FCUC: Upholding bachelor’s degree excellence
Published on: Monday, April 29, 2019

PETALING JAYA: Formerly known as KBU International College, First City University College possesses nearly three decades of experience in providing quality tertiary education at undergraduate Foundation, Diploma, Degree, and Postgraduate levels.

In accordance with First City University College’s stance in producing competitive graduates equipped to take on the global arena, the institution segregates its expertise into three Faculties - Faculty of Design and Built Environment, Faculty of Business, Hospitality and Communication Studies, and, Faculty of Engineering and Computing. 

Students who wish to pursue their education to Degree level have the liberty to choose from a vast selection of quality degree programmes.

The Faculty of Design and Built Environment offers a wide range of programmes in Art and Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Design, Furniture and Product Design, Fashion Marketing, and Design Management. 

Design students are equipped with cutting-edge design skills that nurture their intellectual and conceptual development. 

Design programmes at the Faculty promote creativity through the method of exploration and experimentation. 

The programs are designed to develop and produce highly competent students with design skillsets and impressive design portfolios that will blow the minds of the employers away. 

The students are also ensured of the ability to conduct academic research in order to better understand and improve the current state of design.

Hence, it is not surprising that year by year, design students of First City University College keep on garnering local and international recognition from various design competitions. 

For instance, Ong Sze Xian, an alumna from the BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design programme, with her multi-purpose sofa called “Hygge” won the champion title at the 2018 Asean Furniture Design Contest. 

She presented her winning design in Bangkok, Thailand and retained her winning title as one of the Asean winners.

Ong, joined with other alumni from the same programme, Lee Kai Chun and Daniel Chua, have teamed up with a leading local manufacturer to come out with their own brand which lays focus on furniture design for Malaysian and Singaporean markets. 

Recently, they exhibited and presented some of their furniture model prototypes at 2019 Malaysian International Furniture Fair that caught the eye of top industry leaders and bulk purchasers.

Meanwhile, students with interest in business, hospitality and communications are encouraged to explore the wide degree programme options offered at the Faculty of Business, Hospitality and Communication Studies.  

If they envision to master the field of Business, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Entrepreneurship, Mass Communication, or Hospitality and Tourism Management, then they have come to the right place.

First City University College’s collaboration with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) enables business students to concurrently study and sit for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA CERT BA). 

They will be entitled to conditional subject exemption where they only have to undergo one out of four mandatory modules to obtain the CIMA CERT BA, as the other three modules are exempted for First City University College’s students.

The CIMA CERT BA paves the way to the acquisition of the CIMA Professional Qualification. Upon successful completion of the CIMA Professional Qualification, graduates are entitled to become Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA). 

To top it off, membership for CIM (Student) Affiliate is available for the students to apply at a discounted price.

To cater to the manpower demands in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management, students enrolled into the BBA (Hons) Hospitality Management will undergo comprehensive modules which cover in-depth knowledge and industry-relevant skills for them to thrive in the ever-growing industry. 

The programme presents a balanced combination of theory, classroom lectures, practical learning and industry exposure. It focuses on building professionalism in students, nurturing their personal development, as well as promoting their career advancement, which is made possible through the Faculty’s established links with top local industry players and foreign partner universities from the United Kingdom.

The Faculty places weight on its Mass Communication Diploma and Degree programmes. 

The programmes are designed to equip students with substantial skills and in-depth knowledge to keep up with the demanding media and communications industry. 

The modules cover a wide scope of media fundamentals, including public relations and communications, media planning and management, as well as relevant practical skills to prepare the students in becoming effective communicators. 

Compulsory industrial training and work placement give rise to the communications students gaining first-hand industry exposure. In many instances, students of First City University College are accepted into the training programmes at mega PayTV stations and local media conglomerates. 

This opens more possibilities and chances for the students as they are able to build solid networking with people from the media industry and, what is more exciting, they are often offered employment upon completion of their studies.

Meanwhile, tech-savvy students who enjoy the intriguing complexity of engineering may choose to enroll in a wide range of degree programmes offered at the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, including in Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science (Intelligent Systems), Information Technology (Networking & Security or Cybersecurity), and Information Systems (Business Management).

The Faculty’s recent education partnership with Teesside University from the United Kingdom has opened up the way for four of its programmes to attain recognition and validation by Teesside University. 

This partnership is especially significant as Teesside University is listed in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for the year 2019*.

The four programmes of study are the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons), Bachelor of Computer Science (Intelligent Systems) (Hons), Bachelor of Information Systems (Honours) in Business Management, and Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking & Security) (Hons) programmes.

In addition, the Faculty places emphasis on students’ research projects. Recently, a graduate from the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme, Yap Yi Xien secured the first runner-up position in the Telecommunication track at 2018 IEEE Malaysia Best Final Year Project Competition with his research project titled “Modelling and Simulation for Underwater Optical Wireless Communication in Horizontal and Vertical Links”.

First City University College is a well-rounded institution which focuses on promoting students’ employability upon completion of their studies through various initiatives such as the annual Career Fair Day, Diploma Graduation Showcase, Sequence Degree Showcase, and Innovation Day. 

The events are well-participated by top industry players, potential employers and key industrial companies, eager to look for new and fresh talents to join them. 

In many instances, students received employment offers during the events, based on their outstanding resumes, final design models, prototypes, and final year projects. 

Due to its extensive initiatives, First City University College continues to produce highly-employable graduates and aspiring entrepreneurs, and will keep the pace for many more years to come. 

Ideally located in the modern township of Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, the University College is well-equipped with state-of-the art recreational, and learning and teaching facilities which take the students on board an uplifting learning experience like no other.

First City University College opens every day in April for registration. May intake is in progress for Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate programmes! Embark on your education journey, only at First City University College.


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