1,321 KK Polytechnic grads get certs
Published on: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
By: Ricardo Unto

KOTA KINABALU: Some 1,321 graduates received their certificates and diplomas in the 23rd Convocation of Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic, here, Monday.

Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic Director Zainab Othman said since its inception in 1996, the institution had produced 23,988 graduates in various fields. 

“For the 23rd convocation, the polytechnic produced a total of 1,321 graduates for the December 2017 and June 2018 sessions,” she said during the third session of the convocation, here, Monday.

“The graduates comprises 328 from the Civil Engineering field, 306 from Mechanical Engineering, 263 from Electrical Engineering, 339 from Commerce, and 85 from Tourism and Hospitality.”

Apart from that, the polytechnic also awarded the Department Heads Medal to 115 graduates who had achieved a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.50 and above in their academics.

“The polytechnic does not only aim to produce graduates who only excelled in academics.

“We are also committed to prepare graduates holitiscally, well-balanced, and equipped with entrepreneurship skills, which is in line with the National Education Development Plan (Higher Education) 2015-2025.

“This is proven when students managed to achieve notable accomplishments in national or international-level competitions, in both academics and co-curriculum,” she said.

In the efforts to produce good quality TVET graduates who are able to face the challenges of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0), she said, the polytechnic took an approach based on new learning methods, responsive and efficient administration.

“We also took a new approach on technology-based research and innovation. To this end, the polytechnic collaborate with industry players to ensure the programmes offered can cater to the market and industrial needs.

“The lecturers are also encouraged to enhance their capabilities to ensure the learning standards are at the highest level.

“The polytechnic now has eight lecturers with doctorate and 58 lecturers had received the recognition of certified Professional Technologists in their respective fields.”

The institution had also tied strategic ties with 116 local and international industry players in various fields.

“I am confident that these collaborations can uplift the standards of learning in the institution.”

The certificates and diplomas were presented by consort to the Head of State, Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni.

Meanwhile, Norlidah reminded graduates to remain knowledgeable, innovative, well-mannered and passionate to become future leaders.

She also hoped the knowledge and experience gained by the graduates in the polytechnic can be used obtain employment but also to benefit the local communities.

“The ability of polytechnic graduates to get employed in high-skilled sectors proved that they managed to alter the public perception on technical and vocational training,” she said.


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