Nurturing future talent for the world’s built environment

THE Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the construction industry in Malaysia, with some projects being delayed, suspended, or even cancelled.

According to Finance Ministry in its recent Economic Outlook 2021 report, the construction sector is expected to contract the most at 18.7% compared to other supply-side sectors but is anticipated to rebound by 13.9% in 2021 due to the revival of major infrastructure projects, along with affordable housing projects.

As we move towards the post-pandemic economic recovery, the construction sector is being called upon to adopt innovative technology such as industrialised building systems, mechanisation, and automation to ensure that buildings are sustainably built, environmentally friendly, and safe for communities.

The move towards technology adoption will require the construction industry to employ high-skilled talent who are equipped with the right abilities accompanied by the capacity to navigate the intricacies for the future of work.

Heriot-Watt University’s assistant head of School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) Prof Satesh Narayana concurs: “I personally feel that being in a nation that has a huge potential for growth and development, from the perspective of the built-environment, we have hit a speed bump – a bump caused by the pandemic.

“As soon as society normalises, one of the first industries to hit high gear will be the built environment, as development and progress need to continue.

“Therefore, in two to three years anyone with a building-related degree will be highly sought after as we continue our journey towards achieving the status of a fully developed country.”

MSc Construction Project Management alumni Goh Tze Meng found his passion and purpose with Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.MSc Construction Project Management alumni Goh Tze Meng found his passion and purpose with Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

Heriot-Watt University is committed to developing graduates who are FutureMade.

Heriot-Watt University is committed to developing graduates who are FutureMade – shaped for tomorrow’s work.

Most importantly, Heriot-Watt graduates are highly employable and sought after by the top employers worldwide, with over 90% in graduate level jobs or further study within six months of graduation.

Heriot-Watt University has a presence in 143 countries and offers high-quality British education and global study opportunities – paving the way for world-class teaching, and practical, leading-edge research.

This year, Heriot-Watt University will be celebrating its bicentennial with its global alumni at its campuses in Scotland, Malaysia and Dubai – reaffirming its historic commitment in expanding access to practical and relevant learning, research and enterprise by looking to the future with a renewed focus on global sustainability.

The FutureMade university leads the way with an excellent track record of academic and research excellence since 1821, with an extensive and acclaimed tradition of being outward looking in pursuit of knowledge that benefits the society it serves and beyond.

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked Heriot-Watt first in Scotland and ninth in the UK for its research impact and influence. These are exceptional testaments to the university’s commitment in educating, inspiring and challenging industry leaders, and researchers of the future.

The university’s eminent and award-winning academic team members, who are also expert researchers in various branches, are recognised across the region and internationally, and they immensely contribute to the learning and development of their students while benefiting external audiences and the industry with appropriate solutions, ensuing from their research projects.

With a global outlook, the university is committed to future-proof its students with excellent British education since 2014.

As a world leader in the education sphere, Heriot-Watt University in Malaysia offers foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across various fields at its first purpose-built 1.9 ha state-of-the-art lakeside “green campus” in Putrajaya.

The university seamlessly caters to many local and international students, hailing from bordering countries in this region looking towards realising their very own dreams and aspirations.

Heriot-Watt University is ranked top 10 for building, and fifth for town and country planning landscape design in the UK, according to the 2021 Complete University Guide.

In the 2021 Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, Heriot-Watt remains first in Scotland for six consecutive years and second in the UK for building.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including Quantity Surveying, BSc (Hons), Construction Project Management, BSc (Hons), MSc Construction Project Management and MSc Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying.

The pathway to the university’s undergraduate programmes begins with a Foundation in Science or Foundation in Business designed to prepare and equip students with the skill sets that will ease their transition into their undergraduate studies.

MSc Construction Project Management alumni Goh Tze Meng shares his experience on how his master’s degree has helped him with his career path: “As a professional, the MSc Construction Project Management is relevant and applicable for immediate application at work. The construction projects which I manage have been smoother and better managed after the application of the knowledge learnt at Heriot-Watt University.”

MSc Construction Project Management alumni Goh Tze Meng found his passion and purpose with Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

“With the prestige of holding a master’s degree from Heriot-Watt University, it would inevitably launch my career. Not only is it because of the additional qualifications, but also the application and execution of what was learnt that would distinguish me from the rest of the pack in the rat race, ” Goh added.

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying Year 1 student Komalah Selvamuthu Raja also extols the quality of the university’s bachelor’s degree: “With a degree in QS, my prospects are open to any industry where costing and quantity are involved. It is not just limited to the construction industry. I am pleased that I can also move on to project management, contract negotiation and even legal areas in the construction industry.

“I am excited about all the prospects and keen to further my studies and be an expert in my chosen field. The fact that this is a professional course, and it is accredited by international professional bodies is equally valuable to me.”

Heriot-Watt University is receiving applications for the January 2021 intake on Jan 16-17. For more details on Heriot-Watt University, kindly visit Alternatively, contact the university to make a personal virtual appointment with its education counsellors for another day especially for those in Sabah and Sarawak who are not able to visit the campus physically. WhatsApp or call 012-651 2599 to make your appointment.

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