PASIR GUDANG: Polytechnics in the country will soon be offering degree programmes to meet the demand for skilled workers.
Polytechnic Education Department director-general Datuk Mohlis Jaafar said under the polytechnics transformation plan, the offering of degree courses was in line with the Education Ministry’s objectives to make the higher learning institute relevant.
He said out of 160,000 SPM holders, more than 93,000 chose to study at polytechnics compared to public or private higher learning institutions in the country.
“To move forward from diploma courses, polytechnics are also offering four degree courses,” Mohlis said.
“The three degree courses would be conducted by polytechnics while the other is part of a twinning programme,” he said.
This is the first time the polytechnics are offering degree courses since its inception 44 years ago.
Mohlis said after launching the Bachelor of Tourism Management and International Hospitality at Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan Johor Baru here.
Among the courses being offered were Bachelor of Tourism Management and International Hospitality at Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan Johor Baru, Bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology in Sustainable Design at Politeknik Ungku Omar in Ipoh, and Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Facility Management in Politeknik Shah Alam.
The other course is Bachelor of Engineering Technology that will be held together with Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia and Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah.
Mohlis said for the start, about 1,200 students would be enrolled where each course will have about 30 students.
“The course offered to the students is a “work-based learning” concept where they will be placed at industries for two semesters which is about a year.
“This will give them a good working experience as we want to see at least 85% of our graduates get employed within six months after completing their studies in polytechnics,” he said.