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Cultivating Talents with IMU’s Psychology Degree Programme

17 Jun 2021

More than academic achievement, employees are seeking for young graduates who possess 21st century skills. Tertiary education is the most appropriate platform to cultivate soft skills among adolescents. IMU Psychology lecturers act as agents to unearth the latent talents in students within the 3-year BSc (Hons) Psychology studies. IMU promotes rigorous mentor-mentee relationship between lecturers and students. This close rapport may act as a platform for students to discuss, showcase and cultivate their soft talents.

IMU Psychology department has successfully nurtured an international student, Bushra Farooq Khan, to embark on community service projects. She was an exemplary psychology student who won the International Diana Award for her selfless service to the community. With thorough encouragement from IMU psychology lecturers, she has made it possible to outreach her service to helping the needy. She was a campus ambassador with Teach for Malaysia where she helped spread awareness about child rights and education through empowerment camps for government school children.

Her tremendous growth within 3 years of pursuing her undergraduate in psychology has led her to be one of the finalists for the Aflame Student Award, an award conferred by IMU to graduating students who have shown dedication and engagement to humanitarian work and who contribute towards the society. Upon graduation, she continued her endeavour in engaging in fund raising for Cancer Research, UK by participating in the Ultra White Collar Boxing. She has managed to collect £370 through fundraising while competed in 8 weeks of training and eventually won the match.

Another feather in the cap of the Psychology Department, was 2 final year students who were selected to participate in leadership summit. Out of 500 applications, Amutha Aruvi was selected to represent IMU and Malaysia to participate in Hesselbein Leadership and Civic Engagement Summit 2019. She graduated as a fellow of the Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement 2019. She was mentored by leaders from Pittsburgh. She learnt about the intricacies of leadership such as multiple leadership styles, the importance of mentorship, understanding and exploring our own/other identities, leading with ethics and integrity, defining our own leadership style and what it truly means to be a servant leader.

Kiranjeet Kaur, attended Global Youth Summit 2019, held in Aarau, Switzerland. This summit is an annual programme which is hosted by an international organization called Global Changemakers, where only 60 participants from over 128 countries such as Africa, New Zealand, Tunisia, Brazil, and much more, would be flown over to spend a week together at this summit to work on solutions for change in regards to the 16 SDG’s by the United Nations. Out of 1076 applicants this year, Kiranjeet was among the 60 youths that was selected, representing Malaysia through her advocacy on mental health and human rights.

IMU Psychology student's experience at the Global Youth Summit, representing Malaysia through her advocacy on mental health and human rights.

Kiran is now known as a “Global Changemaker” and would be joining a network of over 1000 young individuals from across the world.

Kiranjeet Kaur’s Experience at the Global Youth Summit
Awesome Experience for IMU Psychology Student at Global Youth Summit

Amutha Aruvi, grabbed the opportunity for being the voice of Malaysian youths by representing as a panel speaker in the forum entitled ‘A Call for Global Action’ and conducted a webinar entitled ‘Breaking The Wall of Prejudice’. For our world to stay on track with the UN SDG Agenda 2030 and to mitigate socio-economic loss post COVID-19, we need proactive youth participations in the civil society, policy reforms, volunteerism etc. This is once-in-a-year opportunity for all youths to learn, introspect and truly understand what global volunteerism and action means and what they can do for our communities in the near future. We also motivated our students to pitch an idea in the Hult Prize Challenge, a global competition among universities and colleges worldwide that is also known as the Nobel Prize for students. Two of IMU Psychology students secured 2nd place in the competition. IMU is very proud in producing young talents ready for work.

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