George Town, 15 January 2019 – Creating a Community Centre will help Penang become a family-focused green and smart state to inspire the nation by 2030.
A community centre, as a place for people to meet through social activities, educational projects and events, will contribute to the greater goodness of the society and will achieve the Penang 2030 mission.
A total of 16 exhibitors who are pursuing their Diploma in Interior Design and Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture at KDU Penang University College (KDU Penang) showcased their works of art in Evolve Final Year Exhibition 2019, held on January 12 at Jetty 35, Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown.
This year’s theme is “Penang 2030 Smart State” with a tagline of “Creative Meets Living, Innovative Meets Future.”
The theme was inspired by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow who launched Penang 2030 in August 2018, an action plan that focuses on improving livability, economy, civil participation and balanced development to achieve a "family-focused, green and smart state".
Among the 16 exhibitors, Caryn Tan designed a recreational centre as a part of the community centre as a place for the public to hang out with their families and friends.
“I designed the recreation centre with a TV room, lounge area, gaming room and a bar area to create a cozy and relaxing ambience. This is a space with more dynamic environment which is designed for family-focused activities,” said the 21- year- old student who is pursuing a Diploma in Interior Design at KDU Penang.
She said the recreational centre was not only an entertainment space but also will serve as a space that will be conducive to learning and mental development.
“The spaces at this centre such as gaming room and lounge area are convenient for people to discuss and brainstorm new ideas which are needed in the future,’ said Tan.
The opening ceremony of Evolve was graced by Chief Minister of Penang Yang Amat Berhormat Chow Kon Yeow.
“The concept of this family-focused community centre is important to achieving Penang 2030 as I believed that families will produce healthy individuals,” said Chow. He also invited the youths, especially students, to continually share ideas on Penang 2030 to develop Penang as a smart state of this country.
KDU Penang is geared to be an even greater contributor to Penang 2030 with the presence of University of Wollongong (UOW), a prestigious public university in Australia that entered into an agreement with KDU Penang’s parent company – Paramount Corporation Berhad – to acquire majority shares in KDU Penang, KDU University College in Utropolis Glenmarie (Shah Alam, Selangor) and KDU College in Damansara Jaya (Petaling Jaya, Selangor) in November 2018.
UOW, which is about 80km south of Sydney, has more than 34,000 students, of whom some 7,500 are studying outside Australia. Their students have access to study abroad and student exchange partnership with 180 universities in 44 countries.
Couple with the near-completion of KDU Penang’s flagship campus in Batu Kawan near the second Penang Bridge, the renowned education quality of UOW will put KDU Penang in good stead to produce top ranking, industry-ready graduates for the state and Malaysia as a whole.