SEGi University spearheads “Learning Rebranded” to enhance graduate employability
On 6th April 2017, SEGi University collaborated with 8 partners from various industries to launch Learning Rebranded, an academia-industry initiative with a common goal to enhance graduate employability through financial support, innovative academic programmes, training and talent management.
The launch was officiated with the signing of 8 separate Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in one sitting, including with Yayasan Sime Darby, Agrobank and Malaysia Building Society Berhad (MBSB) that will reward scholarships up to a total amount of RM 1,200,000 to outstanding and underprivileged students in the Bottom 40 percent (B40) income group. This complements existing sponsorships by SEGi University for B40 Bumiputera students to obtain private education in the university. Co-operation in areas of job opportunities, talent exchange, research and development of educational learning programmes are expected from the signing of 4 MoUs with the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA), DRB – Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia, Kolej Yayasan Pahang and Tanri Abeng University from Indonesia. A MoU was also signed with Asia’s largest integrated Insulin Manufacturer, Biocon Sdn. Bhd, with the support of MIDA to develop the Pharmacy Centre of Excellence in SEGi University. In a separate MoU, SEGi University made history as the first and only university to collaborate with MIDA, with priority given to the university in receiving direct information from MIDA on job opportunities available in its approved projects and investments.
“Learning Rebranded is an answer to the Higher Education Ministry’s call for efforts to expand industry collaborations due to concerns on the need to increase graduate employability amongst youth given the increasing unemployment rate among those aged 25 to 29,” said SEG International Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Megat Najimuddin Megat Khas at the launch of Learning Rebranded. “This step taken by SEGi University and our partners emphasizes importance of building values and skills beyond classroom learning. Our programmes will enable participants to gain entrepreneurial and communication skills, which are relevant and practical for the work life”. Recent collaboration between SEGi University with University of Illinois, Urbana, USA for a 1 month summer exchange student programme which will begin this year is another commendable initiative that offers such diverse learning opportunities.
Also present at the launch was Dato’ Seri Idris bin Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education who emphasized the commitment of the Higher Education Ministry to redesign the sector through similar efforts. “There is a need to for universities to have more academia – industry collaborations like Learning Rebranded. This is necessary to ensure universities understand the industry and vice-versa, as well as to boost research and innovation. Such collaborations are good to enhance learning and teaching in universities”.
In support of Learning Rebranded, a Career Fair is set to take place on 11 April 2017, followed by a “Young and Restless” forum on 20 April 2017 in the main campus. Speakers include Founder of Nation Building School, Zaim Mohzani; Reena Tan, Director of Jaeger LeCoultre Malaysia, Clarence Leong, CEO of EasyParcel; music mogul, Sasi the Don; as well as Raeesa Sya, Founder of Orkid Cosmetics and Co-Founder of online beauty booking service, BFab who will share secrets of becoming young successful entrepreneurs and global leaders. Students also stand to benefit from career advice and opportunities of internships. Zaim looks forward to engage students at what he describes as, “A great platform to groom future global leaders”. He went on saying, “The Young & Restless perfectly describes the youth of today. We want success and we want it fast, however knowledge and the right education is key”.