International Coordinator, Curtin University (Australia), 2008
Diploma in Multimedia, Advertising & Broadcasting
There has been a shift from the traditional classroom-based education to the more industry-based and technology-driven education system. This is the time to really use our creative talent and energy to diversify and stand out from competitors.
24 November 2008
Shaping the Future through Education
Written by Catalina Rembuyan
For Shenjeet Kaur, there is nothing better that a country can invest for its future than an investment in its youth, translating to an investment in its education. The former Marketing Services Manager at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology is now the International Coordinator at Curtin University of Technology and shares her story. Catalina Rembuyan reports.
Shenjeet Kaur credits three people as a source of inspiration in her life. The first is her grandmother, who made the brave decision to migrate to Malaysia and begin a new life in a foreign country and who raised her family single-handedly, and the second is her father who is a successful businessman.
The third is Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Lim Kok Wing, whom she had the opportunity to work closely with as Marketing Services Manager before leaving for Australia. Not only did she have the opportunity to travel around the world, the Tan Sri also imparted her with much of the wisdom he acquired from the experience of his years.
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology taught me to be bold and unashamed of my ideas. There were so many people from different countries studying there, it was almost as if there was one world within one campus
“Limkokwing University of Creative Technology taught me to be bold and unashamed of my ideas. There were so many people from different countries studying there, it was almost as if there was one world within one campus,” she said.
Shenjeet, who was initially attracted to Limkokwing University because of how well-branded the university was and the exciting student lifestyle it offered, pursued a Diploma in Multimedia there and graduated in 2002 before moving on to Curtin University of Technology, Limkokwing University’s partner institution, for her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications.
As a student at Limkokwing University she was diligent, intelligent and talented, and those traits earned her a Highest Achiever award in 2001. Two years later, at Curtin University, her talent and abilities continued to shine and be recognized, and she received a Best Project award in 2003.
Today, Shenjeet is the International Coordinator at Curtin University’s International Office, where she coordinates international student that stem from articulation programs and various diploma pathways, and advises students on appropriate pathways and programs while building and maintaining relationships with various partner institutions and key stakeholders.
“I believe in the quality of education that is offered by Curtin University. I am the product of it!” she said, when asked on what she thinks about her current place of work.
As a child, Shenjeet had always wanted to become a lecturer, and she believes that working in the education industry as she is doing now is the closest thing to achieving her childhood dream. “I believe in education for the betterment of society and I personally love studying,” Shenjeet explains, adding that she is currently pursuing her MBA in Australia to prepare her as she moves up the corporate ladder!
Shenjeet believes that the education industry is one that is continually growing, offering a lot of opportunities and avenues to explore and expand. She also adds that even though the industry is growing, it is also changing radically.
“There has been a shift from the traditional classroom-based education to the more industry-based and technology-driven education system,” Shenjeet explains. “This is the time to really use our creative talent and energy to diversify and stand out from competitors.”
Advising those who seek a future in the education industry, Shenjeet states that one needs to believe in the value of education in creating and expanding intellectual human capital growth. Australia is experiencing skill shortage at this stage and the Higher Education Sector especially Curtin University of Technology plays a crucial role as part of the Australian Technology Network of Universities in supplying skilled workforce to the nation.
My youngest sibling, Belvin Singh, is currently a student at Limkokwing University. He wanted to study in Limkokwing University ever since I was there – that is, ever since he was twelve years old!
A person who describes herself as goal-oriented and constantly on the move in order to improve herself, Shenjeet is also a person who treasures her family ties. The daughter of a businessman and a teacher, Shenjeet was raised in a family of five and she is the eldest of three children.
Her love for family is evident as she describes how she felt that her decision to move to Australia seemed to be in perfect timing, as she met her husband in Perth. “It’s as if God has planned everything,” she said.
Due to the short distance between Perth and Malaysia, she often travels home to be with her family. “Likewise, my family and extended family have made Perth their 2nd home now!” she adds.
“I believe that our youths are the key stakeholders in any education institution. They need to be given the right direction and nurtured to succeed in their chosen fields. In addition, I also often keep abreast with the evolution of the higher education industry through the internet and media,” she said, expressing how she felt that her line of work was something she really enjoyed and performed to her best.
“I am very fortunate to be working in Curtin, as I am passionate about what I do and I am aligned to its vision.”
Shenjeet aspires to be actively involved in decision-making that will affect the state of higher education, in particular the Australian and Asian region in the area of International Strategy and Development. In the meantime, we ask her: does she believe that Limkokwing University of Creative Technology offers an education that is competitive and on par with the demands of the world?
Her reply tells us all we need to know: “My youngest sibling, Belvin Singh, is currently a student at Limkokwing University. He wanted to study in Limkokwing University ever since I was there – that is, ever since he was twelve years old!”