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Politeknik Kuching under Apacc initiative
Posted on : 08 Aug 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Politeknik Kuching under Apacc initiative


Jamaliah (left), Zainab (second left) and Shahabudin (second right) pose for a photo with Politeknik Kuching Director Award recipient McGregor Maran Mamat and his parents. — Photo by Mohd Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: Politeknik Kuching is undergoing the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (Apacc) this October so that its graduates can be more competitive and contribute their manpower in any Asia Pacific country, said Education Department (Polytechnic and Community College) senior academic director Zainab Ahmad.

She said the Apacc which is under the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) is to ease mobility of its graduates to Asean countries.

“The main principle of the initiative is to harmonise the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) education quality, to have equivalent standard in skills taught at Asia Pacific TVET institutions, and to ease workers mobility in Asia Pacific,” she said at the first session of the Politeknik Kuching 27th graduation at the campus yesterday.

She added that so far, nine polytechnic schools have achieved gold standard for the Apacc, which is a very prestigious accreditation and its members are from 16 countries since 1987.

“We made history when six of our polytechnics made it to the top 10 spots of the Apacc. This means that our polytechnics have recognised world curriculum standard, and is the benchmark of other TVET institutions. The graduates produced also have skills that fulfil international needs.”

Meanwhile, when asked on the preparation by Politeknik Kuching for the Apacc, she said the preparation was made several years ago as three years of data collection is required to obtain the accreditation, and various initiatives by the institution are also taken into consideration.

“We target gold also for Politeknik Kuching. Sarawak has two more polytechnics and the one in Kuching, being the biggest, is going for the Apacc accreditation.”

Meanwhile, Politeknik Kuching director Jamaliah Ahmad said the institution is helping students to rent accommodations outside as the campus only has two hostels.

“This involves 600 students renting places off-campus within 8km radius. This is because the institution has 4,600 students, and aside from these hostels, the rest have their own homes or renting outside on their own,” she said, adding 10 per cent of the students are from outside Sarawak.

The morning session of the ceremony saw 414 students receiving their diplomas. Sarawak Federal Secretary Mohd Shahabuddin Omar was present to officiate at the event and present the diplomas.

In his speech, he said graduates’ journey to improve themselves does not end at their graduation because knowledge and skills may become outdated and they need to keep up with changes.

“This is because of the changing times and things are not the same as time passes by, thus graduates must be sensitive to these changes.

“At the same time, graduates must expand their horizon in terms of knowledge and qualification to be more competitive compared to others,” he said.

To graduates who are currently working, he hopes that they remain in their jobs and contribute positively to their companies or employers and prove that Politeknik Kuching graduates are the best in terms of character and personality.