Chart­ing your ca­reer path

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

BIRM­ING­HAM City Univer­sity (BCU) is proud of its 150 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tion. Sit­u­ated in Birm­ing­ham, BCU is in the United King­dom’s sec­ond largest city and has an en­rol­ment of ap­prox­i­mately 25,000 stu­dents.

It of­fers over 350 cour­ses from foun­da­tion, un­der­grad­u­ate, post­grad­u­ate to re­search level.

As a stu­dent at BCU, you start chart­ing your ca­reer path the minute you join.

BCU com­bines in­dus­try-stan­dard fa­cil­i­ties and lec­tur­ers with real life ex­pe­ri­ences, which make its grad­u­ates among the most em­ploy­able. The ap­proach has been taken to em­pha­sise em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills as a key el­e­ment of the cur­ricu­lum.

Em­ploy­a­bil­ity and em­ployer en­gage­ment are es­sen­tial fac­tors in the val­i­da­tion or reval­i­da­tion process of ev­ery course.

What makes BCU so pop­u­lar is that most of its stu­dents move on to great jobs. The Sun­day Times Univer­sity Guide 2012 ranked BCU 29th out of 123 uni­ver­si­ties in the UK for the most stu­dents in grad­u­ate level roles.

BCU is staffed by ex­cel­lent fac­ulty mem­bers, es­pe­cially in the cre­ative and pro­fes­sional prac­tices.

The ground­break­ing in­dus­try col­lab­o­ra­tions are also renowned, with over 50 pro­fes­sional ac­cred­i­ta­tions for the cour­ses at the last count.

Strong in­dus­try and pro­fes­sional part­ner­ships with firms, in­clud­ing Ap­ple, Cartier, Cisco, Sony Com­puter En­ter­tain­ment Europe, SAP and Rolls-Royce en­sure that grad­u­ates leave with skills and knowl­edge em­ploy­ers value most.

BCU’s world-leading re­search en­sures the lat­est in­sights are in­cor­po­rated into teach­ing.

Stu­dents are at the heart of ev­ery­thing – BCU’s award-win­ning Stu­dent Aca­demic Part­ners scheme teams up staff and stu­dents to find ways to make their teach­ing bet­ter.

BCU has also been con­stantly in­vest­ing – a new stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion, an RM8.5mil sports cen­tre at the City North Cam­pus and con­struc­tion cur­rently un­der­way on the new RM61mil ex­ten­sion to the City Cen­tre Cam­pus. This places them in the top 10 uni­ver­si­ties for spend­ing on fa­cil­i­ties (Com­plete Univer­sity Guide 2012).

BCU also re­ceived an “out­stand­ing” rat­ing from Of­sted in its pri­mary and sec­ondary teacher train­ing cour­ses.

BCU’s six aca­demic fac­ul­ties in­clude the Birm­ing­ham In­sti­tute of Art and De­sign, Birm­ing­ham City Busi­ness School, Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion, Law & So­cial Sci­ences, Fac­ulty of Health, Fac­ulty of Per­for­mance, Me­dia & English and Fac­ulty of Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and the En­vi­ron­ment.

BIAD’s In­ter­na­tional Ad­vi­sor John Hall will be in Kuala Lumpur to con­duct in­ter­views, re­view­ing portfolios and mak­ing of­fers for Vis­ual Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (Graphic Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Pho­tog­ra­phy, Il­lus­tra­tion, Film and An­i­ma­tion), Fine Art and In­te­rior De­sign pro­grammes.

He will be avail­able dur­ing the Ed­u­ca­tion UK Ex­hi­bi­tion at Hall 5, KL Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, on March 8 and 9, and the Ball­room, G Ho­tel, Pe­nang, on March 11 from 1pm to 6pm.

Can­di­dates are ad­vised to bring along their portfolios and aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions for as­sess­ment.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Birm­ing­ham City Univer­sity - Asia Pa­cific re­gional of­fice.

To make an ap­point­ment for an in­ter­view, visit Birm­ing­ham City Univer­sity – Asia Pa­cific re­gional of­fice at B-3A-1 and 2, Me­gan Av­enue 1, 189 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. Call 03-2780 7288, e-mail malaysiaof­fice@bcu.ac.uk or log on to www.bcu.ac.uk

Birm­ing­ham City Univer­sity is in the UK’s sec­ond largest city and has an en­rol­ment of ap­prox­i­mately 25,000 stu­dents.

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