Armed with the E3-Boost­ers edge

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Grad­u­ate em­ploy­a­bil­ity has been an is­sue of con­sid­er­able na­tional con­cern over the past sev­eral years.

Fresh grad­u­ates ex­it­ing lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing seem to be gen­er­ally lack­ing cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics that em­ploy­ers in the in­dus­try are look­ing for.

th­ese miss­ing traits in­clude a strong com­mand of english, a well-suited at­ti­tude and the abil­ity to solve prob­lems, among oth­ers.

as a re­sult, they are passed on from be­ing hired, while the in­dus­try is not able to meet its hu­man re­source de­mands.

Be­ing aware of the sit­u­a­tion, Kdu univer­sity Col­lege has swiftly re­sponded with an ini­tia­tive called the e3-Boost­ers, whereby a set of skills specif­i­cally tar­geted to rem­edy the com­mon short­com­ings faced by fresh grad­u­ates seek­ing em­ploy­ment will be im­parted to its stu­dents.

the e3-Boost­ers, com­pris­ing english Pro­fi­ciency, eQ de­vel­op­ment and en­trepreneur­ship, are widely in­cor­po­rated into the cur­ric­ula of its aca­demic pro­grammes and all its stu­dents are ex­posed to them.

english Pro­fi­ciency has been in­cluded be­cause of the lan­guage’s vi­tal im­por­tance and wide­spread use in to­day’s global en­vi­ron­ment.

By help­ing Kdu univer­sity Col­lege’s stu­dents gain mas­tery over it, their chances of se­cur­ing their dream jobs are sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased.

eQ de­vel­op­ment, on the other hand, will help stu­dents pre­pare for the re­al­i­ties of the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment when they grad­u­ate.

they will be moulded into in­di­vid­u­als with ma­ture mind­sets and strong char­ac­ters, ready to con­trib­ute to any em­ployer that hires them, right from day one.

Lastly, en­trepreneur­ship skills will drive them to be more dar­ing, in­no­va­tive and adapt­able in or­der to stand out from their peers.

the work­ing world is be­com­ing tougher by the day, and grad­u­ates need to be equipped with ad­vanced prob­lems solv­ing skills to over­come the many chal­lenges that will be thrown their way.

ac­cord­ing to Kdu univer­sity Col­lege’s vice-chan­celler Prof dr Khong Yoon Loong, “Our e3-Boost­ers were de­vel­oped based on the Na­tional Grad­u­ate em­ploy­a­bil­ity Blue­print 20122017, pub­lished by the Min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion, to make our stu­dents al­most ir­re­sistible to their fu­ture em­ploy­ers.

“With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the e3-Boost­ers ini­tia­tive, the stu­dents of Kdu univer­sity Col­lege com­plete their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion with a dis­tinct edge over other grad­u­ates in terms of em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

“even now, 63% of Kdu univer­sity Col­lege’s stu­dents man­age to se­cure em­ploy­ment upon con­vo­ca­tion, and 95% are hired within six months of grad­u­at­ing.”

In line with its mis­sion to drive dreams, Kdu univer­sity Col­lege is giv­ing out rM6mil worth of schol­ar­ships to prospec­tive and ex­ist­ing stu­dents who are high achiev­ers.

For more de­tails on Kdu univer­sity Col­lege’s e3-Boost­ers and about the schol­ar­ships it of­fers, visit Kdu’s Open day at its da­mansara Jaya cam­pus from dec 20 to 22, 10am to 5pm.

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KDU Univer­sity Col­lege has ini­ti­ated the E3-Boost­ers, a set of skills specif­i­cally tar­geted to rem­edy the com­mon short­com­ings faced by fresh grad­u­ates seek­ing em­ploy­ment. Inset: Prof Khong says the E3-Boost­ers make KDU’s stu­dents al­most ir­re­sistible to their fu­ture em­ploy­ers.

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