Limkokwing University plan's to 'export' TVET M'sia to Botswana

08 Oct 2017 / 17:49 H.

GABORONE (Botswana): Limkokwing University of Creative Technology plans to 'export' Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Malaysia to Botswana in creating a large pool of skilled workforce for economic development in the African country.
Its founder and president, Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing said the Botswana government was keen to work with the university to create a TVET model that would be suitable for the country in empowering its people.
"I met the Vice President of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi and he suggested that the university work together to promote skills and turn Botswana into a beacon of Africa.
"We are going to introduce the TVET Malaysia content here. Maybe in a year's time.They (Botswana government) have high hopes and big dream on us. They believe in working together with us," he told Malaysian reporters after visiting the Limkokwing University Botswana campus, recently.
Limkokwing University, one of the most well-known Malaysian brands for international education in the African region has four branch campuses in that continent - Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Sierra Leone.
Lim said Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology (it was then known) was established in 1991 and a lot of the programmes were TVET-driven.
"Even today, 70% of what we do is still skills-driven and practice-based. We comply fully with the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) but we add a lot more skills on it.
"Our students are confident as they are equipped with the skills and they know they will do well," he said.
In April, Lim was honoured for his contribution to TVET. The Accreditation Service for International Colleges (Asic) from the United Kingdom bestowed Limkokwing University with the Global TVET Model University Award and Lim with the Transformation Leadership in Global TVET Education Award.
The awards acknowledge Lim's pioneering endeavours to bring industry into education, which has changed the landscape of private education in Malaysia as well as in the 10 countries that house the Limkokwing brand.
Lim has also been appointed as TVET UK International president. TVET UK is an organisation from Britain which enables international customers to access the UK's leading TVET providers and suppliers through a single point of contact.
Last month, Malaysia's Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak announced that the government would develop a comprehensive TVET masterplan to further drive forward the transformation of TVET.
Besides that, Najib also announced new initiatives including the RM50 million pool fund for strategic TVET programmes, and RM75 million fund to support Industrial Revolution 4.0 through cooperation with educational institutions and employer associations. — Bernama

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