UTAR brokered internships facilitate collaboration between academia and industry

KUALA LUMPUR: In today’s rapidly evolving job market, practical experience and industry exposure are invaluable assets for aspiring graduates. UTAR provides students with a holistic education that bridges the gap between academia and industry, through its robust Industrial Training Programme.

Before graduating, all UTAR undergraduate students are required to complete an industry internship that aligns with their academic discipline, lasting between three and six months. This experience not only provides them with essential preparation to enter the career of their choice, but also fosters collaboration between the academic and industrial realms.

UTAR president Prof Datuk Dr Ewe Hong Tat said: “Students will gain invaluable real-world industry experience from the participating companies, accelerating the development of industry-relevant skills. Such an initiative will equip our students with a deep understanding of real-world challenges and solutions, setting them on the path to success.

“The work-based learning educational approach provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic work environments, allowing them to apply their academic and technical proficiencies.”

UTAR has been diligent in seeking collaborations with domestic and international companies, signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish strategic partnerships in industry-academia cooperation. These efforts have provided internship opportunities for its students at relevant companies.

In partnership with Dream Catcher Consulting Sdn Bhd and six prominent technology companies, including AMD and PayNet, UTAR recently entered into a tripartite collaboration through an MoU and launched the “2u2i programme”.

The objective of this collaboration and programme is not only to promote closer ties between the industry and academia, but also to enrich students’ educational experiences and drive industry growth.

This year, UTAR signed MoUs with several enterprises to facilitate industrial training opportunities for its students. These partners include well-established organisations and companies such as Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad, Malaysian Institute of Property and Facility Managers, TASCO Berhad, Infinity Logistics and Transport Sdn Bhd, Majestic Engineering Sdn Bhd, CRRC Dalian Co Ltd and MES Asia Sdn Bhd.

With over 4,300 participating companies, including industry giants such as Huawei Technologies, Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd, Top Glove Sdn Bhd and Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad, UTAR’s Industrial Training Programme has solidified its reputation as a powerhouse for industry-academia collaboration.

Furthermore, UTAR’s commitment to preparing students for their future careers is not limited to internships. The university regularly conducts career talks, inviting distinguished representatives from various industries, including prominent names like the Hartamas Group, Agoda and Public Bank.

These career talks serve as invaluable opportunities for students to gain insights into diverse career paths, stay updated on industry trends and engage with professionals who have hands-on experience. This firsthand exposure to industry experts not only enhances their understanding of the job market but also empowers them to make informed decisions regarding their career trajectories.

UTAR offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in areas including Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Engineering and Build Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Life and Physical Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Media and Journalism, Education and General Studies. For more information go to www.utar.edu.my or 05-468 8888 (Kampar Campus), 03-9086 0288 (Sungai Long Campus).

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