UMK to offer Executive Diploma in Entrepreneurship to public

Last update: 10/12/2019

KOTA BHARU, Dec 10 -- Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) will offer Executive Diploma in Entrepreneurship to the public and to entrepreneurship educators in other higher education institutions, as well as to state government agency officers next year.

UMK vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azizi Ismail said the programme which aims at mastering entrepreneurship theories will be offered in two courses namely Executive Diploma in Enterprise Management and Executive Diploma in Entrepreneurship Education.

He said the duration for both diplomas are done on part time basis, which is between a year and a half to  two years.

 "We will offer to lecturers and officers from other institutions especially to those involved in entrepreneurship, for them to master entrepreneurship innovation based theories, including government agency and private sector employees.

"I believe with competent lecturer and module, these programmes which are monitored by the Small and Medium Entreprise Institute (ISME) and UMK Entrepreneurship Institute, will be well received and accepted in the market," he told reporters during the Executive Diploma in Entrepreneurship graduation ceremony in UMK Kota campus here today.

Earlier, a total of 46 graduates comprising UMK lecturers and officers completed their studies and created history as the first graduates of the programme.

Azizi said the Executive Diploma in Enterprise Management was first offered in 2016 to government officers grade 41 to 52 with permanent status, while Executive Diploma in Entrepreneurship Education was offered to all UMK academic staff with permanent and contract status.

He said the programme was established to strengthen entrepreneurship knowledge among university personnel, so that they can be the catalyst to UMK’s success as entrepreneurship university.

"In efforts to produce more entrepreneurship graduates, we will ensure our lecturers to have entrepreneur's mind set, then only we can produce students who will become entrepreneurs after they graduate, in fact we also want to make sure that our administrators too have an entrepreneur mindset," he said.

He said the programme will complement the ecosystem and showed the university management's high commitment in making UMK as a distinguished entrepreneurship university in the region by 2023.