyun. Korean Language Lecturers" by Adzrin Mansor
"Sir Andy, Physics Lecturer." by Adzrin Mansor
"Mdm Jenneta. FSC Lecturer and Korean Programme Coordinator" by Adzrin Mansor
The best part in learning Korean is the culture classes. In order to expose students on Korean culture, Wednesday is specially designated for it. The normal activities were playing traditional games, writing using the Chinese brush, playing Korean flute and the most frequent and favoured by students is watching Korean movies. Besides that, there would be outings also, especially to places that has something to do with Korea. One time, we went to Korea Town at Ampang (opposite of Ampang Point) to visit a Korean festival there. Then our teacher treated all of us a popular Korean noodle called 'Jajangmyeon'.
"Korea Town Ampang" by Adzrin Mansor
"Jajangmyeon Restaurant 1" by Adzrin Mansor
"Jajangmyeon Restaurant 2" by Khairul Zulhafiz
"Jajangmyeon Restaurant 3" by Adzrin Mansor.
"Jajangmyeon" by Muhamadnoorfarhan Shudin
During class time, everybody was serious, trying to do their best and study as hard as they can. But things are turned the other way around at the hostel. At night and weekends we would fool around the block. Our group of students were placed quite near from each other. Friend's units would be just a staircase away and we would hang out on friend's units to chat, to play 'counter strike', watch movies and such.
"이것은 뭐십니까?" by Adzrin Mansor
"Avon Bear vs Power Rangers 1" by Adzrin Mansor
"Avon Bear vs Power Rangers 2" by Adzrin Mansor
"Avon Bear vs Power Rangers 3" by Adzrin Mansor
"Avon Bear vs Power Rangers 2" by Adzrin Mansor
The Korean culture experience is also shared with campus-mates too. In October we organized an event together at campus called the Korean Festival. We prepared everything and cleaned everything up together (and fooled around a bit of course). The event was a bang!
"Korean Festival Junbi 1" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean Festival Junbi 2" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean Festival Junbi 3" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean Festival Junbi 4" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean Festival Junbi 5" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day 1" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day 2" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day 3" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day 4" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day 5" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day 6" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day 7" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day 8" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day 9" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day 10" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day Crew 1" by Adzrin Mansor
"Korean D-Day Crew 2" by Adzrin Mansor
As students learning Korean language, the language skills that is emphasized is reading, writing, listening and speaking. Exams is one thing but speaking with real Koreans is probably the real test for our newly acquired language skills. There was a speech contest held at Korea Plaza Ampang, and the best hand picked group of students enroll to this competiton. It really brought out the best out of them, making them shine like no one else can. My housemate won the first prize! It's a flight ticket to Korea! Whoaa! Guess what, he sung a Korean language version of the Malay children's song 'Enjit-enjit Semut' on stage which sounds like "제, 제 개미~ 아픈 사람 위로 가요~"
"Speech Practice 1" by Adzrin Mansor
"Speech Practice 2" by Adzrin Mansor
"Speech Practice 3" by Adzrin Mansor
"Speech Practice 4" by Adzrin Mansor
"Speech Practice 5" by Tan Wei Guo
"Speech Competition 1" by Tan Wei Guo
"제, 제 개미" by Adzrin Mansor.
"Speech Competition 2" by Adzrin Mansor.
"Winner" by Adzrin Mansor.
"Speech Champions" by Adzrin Mansor.
The period of 9 months is indeed short, after a few months of studying we stumble upon the great test, the final exam of the second semester, and the answer for the question of whether our future lies in Korea or in Malaysia lies in in the exam. 
"Study 1" by Adzrin Mansor
"Study 2" by Adzrin Mansor
After the exams has ended, we had some good dinner together as a farewell party and as a token of gratitude towards our teachers.
"Batch Dinner 1" by Adzrin Mansor
"Batch Dinner 2" by Adzrin Mansor
"Batch Dinner 3" by Adzrin Mansor
"Batch Dinner 4" by Adzrin Mansor
"Batch Dinner 5" by Adzrin Mansor
"Batch Dinner 6" by Adzrin Mansor
"Batch Dinner 7" by Adzrin Mansor
"Batch Dinner 8" by Adzrin Mansor
"Batch Dinner 9" by Adzrin Mansor
"Lunch at Bluewave Hotel 1" by Adzrin Mansor
"Lunch at Bluewave Hotel 2" by Adzrin Mansor
"Lunch at Bluewave Hotel 3" by Adzrin Mansor
"Lunch at Bluewave Hotel 4" by Adzrin Mansor
"Lunch at Bluewave Hotel 5" by Aiman Ashari
Time flies when we were in Malaysia. By the time I am writing this post, the members of the Batch 11 is studying in the intermediate level of Korean Language at Seoul National University. The happy times we had at INTEC is embedded in each of our minds as fond memories.~
"Graduation" by Mdm Jenneta's Daughter haha.
"Cert Giving Ceremony" by Adzrin Mansor and Aiman Ashari
"Cemara Crew" by Adzrin Mansor
"Iklan INTEC" by Adzrin Mansor

1 comment:

Spm candidate 2014 said...

Do intec only send their students to snu ? How about other universities?

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