“What’s next?” is often a question that looms over students who wish to pursue their tertiary education. Choosing a suitable course to pursue after having completed your pre-university studies is no easy task. With the mushrooming of higher education institutions across Malaysia and the diverse options offered by these institutions, students are spoilt for choice.
So if you have set your sights on pursuing tertiary education, Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) could be your destination. Why HCUC, you may ask?
All of HCUC’s academic programmes including its new homegrown degree programmes have attained full accreditation by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). But what does accreditation mean and why is it important? Accreditation is a formal recognition that an academic programme is conducted in compliance with the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) and has met the quality standards set by MQA.
Besides being a benchmark for quality, accreditation also has other benefits to students. “MQA-accredited programmes allow students to apply for loans from the National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN), pursue their postgraduate studies in higher educational institutions and seek employment in the public sector” says the External Examiner for HCUC’s Bachelor of Communication (Media Production) (Honours) and Bachelor of Communication (New Media) (Honours), Dr Adrian Lee Yuen Beng.
“Apart from a quality-assured curriculum, HCUC’s programmes are also recognised by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the no. 1 university in Australia with the highest graduate starting salary and a recognised leader in online and blended education,” said Vice Chancellor of HCUC, Dr Beh Kok Hooi.
“HCUC has collaborated with USQ to offer dual awards in Communication and Media Studies, Multimedia and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Students who sign up for dual awards will gain an internationally recognised degree with two testamurs at affordable fees as they pay in Ringgit Malaysia,” said Dr Beh.
“The dual-award programme offered at HCUC has exposed me to an international syllabus that has provided me with a well-rounded education,” says Foo Xin Li, a dual award programme student who is pursuing HCUC’s Bachelor of Communication (New Media) (Honours) and USQ’s Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism).
A peek into HCUC’s Programmes
According to Dr Beh, HCUC currently offers one foundation, eight diploma and seven degree programmes, all of which are fully accredited. The new diploma and degree programmes which have recently attained full accreditation include Diploma in Visual Arts and Design, Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) (Honours), Bachelor of Communication (Media Production) (Honours), Bachelor of Communication (New Media) (Honours), Bachelor in Public Relations (Honours), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Multimedia and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese Studies.
Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) (Honours) offers a unique blend of advertising, branding, communication, marketing, design and multimedia, hence producing highly skilled and talented advertising practitioners for the digital advertising and creative industries.
Bachelor of Communication (Media Production) (Honours) equips students with the knowledge and skills in media production by exposing them to audio and video recording, producing, editing, directing and writing for the various media platforms.
Bachelor of Communication (New Media) (Honours) hones students’ skills in utilising new media platforms and digital tools to create engaging multimedia content for the new media world.
Bachelor in Public Relations (Honours) produces graduates who are adept in public relations, social media and event management for the digital age.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management prepares students for employment in logistics, supply chain management, warehousing, inventory monitoring, purchasing, transport and distribution.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Multimedia equips students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in creative multimedia such as digital animation, web development, interactive design and new media art.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese Studies exposes students to the traditional core elements of Chinese Studies, and the significance of local expertise and knowledge like local Chinese literature, Malaysian literature and others.
To enhance the employability of its graduates, HCUC has embedded a four-month internship in the degree programmes.