Refine your management and creativity skills
Published on: Monday, May 13, 2019

PETALING JAYA: “I am still learning.” These were the words of the famous Italian sculptor, painter, and architect Michelangelo at the ripe old age of 87!

In the same spirit, First City University College (formerly known as KBU International College) is offering postgraduate programmes in the hopes of producing Master Degree holders who are not only capable of taking on managerial roles at work but also value the practice of lifelong learning.

Prospective postgraduate students who wish to sign up for any Master Degree programme can do so in either full-time or part-time mode. 

This option is designed to allow working adults the opportunity to pursue their studies while attending to their work commitments without any hassle.

Furthermore, graduates of First City UC’s Bachelor Degree programmes who choose to move on to their postgraduate studies stand to enjoy 15 per cent off their first semester as part of the Alumni Discount incentive.

First City UC’s favourable academic reputation rests on its excellently crafted and industry-relevant curricula. 

Moreover, the academic programmes are meant to empower students with critical thinking skills that will assist them in overcoming challenging issues at the workplace. 

Many alumni have also admitted to having chosen First City UC based on its stellar employment rate of its graduates. 

This achievement is owed in a large part to the fact that most graduates have successfully landed jobs during their Showcase event or on the Career Fair Day!

Banking on its strength in Business and Fashion Design academic programmes, First City UC proudly offers the Master of Business Management and Master of Design Management to prospective postgraduate students.

This is in addition to the two Master Degree programmes from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing (FEC), the Master of Software Engineering and Master of Engineering Management.


Master of Business Management (MBA)

Offered by the Faculty of Business, Hospitality and Communication Studies (FBHCS) since 2014, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme is popular choice among postgraduates. 

Graduates of this programme will be equipped with the skills and mindset required to join a world-class business. 

Successful graduates can confidently take on grueling managerial roles such as Management Consultant, Operations Director, Investment Banker, Marketing Director etc.

First City UC’s MBA programme is further strengthened through a well-established education partnership with the United Kingdom’s Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). 

As a result, graduates will receive a certificate from ARU as well upon completion of their studies.

Over the span of 1 year (full-time students) or 2 years (part-time students), students will learn business management skills and strategies necessary for navigating today’s business world. 

Such knowledge is required to work in a setting characterized by strong global competition and constant change in technology.

Moreover, students will be exposed to case studies of real life business crises and solutions in order enhance their critical thinking skills.

Saeed Ahmed, a full-time student from the Maldives, is extremely satisfied with the MBA programme. 

“By participating in open discussion and also group assignments, the programme allowed me to improve on my verbal and non-verbal communication skills!” he shared. 

Saeed added that his presentation skills saw great progress thanks to the number of group and individual presentations he gave during his studies. 

Before signing up for the MBA, he had always felt uncomfortable while presenting.

Victor Ooi, another full-time MBA student shared that despite the challenging class topics, studying them gave him a good understanding of the workings of the business world.

“Although I am currently looking for a job in a corporate setting, I have not lost sight of my passion to become a lecturer. 

Whether as a corporate person or a lecturer, the knowledge and skills I gleaned from the MBA will definitely be useful to me,” he added. 


Master of Design Management

Offered by the Faculty of Design & Built Environment (FDBE), the Master of Design Management programme (1 year for full-time students, 2 years for part-time students), trains students to expand their disciplinary knowledge to fields like branding, design thinking, entrepreneurship and design innovation. 

Students looking to go into design or fashion related business will be pleased to know that this is the first and only programme in Malaysia that combines academic study with creative and professional practice. 

The curriculum itself emphasizes on student’s projects which cover a wide of interdisciplinary perspectives ranging from business to entrepreneurship.

This form of learning has impressed Wayne Ng, one of the current students of this Master programme. 

He shared that he enjoyed the classes, especially those taught by guest lecturers with extensive professional experience and industrial expertise under their belts.

Meanwhile, graduates of this programme can look forward to taking on positions such as a Strategic Design Analyst, User Experience Manager, Brand Consultant/Strategist, Digital Creative Director, Product Development Manager, Integrated Art Director, Innovative Product Entrepreneur, Visual Information Specialist and many more related jobs!

One student looking for such an opportunity is Mike Teo, a full-time student who also works as a lecturer. 

During his studies, he realized his interest for creating businesses and solving problems from a design management point of view.

He added that there were a number of investors and collaborators who were keen to work with him to introduce new business concepts and products into the market.

“The valuable guidance I received from my lecturers and industry experts will form the cornerstone for my future plans. 

Our course projects not only have to be innovative but also relevant and commercially viable in the industry,” Teo explained.

First City UC is an eco-friendly urban campus equipped with state-of-the art facilities which include a wide array of recreational and teaching facilities. Postgraduate students will enjoy extra convenience and comfort as the Centre for Postgraduate Studies is exclusively designated for their use. 

The centre comprises modern lecture halls, class rooms, a lounge and spacious discussion areas. 

Moreover, First City UC is ideally located in the modern township of Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya. 

The township contains many public amenities and is well-connected with other areas via the MRT system. 

During their leisure time, students may choose to visit One Utama Shopping Centre which contains two cinemas and a bowling alley.

First City University College’s May intake is currently in progress for Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate programmes. 

For more information on the programmes and incentives offered at First City University College, please contact 03-7727 3200 for inquires or visit our website at 

Students are also welcomed to visit the campus and follow our updates on our Facebook page (@firstcityuc) and on Instagram (@firstcity.uc)

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