Han Chiang College now a university college

GEORGE TOWN: One of Penang's most prestigious vernacular education institution made history when it launched its government accredited university college status with the primariy aim of meeting the demand for highly skilled media workers in the present age of information flow and globalisation.

Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) aims to replicate the success of other homegrown private institutions of higher learning.

In conjunction with its launch, the HCUC also announced the offering of eight new homegrown degree programmes.

The programmes come on top of its foundation and diploma - level studies.

The homegrown degree programmes are: BA of Communication (Advertising) (Hons), BA of Communication (Media Production) (Hons), BA of Communication (New Media) (Hons), BA 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.

Chairman of the board of directors Datuk Seri Ooi Soo Hing said that the board would continue to expand HCUC to become a renowned higher education provider.

He also touched on constructing the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the new students' intake.

"The development of the sky building, The Chancellery is one of our major facilities upgrades. The building, constructed with environmentally friendly elements is a rare feat among higher education providers," Ooi said.

HCUC Vice-Chancellor Dr Beh Kok Hooi said that HCUC will upgrade the media facilities to cater to the latest usage of technology in education and it includes the incorporation of a green screen and new equipment in the TV studio.

Beh also said that HCUC Chancellor Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping will also be offering 50 scholarships worth RM5,000 each to students from vernacular independent schools to pursue HCUC's homegrown degree programmes.

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 China to Ooi for the HCUC Building Development Fund.

Earlier, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that the upgrade of Han Chiang College into a university college is a defining moment for the state.

It is similar to how the Southern College in Johor is dear to that state or the New Era College in Kuala Lumpur.