Monday, 1 April 2013


Cornell University Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team (SMART) was here again at CaRE from 4th to 17th January 2013. Cornell University through Cornell International Institute for Foods, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) initiated SMART program to enhance students to do interns at various projects in international setting. Four graduate students doing their MPA Degree at Cornell University were deployed to CaRE. They were Ms Alicia Freedman, Ms Jennifer Shin, Ms Maria Yang and Ms Sarah Evans. Professor Emeritus Dr Rosemary S. Caffarella was the project leader assisted by Ms Alicia. At the same time there were also other members of SMART Program in 11 other countries around the world. This is the second time that CaRE hosted SMART Program.

CaRE - Cornell SMART Project was engaged with the following assignments:
  1. Assisted in planning and executing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshop on Cancer Care: Treatment, Support and Healing on 7th January 2013. Prof Caffarella was a guest speaker and the SMART Project Team led the roundtable discourse.
  2. Facilitated staff development sessions with 2 workshops on:
    1. Marketing                              
    2. Grant seeking
  3. Evaluate and gave feedback on CaRE Workplan 2013

The SMART members’ engagement with CaRE staff unfolded the following learning curves:

  1. CaRE staff members’ made initiative to work in teams to accomplish their tasks
  2. Enhancing staff soft skills such as communicating and making presentation in English
  3. Exposure to branding issues with regards to marketing and promoting CaRE and its services
  4. Access to new resources for grant seeking
SMART Project members from Cornell University
(From left: Professor Rosemary S. Caffarella, Sarah, Jenny, Alicia and Maria)

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program
Planning for Workshop on Cancer Care: Treatment, Support & Healing

Marketing workshop
CaRE staff presenting their output in promoting CaRE during marketing workshop facilitated by SMART Team

Grant Seeking Workshop
SMART Team shared their experiences with CaRE staff through Grant Seeking Workshop. In this workshop, the team practiced role play so staff can understand the situation better.

Social Discourse
CaRE also held a social gathering for the SMART Team on the last day of their project. It was a great experience for all staff to work with talented students from Cornell. They were willing to share lots of knowledge and information with us. We really hope that kind of collaboration will continue again for next year.

SMART members enjoying traditional food of Malaysia 


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