Discovery Malaysian Heritage : Nature and Society



This programme is jointly organised by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). It comprises of a common 10-day module on Malaysian Heritage and Culture followed by an option to spend another 10 days   either exploring the Heritage of Terengganu wetlands and islands or Tropical Rainforest and Natural beauty of  Sabah. Each programme is made up of taught modules and cultural visits/field trips.

Malaysian Heritage and Culture

Peninsula Malaysia is predominated with Malay culture and that of the Chinese and Indians who were leading trading partners of the then Malay Archipelago. Together these three cultures have blended to make Malaysia what it is today, a nation of cultural diversity and rich heritage. The fabric of Malaysian society is complemented with the presence of the indigenous tribes who live in the periphery of the forests of Malaysia. This module offers the opportunity to learn more about the Malays of Negeri Sembilan which is influenced by the Minang culture, experience a homestay of a traditional village, walk through history in Melaka and be part of a community based project with the indigenous people.

Package Option 1

Explore and Experience the Land Below the Wind

Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states which Malaysia is made of. Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan.

Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. We have it all, from the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites - Sipadan Island. Sabah is also known for her great natural treasures which include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve.

Not only will you be amazed by the places to see and things to do here, you will also be treated with unique Sabahan hospitality. Explore the unique culture and tradition of Sabah and get ready to experience sweet memories to last a lifetime!

This Summer Holiday Camp Programme is a “tailor-made” programme which introduces the multiculturalism in Sabah with specific focus on the country’s rich ethno-cultural and linguistic diversity. It also introduces the history, culture and heritage of Sabah. This interdisciplinary, socially-enriching programme offers international students an opportunity to spend part of their summer break living in and learning about Sabah. To give the students a first-hand feel of life and living in this kingdom of unexpected treasures, home stays in each of the country's districts will be part of the most enjoyable activities of the UMS Summer Holiday Camp. By exploring the whole Sabah, we believe that this can be an unforgettable experience that a person could have in Sabah.

Package Option 2

Explore the Culture and Biodiversity of the Malaysian East Coast

Shouldered by the Titiwangsa Mountain Range in the West, Terengganu landscape sprawls eastward to the South China Sea, with diverse and unique ecosystems in between. It is at the heart of the East Coast- the cradle of Malay culture- where much of the region’s Nature and Culture has survived modern development, making it a refreshing change from the urban scenes and experiences in the West Coast. This module provides the chance to discover a more subtle part of Malaysia, with fieldwork in the state’s unique coastal wetlands in Setiu as well as in the beautiful island of Bidong. Through these hands-on, nature-based learning activities, participants will also get a rare chance to learn up-close about the important relationship between local communities and the natural resources that they depend on for their livelihood.

The three-week programme costs RM3200 (USD800)  

 The Cost includes:

  • Teaching modules
  • Accommodation on-campus (additional costs imposed for off-campus accommodation)
  • Cultural and social programmes
  • Entrance Fees where relevant
  • Food throughout the programme and on field trips
  • 1 Homestay in Negeri Sembilan, 1 island stay-over in Terengganu for Option 2
  • Land transport to Kuala Terengganu for Option 2 Participants

 The Cost does not include

  • Accommodation off-campus
  • Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu (for Option 1 package) or to Kuala Terengganu (for Option 2)


 Arrive:  Aug 14 2016  Depart: Sept 4 or 5 2016
 Programme Starts: Aug 15 2016  Programme Ends: Sept 3 2016

*Participants will spend 10 days in USIM and another  10 days either in Terengganu or Sabah

*Free Airport transfer will be available.
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