Exploring collaboration on electives and postgraduate certification

WOU is exploring collaboration with Dream Catcher to capture the largely untapped market demand for the training of people, particularly fresh graduates, in job-specific skills set to enhance employability or boost career prospects.

EXCHANGING BUSINESS CARDS.

Initial discussions were held at the WOU main campus today between the two parties to see how they could work together to offer academic qualifications augmented by hands-on, updated knowledge and skills.

Among those present were WOU Sdn Bhd Chairman Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap, WOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye, DISTED College President/CEO Dr Seah Soo Aun, as well as Dream Catcher Consulting Sdn Bhd Principal Consultant/Managing Director Choo Wai Heng, Principal Consultant Dr Hor Poh Jin and shareholder Dato’ Yoon Chon Leong.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF WOU AND DREAM CATCHER AT MEETING.

Choo shared that Dream Catcher, started some 10 years ago, offers continuous education in electronic engineering, specific needs of the oil and gas sector, and other domains. He said they provide both short courses as well as structured 1-6 month programmes on subjects that are within their capacity.

Dream Catcher, he added, also provides courseware – syllabus, teaching slides, lab experiments and tools – to universities worldwide, and this is updated every six months to a year. He said WOU can adapt the courseware and include them as electives for a few of its undergraduate programmes. Dato’ Yoon stressed that the electives have to be relevant from the industry standpoint.

CHOO (FOREGROUND, CENTRE) PRESENTS HIS VIEWS.

Another potential collaboration is offering a 1-2 month course, either online or face-to-face, at WOU on specific skills sets to help students get employed faster. He said they need to tap into the large group of students, who are now being sponsored by the government to improve the nation’s talent pool but this may not continue in the long-run. He said Dream Catcher and WOU can work together to make this a self-sustainable venture, with the University initially offering scholarships to kickstart this effort.

Choo elaborated that WOU can value-add their degree programmes with a post-graduate certification from Dream Catcher, with parents willing to pay for their children to enrol if jobs are guaranteed. “They can be WOU students or students from other university. With the certification, they would be more sought after by industry.”

DELIBERATING ON HOW TO VALUE ADD TO EACH OTHER’S VENTURES.

He said Dream Catcher’s brand name is established in industry as they have trained some 25,000 engineers and scientists for the past 10 years. “We go to industry and ask what skills set they want their employees to have. Then we get their assurance that with such training, the company will take them in. Then WOU goes to parents, convince them with this programme plus certification, students are guaranteed jobs by the company. Then we offer that programme,” stressed Choo.

He said that if this collaboration is successful, then more industries would want to come on board and more parents would want to enrol their children to study at WOU as the programmes have industry endorsement.

FROM LEFT: PROF HO, DATO’ SERI STEPHEN, AND DEAN OF SCHOOL OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, ASSOC PROF DR WENDY BONG CHIN WEI.

Prof Ho said that preparing and offering elective courses with assistance from Dream Catcher will not be a problem. With regard to postgraduate certification, Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap and Prof Ho concurred that they should continue to explore and work on this model to develop a structure that can be self-sustainable. “WOU is prepared to sit down with Dream Catcher to work this out,” Prof Ho added.

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on whatsapp
WhatsApp

Post a comment

Your email address will not be published.

On Key

Related Posts

Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
May 19, 2022

Unlocking Career Opportunities with DiGiT

The School of Digital Technology (DiGiT) Senior Lecturers...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
May 17, 2022

Develop your Personal Branding for Greater Reach on LinkedIn

You should know your Social Selling Index (SSI)...

Read More
admin@wou
Posted by admin@wou
May 10, 2022

VC: Make Lifelong Connections at University

Making lifelong friendships and lifelong networks are very...

Read More
admin@wou
Posted by admin@wou
May 9, 2022

WOU Donates Computers to Phor Tay High School for Education

WOU donated 10 refurbished desktop computers to Phor...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
May 5, 2022

Making Meaningful Connections: Foundation of Successful Sales

Understanding what is important for your clientele and...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
April 25, 2022

Increase your market value as a Certified Project Manager

Employers around the world are looking for certified...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
April 14, 2022

Achieve Your Web Developer Dream with a WOU Degree

Web development is an important facet of any...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
April 11, 2022

Education is Key to Understand and Support People with HIV/AIDS

Inadequate knowledge and awareness of HIV/AIDS is an...

Read More
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
April 11, 2022

Applying Literature to Engage Learners with Creative Activities

For students to be motivated to participate in...

Read More
admin@wou
Posted by admin@wou
April 11, 2022

Becoming a Sought-after Technical Expert, after WOU

The technical skills and qualifications derived from WOU’s...

Read More
admin@wou
Posted by admin@wou
April 8, 2022
Natasha Goh
Posted by Natasha Goh
March 24, 2022

Understanding Children with Learning Disability in Mathematics

Dyscalculia is not as well-known as dyslexia, and...

Read More
We use cookies to give you the best experience.