KLT Architecture programme assuring course quality

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At the end of the semester, Architect Chan Jih Ren was invited to give advice and comments on students’ design works. Dr. Alice, the head of Architecture Department of University Technology Malaysia (UTM) was also visiting the college and participated in the evaluation of the students’ works.

Kolej Laila Taib’s Architecture Department not only pays attention to the quality of students’ works, but also ensures that the strength and knowledge of students can meet the needs of the field.

Architect Chan pointed out to the students as to how to make the space design more practical and environmentally friendly, pin pointed on the choice of building materials used as well as building construction, and so on. It was indeed a very benefitting session for the students.

On the other hand, Dr. Alice reviewed the curriculum and students’ works throughout the year, and considered that the courses of the department are in line with the dual approval of the Ministry of Education and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). She revealed that she welcomes and encourages fresh graduates to apply to enter the University Technology of Malaysia (UTM) for further studies.

Dr Renco Yong talked on contemporary business issues to KLT’s business students

About 32 Business Management students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended a talk by Dr Renco Yong on 13th December 2019. The objective of the talk was to share with the students about the contemporary issues in the real business world and how should the students apply their theoretical knowledge in the industry.

Dr Renco Yong has been appointed as industrial advisor of Kolej Laila Taib for Business Management Programme effective from 1st July 2019, to assist in the development of KLT’s Business Management Diploma Programme to be in line with national economic transformation programme. Dr Renco Yong is the executive director of GIMHWAK Enterprise Sdn. Bhd., and he is also the president at Sarawak Association of Maritime Industries (SAMIN). He is the founder and president of Sibu Chinese Chamber Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) Young Entrepreneur Committee (YEC), and advisory council member of UCTS as well.

During the talk, Dr Renco Yong advised the students to understand their ability, recognize their strength and then fully utilize their capability to achieve the best result. Choosing a right team member is very important. He encouraged students to mix with different team members during their college project or assignment, so that they get to know how to handle different character and personality while working together.

According to Dr Renco Yong, many businesses nowadays are thinking of having partnership, merging or consolidation to resolve issues of shortage, such as capital resources, finance, human capacity and technical knowledge.

Dr Renco used some simple examples to explain complex business knowledge and model to students. He further mentioned that it is important to study and understand your business partner and buyers’ behavior in order to find the best solution to sustain and excel the business.

He finds that Sibu is a wonderful place for young entrepreneurs to start up their business with minimum capital investment, because it is less competitive and possesses many resources, especially with the full support from association and government.

At the end of the talk, he hoped to see more young graduates staying in Sibu and make Sibu a more comfortable and livable city.

About 70 KLT accounting students attended SST talk by Ms. Noelle Lily Morse

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About 70 accounting students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended a talk on Sales and Service Tax (SST) by Ms. Noelle Lily Morse from Kuching on 6th December 2019.

The objective of the talk was to raise students’ understanding and knowledge on Sales & Service Tax (SST) which is very much relevant especially to the accounting students.

Ms. Noelle is a HRDF certified trainer and she was former senior assistant director of Customs I, Indirect Tax Practitioner (GST/SST). In her 28 years of service in Royal Malaysia Customs (RMCD), she has served in many sections including Import & Export, Customs Intelligence, Companies Audit, Internal Tax (SST 1.0) GST and SST 2.0.

Ms Noelle explained what SST is to the students and showed the difference between sales tax vs service tax. She further elaborated on the taxable manufactured goods, prescribed (taxable) services and also SST cycle.

At the end of the talk, Ms Noelle gave some quizzes to the students and presented small gifts to the top scorers as reward. She also encouraged the students to log on to SST Portal – https://mysst.customs.gov.my to obtain more information about SST.

KLT AC Industrial Advisor’s Talk on Contemporary Accounting Issues

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About 100 Accounting and Business Management students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended a talk by Chartered Accountant Mr Mok Hua Ping from Hii King Hiong & Co on 29th November 2019.

The objective of the talk was to raise students’ understanding on contemporary accounting issues which may assist them in obtaining better knowledge on the relevant courses.

Mr Mok Hua Ping has been appointed as industrial advisor of Kolej Laila Taib for Accounting Programme effective from 1st July 2019, to assist in the development of KLT’s Accounting Diploma Programme to be in line with national economic transformation programme.

Mr Mok Hua Ping is member of Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA Australia) and also member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He is currently the manager of Sibu branch in Hii King Hiong & Co.

According to Mr Mok Hua Ping, for hundreds of years the role of the accountant has been to provide information to facilitate decision making, but an important change is underway. Future-focused accountants will not only be providers of information but will develop and apply a deep understanding of business issues in order to become crucial partners in the strategic decision-making process.

Among the biggest drives of change in the accounting profession are technology, innovative new business models, new financing options, the changing of workforce, growing pressure to operate sustainably and the need to manage the stakeholders.

He revealed that the growing use of automation is seeing technology increasingly replace human labour for repetitive, rules-based tasks, such as data entry. Software can perform such tasks many times faster than people can. On the other hand, relieved from bookkeeping-style duties, accountants have the opportunity to engage more fully in complex strategic work.

Mr Mok further mentioned that emergent technologies, including big data, analytics, blockchain, automation and artificial intelligence, are all contributing to a transformation of the accounting profession. Common consequences that arise from these technological changes and the business innovations are to reduce the need for accountants to perform basic tasks while making more information available to support analytics and the development of operational and strategic business advice.

At the end of the talk, Mr Mok provided recommendation to the students on the pathway to obtain professional accounting qualification and encouraged the students to further pursue an Accounting degree upon completing KLT’s Diploma in Accounting.

QS Educational talk on Value Management by Sr Dr. Zuhaili

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On 19th November 2019, around 50 Quantity Surveying (QS) students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended an educational talk delivered by Surveyor Dr. Zuhaili, a senior lecturer from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor. The objective of the talk is to increase the students’ exposure on the using of Value Management (VM) in a construction project.

According to Dr Zuhaili, VM is a systematic method which aims to deliver better value of money project to the client investment. Dr Zuhaili mentioned that the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department mandates that for every construction project valued at more than RM 50 million, a VM study is required to be undertaken. This shows the growing importance for the use and development of VM in the Malaysian construction industry, which can also be seen as an opportunities for QS profession to remodel their traditional service and develop new leading-edge skills.

Quantity Surveying is a fast growing field of study in Malaysia and is ranked amongst the highest in terms of employability within the Malaysian construction industry. The college’s Diploma in Quantity Surveying is a 2 years 9 months programme which is accredited and recognised by the, Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education and Malaysian Qualifications Agency. The programme prepares students with a wide range of quantifying and managerial skills, construction technologies, economics and legal aspects of construction contract. Upon completion of Diploma in Quantity Surveying, graduates can opt to start working or continue on with a Quantity Surveying Degree in local or overseas universities.

KLT offers up to 100% scholarship in six diploma programs: Diploma in Quantity Surveying, Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Accounting, Diploma in Architecture, Diploma in Civil Engineering and Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. . For more information on programmes and activities, please call 084-311888. For online enquiries, visit https://klt.edu.my.

CE department’s external examiner visited KLT

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On 6th – 7th November 2019, Kolej Laila Taib’s appointed External Examiner, Prof. Ir. Dato’ Dr. Hassan bin Basri visited KLT and had assessed on the programme of diploma in civil engineering during his visit.

As stated clearly in the external examiner’s report, the programme has still been accredited by MQA following annual monitoring audit visit by Prof., hence it is evident that the programme is consistently well-run, whereby the assessment and evaluation of the programme is primarily based on the governing MQA Programme Standards for Engineering and Engineering Technology.

During the visit, Prof. had sessions with different batches of civil engineering students. With the feedback from students and observation of courses’ files, he recommended that in line with international standards, diploma level programmes should be of more on the applied and less on the theory aspects, even though KLT’s diploma programme in civil engineering has offered a series of practical curriculums along the two years and nine months of study. Applied skills are being in the focus noticeably in recent years, it is believed that all of them are due to the global focus on the revolutionized industry – Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Besides, Prof. did have a great meeting with the civil engineering department’s lecturers. He recommended that lecturers should be encouraged to acquire industry experience as the industry experience from the lecturers does assist ensuring the eventual graduates to have good industry-relevant learning experience.

KLT’s civil engineering department has a great pleasure to have honorable Prof. as the external examiner. To uphold the quality assurance and continuous quality improvement of KLT’s diploma programmes, every department has its own reputational external examiner and industrial advisor for the programmes’ assessment and evaluation.

QS department site visit to shophouses

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The Quantity Surveying department of Kolej Laila Taib conducted an educational site visit to shophouses project at Jalan Wong King Huo, Sibu on 1st November 2019. The 1.5 hour site visit was participated by 24 students and 2 lecturers from QS departments.

The main objective of this site visit was to provide an outdoor learning opportunity to QS students to gain extra knowledge and experience about the shophouses construction.

The project is developed by Tang Yu Chiang Construction Sdn Bhd which consists of 2 blocks of shophouses.  The 1st block comprises of total 10 units (5 units 4-storey shophouses and 5 units 3-storey shophouses) and 2nd block comprises of 9 units 3-storey shophouses.   The site visit was led by Mr. Lau, Site Supervisor from Tang Yu Chiang Construction Sdn Bhd, who explained to students about the various building elements available on site.   Mr. Lau introduced to students the layout of column formwork and also different types of reinforcement bars used.

In addition, the students also had the experience of seeing themselves the fabrication of reinforcement cage for columns and beams from the site visit.  This visit indeed was an eye-opening for the students to the real world of building construction.

“Safety and Health Induction Course for Construction Workers” by Mr Kang from CIDB Malaysia

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On 18 October, the Department of Quantity Surveying and Department of Civil Engineering in Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) arranged a one-day “Safety and Health Induction Course for Construction Workers” for students to attend. The talk was participated by 12 Quantity Surveying students and 7 Civil Engineering students. Mr Kang Chia Yang, a qualified trainer from Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia was invited to the college to conduct the one-day safety training class to students. Upon completion of the training, students will be issued a construction personnel registration card known as the CIDB green card. Students who will be undergoing industrial training next year are required to apply for this green card while working at construction sites.

In KLT, the three-month industrial training has been part of the programme in Diploma of Civil Engineering and Diploma of Quantity Surveying program. The main objective of the industrial training is to expose students to various aspects of industrial training practices and ethics as well as to allow students to integrate theory with practices. Developing strong links with industry in the current economic climate has always been the priority concerns of KLT in order to produce potential workforce with the academic knowledge and flexibility that can meet the industry demand.

KLT is the first private higher educational institution to achieve recognition from Malaysian Qualifications Agency (previously known as Lembaga Akreditasi Negara), Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam, Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia, Institution of Surveyors Malaysia, Chartered Institution of Builders and Institution of Engineers Malaysia. KLT offers six diploma programmes, which are accounting, architecture, civil engineering, quantity surveying, business management and electrical & electronic Engineering. KLT scholarship is available to all deserving Malaysians who achieve a minimum of five credits in SPM, UEC or other equivalent qualifications. The college welcomes all walk-in-enquiries from Monday to Friday (8am to 5pm). For online enquiries, visit https://klt.edu.my or call 084-311888


KLT CE Department Site Visitation to TYC Ready Mixed Concrete Sdn. Bhd.

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On 2019, 3rd October – 2.00 p.m., KLT Civil Engineering had organized a site visitation to TYC Ready Mixed Concrete Sdn. Bhd. with the objective of giving the students more exposure on civil engineering materials, which is one of the subjects in the programme of civil engineering.

Students were first exposed to raw materials on the site such as coarse aggregates such as limestone and granite. They differs in term of density, which is one of the factors affecting the quality of concrete. As mentioned by Site Engineer, Mr. Danny Wong, the coarse aggregates were transported to the site by cargo freight, on the other hand, the fine aggregates were dredged from the Rajang River. All the coarse aggregates used are 20mm and the fine aggregates dredged were required to be washed accordingly to separate them into distinct zones.

Students were soon brought to see the batching plants for the concrete mix. Concrete mixing process starts from the feeding of cement, coarse aggregates and fine aggregates, water and admixtures into a specified batching plant. The job of the weigh hopper is to weigh and then transfer the contents into the mixing plant. Cement is transferred to the weigh hopper by means of screw conveyor. Water is pumped up into the weigh hopper. After mixing for a specific time as set in the mixing unit, the mixer will discharge the contents into transit mixer or a concrete pump.

Five silos are constructed on site, four of them are storing cement and one of them is storing Pulverised Fly Ash (PFA). If concrete grade 50 is required, the hoppers and silos will operate simultaneously by computerized system to give the accurate ratios of concrete mix. These processes are saving labour cost while increasing the profit margin.

Before we proceeded to concrete compression testing, the site engineer gave the students a hand-on experience to conduct slump test and cube test on site. It was a great practical experience for the students beforehand apart from their in-class theory.

It was our great pleasure that TYC officers guided us on how to conduct slump test and cube test on the spot. Cube room testing for compressive strength was our last station. There are two compression machines, one is for testing normal concrete cubes, and another is for testing the concrete cuboid.

Lastly, students raised up their queries regarding the site visit. With sincerity, KLT presented the TYC’s Site Engineer a souvenir and photos were taken as a memory. The college as an academic institution will continue to work closely with the materials manufacturing industry (TYC Ready Mixed Concrete Sdn. Bhd.) to ensure students gain the knowledge and competencies required at the 21st century workplace. We believe that collaboration with industries will allow undergraduates to be exposed to real case studies and latest industry insight as well as enabling the college to constantly update our syllabus to meet the industry demand.