With more students and new campuses coming up, UCSI looks set to move full steam ahead.
NEWS of the UniversityCollege Sedaya International(UCSI) campus in KualaTerengganu was announced justtwo-and-a-half years ago but thecampus is “all set to go”, says UCSIpresident and vice-chancellorPeter T.S. Ng.
The 23ha campus at Bukit Kor, Marang, will cater to the needs of third- to fifth-year medical students, who will then do the clinical part of their programme at the Kuala Terengganu Hospital.
Classes for the first two years of the medical programme are still conducted at the main campus in Kuala Lumpur.
The Kuala Terengganu campus, located 30km south of Kuala Terengganu, is easily accessible by road and air.
It boasts excellent facilities, including a soccer field, a jogging track and accommodation for students.
There is even a lake to add to the serenity of the campus.
The new campus will also offer foundation programmes in arts and science as well as language programmes such as IELTS and TOEFL.
Presently, the main campus in Kuala Lumpur has over 6,000 students.
Of this figure, 30% are international students from over 60 countries, mainly China, Indonesia, the Middle East and African countries.
“We are expanding rapidly. Our student population may soon reach 9,000,” says Ng.
It is because of this rapid growth that the university college has acquired the former Federal Institute of Technology (FIT) premises in Kuala Lumpur.
“The FIT campus, to be known as the north-wing campus, is situated on a 2ha piece of land located just across the road from the Kuala Lumpur campus,” says Ng.
He adds that there are plans to move the A-Levels students, the labs for advanced engineering students and the language centre to the north-wing campus, which will be ready for use later this month.
When the north-wing campus is ready, the Kuala Lumpur campus can cater for up to 10,000 students.
Tadika Sri Sedaya, a subsidiary of the UCSI group, will also be moved to the north-wing campus and turned into a child development centre, says Ng.
UCSI will recruit experienced specialists to work at the centre, where parents will be welcome to pop in anytime and have a chat with the educators.
“Not only will parents get to mingle with each other and form support groups, they will also get to attend seminars and talks pertaining to child development,” says Ng.
The centre will cater to children with different needs and different levels of ability, including those with learning difficulties.
“I would love to get my psychology department involved in doing research that will benefit the children and enhance their development,” Ng adds.
For students who want to pursue a career in creative design, UCSI's School of Creative Arts is offering a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) in 3D Animation Design.
The programme is a collaboration between UCSI and Lifeway College in New Zealand.
With input from Huhu Studios – a 3D animation studio that is assisting the college to run a two-year 3D animation diploma programme – students will develop creative ideas and package their designs for the market place.
According to Ng, UCSI places a great deal of emphasis on the deep learning concept.
“Lecturers at UCSI serve as facilitators as learning here is very student-centred,” he says, adding that the students also engage in a lot of research.
The university college also emphasises staff development to ensure that lecturers stay abreast of the latest development in the educational arena.
It was with this in mind that UCSI’s Centre for Learning, which runs staff training programmes conducted by professional consultants on a regular basis, was established.
UCSI is a contributor to the Star Education Fund.