Limkokwing varsity opens doors to hearing impaired

CYBERJAYA: Fifteen hearing impaired students from China will make Limkokwing University of Creative Technology their home for the next six months as they take up a course in English and Malay sign languages.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the university and China’s Zhengzhou Institute of Technology yesterday, witnessed by Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

“It is encouraging to see a local private institution advocating sign language education,” he said.

The students, all from the Zhengzhou Institute of Technology, are the first group of foreign hearing impaired students studying in the country. Chong added that he hopes to see a society in which special needs children grow up assimilated, and not segregated.

People with special needs have to be well represented in the judiciary, legislature and the medical industry, for instance, he said.

“I’m pleased to know that these hearing impaired students will be in the classes together with their peers.

“I hope these students will eventually move on to degree courses here after completing their six-month training,” he said.

The university’s vice-president of brand, creativity and talent development, Datuk Tiffanee Marie Lim, said classes at the university have sign language interpreters, thus catering to the needs of the hearing impaired.

“We are not new to educating students with special needs. We do not separate classes for special needs students. We provide translators, so that they can get a fully immersive Limkokwing University experience.

“At the moment, we have 150 hearing impaired students studying here,” said Lim.

She added that the university has its own faculty for sign language translation and is in the forefront of providing special needs education in Africa.

The 15 students’ tuition will be sponsored by Limkokwing Univer­sity, and the programme fits into the cultural exchange under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.