UNIVERSITI Teknologi Mara (UiTM) has joined the list of public higher learning institutions in Malaysia to offer work-based learning, an initiative by the Higher Education Ministry to redesign education and improve graduate employability.
Students from UiTM’s Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, as well as its Faculty of Theatre, Film and Animation, will be able to undergo a year of industrial attachment after two years of classroom, or theory learning starting from September this year.
This work-based learning is known as 2u1i (two years in university, one year in industry), a programme which aims to boost students’ learning experience based on industry knowledge combined with classroom learning.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the programme is a step forward in the ministry’s attempt to improve the country’s higher education system and highlighted the importance of work-based learning in this era.
“The one year of industrial exposure received by students will enable them to learn about what is realistic and current in their respective fields, making their learning experience relevant,” he said.
He added that the one year training will be based on curriculum designed by UiTM which, when combined with the two years classroom learning, can maximise the learning experience of students.
“This programme will help increase graduates’ employability so that they will not have to face much difficulty when looking for a job,” he said, after commending UiTM on its bid to improve the country’s education quality.
Idris was speaking to reporters after the 2u1i launching ceremony last Tuesday, which involved a total of 21 Memorandum of Under-standing (MoU) being signed by companies taking part in the project.
He said the programmes have been well received by both industry and the institutions. “This is the age of collaboration. With this sort of programmes taking place, there will no longer be barriers between industries and educational institutions,” he said.
Also present were Higher Education Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, UiTM vice-chancellor Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Hassan Said, deputy vice-chancellor (Industry Community & Alumni Network) Prof Dr Zaini Abdullah, Faculty of Communication & Media Studies dean Prof Dr Azizul Halim Yahya and Faculty of Theater, Film and Animation dean Prof Datuk Dr Razak Muhiddin.
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