The Faculty of Languages and Communication (FBK), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) has successfully carried out its outbound international student mobility programme at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSO), Prince of Songkla Universiti (PSU), Thailand.
The programme primarily served as a stepping-stone in exposing FBK students to international programmes and gaining experience at the international level. The students hopefully would learn new culture, history, and the language of ASEAN countries in general and the Pattani province, Thailand in particular. In addition, this programme also hoped to form a closer relationship among the students and academic staff of UniSZA and PSU, besides supporting the university's internationalisation policy by introducing UniSZA internationally.
19 students of Bachelor of Arabic Studies (Honour) and Bachelor of English with Communication (Honour), FBK, UniSZA participated in the Pattani Retweet Programme: Youth Tourist Promotion organised by the HUSO, PSU that took place for 9 days, from the 18th to 26th of August 2017 at the Southern View Hotel, Pattani.
The student delegation and an accompanying lecturer boarded the bus on Friday the 18th to Rantau Panjang. After crossing the border, the assigned PSU student buddies fetched our students on their bus. They checked into their accommodation, the Park View Resort, Pattani at sunset where they met PSU officials. A welcome dinner was held later that night.
The students were taken to the programme site the next day for registration and ice- breaking session. As one participant, reflecting on the ice-breaking games remarked:
"The Ice-breaking session was totally different from what I had experienced before. It was very interactive and enjoyable because we played few games in order to get to know each other, and I can see that the bond between Unisza and PSU students started there. Moreover, the facilitators were very cheerful, and one of them even played the drum during the session. It was a great way to start the programme."