Han Chiang College in Penang offers trendy, industry-driven courses that fit today’s fast-changing working environment. Through its home-grown diplomas and international degree qualifications from partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and China, the College has built a strong reputation for affordable quality education.
Well-known for producing graduates who have gone on to work with leading media organisations, the School of Communication offers diplomas in Mass Communication with majors in Broadcasting, Journalism and Public Relations & Advertising. Courses are practical as students complete a 10-week internship during the programme with many ending up securing jobs with employers.
Former Public Relations graduate Maggie Chooi, who is now a travel and lifestyle marketing and media specialist, owes her success to Han Chiang College’s strong and comprehensive diploma programme and the College’s dedicated lecturers.
“Even though it has been nine years since I have graduated, I still keep the notes from my College days. They are all bound properly and once a while, I would refer to them because a lot of things taught were practical and can be used in strategic campaign planning,” said Chooi who recently set up her own Hong Kong based boutique travel and lifestyle marketing and media agency, Spice Marketing.
Running just a very fine line next to public relations, students who are interested in journalism have the opportunity to work closely with Han Chiang News, the College’s news department run by experienced editors and journalists. Those interested are trained to become 21st century journalists, as they are exposed to covering stories within the community, publish packaged multimedia stories on Han Chiang News’ website, work in a professional TV studio and use various new apps and tools for reporting.
One former student who has benefited from this was Tan Ley Teng, a well-known news anchor on ntv7. Tan regularly holds talks at the College. To date, the College has graduates working at Astro, 8tv, The Star, The Sun, Bernama TV, Kwong Wah Yit Poh, Nanyang Siang Pau and Media Corp.
Apart from being at the media forefront, Han Chiang College offers 2½ year diploma programmes in Broadcast Journalism, Business Management, Logistics Management, Accounting, Chinese Studies and Multimedia Communication Design. The 3+0 Bachelor of Communication in collaboration with the University of Southern Queensland, Australia is a popular choice for students who wish to obtain a foreign university qualification locally.
To promote lifelong learning, the Continuing Education Centre offers a variety of short courses and vocational training programmes in the automotive field for students and working adults.
Awards & recognition
Han Chiang College received a 5-star rating for the second consecutive session in the Malaysian Quality Education System for Private Colleges (MyQuest) in 2015. While the College is already reinventing itself and continuously making improvements to become a better higher educational institution, its students too are already making waves in the industry.
Han Chiang’s students have won broadcasting competitions like Kaki Lima, the Penang Green Journalism Award, Australian Press Council Prize, PSA Short Film Awards organised by Youth Creative and Youth In Charge Campaign (T-Shirt Design) Award organised by Magnum Corporation.
The College is also a playground for students to harness their talents, with over 13 societies and clubs to choose from. Here, students who are talented in singing, dancing, deejaying, staging musicals and plays, or even skating are encouraged to express themselves in ways so that they can build their confidence.
Raising bilingual students
A truly thriving bilingual environment for students, Han Chiang College is committed to producing students who can speak in English and Chinese. While all lectures are conducted in English, students can opt to study journalism in Chinese.
With vast job opportunities in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, there is a huge demand for bilingual communicators and often, Han Chiang College students fill that gap.
Work, learn & earn
There are opportunities too for students to work, learn and earn on campus. Students who receive bursaries spend time working with different departments within the College. Under the guidance of experienced mentors, students are able to put theories into practice and at the same time, pick up valuable work ethics.
Other interesting activities that allow learning outside the lecture theatres include events and charity-fundraising that are normally carried out by the PR and event management students, graduate showcase and IT exhibitions by multimedia students, start-ups by the Business Society and the expansion of Chinese culture and literature by the School of Chinese Studies.
Han Chiang College maintains student satisfaction and high teaching quality through its highly experienced academic staff. Lecturers have years of relevant teaching experience coupled with industry-related background in public relations, journalism, business, IT, broadcasting, photography, marketing and even business start-ups. The College works closely with different industries to find out what employers think are lacking in graduates and incorporate them into the College’s well-designed courses and syllabus.