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i-CATS Launches Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) Programme

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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director

The International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) has just launched its Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme, with registration of the inaugural cohort of students scheduled from 21 March until 31 March 2017.

Commenting on the new programme, Mr. Ting Kung Chuang, Head of the i-CATS School of Engineering highlighted that “the programme prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities across the commercial and industrial sectors within Malaysia and abroad. Our graduates can look forward to careers in power generation and distribution, computer systems, electronics, marine and offshore operations, and manufacturing-based industries. Prior to the completion of the programme, students are required to undergo a 4-month internship. This ensures that the students have the opportunity to learn directly from the industry and gain real-world work experience. On completion of their studies, graduates may also further their studies in a range of degree programmes.”

Mr. Ting also shared that, “to facilitate the learning experience of our students, our Power Engineering Labs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment such as Power System Simulators, generators, and electrical machinery from TERCO Sweden, a major manufacturer and global provider of equipment for engineering education.”

Madam Siti Syafinah binti Ahmad Hassan, Head of the i-CATS Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme added, “During their studies in the two-and-a-half-year programme, students will take subjects such as electrical circuit theory, digital electronics, electrical machines and drives, electrical power systems, power electronics and renewable energy. With the support and guidance of our team of experienced lecturers, students will develop effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills as well as hone their critical thinking, decision-making and team building skills.”

During the course of their studies at i-CATS, engineering students also appreciate the importance of innovation and technological advances in fostering an environmentally sustainable society.  In this respect, a major point of pride is the i-CATS Green Technology Laboratory which enables students to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the study of hydro power technology, solar photovoltaic technology, wind turbine technology and various other sources of renewable energy. This enriches the engineering curriculum and gives i-CATS students the competitive edge as they prepare for engineering-related careers or further their studies at the degree-level.

Indeed, the launch of the i-CATS Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme is in line with the Government’s objective to transform Sarawak into a regional energy hub. It is forecasted that the initiatives by the government to develop the energy sector, including developments in the area of sustainable energy sources, will generate a host of career opportunities for power engineering graduates.

Enrolment to the Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme is now ongoing for the March 2017 session. Students who have completed SPM/SPMV with a minimum of three credits including Mathematics and one science/technical subject and a pass in English are eligible to enter the i-CATS Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme. Applications will also be considered for those who have completed an MQA Accredited Certificate in Engineering/Technology programme (MQF Level 3) with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0.

For further information on the Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme and various forms of financial assistance, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.

Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi (in the middle), CEO of i-CATS cutting the ribbon to launch the Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme

Academic team members in the photo:

Second from Left: Madam Siti Syafinah binti Ahmad Hassan, Head of the i-CATS Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme

Third from Left: Dr. Leo Sing Lim, Academic Director of i-CATS

Third from Right: Mr. Ting Kung Chuang, Head of the i-CATS School of Engineering

Power Engineering Laboratory

Middle: Madam Siti Syafinah binti Ahmad Hassan, Head of the i-CATS Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme preparing the Power Engineering Lab for the coming semester

 

 


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PPKS TO OFFER HRDF FUNDED PROGRAMMES IN CYBER SECURITY

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Article by Linda John
Corporate Communications Manager

PPKS as the Centre of Excellence in Technology (CoET) provides Industry 4.0 courses, a part of the National Empowerment in Certification and Training for Next Generation Workers – Industry 4.0

Kuching – Eligible industries contributing to the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) are encouraged to upskill and certify their current and future workforce through high-valued technology certification and training programmes.

Under the Next Generation Workers-Industry 4.0 (NECT-Gen-Industry 4.0), a series of certification programmes has been initiated by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) ranging from Track A : Industry 4.0 Big Data (BD), Track B: Industry 4.0 Cloud Computing (CC), Track C: Industry 4.0 Internet of Things (IoT), Track D: Industry 4.0 Cyber Security(CS)  and Track D: Industry 4.0 Vertical Integration (VI).

Commencing  30th March, PPKS as Centre of Excellence in Technology (CoET) will be conducting the NECT-Gen: Cyber Security (CS) programme for HRDF levy-contributing companies. The 10-day programme will be divided into 4 series and applicants must fulfil the track prerequisites. Successful participants will be awarded the Certificate in the CyberSec First Responder: Threat Detection and Response Certification

The Industry 4.0 Cyber Security programme is sponsored by HRDF under a special grant and there will be no levy deduction or payment required. The training will be held at PPKS HQ, Tabuan Jaya Kuching and those interested may contact 082-362475 or Yusuf Kamil (017-8557726) or Jamaludin Mustapha (017-8099707 of the Corporate Training Department or visits PPKS website www.ppks.edu.my


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i-CATS Software Engineering Programmes Prepare Graduates for Careers in the Global Digital Economy

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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director

At the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS), students of the diploma and degree programmes in Software Engineering are quick to grasp the importance of acquiring a broad base of industry-relevant technical and soft skills to thrive in the global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry.

As highlighted by Mr. Goh Kok Luong, Head of the i-CATS School of Innovative Technology, “Both the diploma and degree programmes in Software Engineering prepare graduates for exciting careers in the Global Digital Economy. If one is interested in a career in ICT, he or she should have the ability to think logically, have strong problem-solving skills and good communication skills.” He added, “At both the diploma and degree levels, our students’ learning experience is essentially a voyage of discovery, covering a blend of theoretical concepts and practical experience. We work closely with our students, to encourage them to tap into their inner sense of curiosity, and to strive for excellence. This facilitates the transition of our graduates from the classroom to the workplace.”

Mr. Goh also emphasized that, “Due to our strong links with industry, our students are able to secure internships in the ICT industry. We are also able to reach out to the industry and invite Guest Speakers to share their experience with our students.” In this respect, recently, the i-CATS School of Innovative Technology organized a seminar on E-Commerce for its final year students. The Guest Speaker was Mr. Jong Tze Shien, who has extensive experience in the IT and Networking industry. He is also involved in the development of mobile applications (apps) and websites, and conducts ICT training. During the seminar, Mr. Jong took the opportunity to introduce the students to the E-Commerce environment, including the various Payment Gateways, Visuals, and the competitive E-Commerce Landscape.

Commenting on the two-and-a-half-year Diploma in Software Engineering programme, Madam Siti Nurhasanah binti Mohamad, Head of Programme (Software Engineering) highlighted, “During their studies, students take a wide range of subjects such as Introduction to Software Engineering, Database Concept and Design, System Analysis and Design, Software Development, and Web Programming. In addition, they will develop effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills as well as critical thinking, decision-making and team building skills. She also shared, “Prior to the completion of the programme, students are required to undergo a 4-month internship. This will enable them to gain relevant hands-on experience and develop new skills. On completion of their studies, graduates can apply for a wide variety of positions such as Site Server Supervisor, Graphic Design Engineer, Assistant Administrator, and Systems Analyst.”

Graduates of the i-CATS Diploma in Software Engineering programme may also proceed to degree level programmes. For example, diploma graduates may opt to pursue the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons.) programme offered in collaboration with Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur. The entire degree programme can be completed at the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur in Kuching. During their studies, students will acquire knowledge and skills in areas such as problem-solving, mathematical foundations of software engineering, programming, software development methodologies, software processes and life cycles, software quality, testing and technical documentation. With the support and guidance of the i-CATS team of experienced lecturers, students will also gain invaluable experience in teamwork, project management and the utilisation of industry best practice techniques. In the final year of study, students will hone their skills through industry internship and be involved in a major software related project. Graduates can look forward to exciting careers in ICT, in positions such as Software Engineer, Software Developer, Software Tester, and Software Quality Executive. For diploma graduates, total duration to complete the degree programme is two years and four months inclusive of industrial training.

At i-CATS, a major point of pride is the fast-growing number of alumni, with their diverse contributions across the length and breadth of industry. For example, Junaidi bin Junie (Diploma in Software Engineering: Class of 2011) is currently an IT Technician at Sarawak Energy Berhad, an energy development company as well as a vertically integrated electricity utility with a vision to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for Sarawak by meeting the region’s need for reliable, renewable energy.

Since his student days at i-CATS, Junaidi has always held firm to the belief that one must draw on his or her wellspring of determination and perseverance in order to achieve one’s academic and life goals. Commenting on the world of work, he shared that the corporate world, although challenging, offers many opportunities for one to excel. In this respect, he shared that, “It is of utmost importance to equip oneself with relevant knowledge, technical skills, and people skills. There is also a need to keep abreast of the latest developments, especially in one’s area of specialization, by attending training courses (internal and external), reading updated versions of technical materials and working closely with colleagues as a team.”

Another i-CATS graduate (Diploma in Software Engineering: Class of 2013) Ezra Moses bin Adrian Amit, is currently a Webmaster at Pasti Nyala Sdn. Bhd. in Kuching. The company provides a wide range of end-to-end IT solutions and services to its clients. He highlighted that, “In my capacity as a Webmaster, I am involved in Website Design and Maintenance. For example, with regard to website maintenance services, I work closely with my clients in the area of content revision and updates. I also ensure that web servers, hardware and software are operating at optimum performance level(s).”

Indeed, i-CATS alumni are making their mark, contributing positively to the progress and vibrancy of the broad canvas of the ICT industry. In recent years, it has been widely publicized that Software Engineers are among the highest paid professionals in many countries around the world. In Malaysia, the Government has identified the digital economy as a key driver for economic growth. The digital economy will be a catalyst to transform Malaysia into a knowledge-based economy. It is also forecasted that Global ICT trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual and augmented reality, gaming hardware advances, and startup innovation will generate a host of career opportunities for ICT professionals.

Enrolment (to the Diploma and Degree programmes in Software Engineering) is now ongoing for the March 2017 session. For the Diploma in Software Engineering programme, students who have completed SPM/SPMV with a minimum of three credits including Mathematics and a pass in English are eligible to enter the programme. Students who have passed STPM with at least Grade C (CGP 2.00) in 1 subject, and a credit in Mathematics at SPM level are also eligible to enter the diploma programme. Those who have completed a Computer Certificate (MQF level 3) programme in a related field (with at least a CGPA of 2.00) with credit in one subject at SPM level are encouraged to apply.

For the degree programme, students who meet any of the following requirements are eligible to enter the programme: Passed STPM with minimum Grade C (CGP 2.00) in any 2 subjects, and a credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM level/5 Bs in UEC including Advanced Mathematics. Those having a diploma in Computer Science or Software Engineering or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 and a credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM level are encouraged to apply.

For further information on the Diploma and Degree programmes in Software Engineering and various forms of financial assistance, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.

Mr. Junaidi bin Junie (Diploma in Software Engineering: Class of 2011)

Mr. Ezra Moses bin Adrian Amit (Diploma in Software Engineering: Class of 2013)

One of the Software Engineering Labs at i-CATS West Campus
Seated (Left): Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS with the academic team members of the i-CATS School of Innovative Technology
Seated (Right): Mr. Goh Kok Luong, Head of the i-CATS School of Innovative Technology
Standing (Second from left): Madam Siti Nurhasanah binti Mohamad, Head of Programme (Software Engineering)

Mr. Goh Kok Luong (Right), Head of the i-CATS School of Innovative Technology presenting a memento to Guest Speaker, Mr. Jong Tze Shien

 

 

 


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I-CATS New Diploma in Hotel Management Programme Prepares Graduates for a Wide Range of Hospitality Careers

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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director

The International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) has just launched its Diploma in Hotel Management programme, with registration of the inaugural cohort of students scheduled from 21 to 22 March 2017.

Commenting on the new programme, Mr. Ian Shatner, Head of the i-CATS School of Tourism and Hospitality highlighted that “the programme explores various themes across the dynamic canvas of the hospitality industry including travel and tourism, lodging, food service, meetings, conventions and expositions, and leisure and recreation.” He added, “the programme equips students with the relevant knowledge and skills to enable them to thrive in the hospitality industry. Due to our close links with industry partners, our students will be able to secure internships at hotels and resorts in Malaysia and abroad. By having relevant hands-on experience, they will be able to develop new skills that cannot be acquired in a classroom. On completion of the programme, graduates can explore a wide range of career opportunities in the hospitality industry. Graduates can look forward to applying for the following positions: Front Desk Officer, Reservationist, Guest Service Agent, Food and Beverage Supervisor, Housekeeping Supervisor, Sales and Marketing Executive, Food Preparation Officer, Guest Relations Executive, Banquet Coordinator, Event Planner, Catering Business Entrepreneur, Restaurant Owner, etc. Graduates may also further their studies in a range of degree programmes.”

Indeed, around the world, countries are opening their doors to welcome tourists from abroad. Together with the ongoing drive to boost domestic tourism, this has resulted in a host of career opportunities for qualified and talented hospitality professionals. As highlighted in Ernst & Young’s publication, Global hospitality insights: Top 10 thoughts for 2016, in most regional markets, hospitality is in a state of vibrant growth, and is a catalyst for economic development and job creation.

In a similar vein, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Travel and Tourism is one of the world’s largest employers. The sector directly employs over 100 million individuals, and over the course of the coming decade, it is expected that Travel and Tourism will provide a total of 74.5 million new jobs.  Closer to home, Aon Hewitt Malaysia recently highlighted that the growth of tourism in Malaysia is matched by an increased demand on hotels, and subsequently, increased supply of rooms throughout the country.

Enrolment to the two-and-a-half-year Diploma in Hotel Management programme is now ongoing for the March 2017 session. Students who have completed SPM/SPMV with a minimum of three credits in any subject and a pass in English are eligible to enter the i-CATS Diploma in Hotel Management programme. Applications will also be considered for those who have completed the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 3 in a related field, and passed SPM with at least 1 credit.

For further information on the Diploma in Hotel Management programme and various forms of financial assistance, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the i-CATS West campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.

Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS cutting the ribbon to declare open the hotel mock-up room

Hotel Mock-up Room

From left to right: Mr Mahmud Omar Baseair, Head of Programme (Culinary Arts), Ms Marry Tracy Pawan, Head of Programme (Hotel Management) Mr. Ian Shatner, Head of School (School of Tourism and Hospitality) Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS Dr. Leo Sing Lim, Academic Director, i-CATS Standing behind Dr. Leo Sing Lim: Mr. Stanley Gona Chee Khiong, Director of Corporate Services, i-CATS

Ms Marry Tracy Pawan, Head of Programme (Hotel Management) demonstrating the art of bed making

Hotel Mock-up Room

Mock Front Office

Restaurant

Mr. Ian Shatner, Head of School (School of Tourism and Hospitality)

Ms Marry Tracy Pawan, Head of Programme (Hotel Management)


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PPKS/i-CATS to Showcase a Wide Range of Academic and Skills Programmes at BPIEF 2017

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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director

The Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) Group of Institutions will be participating in The Borneo Post International Education Fair (BPIEF), from 11 to 12 March 2017 at the VIVACITY Megamall in Kuching.

Open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on both days, the PPKS booth will showcase a wide range of academic and skills programmes offered by the PPKS Group of Institutions. In addition to programmes for fresh school leavers, working adults are invited to visit the PPKS booth, to explore the benefits of Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) and various pathways to earn industry-relevant qualifications.

Established in 1994, PPKS is a tripartite collaboration between the Industry, State and Federal Governments to produce a qualified and competent workforce through continuous learning and development. Various Malaysian Skills Certificate (Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia – SKM) and Malaysian Skills Diploma (Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia – DKM)  programmes are offered by PPKS such as Mechatronics, Information Systems, Electrical Technician, Welding, Graphic Design, Automotive, Air Conditioning, Computer Systems, Industrial Electronics, Plantation Management, and Fashion and Tailoring. New programmes have been planned together with the Federation of Malaysian Skills Development Centres (FMSDC) such as Malaysian Meister Programme (MMP) in Mechatronics, Electrical and Electronics, and in Automotive.

With regard to academic programmes, the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS), a subsidiary company of PPKS, offers diploma-level programmes in Business Administration, Engineering, Hospitality, Information Technology, Plantation Management, and Tourism.

In 2016, i-CATS reached a significant milestone with the launching of two Bachelor’s degree programmes offered in collaboration with Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL). The two programmes are the Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.) in E-Commerce and Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons.). Recently, two new diploma programmes were launched, namely the Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) and Diploma in Hotel Management. The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Honours) in Manufacturing System in Collaboration with Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) will be launched in September 2017.

The proposed upgrading of i-CATS to a University College in the second half of 2017 would facilitate the adoption of a “Best of Both Worlds” approach to teaching and learning, i.e. shifting from a predominantly teaching institution to an institution with a harmonious blend of teaching and research initiatives. This would also pave the way for the development of various postgraduate programmes.

Enrolment to the various programmes is now ongoing for the March 2017 session. Members of the public including students, school leavers, parents and working adults are invited to visit the PPKS booth at BPIEF 2017.

Frontal View of Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) at Jalan Canna off Jalan Alwi, Tabuan Jaya


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PPKS Group of Companies Corporate Social Responsibility; Cherish the Veterans at Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching

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Article by: Nur Rapizah Oden & Muhamad Daneal b Jamali
Corporate Communication Executive

The Social, Recreational & Sports Club (SRSC) representing PPKS Group of companies and its subsidiaries of International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) and Automotive & Welding Institute of Sarawak (AWISAR) devoted their time through a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) visit to Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching on 24 February 2017, Friday.

With inspirational theme of “PPKS Technical Education Give Impacts”, the team was led by Mr. Stanley Gona, Director of Corporate Services; i-CATS represented a sum of basic goods such as staple foods supplies, detergents product, diary milk product and clothes for the Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching residents. The CSR visit is part of its annual activities and a platform for PPKS Group of Companies to give back to the society and needing community.

The team was welcomed by the house head, Dariel Thiong. On a sharing basis from Dariel said that Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching plays the role of providing home shelter to eighty (80) senior citizens that breakdown from a diverse culture and races. Dariel also added that, Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching is also responsible to look after for senior citizens’ welfares.

PPKS Staff presented basic goods to Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching, (fifth from left) Stanley Gona, Director of Corprorate Services i-CATS and (sixth from left), House Head – Dariel Chiong.

Caught in Action – PPKS staff with the residents of Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching


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Tanggungjawab Sosial Korporat (CSR) Kumpulan PPKS; Warga Emas Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching tidak di lupai

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Artikle oleh: Nur Rapizah Oden & Muhamad Daneal bin Jamali
Eksekutif Komunikasi Korporat

Kelab Sosial, Rekreasi dan Sukan (SRSC) yang mewakili keseluruhan warga kerja Kumpulan Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) serta subsidarinya iaitu Kolej Antarabangsa Teknologi Lanjutan Sarawak (i-CATS) dan Automotive & Welding Institute of Sarawak (AWISAR) telah menganjurkan aktiviti tanggungjawab sosial korporat (CSR) melalui satu lawatan amal ke Rumah Seri Kenangan, Kuching pada 24 Februari 2017, Jumaat yang lalu.

Lawatan yang berinsipirasikan tema “PPKS Technical Education Give Impacts” telah di ketuai oleh saudara Stanley Gona Selaku Pengarah Perkhidmatan Korporat, i-CATS. Lawatan Amal tersebut bertujuan untuk menghulurkan sumbangan ikhsan warga kerja PPKS/i-CATS berbentuk barangan keperluan harian seperti bekalan beras dan bekalan makanan, produk tenusu, produk cucian serta pakaian. Aktiviti tanggungjawab sosial korporat (CSR) sebegini merupakan aktiviti tahunan Kumpulan PPKS dalam usaha untuk menyumbang kembali kepada komuniti di sekitarnya.

Rombongan lawatan Amal tersebut telah di sambut mesra oleh Pengetua Rumah Seri Kenangan, Encik Dariel Thiong. Semasa mengalukan ketibaan rombongan daripada Kumpulan PPKS, Encik Dariel berkongsi sedikit latar belakang mengenai Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching yang sehingga kini menempatkan seramai lapan puluh (80) orang penghuni yang terdiri daripada pelbagai suku kaum yang terdapat di sarawak. Dariel dalam pada itu berkata, Rumah Seri Kenangan berperanan untuk memberi perlindungan serta menjaga kebajikan warga emas di sini.

Pekerja PPKS bergambar bersama dengan Pengetua Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching (Enam dari kiri) Encik Dariel Chiong serta (lima dari kiri) Encik Stanley Gona, Pengarah Perkhidmatan Korporat i-CATS.

Aksi – Perkerja PPKS bermesra dengan penghuni Rumah Seri Kenangan Kuching


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Aktiviti Riadah Daki Gunung Singai

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Article by Zainal Abiddin bin Ahmad
School Relation Officer

Pada Jumaat 24 Februari 2017 yang lalu, seramai 45 orang pelajar bersama-sama empat orang pensyarah program Diploma Pengurusan Perniagaan, Kolej Antarabangsa Teknologi Lanjutan Sarawak (i-CATS) telah mengadakan aktiviti riadah mendaki Gunung Singai, Bau.

Kesemua pelajar teruja dengan aktiviti tersebut memandangkan inilah kali pertama mereka mendaki Gunung Singai. Turut berkongsi perasaan yang sama ialah Pamela Maylanda salah seorang daripada pelajar program Diploma Pengurusan Perniagaan i-CATS yang berasal dari Indonesia. Walaupun mencabar, Pamela amat gembira kerana dapat bersama-sama rakan-rakan yang lain menikmati flora dan fauna yang terdapat di Gunung Singai tersebut.

Menurut John Francis Belen, salah seorang daripada pensyarah yang mengikuti pendakian berkenaan, aktiviti yang dirancang secara bersama tersebut dapat membentuk sahsiah diri para pelajar sekaligus memupuk semangat bekerja sebagai satu pasukan. Selain daripada itu, dapat mengeratkan lagi silaturahim antara pelajar-pelajar dan para pensyarah.

Kolej Antarabangsa Teknologi Lanjutan Sarawak (i-CATS) mempelawa lepasan SPM yang lulus SPM dengan mendapat sekurang-kurangnya tiga kredit untuk mengikuti pengajian di dalam Diploma Pengurusan Perniagaan di i-CATS bagi sesi Mac 2017 pada 21-22 Mac 2017 ini. Maklumat lanjut berhubung pengambilan tersebut boleh dilayari di laman www.icats.edu.my atau berhubung terus di talian 082-570888 / 082-451533.

 


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PERHIMPUNAN PELAJAR PPKS 2017 – PENDEKATAN INDUSTRI INISIATIF BAHARU

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Article by Muhamad Daneal bin Jamali
Corporate Communications Executive

Pada 17 Februari 2017, Jumaat yang lalu telah berlangsungnya Perhimpunan Pelajar PPKS yang pertama bagi tahun 2017 di Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS).  Perhimpunan Pelajar tersebut bertujuan bagi mengalu-alukan kehadiran pelajar-pelajar baharu yang mengikuti kursus-kursus TVET dan TAME (Program Jurutera Penyelenggara Pesawat) serta mengalu-alukan pelajar-pelajar terdahulu yang kembali melanjutkan pelajaran di tahap yang lebih tinggi dalam bidang teknikal masing-masing.

Tuan Haji Rambli Haji Hasbi, Timbalan Pengarah Eksekutif Khidmat Pelajar PPKS semasa ucapan alu-aluannya menekankan beberapa aspek penting yang harus di kuasai oleh pelajar-pelajar TVET sebagai satu persiapan sebelum melangkah ke dunia perkerjaan. Antara aspek yang di titikberatkan dalam ucapannya adalah untuk menggalakkan pelajar dalam menguasai Kemahiran Berfikir Aras Tinggi (KBAT); memperkemaskan ketrampilan kendiri serta belajar untuk berdikari. Tuan Haji Rambli Haji Hasbi turut menegaskan bahawa aspek-aspek tersebut merupakan antara faktor utama yang membolehkan graduan untuk mendapat perkerjaan di kalangan industri.

Menurut amanat yang di sampaikan oleh Pengarah Eksekutif PPKS, Encik Hallman Sabri, beberapa inisiatif pembaharuan akan di jalankan sepanjang tahun 2017 bagi memperkasakan pelajar-pelajar TVET di PPKS adalah melalui aktiviti kesatrian sebagai kokurikulum wajib serta mengadakan perhimpunan sekali sebulan  dalam mewujudkan platform bagi perkongsian pengalaman industri dengan menjemput wakil daripada ahli-ahli industri PPKS untuk memberi taklimat. Hallman Sabri turut menegaskan kepentingan Kemahiran insaniah seperti Kemahiran komunikasi dan ketrampilan diri haruslah di pertingkatkan.

Turut hadir adalah Timbalan Pengarah Perkhidmatan Latihan dan Pendidikan, Encik Zakri  MD Salleh; Pengurus Kanan Perkhidmatan Pelajar, Puan Hajjah Hamdiah Sazali; Pemangku Pengarah Kampus PPKS Kuching, Puan Khartini Latif serta tenaga pengajar TVET PPKS. Perhimpunan di akhiri dengan sesi photografi bersama-sama barisan kepimpinan PPKS, tenaga pengajar dan para pelajar.

PHOTO 1 POSITIF: PHOTOGRAFI BERSAMA BARISAN PENGURUSAN PPKS, TENAGA PENGAJAR DAN PARA PELAJAR PPKS

PHOTO 2 MEMBERANGSANGKAN: UCAPAN ALU-ALUAN DARIPADA, TIMBALAN PENGARAH EKSEKUTIF KHIDMAT PELAJAR PPKS

Photo 3 BERSEMANGAT: PELAJAR-PELAJAR PPKS DAN TAME (PROGRAM JURUTERA PENYELENGGARAN PESAWAT) BERHIMPUN SAMBIL MENYANYIKAN LAGU KECEMERLANGAN MENUJU KEJAYAAN

 


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DIPLOMA IN PLANTATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME

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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director

i-CATS Diploma in Plantation Management Programme Focuses on a Sustainable Approach to Modern Agriculture and the Role of Graduates in Transforming Communities

 At the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS), the overarching theme of the Diploma in Plantation Management programme centres on a sustainable approach to modern agriculture and the all-important role of its graduates in transforming communities as they progress along their careers.

Commenting on the programme, Mr. Clement Empaling, Head of the i-CATS School of Plantation shared that, “The Diploma in Plantation Management programme adopts a Best of Both Worlds Approach, where academia and industry work as one to produce graduates who are able to contribute positively, throughout their careers, to advances in modern agriculture and at the same time, transform their communities. In this respect, it is indeed an honour to have on board, a team of Industrial Advisors. They transform the students’ learning experience through their sharing sessions.”

He added, “During the two-and-a-half-year programme, students take subjects such as Principles of Crop Management, Estate Management, Estate Mechanization, Introduction to Agriculture Marketing, and Soil Science. In addition, during the course of their studies, they will have many opportunities to develop effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills as well as critical thinking, decision-making and team building skills. During their final semester, students will undergo a 4-month internship. This will enable them to have relevant hands-on experience and develop new skills. An important aspect of the internship is the opportunity to learn directly from the industry.”

The Diploma in Plantation Management programme at i-CATS prepares students for a wide range of careers in industry. In this respect, Mr. Clement highlighted that, “Graduates of the Diploma in Plantation Management programme can apply for the following positions in the plantation industry: Supervisor, Cadet and Junior Assistant Manager. In addition to the palm oil industry, there are many career opportunities in other agricultural sectors (Cocoa, Pepper, Rubber and Sago). For those aspiring to develop and manage their own businesses, an exciting option is to become an agropreneur. Diploma graduates may also further their studies in a range of degree programmes.”

At i-CATS, a major point of pride is the fast-growing number of alumni, with their diverse contributions across the length and breadth of industry. For example, Gabriel Asher Wan Jok who graduated with the i-CATS Diploma in Plantation Management (Class of 2016), is the co-owner of Gabriel Asher Enterprise which manages a smallholding for oil palm cultivation. When met recently, he shared that, “I can apply what I have learnt in the Diploma in Plantation Management programme to my oil palm operations. I am also grateful for the opportunity to undergo Industrial Training during my student days at i-CATS. This facilitates the transition from student to agropreneur.” He also highlighted that he does research on ways to increase oil palm yields.

Indeed, i-CATS alumni are making their mark, contributing positively to the progress and vibrancy of the agriculture sector.  In Sarawak, up to two million hectares of land can be developed for agriculture. In this respect, the government is encouraging youths to take advantage of the state’s vast lands to run modern agriculture or aquaculture projects. Recently, Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem highlighted that this would also enable Malaysia to reduce its dependency on food imports in the long run.

As highlighted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) on its website, Malaysia currently accounts for 39 percent of world palm oil production and 44 percent of world exports. The Malaysian government has also implemented various initiatives to transform the palm oil industry through mechanization, science and innovation. In addition to expansion plans in its traditional overseas markets such as China, India and the European Union, plans are also underway to expand Malaysia’s palm oil export market to the Middle East, South America and African countries. These positive developments are expected to generate a host of career opportunities for Malaysia’s youths.

Enrolment to the Diploma in Plantation Management programme is now ongoing for the March 2017 session. Students who have completed SPM/SPMV with a minimum of three credits including one science subject and a pass in English are eligible to enter the i-CATS Diploma in Plantation Management programme. Applications will also be considered for those who have completed the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 3 Senior Estate Conductor (or related field), and passed SPM with at least 1 credit. Those who have completed an MQA Accredited Certificate in a related field with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 are also encouraged to apply.

For further information on the Diploma in Plantation Management programme and various forms of financial assistance, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.

Photo 1: Discussion with YB Gerald Rentap Jabu, Assemblyman for Layar and Industrial Advisor for the i-CATS Diploma in Plantation Management Programme

From left to right: YB Gerald Rentap Jabu, Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi (CEO of i-CATS) and Mr. Clement Empaling (Head of School, School of Plantation)

Photo 2: Visit to i-CATS West Campus by YB Gerald Rentap Jabu, Assemblyman for Layar and Industrial Advisor for the i-CATS Diploma in Plantation Management Programme

Caption for Group photo with i-CATS Staff:

Third from left: YB Gerald Rentap Jabu with Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS (third from right) and Mr. Clement Empaling, Head of School, School of Plantation (next to Mr. Mohamad Isham)

Photo 3: Mr. Gabriel Asher Wan Jok (Class of 2016)

Photo 4: EcoFarm Project at i-CATS

Photo 5: Students’ visit to an oil palm estate


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