WOU-PSDC collaboration to set up Learning Centre

19 May 2015, PENANG: Wawasan Open University (WOU) has entered into a smart partnership with the Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) in offering the Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Mechatronics (BTME) programme for the July intake.The formal signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between both parties was held at the PSDC premises today. The signatories were Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of WOU, Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye, and Mr Muhamed Ali Hajah Mydin, the CEO of PSDC.The two witnesses for the signing were Associate Prof Dr Wendy Bong Chin Wei, Dean, School of Science & Technology (SST), WOU, and Ms Lim Wei Chen, Chief Operating Officer of PSDC.

“WOU holds PSDC in high regard as a reputable high quality skills training centre,” said Prof Ho during the ceremony.“Essentially this smart partnership is built on the long standing relationship between WOU and PSDC both of which share a common mission and commitment to enhance the knowledge and skills of our young workforce in the local industry in Penang. Through this MoA, students enrolling for the Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Mechatronics (BTME) degree at WOU will have access to excellent laboratory facilities of PSDC,” he elaborated.“Arising from this strategic partnership is a new study pathway whereby PSDC’s own diploma graduates can now benefit from a seamless upgrade into the mechatronics degree programme of WOU. They will study at WOU, use the laboratory facilities of PSDC, and ultimately earn a WOU degree,” stated Prof Ho. “This Learning Centre at PSDC is one of several additional centres to be established this year. As per good practice, we have already informed the Ministry of Education about this move,” he added.

WOU is rolling out the BTME programme in Penang via the open distance learning mode in the July 2015 intake. This programme can be completed in five years through part-time study. Certificate or diploma holders, technicians, manufacturing specialists and technical staff with relevant working experience in mechanical and electronic related areas will benefit from the programme. Graduates of BTME can work in such fields as electronics, automation, design, development, and research.

Meanwhile Muhamed Ali, in his remarks, said that the programme will greatly benefit the PSDC students as well as the existing workforce in the mechanical and electronics industry.“We believe that through this programme, students will stand to gain the necessary knowledge on mechatronic engineering principles and practical skills that will empower them to design systematic solutions for mechatronic engineering problems,” he said.

Among the attendees at the signing ceremony were WOU’s Board of Governors Chairman Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Emeritus Gajaraj Dhanarajan, PSDC’s Dean of School of Engineering, Mr Tham Kok Kee, and senior management staff of WOU and PSDC.