Con­struct­ing your fu­ture

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CON­STRUC­TION Man­age­ment is one of the many ar­eas in civil en­gi­neer­ing. How­ever, the lack of un­der­stand­ing on its mean­ing may cause some con­fu­sion.

Con­struc­tion man­age­ment fo­cuses on the busi­ness as­pects of con­struc­tion while civil en­gi­neer­ing fo­cuses on struc­tural de­sign and build­ing tech­nolo­gies.

Both ma­jors will give you equal op­por­tu­nity to en­ter the con­struc­tion busi­ness. Man­ag­ing a con­struc­tion project can be quite chal­leng­ing and the mar­ket need for con­struc­tion man­age­ment pro­fes­sion­als has been on the rise. Over­all, con­struc­tion man­agers plan, co­or­di­nate, budget and su­per­vise con­struc­tion projects from early de­vel­op­ment to com­ple­tion.

Be­ing one of the most recog­nised uni­ver­si­ties for en­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion man­age­ment pro­grammes in Malaysia, In­fra­struc­ture Univer­sity Kuala Lumpur (IUKL), through its Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy In­fra­struc­ture (FETI), of­fers a full range of en­gi­neer­ing pro­grammes in var­i­ous fields from foun­da­tion, di­ploma, bach­e­lor’s de­gree to mas­ter’s de­gree and PhD that in­clude the Bach­e­lor of Tech­nol­ogy (Hons) in Con­stuc­tion Man­age­ment.

FETI is among the first fac­ul­ties es­tab­lished in IUKL 15 years ago.

Its strong in­dus­try link­ages and rich his­tory en­able it to groom fu­ture en­gi­neers to be suc­cess­ful techno­preneurs.

Bach­e­lor of Tech­nol­ogy (Hons) in Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment

The Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment pro­gramme cov­ers the sci­ence and art of procur­ing and di­rect­ing hu­man and phys­i­cal re­sources for the suc­cess­ful and pru­dent re­al­i­sa­tion of a con­struc­tion project, en­sur­ing that the en­ter­prise meets the de­sires of the client, budget re­quire­ments and qual­ity of the spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment pro­gramme head Shar­i­fah Na­trah Syed Mukhiar said the pro­gramme aims to pro­duce qual­i­fied grad­u­ates with tech­ni­cal and man­age­rial skills in the field of con­struc­tion and re­lated in­dus­tries.

“This pro­gramme is a blend be­tween tech­nol­ogy and man­age­ment. Stu­dents will be ex­posed to both hard and soft skills. Site vis­its are an im­por­tant part of the pro­gramme so that stu­dents get a clear pic­ture of what they learn in class.”

This three-year pro­gramme cov­ers both of­fice and field work in or­der to mas­ter the many facets and un­der­stand the com­plex­i­ties of the var­i­ous stages in con­struc­tion projects.

IUKL’s close links with the con­struc­tion in­dus­try en­sure that what stu­dents learn is rel­e­vant to their fu­ture ca­reer.

“We have in­cluded in the syl­labus a three-month in­tern­ship for our stu­dents. This is im­por­tant as con­struc­tion man­age­ment is an in­dus­try that re­quires prac­ti­cal skills and knowl­edge,” Shar­i­fah added.

Qual­ity and recog­nised pro­grammes

IUKL is rated as an Ex­cel­lence Univer­sity (Tier 5) in SE­TARA’11 by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA). In ad­di­tion to Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment, IUKL also of­fers other pro­grammes un­der the same fac­ulty such as Civil En­gi­neer­ing, Elec­tron­ics En­gi­neer­ing, Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing, Au­to­mo­tive, Wa­ter and Waste­water and Elec­tron­ics and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion En­gi­neer­ing.

IUKL is an in­dus­try-fo­cused univer­sity and this is ev­i­denced by the 90% em­ploy­ment rate of its stu­dents within six months of grad­u­a­tion.

With the aim to share more on what IUKL can of­fer, it is open through­out the week for ex­tended coun­selling hours from 9am to 7pm on week­days and 10am to 4pm on week­ends. Be­gin a pro­gramme at IUKL with only RM100. Scholarships and tu­ition fee waivers of up to 60% are of­fered to stu­dents who ex­cel in their stud­ies. Study loans such as PTPTN, MARA and Yayasan Negeri are also avail­able.

For more de­tails, call 1800 88 STUDY (78839) or visit www.IUKL.edu.my

Con­struc­tion man­agers plan, co­or­di­nate, budget and su­per­vise con­struc­tion projects from early de­vel­op­ment to com­ple­tion.

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