The four components of UniKL Value-Based HTVET Educational Model
1) Innovative Teaching and Learning
A quality delivery of teaching and learning is crucial in any educational institution to ensure students' success, and this contributes to the institution's success as well.
There are seven features of Innovative Teaching and Learning, which are:
i. Teaching Factory
UniKL offers a variety of programmes to cater to the different needs of students, for example: Industrialmanship, Apprenticeship, Sandwich programme, and Edu Biz Park.
ii. Implementation of T&L through e-learning
UniKL firmly believes in a learning environment that is flexible according to the current needs of 21st century students. In order to fulfil those needs, UniKL also implements its T&L through E-Learning. This enables students to have access to knowledge no matter where they are, providing them with the flexibility to suit their professional and personal lives.
iii. Emphasis on online assessment
In catering to the needs of 21st century students, UniKL also emphasises on implementing online assessment. This will not only make it easier for the students to be assessed on their learning, it also makes it more efficient and provides flexibility for the academic staff as they can still assess their students anywhere they are.
iv. Experiential Learning
One of the strengths of UniKL is that in addition to learning by theory, it also provides students with a hands-on approach that gives students the opportunity to experience learning by doing. This exposes students to real life situations and how to deal with them. Furthermore, students are also assessed using hands-on based assessment.
v. Active learning – Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Project-Oriented Problem-Based Learning (POPBL) & Cooperative Learning (CL)
UniKL ensures a stimulating learning environment for its students through active learning teaching methods such as PBL, POPBL and CL. It is a requirement for all UniKL academic staff to undergo Pedagogy Training that covers creative and innovative teaching methods within 6 months after their employment.
vi. Blended Learning
In keeping up with the latest development in teaching and learning, UniKL also offers Blended Learning. Blended learning is a mixture of face-to-face class combined with e-learning. For example, students learn through mobile learning where they can access what they learn through computers, smartphones, etc. and learning using IPTV, in addition to what they learn in face-to-face class.
vii. Centre of Excellence
UniKL has its Centre of Excellence that focuses on specific specialization at its institutes to ensure innovative Teaching and Learning.
2) Quality Curriculum
The second component of UniKL Educational Model is Quality Curriculum. UniKL puts great importance in ensuring a quality curriculum is delivered to the students to ensure knowledgeable graduates with high employability demands are produced. This is done by having:
i. Technical subjects embedded with entrepreneurial elements
In line with its mission and vision, UniKL technical subjects are embedded with entrepreneurial elements to produce students who are innovative and entrepreneurial, and in return contributing to Malaysia's aspiration to become a high-income nation.
ii. Programmes fulfil industry requirements
UniKL ensures that its curriculum is current and relevant to the needs of the industry.
iii. One programme One Professional Certificate
One of the strengths of UniKL's curriculum is it ensures that each programme at least offers one professional certificate from professional bodies or industry. For example; professional certificate from Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Board of Engineering Malaysia (BEM), Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), Pharmacy Board, and Nursing Board of Malaysia (Lembaga Jururawat Malaysia).
iv. Smart partnership with industry
UniKL ensures professional recognition through industry collaboration and recognition. This provides the path for exchange programmes and offshore opportunities that can further enhance students' value experience and reputation of the university globally.
v. Lecturers' industrial attachment
UniKL also ensures quality curriculum by employing lecturers with industry background.
UniKL students also have the opportunity to be attached to industry, exposing them to the real professional world, as soon as their third semester.
vii. Research and Innovation
UniKL ensures that the University is current with the latest research and innovation of industrial relevance by recruiting the best research talents, collaborating with other partners, universities, research institutes, businesses and community, creating Centre of Excellence, investing in professional development activities that will enhance the quality and quantity of research performance in UniKL and increasing the participation in Innovation Competitions.
3) Academic Professionalism
The third component of UniKL Educational Model is developing Academic Professionalism. This is done by providing staff and students with opportunities to develop their professionalism via:
i. Coaching and peer mentoring programme
This is done through Subject Matter Experts, team teaching, peer evaluation/review, class monitoring/supervision, intellectual discourse, and access to latest teaching journals.
ii. Research arm in teaching and learning
A special unit under the Centre for Instructional Technology and Curriculum Development is designated to research and train academic staff with the latest innovative teaching and learning methodologies. Academic staff will also have access to teaching journals, journal publications in T&L, opportunities to attend national/international conferences and collaboration in research at national/international level. This is to ensure the academic staff is always current with the latest developments in T&L.
iii. Mastery in English Language
This is done by establishing a centre for language development.
iv. Professional Development Programme
This is carried out through PDP merit systems, ISEM for staff, and introducing innovative teaching-enhanced technology such as E-Learning, mobile learning, and virtual learning.
4) Development & Nurturing of UniKL Attributes (UniKL DNA)
The final component in UniKL Educational Model is the final outcome of the process, which is to produce a holistic graduate. This is done by combining the concepts of Engage, Explore and Experience with UniKL core values Commitment, Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation, and Excellence to mould UniKL graduates to be Knowledgeable & Highly-Skilled as well as Deeply Spiritual, Altruistic Leaders who are Entrepreneurial and Noble Citizens who have the spirit of being Lifelong Learners.
UniKL aims and endeavors to produce students who are:
Knowledgeable and highly-skilled: Students who are knowledgeable and equipped with industry-ready skills;
Deeply spiritual: Students with good values who are honest, courageous, confident, humble and with a strong sense of integrity and responsibility;
Altruistic leaders: Students who are proactive, resilient, visionary, innovative, collaborative and supportive in their environment;
Lifelong learners: Students who are forward-looking and strive for excellence in their working environment as well as in their personal lives;
Noble citizens: Students who are law-abiding, loyal, courteous, and compassionate citizens of Malaysia;
Entrepreneurial: Students with creative, optimistic, and entrepreneurial mindsets.