Strengthening the bond between HCUC and USQ
By Ryan Ooi
If things work out well, Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) students can visit the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia, campus under the latter’s Global Learning Programme.
USQ’s Executive Director of International Education, Markets and Growth, Philip Fung made this suggestion during a discussion with HCUC officials during his maiden visit to the campus at Jalan Lim Lean Teng, Penang.
“HCUC students participating in this programme will have an opportunity to participate in cultural, tourist and leisure activities besides discovering the local history and culture,” Fung said.
“Each programme ranges from two to 12 weeks and is designed by USQ’s experts to meet each group’s specific needs.
Fung is confident more future collaborations will be forged with HCUC such as adding more programmes and initiatives together. HCUC has signed a memorandum of understanding with USQ to offer dual awards in Advertising, Broadcasting, Journalism, Business Management and Creative Arts.
His visit to HCUC recently was aimed at cementing ties and fostering closer relationship. He gave a quick update and discussed about the joint marketing activities on raising their profiles in the market.
“USQ has been a long-time partner of HCUC. We’ve had a partnership since 2004 and since being partners in education for so long, and as the new Executive Director, it’s a good time for me to update what’s happening in USQ and how we can work closely together,” Fung said.
Although it was Fung’s first time visit to HCUC’s campus, it didn’t hinder him from achieving a fruitful discussion with HCUC Vice Chancellor Dr Beh Kok Hooi, Deputy Vice Chancellor Jenny Khoo and the deans of schools.
“We’ll definitely build a sustainable partnership together,” he said.
Dr Beh concurs that USQ and HCUC need to to work closer to achieve something more significant which is to make the dual awards program a bigger success.
A group photo of the people who attended the meeting with Philip Fung from USQ (third person from the left) and Vice Chancellor Dr Beh Kok Hooi (fifth from the right).
“I personally believe this will be very beneficial to our students because a lot of students want to study abroad but are unable to afford it due to costs,” Dr Beh said.
“Therefore, this partnership will allow our students to obtain a foreign degree without having to spend so much money.”
He noted that USQ is a trusted University and has statistically shown to have one of the best employment rates for their graduates. This is even more of a reason why further discussions between HCUC and USQ are imminent in order to achieve excellence.
Later, Fung, accompanied by Miss Jenny and Dr Yang Jie, HCUC’s Head of International Office, visited the TV Studio and Creative Studio at the campus.
Philip Fung taking a photograph of HCUC's studio.