Quest International University Perak is fully aware that the industry is the biggest client of graduates. Therefore, a university cannot afford to isolate itself in an ivory tower anymore. They must be relevant. And to be relevant they must engage with stakeholders including industry.
It is with this in mind that the University held a collaboration gathering with its industry partners recently aimed at understanding what the industry’s needs are in terms of human resources in order to prepare our graduates to be job-ready.
Yang Berhormat Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Bari, Perak State Exco member for Education, Environment, Green Technology & Information graced the event which was attended by members from the various industries such as manufacturing, pharmaceutical, hotel, retail, education, auditing, accounting and healthcare representing both the public as well as private sectors.
Yang Berhormat Dr Abdul Aziz congratulated QIUP for taking this bold step forward and thanked the industry members for engaging with the University.
“Business and education sector need to collaborate more in the preparation of a highly skilled workforce to preserve the nation’s competitiveness and economic opportunity in response to rapid technological change and increasing global competition. The only way to develop curriculum and instruction models that deliver this skill set is for business and education providers to build collaborations that leverage their combined knowledge of labour markets, skills, pedagogy, and students.
“Ladies and Gentlemen from the industry here today, I must thank you wholeheartedly for engaging with QIUP in helping not only the University but also the state of Perak to produce graduates of the future” said YB Abdul Aziz.
Mr. Nicholas Goh, Chief Operating Officer of QIUP stressed that the University is not a degree mill but rather a training ground for future employees of the industries.
“QIUP will not just produce graduates who will find it difficult to secure jobs when they graduate. We are not a degree mill.
“Our aim is have a fluid curriculum. We have collaborations with industry partners to understand specific needs of an organization. We will teach the required syllabus for each programme but in the final year, we aim to tailor the curriculum to meet specific industry needs. In this way, our graduates will be employed by the industry and will hit the ground running as they will be performing from their first day at work” stressed Mr. Nicholas.
Also present at this function were Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Raman Narayanasamy, Vice Chancellor, Mr. Zaheer Merchant, QI Group Director of Education and senior management team from the University.