Meet­ing de­mand for au­to­mo­tive man­agers

New Straits Times - - Business -

KUALA LUMPUR: The six-year-old DRB-HICOM Uni­ver­sity (DHU) is mak­ing its pres­ence felt as the world’s only uni­ver­sity ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing a com­plete range of au­to­mo­tive cour­ses.

So far, the uni­ver­sity has pro­duced 1,140 grad­u­ates, in­clud­ing the lat­est batch of 440 who will re­ceive their cre­den­tials at its fourth con­vo­ca­tion in Pekan, Pa­hang, on Satur­day

Pekan hosts the au­to­mo­tive plants of Volk­swa­gen and Mercedes and is dubbed as the “Detroit of Malaysia”.

DHU vice-chan­cel­lor Prof Dr Gary James Clay­ton said Malaysia’s ever-grow­ing au­to­mo­tive sec­tor was sorely in need of uni­ver­sity-trained au­to­mo­tive man­agers and DHU was wellplaced to fill the gap over the next 10 to 15 years.

Clay­ton said DHU had 24 pro­grammes cov­er­ing the au­to­mo­tive ecosys­tem while an­other 33 cour­ses were in the process of be­ing ap­proved by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

Asked about job op­por­tu­ni­ties for DHU grad­u­ates, he said: “Malaysia has a high stan­dard of liv­ing com­pared with most coun­tries in Asean. There­fore, it’s not sur­pris­ing that it has such a big mar­ket for ve­hi­cles. That means there are a lot of job op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

DHU now has 1,200 stu­dents in a cam­pus that can ac­com­mo­date up to 5,000.

Clay­ton said DHU was mov­ing to at­tract Asean stu­dents.

“We have a very close re­la­tion­ship with the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and our stu­dents are able to un­dergo in­tern­ships. More than 90 per cent of our stu­dents are of­fered jobs even be­fore they grad­u­ate,” he added. Ber­nama

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