|L-R: Dato’ Sri Sufri bin Haji Mohd. Zin (MBAM), Mr. Matthew Tee Kai Woon (MBAM), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khong Yoon Loong and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hon Wei Min, signatories of the MoU between KDU University College and Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM).||One for the album. Prof. Dr. Khong Yoon Loong, Vice Chancellor of KDU UC (seated 4th from left), Mr Matthew Tee Kai Woon, President of MBAM (seated 5th from left) Council Members of MBAM and Staff of KDU University College|
Shah Alam, 9th December 2014 – KDU University College (KDU UC) and the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to contribute to skills and knowledge development for the construction industry via the development of diploma, degree and professional development programmes beneficial to the building industry.
MBAM is an association representing the Malaysian construction industry and services sector, with the aim of promoting and developing the construction industry in Malaysia.
The MoU was signed by Prof. Dr. Khong Yoon Loong, Vice Chancellor of KDU UC while Mr. Matthew Tee Kai Woon, President of MBAM signed on behalf of MBAM. Dato’ Sri Sufri Bin Haji Mohd Zin, Vice President of MBAM and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hon Wei Min, Deputy Vice Chancellor from KDU UC were at hand to witness the signing.
Commenting on the collaboration, Prof Dr Khong said, “Construction is one of the most vibrant and fastest growing industries in Malaysia today. At KDU UC, we pride ourselves in keeping our finger on the pulse of industry’s needs, so it was clear to us that there was both a need and an opportunity to develop tertiary level and certification programs for the betterment of the building industry in Malaysia.
Under the terms of the MOU, KDUUC will develop programmes aimed at upgrading the skills and training of students for the building industry, with MBAM representatives providing the relevant support and building industry inputs. KDU UC would also drive participation in these programmes by seeking recognition from the relevant bodies associated with the building industry and promoting these programmes through relevant channels.
MBAM in turn would work with its members to open doors for KDU UC students of these courses to undergo industrial training opportunities with their members.
To ensure that the programme stays relevant to industry needs, a representative of MBAM will be appointed as a member of the KDU UC’s Industry Advisory Panel for the Built Environment.
MBAM President, Mr Matthew Tee added, “With this collaboration we hope that we will be able to produce more skilled workers to fill in the shortages in the building industry, to sustain the growth of the building industry which we are experiencing right now and with this as we all know human capital development is essential in our industry.”
This collaboration is a significant development for MBAM as there is a soaring demand for well-trained and knowledgeable construction industry professionals these days, especially in the Klang Valley. MBAM is actively collaborating with other private institutions in the interest of exploring more programmes to be developed for the betterment of the building industry.
The MOU was signed at KDU UC’s new 10-acre flagship campus at Utropolis Glenmarie, which will open its doors to students in January 2015.
About KDU University College
KDU University College, a member of the Paramount Education Group, is a pioneer and leading provider in the field of private tertiary education. Established in 1983 as KDU College, KDU University College has produced over 50,000 graduates since its inception. It is well known for providing quality education at good value and its strong industry links, which lends credence to its promise of being a real world university, designed to meet real world needs. In January 2015, KDU University College will move to its new flagship campus in the university metropolis of Utropolis, Glenmarie. Based on a live-and-learn concept, the RM320 million campus has a built up area of over 1 million sq ft, all designed to provide students with a convenient and full-equipped learning space.
The Paramount Education Group is a fully integrated education services provider, offering national and international primary and secondary programmes, through to undergraduate and post-graduate, as well as executive and professional development programmes. The Group includes the reputable Sekolah Sri KDU, the Sri KDU International School, as well as KDU Colleges in Petaling Jaya and Penang.
The Paramount Education Group is the education arm of PCB, a Main Board-listed company with strong positions in education and property development.
The Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) was founded in 1954 by a group of pioneer Malaysian Master Builders and celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2014. MBAM has now evolved into an extensive umbrella organisation that represents the Malaysian construction industry and services sector, and is devoted to further promoting and developing the construction industry. It is the vision of MBAM to be The Prime Mover and The Recognized Voice of the Malaysian Construction Industry.
For further information, please contact:
For KDU UC: Belinda Chee Senior Corporate Communications Manager, KDU University College
Telephone +603-7953 6632 | 012-327 2013
For MBAM: Lenny Lim MBAM Senior Manager
Telephone +603-7984 8636 | 012-620 5377
Fax +603-7982 6811