Innovative courses to give graduates the edge


PETALING JAYA: With the growing number of students graduating each year, the need to have a competitive edge has become paramount for graduates, especially in securing the job they are aiming for.

This edge becomes more apparent, particularly when the economy has weakened and employment opportunities are limited due to downsizing exercises. That is why choosing the right education institution, and the right course is vital.

“Saito University College looks at offering innovative courses to students that would give them an edge in the market, ” said vice-chancellor Prof Vinitha Guptan.

The award-winning university college was established In 1988 by Tetsuo Saito as an academy of graphic design. As the first institution in Malaysia to offer the Diploma in Graphic Design, Saito University College has grown from strength to strength and now offers a wider range of design, business, and security management courses.

Remaining loyal to its founding practices, Saito University College keeps its pioneering tradition alive and well. It is the first to offer a Bachelor of Business (Digital Marketing) Honours course in Malaysia, which looks to create the next generation of digital marketers.

Saito University College also has the most extensive Law Enforcement and Security Management School in Malaysia, catering to full-time students and working uniform services professionals to further their careers.

“We offer a Logistics and E-Business program because we identified that logistics will be one of the prime drivers of the future of the Malaysian economy. We do not want to offer the same plain vanilla logistics program. Our Industry advisory committee pointed out that there is no institution out there that is offering a course that bridges logistics and the e-business spectrum, ” she said.

“Another key aspect that we identified is the burgeoning field of halal logistics which is a trillion ringgit industry, and we want to ensure all our logistics students are well equipped with the skills to excel in this market.”

Moreover, Vinitha said the Work Integrated Student Engagement Programme allows students to gain valuable industry experience while pursuing their studies. All classes are structured in accordance with the programme because classroom-based teaching alone does not produce future-fit graduates.

“The role of work-integrated learning is to encourage learning for performance. Saito believes it is essential for the development of graduates to become industry-ready, ” he said.

As a result, graduates have the option of having access to Saito University College’s industry partners. This will provide them with employment opportunities and a competitive edge over other graduates in the creative industry.

Alternatively, graduates can opt to become entrepreneurs as this is part of the curriculum. For those who seek to further their education, they can pursue postgraduate studies. Saito University College has an open enrollment policy, which means intakes are on a monthly basis.

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