Industry Attachment Programme Redefines Teaching At INTI – Today’s education and economic climates require higher education institutions to collaborate with industries more than ever.
In minimising the gap between education and industry, and to ensure graduates are future proof in light of the technological changes impacting the Fourth Industrial Revolution, INTI International University & Colleges created the Faculty Industry Attachment (FIA) programme.
The programme enables academicians to work with industries as part of their regular teaching hours and aims to broaden their practical experiences and keep them abreast of the latest developments in the industry.
INTI Industry Attachment Programme
Through these real world experiences, lecturers are better equipped to share the expectations of the industry with their students, and share their insights on actual business issues and trends that complement what these future professionals are learning in the classroom.
More importantly, through established networks with industry leaders, these lecturers are better able to facilitate internship or jobs for their students.
To ensure courses taught at INTI integrate industry-relevent curriculum, the FIA programme creates opportunities for lecturers to undergo an industrial attachment in related organisations for up to 96 hours, and estimate of 2 and a half working weeks.
Seconded to top industry partner, Motorola Solutions Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Chionh Hai Pin, Dean for the University of Wollongong programmes at INTI International College Penang, gained invaluable knowledge of the latest finance functions in the industry during her FIA stint earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Dr Beh Boon Chun, a physics lecturer at INTI Penang’s Centre of Excellence for Pre-University Studies (CEPS) was the first Pre-U lecturer to participate in the FIA. Working with FLEX Penang, a solutions provider that designs and builds Intelligent products, Dr Beh had the opportunity to explore the role of engineering in Flex’s manufacturing process.
According to Dr Beh, the FIA programme was instrumental towards improving and developing his knowledge of the industry and created a valuable opportunity to share real-life scenarios with his students.
Faculty Industry Attachment (FIA)
Through the FIA programme, INTI is enabling academicians to gain an in-depth understanding of what a new graduate hire will experience and what the current demands of different industriies entail. This is part of INTI’s efforts to ensure students acquire the knowledge and soft skills they need to stand out from among their peers when they begin their careers.
To further enhance lecturers’ exposure to industry, INTI has also established Industry Advisory Boards (IAB) which include annual conversations between faculty and industry leaders from Business, Engineering, Hospitality, Art and Design, and Information Technology.
With the support of industry leaders to advice INTI’s academic boards on curriculum design and course delivery that meet the expectations of the current workplace, faculty are able to tailor their teaching to ensure students not only gain good academic knowledge but are better prepared to face the future.