Coun­selling pro­gramme at MSU

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

THE need for the ser­vices of pro­fes­sion­ally qual­i­fied coun­sel­lors has be­come more ur­gent due to a rise in so­cial prob­lems as a re­sult of ex­ter­nal in­flu­ences in our glob­alised world.

Cur­rently, there is a crit­i­cal short­age of qual­i­fied and com­pe­tent coun­sel­lors in Malaysia, whether in schools or in gov­ern­ment and pri­vate agen­cies, which in­clude col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties, fac­to­ries and other work­places.

There­fore, job op­por­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ates in the coun­selling field are un­lim­ited.

To com­ple­ment the needs of qual­i­fied coun­sel­lors, Man­age­ment and Science Uni­ver­sity (MSU) of­fers the bach­e­lor and diploma pro­grammes in Coun­selling and Guid­ance through its School of Ed­u­ca­tion and So­cial Sci­ences (SESS).

These unique pro­grammes are de­signed to pro­vide stu­dents with the knowl­edge, pro­fes­sional skills and com­pe­ten­cies re­quired in the field of coun­selling.

It also in­cludes an in­ter­est­ing and wide-rang­ing com­bi­na­tion of sub­jects, such as In­dus­trial Coun­selling, Mul­ti­cul­tural Coun­selling and Drug Abuse Coun­selling.

Such in­tense ex­po­sure to a broad spec­trum of sub­jects in­creases the num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able for stu­dents.

Its grad­u­ates will be able to func­tion as ef­fec­tive coun­sel­lors upon grad­u­a­tion in mul­ti­ple set­tings.

As one of Malaysia’s top uni­ver­si­ties, MSU en­sures that stu­dents are ready to face real-world chal­lenges.

Tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and prac­ti­cal skills are in­stilled among stu­dents, mak­ing them in­valu­able ad­di­tions to var­i­ous tal­ent pools across the in­dus­try.

Stu­dents are also en­cour­aged to be in­volved in the so­cial en­trepreneur­ship pro­gramme, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity en­gage­ment projects and other charitable work, both lo­cally and abroad.

As such, in ad­di­tion to be­ing com­pe­tent pro­fes­sion­als, MSU en­sures their grad­u­ates are so­cially en­gaged by pro­mot­ing a more live­able place for ev­ery­one.

What is more com­mend­able is how the stu­dents learn all these skills.

MSU knows that ef­fec­tive learn­ing method should be stu­dent-cen­tred and tech­nol­o­gy­driven, thus its learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment is highly col­lab­o­ra­tive.

With smaller groups and more projects, it pro­motes idea gen­er­a­tion, which en­cour­ages stu­dents to learn and think bet­ter.

Tap­ping into tech­nol­ogy, the school also em­ploys an on­line sys­tem that makes class notes and pre­sen­ta­tions eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble any­time, any­where.

As the uni­ver­sity con­tin­ues to main­tain its rel­e­vance, fo­cus on en­trepreneur­ship and em­ploy­a­bil­ity is given top pri­or­ity.

To en­sure that stu­dents se­cure jobs once they com­plete their de­grees, MSU pro­motes ex­po­sure to en­tre­pre­neur­ial prin­ci­ples as part of the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

The in­sti­tu­tion’s 10-year strate­gic plan runs par­al­lel with the 10 shifts of the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Blue­print, which aims to “pro­duce holis­tic, en­tre­pre­neur­ial and bal­anced grad­u­ates”, vis-a-vis the as­pi­ra­tions to gen­er­ate job cre­ators be­sides job seek­ers.

Re­in­forc­ing on their em­ploy­a­bil­ity, stu­dents are also re­quired to un­der­take in­tern­ships and in­dus­try at­tach­ments.

Not only are MSU stu­dents knowl­edge­able and ca­pa­ble, they also pos­sess lead­er­ship com­pe­tence, lan­guage pro­fi­ciency and ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion skills, among the soft skills a po­ten­tial em­ployee must pos­sess.

With the stu­dents’ show­ing promis­ing signs, it is no won­der that com­pa­nies pre­fer MSU grad­u­ates.

Apart from the Coun­selling and Guid­ance pro­gramme, SESS also of­fers bach­e­lor and diploma pro­grammes in the ar­eas of Ed­u­ca­tion (TESL), Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion, Ed­u­ca­tion (Vis­ual Arts), Ed­u­ca­tion (Science), Ed­u­ca­tion (Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic Engi­neer­ing), Ed­u­ca­tion (Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Health), Pub­lic Re­la­tions Man­age­ment and Psy­chol­ogy.

■ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and a full range of cour­ses of­fered at MSU’s SESS or other fac­ul­ties and cen­tres, call 03-5521 6868 or log on to

MSU’s bach­e­lor and diploma pro­grammes in coun­selling and guid­ance are de­signed to pro­vide stu­dents with the knowl­edge, pro­fes­sional skills and com­pe­ten­cies re­quired in the field of coun­selling.

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