MIRI: Fajar International College (FIC), which was formally known as Kolej Fajar, is in recognition of its reputation as being the trusted institution that provides high quality and affordable education.
The new name speaks volumes of the faith and trust by the Ministry of Higher Education as an education provider to the youth of our nation and also to the working adults who recognise the need for continuous learning and upgrading of their skills and knowledge in order to position themselves to have a better marketing edge.
To date, Fajar International College’s Diploma in Occupational Safety & Health (DIPOSH) programme is the first and only diploma in east Malaysia approved by Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH).
According to its principal and CEO Dr Peter Tham, this safety programme is also approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and is accredited by the Malaysia Qualifications Agency (MQA).
“FIC’s DIPOSH graduates can register themselves as ‘Safety & Health Officer’ (SHO) with DOSH upon completion with three years relevant working experience. SHO wishing to practise in Malaysia must receive DOSH’s approval,” he said.
According to him, only graduates of ‘Occupational Safety & Health’ diplomas that are recognised and endorsed by DOSH can apply to register as Safety Health Officers (SHO).
And upon approval, DOSH will issue a safety passport known as the ‘Green Book’, whereby a registered Safety Health Officer can potentially earns from RM3,500 per month.
The DIPOSH is a two and a half year programme packaged to cover all relevant subjects pertaining to safety and health with a one year intensive programme that runs concurrently.
FIC’s Diploma in Occupational Safety & Health programme has two added value to its diploma. Firstly, it is accredited by IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health), a UK-based organisation that recognises course qualifications and safety practitioners worldwide.
Secondly, FIC’s students have direct entry into the final year degree programme in Occupational Safety & Health with both reputable University of Greenwich (UOG), UK and Middlesex University, UK, which can be completed locally or in the UK.
FIC has a proven track record in successfully running the OSH diploma.
“Having started in 2005, this programme has become one of our specialised programmes and has grown positively as our lecturers consists of industry experts who are passionate in sharing their knowledge and experiences with our students,” Dr Tham said.
To register for the DIPOSH, a student will need to have three SPM credits and a pass in Bahasa Malaysia.
Bumiputra students with a minimum of five SPM credits including Mathematics and a pass in English are also eligible for a full education loan from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA).
A monthly allowance of RM630 from MARA will also be provided. Education loans from Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) and Yayasan Sarawak are also available for the students.
Due to the pressing demand for safety and health officers, DIPOSH students include not only fresh SPM and STPM school leavers but also diploma and university graduates from other field of studies, as well as working adults who acknowledge that this qualification will enhance their employment opportunities. To help meet this need, FIC also offers a part-time course in the evenings specifically for working adults.
Apart from DIPOSH, other unique courses offered include Diploma in Accounting (DIA), Diploma in Business Studies (DBS), The Heriot-Watt University 3+0 Bachelor of Business Administration and Diploma in Human Resource Management.
To improve the proficiency of English among the diploma students, intensive and creative English classes are incorporated in the first nine months by TESOL trained teachers. This course will help them to build their confidence as well as communication and inter-personal skills for the job market.
FIC is open now to all prospective students for the April 2011 intake for all programmes.
All enquiries are most welcome.
The hotline number is 085-413778. Students can also enroll online at www.kolejfajar.edu.my or just e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.