Meeting demand for automotive managers
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