“We always thrive to be competitive by embracing the ever-evolving early childhood sector and taking strategic steps to be industry relevant. As we bid farewell to an extraordinary year, we look forward to a new year of exploring new frontiers.”
Dear Students, Colleagues, Alumni, Partners and Friends,
Happy New Year everyone! I trust that you celebrated the arrival of the New Year in good spirits with your family and friends. Although we are few days into the New Year, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on 2017. First of all, I want to say that each and every one of you has been a game-changer in contributing to the renewed vision of Dika College, which we established last year as “To be leaders in nurturing socially and environmentally conscious individuals to actively create and contribute to high impact economies.”
2017 was a year defined by growth and innovation at Dika. While we are an established institution in Malaysia known for its comprehensive early childhood education and special education diploma programmes, we were focused on providing more opportunities to students interested in the ECE sector while exploring options to expand their reach.
We forged new and important partnerships to offer diverse academic programmes, which are industry relevant and keeping to the demands of the global market. This year, we will continue this effort by forming new partnerships to offer internationally-recognized programmes. Our focus is still aimed at providing a pathway for our students to obtain the exposure they need to fare in the competitive global market.
Last year, we partnered with Trine University in the US to offer a 3+1 bachelor’s degree programme in Elementary Education and Special (Mild) Intervention, including an internship opportunity in the US. This year, in May, we expected to launch our pioneer 3+0 degree programme, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) with the renowned New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC).
In addition, we partnered with the University of Business and International Studies (UBIS) in Switzerland to offer their Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) at Dika. These degrees were introduced to offer top-up opportunities for graduates of the Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Special Education (Early Years) or the Executive Diploma in Early Childhood Education to gain their degree.
Further, Dika now offers a Diploma in Business Management in recognition that business skills are required in every industry and that a business qualification will open doors to a wide range of job opportunities. I am also a strong believer that the mind has every ability and power to make our goals come true.
In our pursuit to continuously best equip our students with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills, we are offering the Revolutionary Therapy programme. The Revolutionary Therapy programme is run in collaboration with Inspired Life Coaching & Therapy Services. We expect to offer more short programmes to equip our students with relevant skills.
In celebrating our efforts towards women empowerment, we applaud the achievements of the 33 young women who received their diplomas at the 19th graduation ceremony at the Young Women’s Christian Association – Vocational Training Opportunity Centre (YWCA – VTOC) recently. We look forward to our continued commitment to providing vocational opportunities to aspiring ECE educators not only in West Malaysia but also in East Malaysia through our strategic partnership with YWCA Malaysia.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone of you for your significant support and dedication in 2017. The new year promises to be yet another interesting year but it will certainly be a challenging one. However, I am certain by working together and being focused on the creating an impact in the education sector, we will realise our ambitions and dreams in setting new benchmarks in the industry. It has been truly gratifying to have you part of the Dika team. Keep up the good work!
Have a Great 2018!