Practical training a part of SEGi’s programmes to make graduates industry-ready

A LITTLE TEAM BUILDING... Students trying out one the events at the resort under the team building programme.

TESTING THE FACILITIES...Students assessing one of the outdoor facilities of the resort.

KUCHING: SEGi College Sarawak is ensuring that its hospitality students have as much hands-on experience as they do academic knowledge so that graduates will be industry-ready when they graduate.

The initial phase was to have Hotel Management and Tourism Management students work in hotels and tourism-related enterprises as interns to chalk up working experience and to have a better understanding of the occupations that will be made available to them.

“We have taken steps to incorporate additional hands-on experience for our students,” said SEGi College Sarawak’s Faculty of Hospitality Senior Programme Coordinator Carleen Teo.

“For example, our hospitality students are now posted to different departments in hotels for practical training over a short duration of time such as house-keeping or in the food and beverage department.

“This will widen their scopes as they can see the practical aspects of the programme they are undertaking.”

Similarly, 32 students took a field trip to the Lundu Retreat Resort, over 100km from Kuching, to experience and assess the establishment as a viable tourism location as part of their programme two weeks ago.

Free preview for UK university’s assignment-based MBA at SEGi

KUCHING: University of Sunderland, UK is sending one of their top management to represent the outstanding university in Kuching for a preview session at SEGi College Sarawak.

Admission to the one-hour Master of Business Administration (MBA) preview is free and the Head of Sunderland Business School Chris Marshall will personally be conducting the session.

The aim of the preview is to kick-start the assignment-based MBA, which is designed for working adults facing time-constraints, giving them the opportunity to gain a higher qualification to match their status.

The preview session will be held on Monday 9 May at 7pm at SEGi College Sarawak, Jalan Bukit Mata Kuching.

“This master degree programme gives working adults the flexibility to study while still maintaining their jobs,” said SEGi College Sarawak Vice Principal of Academic, Alan Tan. “Unlike on-line providers, classes are conducted on weekends.

“This means that working adults have access to facilitators of the programme face-to-face and also have class discussions, thereby improving their performance.”

The comprehensive study materials will provide clear guidelines and those who have enrolled for the programme will have full access to the University of Sunderland’s electronic library via Internet through the Electronic Remote Access (ERA) system.

Working adults who may be worried about having to deal with examinations again can rest easy as there is only one examination. The remaining nine subjects are assignment based with one dissertation.

Executives who are ready to accelerate their career with a real world business qualification should take up the MBA programme, which can take as little as 18 months to complete.

Due to its unique dynamics, the University of Sunderland’s MBA will be arguably the most affordable internationally recognised postgraduate qualification in Malaysia.

“The internationally acclaimed quality MBA programme is intended for enterprising individuals seeking that winning formula, which holistically combines their expertise with general management skills.

“The MBA will further develop individuals’ business acumen and deepen their understanding in managing people and organizations,” he added.

The University of Sunderland is a dynamic, modern university with high standards of teaching and research and a growing reputation as the university for enterprise, employment and opportunity. 

Sunderland is synonymous with its recognition for quality teaching and research. The University has a strong international outlook based on a long tradition of welcoming students throughout the world from as many as 70 countries.

The University recently came out top in the UK for its student experience, at the sector's most prestigious national awards.

Sunderland beat five other short-listed universities to the title of the most continued improvement in the student experience in the Times Higher Education (THE) awards 2010. 

Now in their 6th year, the awards are a highlight of the academic calendar and a celebration of the best in the sector. 

What made the award more important was that it came from the students and graduates themselves. More than 12,000 students were asked to give their views in 21 areas and score universities accordingly. Sunderland came out convincing winners.

Sunderland's continued growth in the National Student Survey, which measures student satisfaction, and its capital development programme were central to its success.

The awards represent a unique and high profile opportunity to celebrate the excellence and amazing achievements of UK higher education institutions, and reaffirm Sunderland's commitment to the two core pursuits of higher education: teaching and research.

Working adults and students can also take the opportunity to enquire about the other programmes offered by the University.

More information is obtainable toll-free at: 1-300-88-7344 or 082-252566, or via email

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ALL SET… Marshall is ready to give all the information that adult learners will need to start their MBA.