In the early years of its establishment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, School of Professional and Continuing Education (UTMSPACE) offered professional development programmes such as short courses, seminars, workshops and in-house training. However, due to an overwhelming demand for part-time and full-time educational programmes in both private and public sectors, UTMSPACE took the initiative of offering mainstream academic programmes starting from the academic year 1995/96. Currently, the Academic Programmes offer the courses at Diploma and Undergraduate level, in line with the courses offered by the various Faculties at UTM. For customers’ convenience, the classes are conducted at 17 learning centres all over the country.
UTMSPACE Professional Programmes offer various soft skills and technical skills short courses. Tailor-made short courses designed based on specific organisation’s needs are also available. UTM Professional Skills Certificate programmes are offered to fulfil the industry’s demands for graduates who are competent in all aspects. These programmes are value-added courses for future graduates, giving them a competitive edge when they venture into the employment market. UTMSPACE also offers event management services, organising series of seminars and conferences at national and international levels.
In tandem with its mission to provide quality continuing education services, UTMSPACE also offers Professional Diploma programmes and English Language programmes. Professional Diploma programmes are targeted at employees who want to improve their knowledge and skills. English Language programmes aim to help local and international students to improve their English Language proficiency as a preparation for continuing their undergraduate or postgraduate studies at the faculties. The language programme is also open to all members of the local public and working adults who wish to improve their communicative English skills at the workplace.
In line with UTMSPACE vision to be the centre of excellence in continuing education, from time to time UTMSPACE will identify and attempt to fulfil the community’s demands. Promotions and marketing are aggressively carried out as an effort to strengthen UTM and UTMSPACE brands. In 2010, with the upgrading of UTM as a Research University, UTMSPACE has been entrusted to take over and manage UTM College of Science and Technology (KST) and the Joint Programme Management Unit (UPPK). With the merger management rearrangement, UTMSPACE is fully responsible for the implementation of Full-Time Diploma programmes and Joint Diploma Programmes conducted in collaboration with 17 private colleges.
On 28th January 2011, UTMSPACE marked its own history, when it was officially registered as a Limited Company by Guarantee. With this change in status, UTMSPACE now acts as a business branch of UTM which concentrates on the development of lifelong learning. In line with its mission, UTMSPACE aims to lead the development of innovative and creative human capital through quality lifelong education.
Prof Ir. Dr. Mohd Azraai Bin Kassim