The future of work continues to be in a constant state of change. It is important to ensure graduates are taught to be adaptive, flexible and knowledgeable.
UTAR has introduced three work-based learning (WBL) programmes, i.e. Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Electronic Systems, Bachelor of Technology (Honours) in Industrial Management and Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) Industrial Intelligent Systems. Students will have the opportunity to learn on the university campus for 2 years and undergo 1 year of work-based learning at the premise of our industry partner (subject to you meeting the selection criteria including interview).
Through WBL, students will receive hands-on practical training and learning in a real work environment and get insight on the actual real work culture in the industry.
Students will learn the real-world technical knowledge from the on-site industry experts and solve the industry problems together. The training, learning and assessments will be facilitated by both industry and academic supervisors.
Students can connect and network with professionals in the industry and stay relevant in the field. This connection sets you apart from other students when it comes time to start your career. WBL can lead to full-employment after graduation if ones are the one who these professionals are looking for as their staff.
Apart from learning real-world technology, students will be able to further develop soft skills and cultural intelligence that all these will make them more resilient to face the many challenges in the workplace and participate well in an increasingly international work force.
These programmes are developed closely with the partnership of the industries in curriculum development. The programme structure and syllabi are up-to-date and remains constantly relevant with changes in the technology and industrial requirements. This is important to ensure the programmes are capable of producing technology graduates which cater for the need and knowledge required in the realisation of 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Electronic Systems and Industrial Management are accredited by the Malaysian Board of Technologist (MBOT) in additional to the approval given by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). MBOT is the professional body that gives professional recognition to Technologists in related technology fields. UTAR graduates can register as Graduate Technologists with MBOT and work towards becoming Professional Technologist. Professional Technologists can use the abbreviation "Ts" before their names.
Anand Low - Work Based Learning Trainee at ViTrox