IST-Malaysia (+ 3 month internship)

Kuala Lumpur

It has been a very hectic, busy and an amazing teaching time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the IST-Malaysia (+ Internship). I will be here for ten days meeting Workplace Supervisors, providing students with feedback, facilitating a reflective practice workshop and grading students on their in-country group assessment. In addition, I will be completing an evaluation of the program by collecting information from as many perspectives as possible (industry and students). This will help the the IST team to improve the next delivery of the program, which is scheduled for Summer 2016.

Six students are taking part in a three month internship in various industries across KL. Some of the industries I have visited so far are communication/media, finance and law firms. I have been warmly welcomed by the Managers (and founders) of these companies, learnt about the work that they do, and how the Swinburne students are supporting this work as they learn about themselves, others, culture, being adaptive, creative and becoming professionals with an ‘authentic’ global mindset.

The last time I was personally in KL was over twenty years ago. I have used my down time to explore the city, and take part in the amazing selection of street eateries. I did the city’s ‘hop on and hop off’ bus tour to the main tourist attractions in KL. This was a great way to quickly immerse myself in the diverse culture and learn about the important iconic buildings and KL’s history. I do realise that this is a very touristy thing to do but with the short amount of time that I have in KL, I felt that this was the best way to quickly remind myself of how much KL has changed since my last visit. What has remained the same (for me) is the eclectic selection  of food, products on sale, items galore and the warm hospitality from the KL community.

copyright owned by author (2016)
copyright owned by author (2016)

Tomorrow is another busy day, due to visiting the final three companies where the students have spent nearly three months as interns. In addition, this week we gather together to complete the group oral presentation and touch base on how to ‘get back’ into the groove of university learning and teaching.

Story written by Dr Rachael Hains-Wesson (Convenor of the IST for the Swinburne Advantage).