Opportunity for Malaysian Vocational Diploma Graduates to Progress to Bachelor’s Degree Programmes at i-CATS

Best of Both Worlds Approach to Learning Prepares Graduates for the Digital Economy

Article by Corporate Communication Unit, PPKS

The recent formalization of entry criteria by the Ministry of Education for Malaysian Vocational Diploma graduates to pursue Bachelor’s degree programmes at Private Higher Educational Institutions has opened the door to a wide range of study pathways and career choices.

Sharing his thoughts on this recent development, Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) shared, “This is a new gateway for graduates of the Malaysian Vocational Diploma, with many study options and pathways to facilitate the realization of their career and life goals. The combination of the vocational diploma and an academic pathway leading to a Bachelor’s degree is essentially a Best of Both Worlds Approach to Learning.” He also highlighted that students who have completed the Malaysian Vocational Diploma in a related field and meet prescribed entry requirements may progress to the Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.) in E-Commerce and the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons.) programmes at i-CATS. The aforementioned programmes are offered in collaboration with Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur. The entire degree programme(s) can be completed at the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur in Kuching.

Mr. Mohamad Isham also shared that, “i-CATS, a subsidiary of Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS), offers a wide range of industry relevant programmes. For example, the aforementioned Bachelor’s degree programmes prepare graduates for exciting careers in the digital economy. Indeed, with the increasing importance of Industry 4.0 and the Digital Economy, graduates of our Bachelor’s degree programmes are trained to thrive in an ever-changing and vibrant global economy.

Recently, our Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg highlighted that under the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy (2018 - 2022), a number of new and transformational initiatives have been established to drive the growth and development of the state’s digital economy. This would go a long way to create new jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs in Sarawak. Our Chief Minister has also highlighted that Sarawak plans to boost its digital economy with a targeted 17.4% contribution to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025.”

Mr. Mohamad Isham emphasized, “PPKS, as a Centre of Excellence in Technology (CoET) conducts the National Empowerment in Certification and Training for Next Generation Workers (NECT-Gen - Industry 4.0) programme for HRDF levy-contributing companies. The following tracks are offered: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Internet of Things (IoT) and Vertical Integration. During the course of their studies, students will have the opportunity to acquire additional industry relevant skills by taking these customized short courses.”

With regard to entry requirements to the aforementioned Bachelor’s degree programmes, graduates of the Malaysian Vocational Diploma (in a related field) must have also completed a Malaysian Vocational Certificate with a credit in Bahasa Melayu 1104, achieved a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0 (Academic Subjects), CGPA of at least 2.67 (Vocational Subjects) and achieved competency in all vocational modules. For students who enrol in the Malaysian Vocational Certificate programme(s) after 2016, a pass in History (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) is also required.

Registration of new students for the October/November 2018 intake is ongoing until 7 December 2018. For more information on the programmes offered by i-CATS, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533/362086/362129. Enquiries may be sent via WhatsApp (012-8789382) or e-mail (info@icats.edu.my). Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.

From Left: Mr. Zukari bin Morni, Senior Manager (Business Development & Marketing) and Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS showing the promotional flyer(s) of the degree programmes.