By Zoe Tan
PENANG: The launch of Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC)by the Chief Minister of Penang, the Right Honourable Tuan Lim Guan Eng today marks another milestone in the history of Han Chiang.
With the upgrading of Han Chiang College to University College status, HCUC can now offer homegrown degree programmes in addition to its foundation and diploma programmes.
HCUC has developed 10 new homegrown degree programmes that are industry oriented. The university college is also collaborating with higher education institutions in Australia, China, Taiwan, Korea and UK to pursue dual award partnerships for the homegrown degree programmes.
The homegrown degree programmes to be offered by Han Chiang University College of Communication are Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) (Hons), Bachelor of Communication (Media Production) (Hons), Bachelor of Communication (New Media) (Hons), Bachelor of Public Relations and Event Management (Hons), BA (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management, BA (Hons) Chinese Studies, BA (Hons) Creative Multimedia, BA (Hons) Translation and Interpretation and Master of Management Science. HCUC will also be offering a new diploma programme – Diploma in Visual Arts and Design besides its existing eight diploma programmes namely Diploma in Mass Communication, Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, Diploma in Multimedia Communication Design, Diploma in Information Technology, Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Accounting, Diploma in Logistics Management and Diploma in Chinese Studies.
Penang Han Chiang Associated Chinese Schools Association Board of Directors Chairman, Dato’ Seri Ooi Soo Hing said that the Board of Directors would continue to expand HCUC and its facilities to develop the university college into an internationally and regionally renowned higher education provider to bring honour to the Chinese community in Penang and Malaysia.
“The upgrade of Han Chiang College to university college is a great achievement as it has enabled Han Chiang to have a complete education system from Han Chiang Primary School, Han Chiang Secondary School to Han Chiang University College of Communication, making it the only institution to have all three systems of education.
“One of the major upgrades the university college will see in the near future is the development of the sky building, The Chancellery. The building, constructed with environmentally friendly elements is one of the very few elevated structures among higher education providers in Malaysia. The amalgamation of modern and traditional architecture will pave a new landscape for the university college,” he said.
HCUC Vice Chancellor, Dr. Beh Kok Hooi expressed his gratitude to the Board of Directors for their endless support over the past two decades and the selfless contribution and cooperation from the university college’s academics.
“As an institution, HCUC’s main focus is to furnish and enrich young lives through education and its mission is to provide equal opportunities to all in the pursuit of an empowering and liberating education.
“The media facilities in the university college will be upgraded to cater to the latest usage of technology in education and these include among others, the incorporation of a green screen and new equipment in the TV studio.
“The Chancellor of Han Chiang University College, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Tan Kok Ping JP, will also be offering 50 scholarships worth RM5,000 each to students from Chinese independent schools to pursue HCUC’s home grown degree programmes. Scholarships, bursaries and loans are also offered to deserving students,” Beh said.
To commemorate the launch, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Penang, HE Wu Jun presented RM200,000 on behalf of the Consulate to HCUC Chairman, Dato’ Seri Ooi Soo Hing for the Han Chiang University College of Communication Development Fund.