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Malaysian varsity takes over Ugandan institute

Hand over. The Minister of State for Higher

Hand over. The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mr John Chrysostom Muyingo (second right), 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs Kirunda Kivejinja (right), and other officials tour Namataba Technical Institute in Mukono District after handing it over to Limkokwing University of Malaysia yesterday. PHOTO BY DAMALIE MUKHAYE

By Damali Mukhaye
Kampala. Limkokwing University of Malaysia has taken over the government-owned Namataba Technical Institute in Mukono District.

The Malaysian creative technology university will offer technology courses to students.
Handing over the institute to the Malaysian officials at Namataba campus yesterday, the Uganda’s Minister of State for Higher Education, Mr John Chrysostom Muyingo, said the current courses offered at the institute have been phased out. He represented the Minister of Education, Ms Janet Museveni.

The courses include automotive vehicles, construction, welding and fabrication.
Mr Muyingo said the students who have been offering the two-year certificate vocational courses at the institute completed their examinations last Friday and the Education ministry did not admit fresh students last year.

He said the new management of Limkokwing University will take over the institute effective next academic year 2019/2010.
“The Ministry of Education last year signed a memorandum of understanding with Limkokwing University to establish a campus in Uganda. Namataba Technical Institute was selected to host the campus which will provide our students with skills training. We are optimistic that this university will bring her international expertise as a contribution towards the development of high technology and innovative training programmes to drive us towards our Vision 2020,” said Ms Museveni in a speech read for her by Mr Muyingo.

“As government, we attach great importance to the teaching of practical skills and we therefore agreed to collaborate with this university in a public-private-partnership to increase the opportunities of Uganda in gaining access to Limkokwing TVET-oriented courses without having to leave Uganda,” she added.

The Senior President of Limkokwing University, Ms Dato’ Gail Phung, said the university will be the first of its kind in East Africa and will see students from Uganda and the region acquire international degrees and certificates that will enable them compete for jobs worldwide.
“We are set to offer industrial courses which are relevant to Uganda’s economy with high digital technology and with this partnership, we are going to empower the youth of Uganda,” Ms Phung said.

Mr Muyingo and the Malaysian delegation immediately left for State House to meet First Lady and Education Minister, Ms Museveni, for further discussions on tuition charges and other technical considerations before Limkokwing University takes over the institute.
The institute’s principal, Mr Ronald Muwambu, said their 17 teaching and five non-teaching staff will leave to pave way for the new administration.

He said he handed over their staff list to the Ministry of Education for redeployment.
The Mukono Resident District Commissioner, Mr Fred Bamwine, urged government to fulfil its pledge to the local people of giving out sponsorship to the less privileged and reducing tuition charges earlier agreed since they are the host of the new university.

Source: https://www.monitor.co.ug

Comment: Wonder would Limkokwing University of Malaysia be offering our own Malaysian Skill Certificate, Diploma & Advance Diploma Skill Certificate (SKM/DKM/DLKM)? Or it has no relation to our Department of Skill Development (DSD/JPK) at all?

Take up vocational courses, M’sians urged

21st century facility: Kamalanathan making himself at home in a Frog classroom at SMK Assunta in Petaling Jaya.

KUALA LUMPUR: The country can lessen its dependence on foreign blue collar labour if only more Malaysians are willing to take up vocational or skills-based education, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamala­nathan.

Speaking before witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between SG Education Group and Pearson Education here yesterday, Kamalanathan said it was imperative that Malaysia had in place a skills-based workforce in order to achieve Vision 2020.

“Every industry needs a skilled workforce,” he said, adding that it was necessary for parents to recognise that not every child is academically inclined.

For these children, there are still pathways that would allow them to graduate from vocational and polytechnics, before entering univer­sities. However, Kamalanathan stressed that beyond just having knowledge on skills, vocational school graduates must also be industry-ready – meaning that they are ready to start work immediately upon being employed – and not have to undergo additional training.

“There is a huge demand for skilled employees but we need more facilities (to train them). The ministry has the facilities but it is not enough to cope with the demand,” he said, adding that there were 170,000 applications for each polytechnic intake that could only take in about 20,000 students.

At another event earlier, Kamala­nathan said the reduced allocations under the recalibrated Budget 2016 should not affect students.

“We try our best not to touch any expenditure that directly affects funds for the children. Cost-cutting could take other forms, such as using simpler venues for events instead of a hotel,” he said after launching three newly refurbished classrooms at SMK Assunta in Petaling Jaya.

Called Frog Classrooms (after FrogAsia, a YTL subsidiary), the initia­tive is a joint effort between the YTL Foundation, the SMK Assunta board, the parent-teacher association, and the school alumni to provide “21st century classrooms”.

The Leo Club and Interact Club also raised RM10,000 each for the project.

Kamalanathan, who was impressed that the transformation of the three classrooms took just five months, said educational facilities must evolve to keep things fresh.

“It must change according to time, development and, most importantly, the needs of the children,” he said.

A Frog classroom facilitates learning by providing a comfortable IT-ready environment that encour­ages interaction between student and teacher, as well as among students.

 Source: The Star Online, 11th March 2016

Vocational courses no longer second choice, says DPM

JOHOR BARU: Technical studies and vocational courses are no longer seen as the second choice among students who choose to pursue tertiary studies in non-academic fields.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the courses have become the first choice as such skills have highly marketable prospects upon graduation.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister said Saturday that besides community colleges and institutions, a lot of higher education institutions like Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) offering diploma and degree courses in the skill-based courses.

“I encourage more SPM or similar graduates to take the opportunity to continue their studies in technical and vocational courses to add to the high-skill, high-income workforce in the country,” he said.

Muhyiddin said that in his speech during the closing ceremony of the “Jom Masuk U” carnival at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) here.

Source: The Star Online