UTAR Benchmarks Against Industry Standards

In line with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)'s efforts in benchmarking its professional degree programme curriculum against the current industry standards, the University welcomed the visit of 15 professional representatives from the industry and professional bodies in engineering and quantity surveying on 22 May 2009 to UTAR Kuala Lumpur Campus.

The team members of the industrial advisory panel met with UTAR senior officials to provide input and feedback on the UTAR programmes and curriculum under the Faculty of Engineering and Science (FES).

During the meeting, Dr Wang Chan Chin, Dean of FES, welcomed and briefed the panel members on the achievements of UTAR since its establishment, as well as the University's programmes, campuses and facilities.

"The meeting was a good opportunity for the panel members to carry out their roles as industrial advisors to help ensure the quality assurance and holistic development of UTAR engineering and quantity surveying degree programmes," said Dr. Wang.

"We also encouraged the panel members to share their expertise and experience in their respective fields and give us suggestions and comments so that we can continuously improve the standards of UTAR degree programmes," added Dr. Wang.

A number of guidelines on the output expectation from the meeting were given to the panel members to assist them in making the appropriate suggestions for the advancement of UTAR programmes. Among some of the guidelines given were benchmarking the programme curriculum with the curriculum implemented at internationally renown universities, designing outcome based programme curriculum that would enable students to immediately apply their university skills and knowledge to their working lives, as well as defining the priority of programme objectives that would enable the students to achieve a significant amount of success in their respective careers by the span of five years from their graduation.

Apart from helping to improve the UTAR programme curriculum, the panel members were also asked to help recommend suitable industrial training placements and research project topics to aid the UTAR third and final year students.

The meeting ended with departmental group discussion based on respective fields of disciplines and a campus tour around the UTAR Kuala Lumpur Campus.

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